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7th MPM Workshop: March 14-15, 2013

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah


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The meeting will last one and a half days, starting March 14, 2013 and will featuring presentations on theory and applications of the material-point method (MPM). MPM is a numerical method for solving problems in continuum mechanics and has been applied to solve problems that involve topics such as composites, fracture, fluid-structure interaction, contact, impact, foams, multiphase flows and porous media.




If you are planning on attending, please register prior to January 31, 2012. The registration form is available here.

Student Support

Varying levels of support for students will be available.  Please send an email to MPMworkshop2013@gmail.com with your information.

Abstracts Upload

If you would like to give a presentation, please upload your abstract here.


110 South Fort Douglas Boulevard
Salt Lake City, UT 84113-5036
Rate: $95/night
Reservation Code “MPM2013” for special rate if booked by February 15th, 2013.

To make Reservations
Call: 888-416-4075
E-mail: info@guesthouse.utah.edu
Website: http://www.universityguesthouse.com/


The workshop will be held at the University of Utah in the INSCC Auditorium. A map is available here.

Salt Lake City International Airport is the primary airport in the area.

Ground Transportation from Airport Terminal to the University of Utah

The Salt Lake International Airport maintains a list of:

Furthermore, the Salt Lake International Airport has a Ground Transportation Desk near the baggage claim area at either terminal that provides additional on-site information if you need help.

Driving Directions from the Airport Terminal to the University of Utah Guest House

A list of directions has been generated using Google Maps is available here.

If you get lost, it maybe helpful to know that the streets in Salt Lake City are organized in a large coordinate grid with the large Latter-day Saint Temple near its origin (the intersection of Main Street and South Temple). All streets south of the temple are numbered, for example: 200 South, 300 South, and so on. Likewise all streets east of the temple are numbered, for example: 200 East, 300 East, and so on. The same can be said for streets north and west of the origin. This structured grid ends once you’ve arrived at the University of Utah Campus (14 Streets east and 5 Streets south of the origin). The two main roads that run through the University of Utah campus are called Foot Hill Dr. and Mario Capecchi Dr.

Parking near the INSCC auditorium (unlike the University Guest House) is not free and rates vary depending on your proximity. A map of visitor parking is available here.

Free Campus Shuttle from University Guest House to INSCC Auditorium

The University of Utah provides a free shuttle system that runs throughout campus. The “Blue” and “Red” shuttles run between a stop outside the University Guest House and a stop near the INSCC building. These buses arrive every ten to fifteen minutes.

Each bus is equipped with a GPS tracker that uploads its current position and estimated arrival times to http://www.uofubus.com/. This live shuttle tracker can be opened using any modern smart phone, tablet, or PC. Furthermore it is also available as an Android and iPhone app.

Note: for non-internet capable cell phones, text “uofubus#” with the “#” replaced with the stop number to 41411 for a list of next arrival times.

Local Attractions

In addition to the Latter Day Saint culture center in downtown Salt Lake City. The stadium hosting the opening ceremonies for the 2002 Winter Olympics is only a 5 minute campus shuttle ride away. Two museums (one of which was featured in the New York Times), the largest botanical garden in the inter-mountain west, and a trail head leading into the Rocky Mountains are all located within one mile of the University Guest House. A map of these local attractions is available here.

Downtown Salt Lake is easily accessed by Utah Trax.  If interested, find schedules and routes at Ride UTA.

Organizing Committee

For information about the meeting, please contact:

Cindy Spangler Logistics cindyspangler@gmail.com
Krishna Kamojjala Technical krishna.kamojjala@gmail.com
Anthony Chyr Website
James Guilkey Facilitator jguilkey@slb.com
Rebecca Brannon Director rebecca.brannon@utah.edu

Special Thanks to Jim Guilkey of Schlumberger and MPMsim for sponsoring this year’s workshop.