VMOD2 - Applied Groundwater Flow and Contaminant Transport Modeling Using Visual MODFLOW

  • Applied flow & transport modeling using Visual MODFLOW Classic and Flex (4 days)
  • MODFLOW (-2005, -NWT, -USG), MODPATH, ZoneBudget, MT3D/RT3D, SEAWAT, PEST
  • Conceptual and classic modeling workflows

Scheduled Courses


Date 2018 April 10-13
Registration Fee 1 199 EUR (999 EUR before March 28, 2018)
Location Gödöllő, Hungary
Traveling info

From Liszt Ferenc International Airport:
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Please let us know if you are arriving by other means (e.g., by train, or by car), and we will guide you as necessary.

Szent István University - Museum of Development History of Agricultural Tools and Machinery
H-2100 Gödöllő, Szentgyörgyi Albert u. 4.
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Contact by telephone (in Hungary)
Tel.: +36 (28) 512-930; Mobile: +36 (30) 935-9966
Accomodation 1
University Campus; room prices: 7.500 HUF/person - 9.600 HUF/2 persons (no breakfast); Tel.: -36 (28) 522-971
Accomodation 2
Panzió Sissi; room prices: 15.700 HUF/person - 19.400 HUF/2 persons (incl. breakfast); Tel.: +36 (28) 545-540
Accomodation 3
Erzsébet Királyné Hotel; room prices: 75 EUR/person - 85 EUR/2 persons (incl. breakfast) ; Tel.: +36 (28) 816-817


This 4-day applied groundwater modeling course was designed to present the theory behind MODFLOW (MODFLOW-2000, MODFLOW-USG), MODPATH, ZoneBudget, MT3D/RT3D, SEAWAT, PEST, and to illustrate the practical development of groundwater flow and transport models using Visual MODFLOW Premium (Classic and Flex interfaces). This course introduces the modeling process including conceptual model development, numerical model implementation and model calibration. It alternates between lectures and exercises to illustrate the ease of using Visual MODFLOW Premium. We also use WinPEST to perform automated parameter estimation to evaluate the quality of model calibration.

The course goes beyond these introductory topics and provides advice on how to choose appropriate parameter distributions and model boundaries to develop defensible models of the groundwater system. Attendees will gain a more complete understanding of the integration of GIS and Visual MODFLOW for the development of groundwater models and the presentation of results. Groundwater resource applications that are covered include model calibration using groundwater heads and flows, new well development, capture zone delineation, well interference assessment, and stream impact investigations. Contaminant transport topics include transport model development, model calibration to contaminant concentrations, source area design, choice of appropriate concentration boundary conditions, comparison of transport solvers, and 3D visualization of flow and transport results.

This course is ideally suited for hydrogeologists and modelers with some knowledge of field investigation and groundwater modeling who wish to advance their modeling knowledge, and whose responsibilities include model development, review, planning and project management.


Objectives & Benefits

What you'll learn from hands-on experience?

  • How to apply Visual MODFLOW to 3D flow and contaminant transport projects
  • How to use MODFLOW (MODFLOW-2005, MODFLOW-USG) to develop several different types of groundwater models with hands-on lab exercises
  • How to calibrate flow and transport models to observed field data
  • How to use MODPATH to model 3-D particle tracking for capture zone delineation
  • How to use ZoneBudget to assess sub-regional water budgets within the model domain
  • How to use RT3D and MT3D to simulate 3D reactive transport
  • How to use WinPEST to improve model calibration and assess uncertainty
  • How to use SEAWAT for modeling geothermal systems and density dependent flow and transport

You will also receive

  • Hands-on guidance with Visual MODFLOW by expert instructors
  • A complete set of course lecture notes and lab exercises
  • A copy of laboratory exercise files and a demo copy of Visual MODFLOW

Course Topics

  • Principles of the modeling process – data collection, model development, model calibration and prediction of results
  • Conceptual model development using borehole data, cross-sections and aquifer test analysis
  • Fundamentals of groundwater flow modeling using MODFLOW
  • Basic principles of finite difference grid design, refinement and optimization
  • Setting appropriate boundaries for developing a defensible groundwater model
  • Simulating multi-aquifer systems with irregular layer elevations
  • Particle tracking, pathline analysis and wellfield capture zone delineation
  • Sub-regional water budget analysis using ZoneBudget including model validation to streamflow discharge
  • Contaminant transport processes and simulation of results
  • Calibration and verification of 3D flow and transport models
  • Theory of automated parameter estimation, and the inner working of PEST
  • Visualization of model input and model results in 2D and 3D
  • MODFLOW-USG concepts and applications

Course topics may change. The above topics are only for reference purposes.


Jakab és Társai Kft. - VMOD (VMOD1 & VMOD2) course references

1. Paris (France) logo areva EN VMOD2 2011 July 25-29
2. Marsa (Malta)  MRA-logo VMOD1 2012 January 16-20
3. Ankara (Turkey) MTA-logo VMOD1 2012 September 24-28
Gödöllő (Hungary) Open Enrollment VMOD2 2014 May 13-16
Ankara (Turkey) Ekoton-logo VMOD1 2014 November 4-7
Manila (Phillippines) EDC-logo VMOD2 2015 November 23-27
Gödöllő (Hungary) Open Enrollment VMOD2 2017 May 9-12
Gödöllő (Hungary) Open Enrollment VMOD2 2017 October 9-12