2011 Crustal Deformation Modeling Tutorial


Announcement for the 2011 Crustal Deformation Modeling Tutorial

Contributors: brad

This virtual workshop will focus on providing training in the use of the CIG PyLith software for quasi-static and dynamic modeling of crustal deformation, with an emphasis on interseismic, coseismic, and postseismic deformation. The training will also include instruction in CUBIT for creating finite-element meshes as input for PyLith and visualizing PyLith output using Paraview.

This three-day virtual workshop will be held Monday June 20 - Friday 24, 2011, using web-based tools and a teleconference line. Monday will be dedicated to beginning tutorials with the content progressing to intermediate level topics on Wednesday and Friday. Each of the three days will be divided into 2 hour sessions with morning (Pacific Time) and afternoon (Pacific Time) sessions. An alternative schedule (Schedule B) will have the same sessions at a time more convenient for participants in eastern Asia, New Zealand, and Australia (see the Agenda for details). There are no registration fees.

Workshop Information



  • Brad Aagaard (USGS)
  • Charles Williams (GNS Science)
  • Matthew Knepley (Univ. of Chicago)


Users will need

  • a computer with speakers (headphones are strongly recommended) and a microphone,
  • high-speed internet access, and
  • a web-browser capable of displaying Flash content (including audio).

The training will be provided via Adobe Connect meeting software through your web browser. We will be using VoIP for the audio via Flash, so you will need speakers and a microphone that work with your Flash plugin of your web browser. We strongly recommend that you test your browser and become familiar with Adobe Connect before the tutorial using the links below. We recommend Firefox or Chrome web browsers; we have encountered problems loading Adobe Connect on Linux x86_64 systems with Firefox but not with Chrome. Additional information about preparing for the tutorials will be posted a few weeks before the workshop. Detailed instructions for the online sessions will be emailed to registered participants before the workshop.


We request all participants download and install PyLith, CUBIT, and ParaView on your computer beforethe workshop. See workflow diagram for a general description of the typical workflow used in numerical modeling of crustal dynamics
  • PyLith - static, quasi-static, and dynamic crustal deformation

    Binary packages and the PyLith manual are available on the PyLith webpage. The manual has a troubleshooting section, and there are links to the cig-short mailing list where users can get assistance.

  • CUBIT - finite-element meshing

    Users can download a 30-day trial version from csimsoft. Follow the CUBIT link and open an account (does not require any financial commitment), to access links to binaries.

  • ParaView - visualization

    ParaView is a GUI visualization tool discussed in the PyLith examples. Binaries are available for a wide variety of platforms on the ParaView website. Click on RESOURCES->Download.

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