2008 Workshop on Numerical Modeling of Crustal Deformation and Earthquake Faulting

Golden, Colorado

Announcement for the 2008 Workshop on Numerical Modeling of Crustal Deformation and Earthquake Faulting

The focus of this gathering was on computational models addressing the seismic cycle across single and multiple events. The workshop blended science talks on case studies from particular faulting environments and on key rheological behavior with discussions of current obstacles to crustal deformation modeling.

As in previous years, topics spanned a variety of computational issues including how to go from a geologic structural model to a finite-element model, various numerical issues such as choosing discretization schemes and meshing strategies, and consideration of different bulk and fault zone rheologies. Another explicit goal of this workshop was to provide basic training in the installation, use, and customization of existing, freely available modeling software for crustal deformation. There was dedicated time throughout the workshop for hands-on interaction with other users and developers of the primary existing tools.

This workshop was held from June 23-27, 2008, in Golden, Colorado on the campus of the Colorado School of Mines. The first four days (Monday-Thursday) were a mixture of science talks, discussion, and hands-on tutorials. The fifth day (Friday) was dedicated to informal tutorials and collaboration. We are able to provide reimbursement for a portion of the costs incurred for registered attendees with official appointments at U.S. institutions. There were no registration fees.

Workshop Information


  • Travel Information
    • Reimbursement Information
  • Lodging

    Last year many participants stayed in single or double dorm rooms and found the accommodations quite comfortable. This year all of the rooms are singles. We encourage use of the dorm rooms to help keep the costs of the workshop down. Sign up for dorm accommodations by indicating your preferences on the registration form. If you choose to stay in one of the hotels, you must make your own hotel reservations via phone. NOTE: Discount room rates expired May 22, 2008.

    55 dorm rooms available on campus at the renovated Weaver Towers
    Type of RoomRate Per NightNotes
    Single room $30 per person All rooms are in a suite format, five or six rooms per suite, with 2 shared bathrooms


    Table Mountain Inn (800-762-9898)
    Closest hotel to the workshop. 9 rooms available; ask for "CIG" block
    No. AvailType of RoomRate Per NightNotes
    4 Two Queen Beds $109/night + tax Sun 6/22 check in, Thu 6/26 check out. Rates assume double occupancy, or in case of Mini-Suites, triple occupancy.
    5 Grand King (one King bed, larger room) $124/night + tax


    The Golden Hotel (303-215-4156)
    Farther away. 10 rooms available June 22-27; ask for "CIG" for the room block
    No. AvailType of RoomRate Per NightNotes
    3 King (one King bed) $119/night + tax Sun 6/22 check in, Friday 6/27 check out. Rates assume double occupancy, or in case of Overside Deluxe room, triple occupancy.
    7 Oversize Deluxe (two Queen beds and sofa sleeper) $154 + tax
  • Airport Shuttle

    UPDATE, 6/10: We have arranged for a group discount with Super Shuttle (800-258-3826) of $60 roundtrip or $30 one-way when booked online.

    • Use this link to book your shuttle reservation in order to get your discount: or, from, use discount code WWD58
    • For comparison, regular price to the hotels is $33/person/one-way; to the dorms, $35/person/one-way with $9 for each additional person ($9 fare for extra persons is only available to the college).
    • Allow up to an hour and a half for the trip.
    • For those departing Thu or Fri, we will try to coordinate shuttle reservations at the workshop for traveling from Golden to the airport.
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Workshop sponsors include:
Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics (CIG) Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC)
National Science Foundation (NSF) National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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