Groundwater Remediation of Contaminated Sites

Using Visual MODFLOW for Groundwater Remediation of Contaminated Sites

Groundwater models can be used to define the flow conditions at a contaminated site and to define the spatial and temporal distribution of the contaminant plume. Once the plume has been mapped out, groundwater models can also be used to evaluate the design of remediation scenarios, including: pump and treat, hydraulic containment, permeable reactive barriers (PRB), bioremediation, natural attenuation, and more.


Applications of groundwater transport and remediation will use MT3DMS, RT3D, or PHT3D.  If you need to simulate chemical reactions between species and the suburface matrix, then you will need to use RT3D or PHT3D. If you need to use RT3D or PHT3D, this is currently only supported in the VMOD Classic interface.  If you require instructions on how to access this, please contact us.

Online References using Visual MODFLOW MT3D and RT3D

Title Region Keywords
A Visual MODFLOW and MT3D Model To Support Remediation of a
Petroleum Contamination Site Using In-Situ Chemical Oxidation
USA In-Situ Chemical Oxidation, groundwater remediation of contaminated sites (hydrocarbons)
Developing and Implementing and Environmental Remedial Action Plan at a Mercury-Contaminated Industrial Site Canada mercury, tidal influences
PFOS Mobility and Remediation in the Groundwater Zone of Glaciofluvial Sediments, Gardermoen, Norway Norway Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS)
A modelling feasibility study of hydraulic manipulation: a groundwater restoration concept for reluctant contaminant plumes UK RT3D
Optimisation of Permeable Reactive Barrier Systems for the Remediation of Contaminated Groundwater Theory/Lab PRB, permeable reactive barriers
Numerical modeling of Etla Valley aquifer, Oax., Mexico: Evolution and remediation scenarios Mexico
Enhanced Delivery of Potassium Permanganate Using Horizontal Wells USA In situ chemical oxidation (ISCO), dry-cleaning solvents, horizontal wells, inject potassium permanganate (KMNO4)
Design and Installation of a Dual Extraction and Bioenhancement Remediation System USA TCE, PCE, BTEX, TCA, Ketones
Modeling of a Permeable Reactive Barrier (PRB)  Lab
Monitoring the Effectiveness of Phytoremediation and Hydrogeologic Response at an Agricultural Chemical Facility  USA
Bioremediation of Chloroethylenes: An Evaluation of Groundwater ReCirculation Systems

(Published in Groundwater: Hydrogeochemistry, Environmental Impacts and Management Practices)

recirculating wells, bioremediation
Capture Zone Comparison for Photovoltaic Microgrid-Powered Pump and Treat Remediation
(Published in Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste)
Evaluation of Collector Well Configurations to Model Hydrodynamics in Riverbank Filtration and Groundwater Remediation USA collector wells
Performance Prediction of a Permeable Reactive Barrier for Remediation of Groundwater Contaminated with Zinc Thailand zinc contamination
Characterization of a contaminant plume and evaluation of decontaminating measures Theory/Lab
Toluene Remediation Using Low Vacuum Dual Phase Extraction Canada toluene, SVE, soil vapor extraction
Modeling Natural Attenuation of Petroleum Hydrocarbons (BTEX) in Heterogenous Aquifers USA RT3D, BTEX
Mathematical Modeling and Application of Permeable Reactive Barrier
into a Hazardous Waste Contaminated Site
(Published in proceedings International Conference on Advances in Engineering Science and Management)
India Hazardous Waste, Permeable Reactive Barrier


Note: Waterloo Hydrogeologic does not imply endorsement of software from the authors of these publications/reports (and their associated organization/company).

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