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On-demand: MODFLOW Groundwater Modelling (MODFLOW-on-demand)

Introduction to Groundwater Modelling with MODFLOW: A practical introduction to developing groundwater flow models

Take sessions anytime, at your own pace with unlimited course access for 30-days.

MODFLOW is widely considered as an international standard in groundwater flow modelling. This training in MODFLOW-2005 is capable of simulating steady and transient flow in an irregularly shaped system in which aquifers can be confined, unconfined and mixed. The course is intended for groundwater professionals without a prior modelling experience.

MODFLOW is a free software that allows users to model the groundwater flow. Developed by the U.S. Geological Survey, the program is used by hydrogeologists to simulate the flow of groundwater through aquifers.

You will receive a training manual which will help you to solidify your knowledge.
Follow along with instructor Konrad Miotlinski, a teacher in a variety of modelling courses for 7 years. In the course you will build a model in real-time watching the instructional videos, as you develop the skills and knowledge to be able to run a groundwater model.

By the end of the course you will learn how to:
• create a new numerical groundwater flow model with MODFLOW-2005 / MODFLOW-NWT;
• import data (shapefiles, images, spreadsheets);
• manually input data;
• link packages with their parameters;
• run a simulation;
• visualise and export the results.

Course Contents:
• Introductory webinar and installation of ModelMuse.
• A series of 20 short videos steps while you develop understanding of the software and demonstrate its key features and limitations.
• Take sessions anytime, at your own pace with unlimited course access for 30-days.
• Exercise on developing a multilayer groundwater model with various types of boundary conditions.
• Develop a regional scale model with MODFLOW-NWT.
• Receive a model to explore multiplier arrays, to import shape files and transient data, to work with interpolated objects among other concepts.
• Complete the final Quiz (to receive your certificate or participation).

Course Preparation:
• Download and install software directly from the USGS website (MODFLOW-2005, MODFLOW-NWT, ModelMuse, Model Viewer).
• Complete pre-course survey.
• Read the introduction of training manual.
• Pre-course Survey
  • Introduction & Download Software
  • Pre-Course Survey
  • Introductory Webinar (optional)
  • ModelMuse Introductory Video
  • Course Introduction
  • Course Lecture: Objectives and Conceptual model
  • Step 1: Creation of the model and geometry
  • Step 2: Main window and Layer definition
  • Step 3: Aquifer properties
  • Step 4: Time discretization, select boundary conditions
  • Step 5: Recharge from precipitation
  • Step 6: Importing drains and SIP Solver
  • Step 7: Run the simulation
  • Step 8: Visualise results & explore with Model Viewer
  • Problems, exercise and mid-course review
  • Mid-Course Survey
  • Exercise 2 (homework)
  • Exercise Comments/Questions
  • Review and latest version update
  • Exercise 2 Summary
  • Exercise 3, step 1: Setup Layer Definition
  • Exercise 3, step 2: Importing Shape Files and Generating Grid
  • Exercise 3, step 3: Editing Geometry
  • Exercise 3, step 4: Aquifer Properties and Time Formulation
  • Exercise 3, step 5: Select Boundary Conditions
  • Exercise 3, step 6: Select Initial Conditions and Troubleshooting
  • Questions and Course Wrap-up
  • Final Feedback
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certification with a duration: Forever