First International Conference on the Material Point Method for Modelling Large Deformation and Soil–Water–Structure Interaction

10 – 13 January 2017, Delft, The Netherlands


We are delighted to invite you to join us at the First International Conference on the Material Point Method for “Modelling Large Deformation and Soil–Water–Structure Interaction” organised by the Anura 3D MPM Research Community in January 2017 in Delft. This is the first conference following a series of international workshops and symposia previously held in Padova (2016), Barcelona (2015), Cambridge (2014) and Delft (2013) in the context of the FP7 Marie-Curie project MPM–DREDGE.

The aim of the conference is to provide an international forum for presenting and discussing the latest developments in both the fundamental basis and the applicability of state-of-the-art computational methods that can be effectively used for solving a variety of large deformation problems in geotechnical and hydraulic engineering. Special focus is on the numerical modelling of interaction between soils, water and structures where the interface and transition between solid and fluid behaviour plays an essential role.

Papers on any aspect of these subjects are most welcome. Active discussion on key topics will be facilitated through invited keynote lectures. In addition, the partners of the MPM–DREDGE project will present the highlights of their research programme, achieved through intense collaboration between industry and academia. The results include validated computational tools based on the material point method to improve the understanding of installation of geocontainers, liquefaction of submarine slopes, landslides and erosion around offshore and near-shore structures.

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On behalf of the MPM 2017 Conference Organising Committee we are looking forward to welcoming you in Delft in January 2017!

Alexander Rohe, Kenichi Soga & Hans Teunissen

Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier, The Netherlands.

Conference topics

Papers should be related but are not limited to the main theme of the conference: Numerical modelling of large deformation and soil–water–structure interaction. They can be of either computational or experimental nature and can be both of fundamental basis or applications with a special emphasis on the following aspects:

  • Material point method, formulation and applications
  • Other computational methods for large deformations in geomechanics and fluid mechanics, amongst many others e.g. SPH, DEM/LBM, PFEM, ALE, CEL, UL–FEM, CFD
  • Coupling of geomechanics and fluid mechanics concepts
  • Constitutive models for large deformations, dynamic problems, cyclic loading, unsaturated behaviour
  • Soil–water interaction and transition, modelling of sedimentation and erosion, sediment transport and deposition, coastal erosion and scouring
  • Modelling of water–soil boundary layers under currents and waves, turbulence modelling

Experiments, benchmarks and case studies:

  • Physical modelling of large deformation engineering problems at field-, model- or laboratory-scale
  • Forensic engineering: (back-)analysis of large deformation failure events and natural hazards
  • Case studies and benchmark solutions for large deformation problems

Applications in geotechnical and hydraulic engineering:

  • Slope liquefaction and breaching, dredging processes, jetting, cutting
  • Installation of geocontainers, stability of breakwaters, wave attack on structures
  • Submarine slides, turbulent flow slides
  • Landslides (weather-, earthquake-, man-induced), debris flows, avalanches
  • Dike stability (e.g. macrostability, piping, erosion) and dike reinforcement
  • Installation problems, e.g. pile installation
  • Soil investigation, e.g. pile load testing, CPT simulation, pore pressure dissemination testing
  • Impact problems and stability problems, e.g. boreholes, sinkholes

MPM–DREDGE project

The conference is organised as the final activity of the MPM–DREDGE project on "Modelling and simulation of soil–water interaction for dredging applications using the Material Point Method". MPM–DREDGE is an Industry–Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) project funded from the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) of the European Commission under Grant Agreement PIAP–GA–2012–324522 during 2013–2017.

The MPM–DREDGE project aims at developing, validating and demonstrating an advanced software tool based on the material point method for the modelling and simulation of processes related to the dredging and offshore industry. It is addressing the scientific challenges associated with large non-linear deformations, water pressures and phase transition that occur in the interaction between soils and fluids.

For more information visit the website of the MPM–DREDGE project.

Anura3D MPM Research Community

The conference is organised by the Anura3D MPM Research Community. This international collaboration brings together the complementary expertise of seven world leading groups carrying out research on numerical modelling of large deformations and soil-water-structure interaction. The Anura3D MPM Research Community is a collaboration of seven equal partners:

For more information visit the website of the Anura3D MPM Research Community.


Anura3D MPM Research Community
Conference Secretariat MPM 2017
c/o Deltares, P.O. Box 177, 2600 MH Delft, The Netherlands
Visiting address: Boussinesqweg 1, 2629 HV Delft, The Netherlands