Short Courses & More

Below is a list of Short Courses and Conferences that will be offered in conjunction with MODFLOW and More 2022. Information about each of the courses is available by clicking the associated link.

Please note that short course prices will increase after May 1, 2022.

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Conferences

Short Courses

 


Conferences

Tenth International Conference On The Analytic Element Method

The 10th International Conference on the Analytic Element Method (AEM 2022) will be Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, 2022, on the Campus of Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey. This is the biennial opportunity for participants to present, listen, and discuss the recent advances and applications in the Analytic Element Method with the community of scientists and engineers most involved with the method.

Please submit your AEM abstract on the AEM Conference website.

PRICE

$250 regular attendee ($300 after May 1); $100 student.

If cancellation is made before May 1, 2022 full registration fee will be refunded. Cancellations made after that date will receive a full refund minus a $25 deposit.

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Short Courses

Integrated Simulation Of Watershed Systems Using ParFlow

Thursday, June 2 to Friday, June 3 (2 Days)

INSTRUCTORS

  • Reed Maxwell, Princeton University
  • Laura Condon, University of Arizona
  • Nick Engdahl, Washington State University
  • Stefan Kollet, University of Bonn

DESCRIPTION

This class trains students in aspects of integrated hydrologic modeling using ParFlow. The course is problem based, focusing all modules and exercises on simulation of a well-studied, research watershed. Students will gain familiarity in the processes simulated with this platform, gain understanding of the disparate input and output datasets and gain understanding and familiarity of Linux commands, high performance computing, visualization and hydrologic analysis. The course is designed modularly and builds in complexity with a host of in-class exercises where the students explore this system under the guidance of the instructors.

ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Graduate students, post-docs, and professionals working in hydrology are invited to participate.
  • Prior hydrologic and/or atmospheric modeling experience is advised.
  • Unix/Linux command line operation recommended.

PRICE

$600 regular attendee ($700 after May 1); $300 student. This fee covers instruction, refreshments, and continuing education units. Lodging and meals are not covered. Payment in full must be received prior to the beginning of the course in order to participate.

If cancellation is made before May 1, 2022 full registration fee will be refunded. Cancellations made after that date will receive a full refund minus a $25 deposit. In case of cancellation, the right to course materials is forfeited. Substitutions are permitted any time prior to the start of the course. Please be advised that if the course is canceled due to insufficient enrollment or COVID-19, all course fees will be refunded, but the IGWMC will not be liable for any other expenses incurred by prospective attendees.

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Polishing Your Groundwater Modeling Skills–CANCELLED

Friday, June 3 to Sunday, June 5 (3 Days)

INSTRUCTORS

  • Pete Andersen, Tetra Tech, Inc.
  • James Ross, Tetra Tech, Inc.

DESCRIPTION

This course is designed to provide significant detail on practical ground-water flow modeling concepts and techniques. It will explore development of conceptual models for complex sites or regions, how to convert these conceptual models to appropriate ground-water flow models, and how to apply supplemental MODFLOW modules and the relatively new MODFLOW-6 to effectively solve such problems. This course takes the user beyond topics covered in introductory modeling courses and beyond courses that teach the mechanics of applying various pre- and post-processing software. It revolves around a series of realistic problem sets that highlight practical aspects of ground-water flow modeling. These exercises serve as a basis for comparing alternative approaches to solving various types of problems.

COURSE AUDIENCE

This course is intended for practicing geohydrologists, engineers, and ground-water professionals who wish to build upon existing modeling capabilities. Prospective attendees may:

  • have had prior training in groundwater modeling through college or short courses, but wish to learn more about practical applications,
  • be getting re-involved in groundwater modeling and need a refresher and introduction to the latest modeling techniques,
  • wish to know how the multitude of new packages, formulations (USG, NWT),  and recent MODFLOW-6 reconfiguration can be used effectively,
  • want to know more about pre- and post-processing options for ease of model execution, better understanding of model output, and effective presentation of results,
  • be filling the role of the sole modeler in an office or company, but desire some advice and guidance to ensure that the most effective procedures are being used, and/or
  • be getting involved in progressively more complicated modeling problems and desire some guidance from experienced modelers.

