Reactive Transport Modeling with PHT3D

June 5-8, 2013

The course is designed to introduce the participants to the model-based quantification of a wide range of water quality problems from various industries and disciplines, e.g., contaminant hydrology, mining and water supply. Taking this short course will help groundwater practitioners and scientists. Participants will:

  • Understand the basics of coupled geochemical transport modeling.
  • Learn how to apply state-of-the-art models to real-world water quality problems.
  • Apply the theoretical framework with hands-on experience in the computer lab.
  • Practice the use of the modeling tools MODFLOW, MT3DMS, PHREEQC-2 and PHT3D (which couples MT3DMS and PHREEQC-2).
  • Spend approximately half of the course in the computer lab. Simplified exercises that are based on real-world problems will help participants to translate theory into practice.

Registration will begin at 4:30 PM on June 5 and class will begin at 5:00 PM with pizza and soft drinks.  Course sessions are from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Wednesday June 5, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on June 6 - 7, and 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday June 8.  A one hour lunch break is taken at noon.

Participants should bring their own laptop computer with the Windows XP or later operating system.

This three and half day course presents approaches and modeling tools for solving commonly encountered advanced ground-water flow problems. Topics will include:

  • Basics of advective and dispersive solute transport
  • Development of conceptual models
  • Numerical solution schemes
  • Constructing MODFLOW/MT3DMS flow and solute transport models
  • Overview of key hydrochemical processes (kinetically controlled degradation of organic substances, ion exchange, mineral reactions, surface complexation reactions)
  • Principles of modeling biogeochemical processes such as complexation reactions, sorption, mineral dissolution/precipitation, ion exchange, NAPL dissolution, biodegradation, and microbial growth/decay
  • Modeling of equilibrium and kinetically controlled reactive processes with PHREEQC
  • Coupled modeling of transport and chemical reactions using PHT3D
  • Selected model applications for organic and inorganic pollution problems (e.g., natural attenuation of aromatic/chlorinated hydrocarbons, pesticides, fate of metals), water supply (ASR, deepwell injection) will be presented and studied in lab exercises
  • Introduction to advanced modeling topics such as modeling isotope fractionation and reactive transport under variable-density conditions
  • Introduction to using inverse methods for solute transport modelling

Participants will benefit the most from this course if they have a working knowledge of groundwater models (flow/transport) and an at least a basic understanding of geochemical processes.

The course will be presented by international experts, including:

Dr. Henning Prommer is a senior research scientist in the Water Resource Protection research group, which is part of the Urban and Industrial Water research program at CSIRO Land and Water. He graduated as a civil engineer from the University of Stuttgart (Germany) before working for several years as a consulting environmental engineer. He conducted his postgraduate research at the University of Western Australia, where he obtained his doctoral degree in 1999. He has held postdoctoral positions at the University of Edinburgh (UK), the University of Tuebingen (Germany) and Delft University of Technology (Netherlands). Over the past few years Dr. Prommer was in charge of the numerical model development for the 5th framework European Union project CORONA (Confidence on forecasting of natural attenuation). His main research interest is the development and application of reactive transport models to water quality issues in saturated porous media.

Dr. Chunmiao Zheng is currently the George Lindahl III Endowed Professor of Hydrogeology in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Alabama. He is also Chair Professor and Director of the Center for Water Research at Peking University in Beijing, China. The primary areas of his research are contaminant transport, groundwater management, and hydrologic modeling. He is developer of the widely used MT3DMS contaminant transport model and co-author of the textbook Applied Contaminant Transport Modeling published by Wiley in 1995 and 2002 and translated into Chinese in 2009. He is recipient of the John Hem Excellence in Science and Engineering Award from the National Ground Water Association in 1998 and a fellow of the Geological Society of America since 1999. He received the Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer award from the Geological Society of America in 2009 that took him to 70 universities and research institutions worldwide. He has served as associate editor for leading hydrology journals, including Water Resources Research, Ground Water, Journal of Hydrology, and Hydrogeology Journal. Currently, he is a member of the Standing Committee on Hydrologic Science of the National Research Council, and president of the International Commission on Groundwater of the International Association of Hydrologic Sciences. He received a Ph.D. in hydrogeology with a minor in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988.

Dr. Mary Hill is Project Chief for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and a recipient of the USGS Meritorious Service Award, the ASCE Walter Huber Research Prize, and the NGWA M. King Hubbert Award. Dr. Hill was the NGWA Darcy lecurer in 2001 and Past-President of the International Commission for Ground Water. She is Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Colorado School of Mines. She authored MODFLOWP, the popular PCG2 solver for MODFLOW, and articles on solvers, nonlinear regression, confidence intervals, and calibration methodology. She co-authored the UCODE, MODFLOW-2000, and UCODE_2005 inverse modeling codes, the OPR-PPR code for evaluation the importance of data to predictions, the MMA code for evaluating structural model uncertainty, and the Hill and Tiedeman (2007) text book published by Wiley. She is also a co-author on MOFLOW-LGR and MODPATH-LGR, for simulating groundwater flow and transport through locally refined grids. She has experience modelling saltwater intrusion, groundwater supply, stream interaction, and regional groundwater flow and transport in southern Nevada, USA. She has taught semester and short workshops for 31 years.


The course will be held at the Colorado School of Mines (Room TBA). A campus map will be sent upon enrollment.

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 $1295 by 4PM Mountain Daylight Time, May 23, 2013 ($1495 after May 23).  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 purchase order (US Only).

If cancellation is made before May 23, 2013  , tuition will be refunded except for the $100 deposit. Cancellations made after that date will forfeit a $150 processing fee in addition to the $100 deposit. 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.

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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

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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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