2018 TOUGH Symposium

2018 TOUGH Symposium attendees, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on October 8, 2018, Berkeley, CA.


A symposium on applications and enhancements to the TOUGH codes for multiphase fluid, heat, and chemical transport will be held at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), October 8–10, 2018. The TOUGH Symposium 2018 will consist of oral and poster presentations. Depending on demand/interest, “short courses” on select TOUGH codes are tentatively scheduled immediately preceding and/or following the symposium.

Symposium Purpose

The purpose of the symposium is to bring together users of the TOUGH family of codes (which includes TOUGH2 (and TOUGH3), iTOUGH2, TMVOC, TOUGHREACT, TOUGH-FLAC, TOUGH+, TOUGH2-MP, and many others) for an open exchange on applications and recent code enhancements. Papers are solicited in all areas of TOUGH applications, including:

  • Modeling of coupled (thermal, hydrological, chemical, mechanical, biological, geophysical) processes in porous and fractured geologic media
  • Geologic carbon dioxide storage and utilization
  • Geothermal reservoir engineering
  • Performance assessment of nuclear waste repositories
  • Hydrocarbon recovery, including methane hydrates
  • Vadose zone – atmosphere interaction
  • Fate and transport of volatile organic compounds
  • Reactive transport modeling
  • Water resources management, including surface water – groundwater interaction
  • Design and analysis of laboratory and field experiments
  • Automatic model calibration and uncertainty analysis
  • Code verification and validation
  • Enhanced process capabilities and user features
  • Numerical methods, grid generation, and parallel computing


Updated December 2018: Check out the AGENDA as well as the COLLECTION of all the extended abstracts and selected posters we’ve received.


WINNERS ANNOUNCED: TOUGH Symposium Student Fellow Awards

Congratulations to our two TOUGH Symposium Student Fellows! Awardees will have their registration fee waived and receive a scholarship for the airfare and lodging during the Symposium.

  • Richard S. Jayne, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, “Geologic CO2 Sequestration in a Basalt Reservoir: Constraining Permeability Uncertainty within the Columbia River Basalt Group” (co-authors: Hao Wu and Ryan M. Pollyea)
  • Ram Kumar, University of South Florida, “Effect of salinity on the geological sequestration of CO2 in a layered carbonate formation” (co-authors: S. W. Campbell and J. A. Cunningham)

Our Sponsors

Thank you to our generous TOUGH Symposium and Short Courses SPONSORS: Finsterle GeoConsulting, TECPLOT, and Thunderhead Engineering

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  • Hydrogeology Department, Energy Geosciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California
  • Curt Oldenburg, Conference Chair, CMOldenburg@lbl.gov, 510.486.7419
  • Helen Prieto, Conference Coordinator, HGPrieto@lbl.gov, 510.486.6696
  • For information on the TOUGH Symposium 2018 and future training courses, please add your name to the TOUGH Mailing List