This course provides insight into nuances and multiple approaches to solving realistic field problems using the popular MODFLOW model and accompanying tools, such as MODPATH, ZONEBUDGET, PEST and others. It is assumed that the participant understands the principles of ground-water modeling.

PRICE

$1195 ($1395 after May 1); student $836.50. This fee covers instruction, refreshments, and continuing education units. Lodging and meals are not covered. Payment in full must be received prior to the beginning of the course in order to participate.

If cancellation is made before May 1, 2022 full registration fee will be refunded. Cancellations made after that date will receive a full refund minus a $50 deposit. In case of cancellation, the right to course materials is forfeited. Substitutions are permitted any time prior to the start of the course. Please be advised that if the course is canceled due to insufficient enrollment or COVID-19, all course fees will be refunded, but the IGWMC will not be liable for any other expenses incurred by prospective attendees.

 


Introduction To Groundwater Modeling With MODFLOW 6–CANCELLED

Saturday, June 4 (1 Day)

INSTRUCTORS

  • Chris Langevin, US Geological Survey
  • Joe Hughes, US Geological Survey
  • Alden Provost, US Geological Survey
  • Martijn Russcher, Deltares
  • Sorab Panday, GSI Environmental

DESCRIPTION

This course introduces participants to the MODFLOW 6 program. MODFLOW 6 is the sixth core version of MODFLOW released by the U.S. Geological Survey (previous core versions were released in 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, and 2005). MODFLOW 6 combines many of the capabilities found in MODFLOW-2005, MODFLOW-NWT, MODFLOW-USG, and MODFLOW-LGR, and provides a platform for adding new packages and models. MODFLOW 6 was released by the USGS in 2017 and can be downloaded here.

The purpose of this course is to present an overview of MODFLOW 6 and focus on some of the new capabilities that have been recently implemented.  The course consists of lectures, discussions, example problems and hands-on exercises designed to demonstrate MODFLOW 6 and its growing capabilities.  Course participants will develop an understanding and working knowledge of:

  • MODFLOW 6 interface (input and output) structure and formats
  • Strategies for converting previous models into the MODFLOW 6 format
  • Time series and observation capabilities
  • Advanced flow package capabilities (Multi-Aquifer Well, Streamflow Routing, Lake, Unsaturated Zone Flow, and Water Mover)
  • Newton-Raphson formulation for water-table conditions
  • Local grid refinement, tight coupling of multiple groundwater flow and transport models, and approaches for improving the flow solution
  • Advanced discretization approaches and packages
  • Full three-dimensional anisotropy capability using XT3D (and other XT3D functionality for flow correction on unstructured grids as an alternative to the ghost-node correction approach)
  • Comprehensive new skeletal storage, Compaction and SUBsidence (CSUB) Package
  • Groundwater Transport (GWT)
  • Multi-Porosity Transport
  • Variable-Density Groundwater Flow
  • Adaptive Time Stepping
  • Application Programming Interface (API) for MODFLOW
  • Ongoing MODFLOW 6 development efforts

COURSE AUDIENCE

This course is suited for groundwater modelers interested in learning about MODFLOW 6 and how to use it for complex groundwater problems.   Attendees will be required to bring a laptop computer (both Windows and Mac operating systems will be supported).  There will be an optional MODFLOW developer discussion at the end of the class if requested by attendees.

PRICE

$150 ($200 after May 1); student $100. This fee covers instruction, refreshments, and continuing education units. Lodging and meals are not covered. Payment in full must be received prior to the beginning of the course in order to participate.

If cancellation is made before May 1, 2022 full registration fee will be refunded. Cancellations made after that date will receive a full refund minus a $25 deposit. In case of cancellation, the right to course materials is forfeited. Substitutions are permitted any time prior to the start of the course. Please be advised that if the course is canceled due to insufficient enrollment or COVID-19, all course fees will be refunded, but the IGWMC will not be liable for any other expenses incurred by prospective attendees.

