Short Course Information

Below is a list of Short Courses, Conferences, and Workshops that will be offered in conjunction with MODFLOW and More 2019. Information about each of the courses is available by clicking the associated link.

Please Note: Registration for most courses uses the same portal as the conference registration

If you have previously registered for the conference or a short course and would like to register for additional courses, please use this link and select “Additional Event Options or Fees”.

Conferences

Ninth International Conference on the Analytic Element Method

Short Courses

Workshops

Building and Using One-Water Models for Conjunctive Use Analysis


 

 

Conferences

Ninth International Conference

on the Analytic Element Method

The 9th International Conference on the Analytic Element Method (AEM 2019) will be Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, 2019, on the Campus of the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado. This is the biennial opportunity for participants to present, listen, and discuss the recent advances and applications in the Analytic Element Method with the community of scientists and engineers most involved with the method.

If cancellation is made before May 1, 2019 registration fee will be refunded except for a $25 deposit. Cancellations made after that date will forfeit a $50 processing fee in addition to the $25 deposit.

Conference website here

Price: $250 ($300 after May 1); student $100

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Short Courses

Integrated Simulation of

Watershed Systems Using ParFlow

Wednesday, May 29 to Friday, May 31  (3 days)

Instructors

Reed Maxwell, Colorado School of Mines
Laura Condon, University of Arizona
Nick Engdahl, Washington State University

Description

This class trains students in aspects of integrated hydrologic modeling using ParFlow. The course is problem based, focusing all modules and exercises on simulation of a single well-studied, research watershed. Students will gain familiarity in the processes simulated with this platform, gain understanding the disparate input and output datasets and gain understanding and familiarity of Linux commands, high performance computing, visualization and hydrologic analysis. The course is designed modularly and builds in complexity with a host of in-class exercises where the students explore this system under the guidance of the instructors.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Graduate students, post-docs, and professionals working in hydrology are invited to participate.
  • Prior hydrologic and/or atmospheric modeling experience is advised.
  • Unix/Linux command line operation recommended.
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Polishing Your

Groundwater Modeling Skills

Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2  (3 days)

Instructors

Peter Andersen, Tetra Tech
Robert Greenwald, HGL

Description

This course is designed to provide significant detail on practical ground-water flow modeling concepts and techniques. It will explore development of conceptual models for complex sites or regions, how to convert these conceptual models to appropriate ground-water flow models, and how to apply supplemental MODFLOW modules to effectively solve such problems. This course takes the user beyond topics covered in introductory modeling courses and beyond courses that teach the mechanics of applying various pre- and post-processing software. It revolves around a series of realistic problem sets that highlight practical aspects of ground-water flow modeling. These exercises serve as a basis for comparing alternative approaches to solving various types of problems.

Course Audience

This course is intended for practicing geohydrologists, engineers, and ground-water professionals who wish to build upon existing modeling capabilities. Prospective attendees may:

  • have had prior training in groundwater modeling through college or short courses, but wish to learn more about practical applications,
  • be getting re-involved in groundwater modeling and need a refresher and introduction to the latest modeling techniques,
  • wish to know how the multitude of new packages and recent updates to MODFLOW can be used effectively,
  • be filling the role of the sole modeler in an office or company, but desire some advice and guidance to ensure that the most effective procedures are being used,
  • be getting involved in progressively more complicated modeling problems and desire some guidance from experienced modelers.

This course provides insight into nuances and multiple approaches to solving realistic field problems using the popular MODFLOW model and accompanying tools, such as MODPATH, ZONEBUDGET, and others. It is assumed that the participant understands the principles of ground-water modeling and the basic structure of MODFLOW data sets.

Price

$1195 ($1395 after April 15); student $836.50. This fee covers instruction, refreshments, and continuing education units. Lodging and meals are not covered. Payment in full must be received prior to the beginning of the course in order to participate.

