Groundwater Modeling

Groundwater Modeling
Computer simulation of groundwater flow systems; modeling theory, numerical methods, data management, boundary conditions, calibration, and stochastic analysis.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesCE EN 341; or equivalent.
 ProgramsContaining CE EN 547
Course Outcomes

Darcy's Law

Be able to apply Darcy's law to solve basic problems related to flow through porous media.

Groundwater Flow Equations

Understand the governing equations for 2D and 3D groundwater flow, including what simplifying assumptions are used in the derivation of the equations.

Conceptual Modeling

Be able to develop conceptual models of groundwater flow systems, including properly formulated boundary conditions.

MODFLOW Background

Understand the basic structure and organization of the MODFLOW model.


Be able to select the appropriate MODFLOW packages for a particular problem and develop the package input.

MODFLOW Problem Solving

Understand issues related to MODFLOW solvers and be able to solve common instability issues.

MODFLOW GIS Application

Be able to apply GIS data to develop regional groundwater simulations with MODFLOW.

Model Calibration

Be able to calibrate groundwater models using both manual approaches and automated tools such as the PEST code.

Flow Direction Analysis

Be able to analyze flow directions using particle tracking.

Stochastic Simulation

Be able to perform stochastic simulations and analyze uncertainty.

Transient Simulation

Be able to perform transient simulations.

Groundwater in ArcGIS

Be able to do basic groundwater analysis tasks in ArcGIS.