Introduction to Groundwater Modeling with MODFLOW 6

Sunday, May 21, 2017



Register today for this 1-day course: Introduction to Groundwater Modeling with MODFLOW 6.

This course introduces participants to the next generation of MODFLOW, called MODFLOW 6. MODFLOW 6 is the 6th core version of MODFLOW released by the U.S. Geological Survey (previous core versions were released in 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, and 2005). The program was rewritten using an object-oriented approach and offers new flexibility for simulating complex hydrologic problems. MODFLOW 6 combines many of the capabilities found in MODFLOW-2005, MODFLOW-NWT, MODFLOW-USG, and MODFLOW-LGR, and provides a platform for adding new packages and models. MODFLOW 6 is scheduled for release in 2017.

Click here to register using our secure CASHNET site.


What is this course about?

The purpose of this course is to present the new capabilities of MODFLOW 6.  The course consists of lectures, discussions, and example problems designed to demonstrate MODFLOW 6 and its new capabilities. Course participants will develop an understanding of:

  • The MODFLOW 6 concept, what’s new, and what’s no longer supported
  • Utilities for converting previous models into the MODFLOW 6 format
  • New time series and observation capabilities
  • Advanced package capabilities (Multi-Aquifer Well, Streamflow Routing, Lake, and Unsaturated Zone Flow)
  • Newton-Raphson formulation for water-table aquifers
  • Local grid refinement, tight coupling of multiple groundwater models, and use of the ghost node correction (GNC) to improve the flow solution
  • Advanced discretization approaches and packages, including a new discretization by vertices package
  • XT3D capability to represent full three-dimensional anisotropy or to improve flow calculations for unstructured grids (as an alternative to the GNC approach)
  • Plans for future MODFLOW 6 development


Who should attend?

This course is suited for existing MODFLOW users interested in learning about this new version of MODFLOW.   Attendees will be required to bring a laptop computer (both Windows and Mac operating systems will be supported).  There will be an optional MODFLOW developer discussion at the end of the class if requested by attendees.



Instructors for this short course are:

  • Chris Langevin
  • Joe Hughes
  • Ned Banta
  • Alden Provost
  • Rich Niswonger
  • Sorab Panday


    The course will be held on Colorado School of Mines campus (room and building TBA). For parking availability, please refer to the campus map below.

    All Visitor parking areas will have a pay and display parking meter. When arriving on campus for the first time, look for a parking meter, find a space in that location, pay the meter and display the receipt on your dash. You will find brochures at each of our parking meters that can also help guide you around the campus.



    The fee for the short course is $100 by 5:00PM Mountain Daylight Time, May 1, 2017 ($150 after May 1). Students receive a 30% discount on the short course fee ($70 before 5/1/17, $105 after). You will be invoiced for the tuition balance. The fee covers instruction, course notes, refreshments, and continuing education units. Lodging and meals are not covered. Payment in full must be received prior to the beginning of the course. The registration fee may be paid by check, VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover, or by purchase order (US Only). Spaces will be filled at a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to sign up as early as possible.

    If cancellation is made by May 1, 2017, the entire tuition will be refunded. Cancellations made after that date will forfeit the cost for the short course. In case of cancellation, the right to course material is forfeited. Substitutions are permitted at any time prior to the start of the course. Please be advised that if the program is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, Colorado School of Mines will return all course fees, but will not be liable for any other expenses incurred by the prospective attendees.

    To register click here.



    The Colorado School of Mines is located in Golden, which is 20 minutes west of Denver, 1 hour west of the Denver International Airport and can be reached by taxi, airport shuttle or rental car. It is strongly recommended that for events held on the CSM campus, attendees select accommodations within .5 miles of the campus if a rental car or personal transportation will not be available, as taxi service and public transportation from other areas may involve significant delays and costs. Lodging is available in Golden, within walking distance of the campus.

    Denver Shuttle Service from Denver Airport

    To get to SuperShuttle when you land, take the train from the Concourse to the Terminal. Pick up your luggage and proceed to the SuperShuttle counter located on Level 5/Baggage Claim, adjacent to the water feature in the center of the terminal. Counter staff will issue tickets and give directions to the van loading areas. For information, call 1-800-BLUEVAN. Their ticket counters are closed between 12am and 6am. If you arrive between these hours, please use the courtesy phone located at the ticket counter to notify dispatch of your arrival. Please contact a shuttle provider directly for more information on fees and destinations served. Shuttles pick-up and drop-off from Jeppesen Terminal Level 5, Island 3, outside doors 505-507 (east side) and 510-512 (west side).

    Super Shuttle International Denver

    Phone: (800) 525-3177

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    Rental Cars

    All Rental car companies at DIA are located on airport property but are away from the main terminal. Each rental company provides a courtesy shuttle to and from Jeppesen Terminal from their locations. All courtesy shuttles pick-up and drop-off from Jeppesen Terminal Level 5, Island 4, outside doors 505-513 (east side) and 504-512 (west side). If you are arriving in Denver, please follow the overhead signage for the appropriate pick-up location, or check-in at your company's counter in the center of the Terminal.
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    Taxis are readily available and service within the eight counties that make up the Denver metro area. Some companies may also provide service to other destinations within the state of Colorado. Check with your cab company of choice (or directly with your driver at the airport) for more information on fares and destinations served. Fares to Golden area are based on the taxi’s meter and it costs about $70-85 plus the $3.75 airport access fee. Taxis pick-up and drop-off from Jeppesen Terminal Level 5, Island 1, outside doors 507-511 (east side) and 506-510 (west side).



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