If cancellation is made before April 15, 2019 registration fee will be refunded except for a $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 any time prior to the start of the course. Please be advised that if the program is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, the Integrated Groundwater Modeling Center (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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Modeling Groundwater Flow with

the GIS-based MODFLOW GUI FREEWAT

and Calibration and Uncertainty quantification using UCODE

Saturday, June 1 to Sunday, June 2  (2 days)

Instructors

Giovanna De Filippis, the Institute of Life Sciences at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
Laura Foglia, University of California Davis, Larry Walker Associates
Dan Lu, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Mary Hill, University of Kansas, Emeritus USGS
Eileen Poeter, Emeritus Colorado School of Mines, Poeter Engineering

Description

This course provides basic knowledge about MODFLOW, QGIS, building and running model applications using FREEWAT, data integration, and understanding of simulation dynamics using UCODE. By the end of the course, you will know how to:

  • develop MODFLOW models using the QGIS-integrated FREEWAT GUI
  • check problem set-up
  • analyze model fit to data
  • identify parameters that can and cannot be estimated given the available data
  • estimate parameter values; and much more, including:
  1. identify existing and potential new observations important to predictions and forecasts
  2. quantify uncertainty using a range of fast methods (10 s of models runs) and provide approximate values to computationally intensive methods such as MCMC (10,000 s of model runs)
  3. engage skeptical stakeholders using alternative models
  4. account for alternative models in uncertainty evaluations

Strengths and weaknesses are discussed for all procedures and statistics.

Course Audience

This course is designed for modelers seeking better ways to use data and their models. Knowledge of groundwater modeling and basic statistics is useful but not necessary. Anyone interested in modeling will learn important skills in this course.

More information is available here.

Price

$450 ($550 after April 15th); student $200. This fee covers instruction, refreshments, and continuing education units. Lodging and meals are not covered. Payment in full must be received prior to the beginning of the course in order to participate.

If cancellation is made before April 15, 2019 registration fee will be refunded except for a $25 deposit. Cancellations made after that date will forfeit a $50 processing fee in addition to the $25 deposit. In case of cancellation, the right to course material is forfeited. Substitutions are permitted any time prior to the start of the course. Please be advised that if the program is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, the Integrated Groundwater Modeling Center (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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Take Your Groundwater Modeling Skills to the Next Level with FloPy and Python

Sunday, June 2  (1 day)

Instructors

Joe Hughes, US Geological Survey
Chris Langevin, US Geological Survey
Jeremy White, US Geological Survey
Mike Fienen, US Geological Survey

Description

This course introduces participants to the FloPy python package, which can be used to develop, run, and post-process models that are part of the MODFLOW family of codes (Bakker et al., 2016). Supported models include MODFLOW (Harbaugh, 2005), MODFLOW-NWT (Niswonger et al., 2011), MODFLOW-USG (Panday et al., 2013), MODPATH (Pollock, 2012), MT3DMS (Zheng and Wang, 1999), MT3D-USGS (Morway et al., 2016), and SEAWAT (Langevin et al., 2008). FloPy provides functionality for creating new models as well as working with existing models.

The purpose of this course is to present an introduction to python and the pre- and post-processing capabilities of FloPy. The course consists of short lectures and example problems designed to demonstrate the functionality of FloPy. Course topics will include:

  • Getting started with python
  • Building and post-processing simple MODFLOW models
  • Developing time varying boundary packages
  • Developing advanced packages (for example, UPW, NWT, SFR, MNW, and LAK Packages)
  • Loading existing models
  • Advanced post-processing
  • Particle tracking with MODPATH
  • Transport modeling
  • Automating model runs
Course Audience

This course is suited for MODFLOW users interested in learning how to use python and FloPy to develop and post-process MODFLOW-based models. Attendees will be required to bring a laptop computer (both Windows and Mac operating systems will be supported). python and FloPy software will be provided to class attendees. There will be an optional FloPy developer discussion at the end of the class if requested by attendees.

