Pruess Wins Lifetime Achievement Award
Source: Dan Hawkes
ESD’s Karsten Pruess was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Development of the TOUGH Codes on Tuesday, September 18th, at the 2012 TOUGH Symposium in Berkeley, CA.
The TOUGH ("Transport Of Unsaturated Groundwater and Heat") suite of software codes are multi-dimensional numerical models for simulating the coupled transport of water, vapor, non-condensible gas, and heat in porous and fractured media. Developed by Karsten Pruess at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in the early 1980s primarily for geothermal reservoir engineering, Karsten's initial work has now grown into a suite of simulators continually updated by talented contributors (see the overview of the TOUGH development history) and widely used at universities, government organizations, and private industry for applications to nuclear waste disposal, environmental remediation problems, energy production from geothermal, oil and gas reservoirs as well as gas hydrate deposits, geological carbon sequestration, vadose zone hydrology, and other uses that involve coupled thermal, hydrological, geochemical, and mechanical processes in permeable media.
The TOUGH codes (and contributors) were awarded the LBNL Director's Award for Exceptional Achievement in 2012 and are indeed the very basis for the 2012 TOUGH Symposium, which includes more than 100 oral and poster presentations from scientists and engineers from 35 countries, covering diverse topics ranging from geothermal reservoir engineering, geologic carbon storage, environmental remediation, geotechnical engineering, and hydrocarbon recovery.