The CSIRO Conference on Computational and Data Intensive Science

3D simulation and microstructure

Workshop summary

CSIRO is holding a one-day multidisciplinary workshop on advanced 3D microstructure characterization, microstructure-based materials properties modelling and simulation that will integrate the most recent achievements, viewpoints and insights to advance research in this field.

The microstructures workshop aims to:

  • bring together researchers from different fields to discuss 3D simulation and microstructure-related science and application challenges
  • exchange knowledge between researchers working in theoretical and numerical modelling fields with those having experimental and applied research background
  • initiate and enhance collaborative partnerships between CSIRO and other experts in the field

The workshop will be an opportunity to share research findings on:

  • Microstructure characterization, imaging, visualization and analysis
  • Microstructure-based material properties modelling
  • All applications including advanced materials and geosciences

Amongst the invited speakers are world leaders in their field from CSIRO and external R&D organizations.


9:00 – 9:10 am Registration

Clement Chu, Adrian Trinchi, CSIRO Manufacturing

9:10 – 9:20 am Welcome

Sam Yang, CSIRO Manufacturing

Session 1

Chair: Sam Yang, CSIRO Manufacturing

9:20 – 9:35 am Mining hidden patterns on microstructure from data: from planetesimals to a concrete brick

Antoinette Tordesillas, School of Mathematics & Statistics, Uni of Melbourne

9:35 – 9:50 am Solving flow problems in porous media using GPU-parallelized smoothed particle hydrodynamics method

Giorgio Urso, Dept of Infrastructure Engineering, University of Melbourne

9:50 – 10:05 am A year is a short time in CT of paints

Tony Hughes, Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University; CSIRO Minerals Resources

10:05 – 10:20 am A genetic approach for upscaling reservoir properties

Keyu Liu, Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration & Development, PetroChina

10:20 – 10:30 am Q & A
10:30 – 11:00 am Tea break
Session 2

Chair: Tony Hughes, Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University; CSIRO Minerals Resources

11:00 – 11:15 am Pore microstructure variation in gradient consolidation of Pearl River Delta saturated clay

Jing Song, Sch of Earth Science and Geological Eng, Sun Yat-sen University

11:15 – 11:30 am A new upscaling model for shale sample based on FIB-SEM images

Wenbin Jiang, Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

11:30 – 11:45 am Using DCM with Synchrotron CT to study Porous Organic-Inorganic Composites

Adrian Trinchi, CSIRO Manufacturing

11:45 – 12:00 noon What DCM and image segmentation have in common? A new way to verify segmentation techniques

Kirill Gerke, Dept of Infrastructure Engineering, University of Melbourne

12:00 – 12:15pm Regularization and optimization methods for data constrained microstructure imaging in shale with X-ray micro-CT

Yanfei Wang, Inst of Geology & Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

12:15 – 12:30pm Q & A
12:30 – 13:30 pm Lunch


Hand-on session
13:30 – 13:45 pm Dcm overview

Sam Yang, CSIRO Manufacturing

13:45 – 14:45 pm Hands-on: Microstructure reconstruction of of a carbonate limestone

Adrian Trinchi, CSIRO Manufacturing

14:45 – 15:00 pm Hands-on: 3D image export and online visualization

Clement Chu, CSIRO Manufacturing

15:00 – 15:30 pm Afternoon tea break


15:30 – 16:30 pm Workshop discussion & feedback

Chair: Sam Yang, CSIRO Manufacturing

Workshop close

Background information/Pre-reading Attachments

A MS-Windows notebook would be recommended for the hand-on sessions in the afternoon. The DcmLite software (available for download at or and a tutorial dataset (available for download at  download at will be used during the hands-on session.

Date and time

Friday 4th March, 2016.


Room: Clarendon E, level 2.
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Place, Melbourne, Victoria

Contact information

Sam Yang


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The C3DIS 2017 will bring together researchers with computational and data science specialists from CSIRO, publicly funded research organisations and other invited institutions and organisations. This will enable attendees to share their science outcomes and learnings, and build a community of practice around Computational and Data Intensive science.

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