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February 2014

Applied Groundwater Flow and Solute Transport Modelling Seminar

Please Note
Participants are required to bring their own laptop computer to the workshop.
Status: This seminar has been cancelled due to low registration.
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - Friday, February 28, 2014
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration - Day 1 and Continental Breakfast - Day 1
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Applied Groundwater Flow and Solute Transport Modelling
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Applied Groundwater Flow and Solute Transport Modelling
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Applied Groundwater Flow and Solute Transport Modelling
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Applied Groundwater Flow and Solute Transport Modelling
Location: Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Daniel Gomes, Principal Hydrogeologist - Schlumberger Canada Limited
Paul Martin, Principal Hydrogeological Engineer - Matrix Solutions
Credit: 37 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: Applied Groundwater Flow and Solute Transport Modelling : $1499.00 + GST = $1573.95 until Feb 11, 2014

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: Applied Groundwater Flow and Solute Transport Modelling : $1699.00 + GST = $1783.95

Non-Member Price: Applied Groundwater Flow and Solute Transport Modelling : $1699.00 + GST = $1783.95

Student Member Price: Applied Groundwater Flow and Solute Transport Modelling : $849.50 + GST = $891.98
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by February 11, 2014 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
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Note: ** Participants are required to bring their own laptop computer to the workshop.
Applied Groundwater Flow and Solute Transport Modelling Seminar. This 4-day applied groundwater modeling course was designed to present the theory behind MODFLOW, MODPATH, ZoneBudget and MT3D/RT3D, and to illustrate the practical development of groundwater flow and transport models using Visual MODFLOW Premium. 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 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, 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.

Course Objectives

From hands-on experience you will learn:
  • How to apply Visual MODFLOW to 3D flow and contaminant transport projects
  • How to use MODFLOW 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 3-D reactive transport
  • How to use SEAWAT for density-dependent groundwater modeling
  • How to use WinPEST to improve model calibration and assess uncertainty

Prerequisites
A basic understanding of the principles of groundwater flow and solute transport, and a desire to learn more about groundwater modeling, and how it can be applied to hydrogeologic analysis and design.

Seminar Outline – Daily (from 8:30am – 5:00pm)

Feb 25
Registration Course Introduction
Lecture Applied Groundwater Modeling
Exercise Intro2: An Intro to Visual MODFLOW Modeling
Lecture How to Build a Groundwater Model
Exercise 3DCap: Capture Zone Modeling
Exercise Water Rights: Modeling Well Impacts on Streams

Feb 26
Lecture An Introduction to USGS MODFLOW
Exercise Mounding: Spray Irrigation Modeling
Lecture Principles of MODPATH and ZoneBudget
Exercise Dewater: Designing a Dewatering System
Exercise ChemWest: The Flow Model for a Contaminated Site

Feb 27
Lecture Principles of Contaminant Transport Modeling
Exercise ChemWest: The Transport Model for a Contaminated Site
Lecture Density Dependent Flow and Transport Modeling
Exercise Seawell: Saltwater Intrusion Modeling with SEAWAT

Feb 28
Lecture Fundamentals of Model Calibration
Exercise Valley: Calibrating a Transient Flow Model
Lecture Calibration Results and Uncertainty Analysis
Exercise Channel: Calibrating a Transport Model
Break Course Evaluations
Exercise Freyberg: Uncertainty in Groundwater Flow Modeling
Exercise Open Pits: Transient Mine Pit Modeling

Note: Participants are required to bring their own laptop computer to the workshop.

Instructors
Daniel Gomes, Principal Hydrogeologist - Schlumberger Canada Limited

Daniel Gomes, is a Principal Hydrogeologist and Numerical Modeler with 25 years of experience. Daniel was General Manager of Waterloo Hydrogeologic Inc., a world leader and the development and applications of groundwater flow and transport.  He is an experienced hydrogeologist and groundwater numerical modeler with a wide range of experience in mining, water resources and environmental projects. These include monitoring programs, data acquisition, data management, and numerical modeling of groundwater flow and contaminant transport. Mr. Gomes has extensive international experience (worked in projects in 16 countries). ).  He has led over 50 numerical modeling projects, including high profile environmental projects (Discrete Fracture assessment and modeling at the Santa Susana Superfund Site for BOEING, fate and transport modeling at the AEROJET Rancho Cordova Superfund Site; pumping and treat optimization modeling at the MEW superfund site in California, modeling review of the FEFLOW fate and transport model prepared for the OLIN Superfund site in Wilmington, MS, for EPA, etc). Mr. Gomes has also frequently worked as technical expert for U.N. Agencies such as The International Atomic Energy Agency, the World Bank and Pan-American Health Organization. He is the main instructor of a number of Groundwater Modeling short courses, including NGWA’s the New MODFLOW course.

Paul Martin, Principal Hydrogeological Engineer - Matrix Solutions

Mr. Paul Martin is a Principal Hydrogeological Engineer with over 20 years of experience specializing in the characterization and assessment of hydrogeologic systems to better understand groundwater flow and contaminant transport.  Having successfully completed several hundred groundwater modelling projects, many of them for regional scale aquifer systems, he has gained a wealth of experience in the practical application of data analysis and modelling tools.  Mr. Martin is recognized as one of the most experienced regional scale groundwater modellers in Canada, and is internationally accredited as a Groundwater Modelling Expert by the United Nations. Recognizing the role of the model as a decision making tool, he approaches problems with a focus on technical excellence, detailed hydrogeologic structure, groundwater/surface water interaction and uncertainty quantification.  Mr. Martin has worked on consulting modelling projects for water resources definition and characterization, surface and groundwater hydraulics and hydrology, development and climate change impact assessment, environmental site assessments, contaminant remediation system design, mining water supply and waste management, municipal landfills and impact evaluation of agricultural activities.

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