Price

$150 ($200 after April 15); student $100. This fee covers instruction, refreshments, and continuing education units. Lodging and meals are not covered. Payment in full must be received prior to the beginning of the course in order to participate.

If cancellation is made before April 15, 2019 registration fee will be refunded except for a $25 deposit. Cancellations made after that date will forfeit a $25 processing fee in addition to the $25 deposit. In case of cancellation, the right to course material is forfeited. Substitutions are permitted any time prior to the start of the course. Please be advised that if the program is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, the Integrated Groundwater Modeling Center (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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Introduction to Groundwater

Modeling with MODFLOW 6

Thursday, June 6  (1 day)

Instructors

Chris Langevin, US Geological Survey
Joe Hughes, US Geological Survey
Alden Provost, US Geological Survey
Rich Niswonger,  US Geological Survey
Sorab Panday, GSI Environmental

Description

This course introduces participants to the next generation of MODFLOW, called MODFLOW 6. MODFLOW 6 is the sixth 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 was released by the USGS in 2017 and can be downloaded here.

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

The MODFLOW 6 concept, what’s new, and what’s no longer supported-

  • 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 approaches for improving the flow solution
  • Advanced discretization approaches and packages, including a new discretization by vertices package
  • Full three-dimensional anisotropy capability using XT3D (and other XT3D functionality for flow correction on unstructured grids as an alternative to the GNC approach)
  • Utilities for converting previous models into the MODFLOW 6 format
  • MODFLOW 6 interface (input and output) structure and formats
  • Using MODFLOW 6 for complex hydrogeologic situations
  • Ongoing MODFLOW 6 development efforts
    • Comprehensive new skeletal storage, Compaction and SUBsidence (CSUB) Package
    • Groundwater Transport (GWT)
    • Multi-Porosity Transport
    • Variable-Density Groundwater Flow
    • Linear Network Flow (LNF) Model
Course Audience

This course is suited for existing MODFLOW users interested in learning about this new version of MODFLOW and how to use it for complex hydrogeologic conditions.   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.

Price

$150 ($200 after April 15); student $100. This fee covers instruction, refreshments, and continuing education units. Lodging and meals are not covered. Payment in full must be received prior to the beginning of the course in order to participate.

If cancellation is made before April 15, 2019 registration fee will be refunded except for a $25 deposit. Cancellations made after that date will forfeit a $25 processing fee in addition to the $25 deposit. In case of cancellation, the right to course material is forfeited. Substitutions are permitted any time prior to the start of the course. Please be advised that if the program is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, the Integrated Groundwater Modeling Center (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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Decision Support Modeling with PEST

and PEST++; Making Modeling Great Again

Thursday, June 6 to Friday, June 7  (2 days)

Instructors

John Doherty, Watermark Numerical Computing
Jeremy White, US Geological Survey
Randy Hunt, US Geological Survey
Mike Fienan, US Geological Survey

Description

This course provides an overview of groundwater parameter estimation and uncertainty quantification using state-of-the-art tools from the PEST and PEST++ suites. The course will cover the theoretical bases of methods encapsulated in these tools (but not too deeply), some implementation details, and plenty of applications.

Topics will include:

Analytical uncertainty quantification
Post-calibration Monte-Carlo analysis (including null space Monte Carlo)
New, powerful and efficient ensemble methods
Direct predictive hypothesis testing
Global sensitivity analysis
Optimization (under uncertainty)
Quantitative assessment of data worth
Modelling for decision support

The strengths and weakness of the different approaches will be discussed. Members of the PEST and PEST++ suites will be demonstrated, together with some of their utility support programs, including the extensive Python-based pyEMU package which provides powerful options for visualization and implementation.

Course Audience

While the discussion will be thorough, it will also be at a high level, making the course suitable for modelers, those that depend on models to make decisions, and stakeholders in those decisions.

