STANMOD

SOFTWARE REVIEW by Craig Divine

STANMOD (STudio of ANalytical MODels) is a suite of porous media solute transport models created by the U.S. Salinity Laboratory incorporating some of their more popular previously developed models in a common, user-friendly pre- and post-processor. Specifically, STANMOD 2.0 includes CHAIN, CFITM, CFITIM, CXTFIT, 3DADE and N3DADE. These models are based on analytical solutions of the convection-dispersion equation and consider a variety of complex solute transport processes, including sequential first-order decay and chemical/physical non-equilibrium (rate-limited) processes. Field-scale solute transport can be evaluated using simplified stochastic methods. Several of the codes include inverse algorithms for estimation of optimal transport parameter values by fitting models to observed data. Because they are based on analytical solutions, STANMOD codes assume homogeneous medium properties and steady boundary conditions. Consequently, accuracy of the models is related to the degree to which actual conditions deviate from these and other model assumptions.

While there are no modifications of the previously-released versions of the underlying transport models, STANMOD greatly increases utility of these models by providing a straightforward pre-processor and useful post-processor/plotting options. The technical documentation (which includes on-line help) for the STANMOD interface is brief; however, the Windows-based interface is intuitive and numerous example problems are provided. Electronic copies of the original documentation for the transport models are included and the developers at the U.S. Salinity Laboratory can be contacted for technical assistance. The most recent version of STANMOD and the individual underlying transport models are available free of charge at http://typhoon.mines.edu/software/igwmcsoft/.

Rating System
5=Excellent, 4=Very Good, 3=Good, 2=Satisfactory, 1=Poor

Ease of Use
5
GUI
5
Application
Solute Transport in Porous Media
Output/Plotting
4
Documentation
3
Best Feature
Step-by-step pre-processor
Speed
5
Worst Feature
Limited documentation
Overall Rating
4

Last Update: April 2004