Principles of Groundwater Flow & Transport Modeling Course

Principles of Groundwater Flow & Transport Modeling Course

Approved MCLE Credits – 22 hours

Course Description

The use of computer modeling tools has become a standard practice in many groundwater investigations. Groundwater resources evaluation, groundwater management, groundwater quality assessment, contamination site assessment and remediation, environmental impact review, and other groundwater related activities frequently rely on computer models as a means of understanding groundwater flow, groundwater-surface water interactions, groundwater budgets, and the fate of contaminants in the subsurface. This course introduces the conceptual principles and practical aspects of groundwater modeling in an intuitive yet comprehensive manner. The course objective is to demystify the use of groundwater models by providing solid understanding of the principles, methods, assumptions, and limitations of groundwater models, as well as hands on experience with the planning, preparation, execution, presentation, and review of a modeling project. The course reviews the concepts of groundwater flow and transport, and of finite difference and finite element methods. It then provides an overview of various software programs for groundwater flow and transport modeling and accompanying pre- and post-processing programs. The course includes hands-on exercises based on the USGS MODFLOW flow model and MODPATH and MT3D transport models. The course is taught by experienced instructors familiar with many aspects of groundwater modeling and California hydrogeology. At the end of the course, participants should be able to understand and actively engage in planning, supervision, and/or review of groundwater modeling projects.


Who Should Attend

The short-course is intended for professional consultants, technical personnel in engineering/geology firms and irrigation/water districts, regulatory agency specialists and managers, and those in the legal community specialized on groundwater issues. Participants should have a working knowledge of the principles of groundwater hydrology and be familiar with the PC Windows environment. No formal training in computer programming is necessary.

Course Topics

  • principles and concepts of groundwater modeling
  • overview of groundwater modeling software
  • conceptual model development
  • data collection and preparation
  • model grid design
  • boundary conditions: concepts and application
  • implementing rivers, lakes, recharge, drainage, and other special situations
  • modeling multiple aquifer systems
  • sensitivity analysis, model calibration and verification
  • contaminant transport modeling
  • capture zone analysis
  • nonpoint source pollution modeling

Course Instructors

Graham E. Fogg, Ph.D., is a professor of hydrogeology with the Hydrology Program of the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, University of California, Davis. He received a B.S. in hydrology at the University of New Hampshire, a M.S. in hydrology from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in geology from The University of Texas at Austin. He is currently teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in groundwater hydrology and groundwater modeling. His research interests include geologic-geostatistical characterization of subsurface heterogeneity, mass transport in heterogeneous porous media, numerical modeling of groundwater systems, and regional system hydrogeology. Fogg has 20 years experience characterizing and analyzing groundwater under a diversity of conditions in the southwest and western United States.

Thomas Harter, Ph.D., received a B.S. in hydrology from the Universities of Freiburg, Germany and a M.S. in hydrology from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He received his Ph.D. in hydrology (with emphasis on subsurface hydrology) at the University of Arizona. In 1995, he joined the faculty at the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, University of California, Davis. Harter is in charge of the University of California Cooperative Extension Groundwater Hydrology Program. His research focuses on nonpoint-source pollution of groundwater, groundwater resources evaluation under uncertainty, groundwater modeling, and contaminant transport. Dr. Harter has done extensive modeling of heterogeneous aquifer/vadose zone systems.

Course Benefits

At the end of the course, participants should have:

• a well-founded knowledge of the principles in groundwater flow and transport modeling.
• familiarity with the major elements of groundwater modeling studies.
• hands-on experience in designing simple groundwater flow and transport studies with MODFLOW, MODPATH, and MT3D
• using popular groundwater modeling software.
• a fundamental understanding of the capabilities and limitations of groundwater modeling.
• an understanding of the appropriate role of groundwater models in groundwater assessment and management.

Past Participant Testimonials

"Instructors explained complex concepts in a clear way."
"Conceptual theories implemented in models were well explained."
"It was very helpful to have instructor available for one-on-one assistance."
"The interactive learning was very valuable. Without being able to work on the computer and use the models myself, I would not have retained information from this course."

Course Location

The Course will be held in Room 1137, Plant and Environmental Sciences Building, University of California, Davis, CA 95616. Visitor parking is available for $9/day nearby, http://campusmap.ucdavis.edu/#. The Course will run each day from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Pre payment is required upon registration. No refunds will be issued.

For more information, contact Sarah Kline at GRA

skline@grac.org or 916-446-3626.

When?

Tue, Sep. 13 - Thu, Sep. 15, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(GMT-0700) America/Los_Angeles

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Where?

UC Davis Campus
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

The Course will be held in Room 1137, Plant and Environmental Sciences Building, University of California, Davis, CA 95616. Visitor parking is available for $9/day nearby, http://campusmap.ucdavis.edu/#