Price

$895 ($995 after April 15); student $626.50. This fee covers instruction, refreshments, and continuing education units. Lodging and meals are not covered. Payment in full must be received prior to the beginning of the course in order to participate.

If cancellation is made before April 15, 2019 registration fee will be refunded except for a $75 deposit. Cancellations made after that date will forfeit a $100 processing fee in addition to the $75 deposit. In case of cancellation, the right to course material is forfeited. Substitutions are permitted any time prior to the start of the course. Please be advised that if the program is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, the Integrated Groundwater Modeling Center (Colorado School of Mines) will return all course fees, but will not be liable for any other expenses incurred by the prospective attendees.

***Registration for PEST is now closed–course is full!***

 

Modeling Water Flow and Contaminant Transport in Soils and Groundwater using the HYDRUS Software Packages

Monday, June 10 to Wednesday, June 12  (3 days)

Instructor

Jirka Šimunek, University of California Riverside

Description

The course begins with a detailed conceptual and mathematical description of water flow and solute transport processes in the vadose zone, followed by a brief overview of the use of finite element techniques for solving the governing flow and transport equations. Special attention is given to the highly nonlinear nature of the governing flow equation. Alternative methods for describing and modeling the hydraulic functions of unsaturated porous media are also described. “Hands-on” computer sessions will provide participants an opportunity to become familiar with the Windows-based HYDRUS-1D and HYDRUS (2D/3D) software packages. Emphasis will be on the preparation of input data for a variety of applications, including flow and transport in a vadose zone, subsurface drip irrigation, flow and transport to a tile drain, and two-dimensional leachate migration from a landfill through the unsaturated zone into groundwater. Calibration will be discussed and demonstrated by means of a one-dimensional inverse problem.

Price

$1195 ($1395 after April 15); student $836.50. This fee covers instruction, refreshments, and continuing education units. Lodging and meals are not covered. Payment in full must be received prior to the beginning of the course in order to participate.

If cancellation is made before April 15, 2019 registration fee will be refunded except for a $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 any time prior to the start of the course. Please be advised that if the program is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, the Integrated Groundwater Modeling Center (Colorado School of Mines) will return all course fees, but will not be liable for any other expenses incurred by the prospective attendees.

Please see the PC progress site for more info.

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Workshop

Building and Using One-Water

Models for Conjunctive Use Analysis

Sunday, June 2  (1 day)

MODFLOW-OWHM version 2, now called One-Water, is a fusion of multiple MODFLOW-2005 variants now able to simulate and help understand the conjunctive use of groundwater and surface water combined with land use. The first release of One-Water was selected by the World Bank Water Resource Software Review as one of three recommended simulation programs for surface-water/groundwater conjunctive-use and management modeling. Version 2 includes modified-existing MODFLOW packages and new packages that aid evaluating Best Management Practices (BMP). The input structure is designed to maintain backward compatibility with existing MODFLOW models and provides alternative input structures that are easier to update and maintain. One-Water is well suited for simulation of urban and agricultural settings by including dynamic estimation of water consumption and groundwater pumpage for irrigation, routing and management options for surface-water deliveries, detailed water-budget output, and embedded functionality for reservoir operations. This dynamic estimation makes One-Water a powerful tool for evaluation of future scenarios and assessing groundwater sustainability, adaptation, and climate change.

This one-day workshop provides attendees with an overview of the features unique to One-Water, highlights modified-existing MODFLOW-2005 features, and reviews the background information and steps necessary in constructing a simple One-Water model. The simple model will illustrate how One-Water can evaluate different management and climate scenarios and analyze their results to make decisions for sustainable operations. The workshop will discuss the complete redesign and implementation of the Farm Process, a new reservoir operations package (SWO), the inclusion the conduit flow process (CFP), and new solver options and output. If time permits, the workshop will conclude with brief discussion on recommended techniques for calibrating a One-Water simulation model.

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