Groundwater Flow & Contaminant Transport Modeling using Visual MODFLOW Flex (In-Person)

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Groundwater Flow & Contaminant Transport Modeling using Visual MODFLOW Flex (In-Person)

Nov 28, 2023 - Dec 01, 2023

This 4-day in-person course introduces participants to the complete groundwater modelling process using Visual MODFLOW Flex.  Enjoy a mix of lectures and exercises focused on various groundwater modelling concepts including conceptual and numerical model development, contaminant transport modelling, the use of secondary utilities for enhanced modelling results and analysis, parameter estimation and model calibration, and the analysis of model results.

$1700  after October 27th
Dates: Nov 28 – Dec 1, 2023
Times: 9AM-5PM EST
Location: 219 Labrador Dr, Unit 201 (2nd floor)
Waterloo, ON, Canada, N2K 4M8
Contact info: 519-746-1798

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Course Topics:

  • Principles of the modelling process
  • Conceptual model development
  • Fundamentals of groundwater flow modelling using MODFLOW
  • Principles of Finite Difference grid design & optimization
  • Setting appropriate boundaries
  • Simulating surface water flows through the advanced SFR package
  • Simulating multi-aquifer systems
  • Particle tracking, pathline analysis & capture zone delineation
  • Sub-regional water budget analysis
  • Contaminant transport processes and simulation
  • Calibration & verification of flow and transport models
  • Theory of automated parameter estimation using PEST

The exercises used in the course require a current Visual MODFLOW Flex Pro or Premium license. A Visual MODFLOW Flex Premium trial license will be provided for use during the course as part of the registration fee for those who need it.

Who should attend?

This course is suited for anyone interested in learning the fundamentals behind groundwater modelling and how to develop models using Visual MODFLOW Flex. Prior modelling experience is not required, however, the course material assumes a basic background knowledge of the principles of hydrogeology.

Attendees are required to provide their own computer with the software loaded.


Computers with the following minimum requirements are needed to run Visual MODFLOW Flex:

System Requirements:

  • Operating System: Windows 10 or 11 Pro or Enterprise Editions
  • Processor: 32-bit or 64-bit
  • Hard Disk: 500 GB with enough room to run a model. We recommend 50 GB or more additional free space
  • RAM: 16GB or more recommended

What you will get!

  • 30-day temporary training license of Visual MODFLOW Flex Premium
  • A copy of all the course lectures and exercises
  • Networking with other environmental and modelling professionals
  • 10% discount on Visual MODFLOW Flex licenses for attendees
  • A certificate of attendance for completing the course


The course will be led by Nicholas Lyle, the lead trainer at Waterloo Hydrogeologic and (depending on attendance) Kristian Doerken, the Product Manager for Visual MODFLOW Flex. Our instructors bring a wealth of real-world experience with a strong understanding of the underlying principles to help explain the concepts covered in the course and answer questions you may have.

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November 28, 2023 @ 9:00 am
December 1, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
1,700 USD
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Waterloo Hydrogeologic
219 Labrador Drive
Waterloo, Ontario N2K 4M8 Canada