Workshop SM5.

Simulation of groundwater and surface water systems: Practical theory and applications

Sunday, 8 September, 2019

Instructor: Larry M. Deschaine, PhD, P.Eng

Summary

This practical course will cover the methods and approaches for simulating groundwater and surface water systems using computer models.
The modeling tools and techniques discussed in this workshop will help both the manager and analyst by discussing how to develop physically consistent and robust analyses using computer models that simulate groundwater and surface water systems, how to review them for completeness and consistency, how to use them for supporting decisions, and how to get the analysis accepted by the stakeholders.

Who should attend?

This course is targeted to environmental and water supply consultants, managers, site owners, and regulators involved with complex environmental or water supply decisions which models will be used to facilitate decisions which depend on stakeholder interaction will benefit from this course. Prior knowledge of computer modeling is not required.

Detailed Course Outline & Schedule 

Time Topic
9:00am

Introduction

• Overview of workshop goals
• Instructor and attendee’s introductions
• Special challenges attendees are facing

9:15am

Developing the Modeling Approach
• Expectations of applying modeling at sites
• Development of modeling objectives
• Knowing when the modeling is enough for decision support
• What to do when complexities exceed model code capabilities

9:30am

Implementing a Computer Model: Groundwater

• General technology overview
• Model Code Selection
• Building the computer model
• Verification and Validation: How to get the results accepted

10:00am Morning tea
10:30am

Implementing a Computer Model: Surface Water

• General technology overview
• Model Code Selection
• Building the computer model
• Verification and Validation: How to get the results accepted

11:00am

Case Studies: Groundwater Flow Modeling

• Mine pit dewatering

11:30am

Case Studies: Groundwater Flow and Transport Modeling

• Aquifer remediation

12:00pm
            Case Studies: Surface Water

    • Reservoirs, rivers, estuaries, and ocean systems

    12:30pm Course Summary and close