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Basic TOUGH2 Training Course for Scientists and Engineers

A TOUGH2 training course will be held at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, September 12-14, 2011. Registration for this course is CLOSED.

The TOUGH family of codes is used for simulating multiphase fluid and heat flow and transport in porous and fractured media.  The TOUGH codes have been applied to a wide range of studies involving the geological disposal of nuclear waste, geological CO2 sequestration, geothermal reservoir engineering, oil and gas production, environmental remediation and unsaturated zone hydrology.  While ongoing development of the TOUGH simulators continues to expand modeling capabilities and incorporate increasingly complex processes, such as those associated with reactive chemistry (TOUGHREACT) and gas-hydrate dissociation (TOUGH+Hydrate), knowledge of the basic TOUGH modeling concepts serves as an important foundation.  The goals of the Basic TOUGH2 Training Course are to (1) review fundamentals of multiphase fluid and heat flow, (2) present the code design and input/output features of TOUGH2, and (3) provide hands-on training for application of TOUGH2 to a variety of flow problems.

Material to be Covered

  • Introduction to the TOUGH family of codes and applications
  • Underlying physics, numerical approaches, and program structure
  • Explanation of input and output files
  • The course will emphasize hands-on application of TOUGH2 to sample problems that are meant to familiarize users with TOUGH concepts, such as grid generation, specification of boundary conditions, initialization, and the use of sources and sinks
  • The most common equation-of-state (EOS) modules will be considered for a variety of applications and levels of complexity (ranging from isothermal problems with a single component and phase, to non-isothermal problems with multiple components and phases)

Course Requirements

  • Knowledge of the physics of fluid and heat flow and transport in porous and fractured media
  • Basic understanding of numerical methods for solving partial differential equations
  • Experience with computer programming
  • Familiarity with basic text editors in the PC environment and with the DOS Command Prompt will be helpful (the course will be conducted on PC computers)

Material to be distributed during the Course

Course attendees will be provided with the necessary course materials, including handouts of presentations and a User’s Manual, and will be given access to computers on which the code is pre-installed.

Software Availability

The cost of obtaining software licenses for participants’ home institutes is not included in the cost of the training course. Academic and commercial software licenses for various TOUGH2 modules and related codes can be obtained here.

This course will provide an introduction to TOUGH2, a simulation program for non-isothermal, multiphase flows of multicomponent fluids. The focus will be on enabling users to prepare input data for setting up and solving flow problems. Some of the sample problems presented in the TOUGH2 user’s guide will be used, emphasizing their role as prototypes and templates for creating new applications. The course will also include a survey of the physical and chemical processes modeled, and of the mathematical and numerical approaches used. Participants are welcome during any time of the course to bring up their own topics.

Detailed Agenda coming soon!

Monday, September 12, 2011
9:00 am – 1:00 pm            Morning Session (includes a 45 minute break for a working lunch)
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm            Afternoon Session
6:00 pm                           Working Dinner (location TBD)
                                            * Speaker/Presentation (TBD)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
8:30 am – 1:00 pm            Morning Session (includes 45 minute break, working lunch)
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm            Afternoon Session

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
9:00 am – 1:00 pm            Morning Session (45 minute break, working lunch)
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm            Afternoon Session
3:00 pm                           Adjourn

Registration fee

Regular:  $1000
Student:  $500

The TOUGH2 Training Course registration is closed.  The training course is FULL.  For information on the TOUGH Symposium 2012 and future training courses, please add your name to the TOUGH Email List.

The course is limited to 20 participants.  Participation will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.  A total of 15 PCs are available in the training facility.  Some participants may be asked to share a PC.  Participants are welcome to bring their own laptops.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.  There will also be a dinner for all participants on Monday, September 12.

Travel & Accommodations

Visitor Information


No visit to the Bay Area is complete without sampling its wide range of fine foods. LBNL's restaurant web site provides an extensive list of places in Berkeley and North Oakland.  Many local restaurants are listed at the SFGate East Bay Neighborhood site.

Getting to the Training Facility

Additional transportation information will be sent to you upon registration.

Security and Bus Passes

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has heightened its security procedures.  It is now mandatory for any visitor entering Berkeley Lab to show a photo ID and declare their citizenship.

For the TOUGH2 and iTOUGH2 Training Course attendees, please e-mail Carol Valladao at with your name and citizenship so a gate pass can be processed to enter LBNL.

Travel and Visa Information

You are responsible for obtaining a valid visa. We advise anyone who may need a visa to attend this Training Course to apply early.   If you need a letter of invitation, e-mail to make your request.

Bay Area and Northern California Sights

Recreation and sightseeing possibilities in the greater San Francisco Bay Area are endless!

Nearby Destinations

Berkeley, home of the University of California at Berkeley, the Lawrence Hall of Science and LBNL, is known for its cultural diversity, art, beautiful parks, innovative businesses, and friendliness amongst neighbors.  The Gourmet Ghetto, on Shattuck Avenue between Virginia and Rose, and the new 4th Street shopping/dining area on 4th and Hearst are well worth a visit.  San Francisco is only 25 minutes away by BART from the conference site.  The cable car terminal, Union Square, Geary Street theaters, SF Museum of Modern Art, and the Metreon entertainment and dining complex are a short walk from the Powell Street BART station.  The City is also accessible by ferry from Jack London Square.

Parks, including Marin Headlands, Point Reyes National Seashore, Muir Woods National Monument, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and the East Bay Regional Parks, offer scenic hiking and biking trails.

Further Away

Napa and Sonoma are world-class wine regions about an hour’s drive north of Berkeley.

Monterey, with its world-famous aquarium, and Carmel are less than 3 hours drive southwest of Berkeley.  Sierra Nevada Ski Resorts and Recreation Area are 3 hours drive east of Berkeley on I-80 (north Lake Tahoe) or US-50 (south Lake Tahoe).

Yosemite National Park is only about a four-hour drive away.

For more information, please contact Carol Valladao at (510) 486-5781 or via email at


Stefan Finsterle
Mail Stop 90R1116
Earth Sciences Division
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1 Cyclotron Road
Berkeley, California  94720

Tel: +1-510-486-5205
Fax: +1-510-486-5686


Carol Valladao
Mail Stop 90R1116
Earth Sciences Division
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1 Cyclotron Road
Berkeley, California  94720

Tel: +1-510-486-5781
Fax: +1-510-486-5686


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