 


Take Your Groundwater Modeling Skills To The Next Level With FloPy And Python–CANCELLED

Sunday, June 5 (1 Day)

INSTRUCTORS

  • Joe Hughes, US Geological Survey
  • Chris Langevin, US Geological Survey
  • Josh Larsen, US Geological Survey
  • Mike Fienen, US Geological Survey

DESCRIPTION

This course introduces participants to the FloPy python package, which can be used to develop, run, and post-process models that are part of the MODFLOW family of codes (Bakker et al., 2016). Supported models include MODFLOW 6 (Hughes et al. 2017), MODFLOW-2005 (Harbaugh, 2005), MODFLOW-NWT (Niswonger et al., 2011), MODFLOW-USG (Panday et al., 2013), MODPATH (Pollock, 2012), MT3DMS (Zheng and Wang, 1999), MT3D-USGS (Morway et al., 2016), and SEAWAT (Langevin et al., 2008). FloPy provides functionality for creating new models as well as working with existing models.

The purpose of this course is to present an introduction to python and the pre- and post-processing capabilities of FloPy. The course consists of short lectures and example problems designed to demonstrate the functionality of FloPy. Course topics will include:

  • Getting started with python
  • Building and post-processing structured and unstructured groundwater models
  • Developing time varying boundary packages
  • Developing advanced packages (for example, UPW, NWT, SFR, MNW, and LAK Packages)
  • Loading existing models
  • Advanced post-processing
  • Particle tracking with MODPATH
  • Transport modeling
  • Automating model runs

COURSE AUDIENCE

This course is suited for MODFLOW users interested in learning how to use python and FloPy to develop and post-process MODFLOW-based models. Attendees will be required to bring a laptop computer (both Windows and Mac operating systems will be supported). python and FloPy software will be provided to class attendees. There will be an optional FloPy developer discussion at the end of the class if requested by attendees.

PRICE

$150 ($200 after May 1); student $100. This fee covers instruction, refreshments, and continuing education units. Lodging and meals are not covered. Payment in full must be received prior to the beginning of the course in order to participate.

If cancellation is made before May 1, 2022 full registration fee will be refunded. Cancellations made after that date will receive a full refund minus a $25 deposit. In case of cancellation, the right to course materials is forfeited. Substitutions are permitted any time prior to the start of the course. Please be advised that if the course is canceled due to insufficient enrollment or COVID-19, all course fees will be refunded, but the IGWMC will not be liable for any other expenses incurred by prospective attendees.

 


Introduction To The Theory And Practice Of Groundwater Modeling With Ensemble Methods–CANCELLED

Thursday, June 9 (1 Day)

INSTRUCTORS

  • Ayman Alzraiee, US Geological Survey
  • Mike Fienen, US Geological Survey
  • Randy Hunt, US Geological Survey
  • Jeremy White, INTERA Inc.

DESCRIPTION

This course provides an overview of applying ensemble methods to groundwater models for efficient, simultaneous data assimilation (e.g. calibration), and uncertainty quantification.  Both batch (ensemble smoother) and sequential (ensemble Kalman filter) algorithms and usages will be covered through application of pestpp-ies and pestpp-da.  We will present a few recent case studies where these techniques were applied “successfully”, as well as some hands-on practice with a simple synthetic model to better understand ensemble-modeling workflows.

Topics will include:

  • Thinking stochastically with groundwater models
  • Bayesian approach to inverse problems
  • Ensemble-based solution techniques
  • Batch and sequential data assimilation with groundwater models
  • Interpreting ensemble results
  • The mechanics of applying ensemble methods

COURSE AUDIENCE

A 1-day course can only be some much, so we will endeavor to keep the theory high-level and the hands-on exercises concise and focused.

 

Helpful resources and links

 

Helpful, but not required, Python packages include:

PRICE

$150 ($200 after May 1); student $100. This fee covers instruction, refreshments, and continuing education units. Lodging and meals are not covered. Payment in full must be received prior to the beginning of the course in order to participate.

If cancellation is made before May 1, 2022 full registration fee will be refunded. Cancellations made after that date will receive a full refund minus a $25 deposit. In case of cancellation, the right to course materials is forfeited. Substitutions are permitted any time prior to the start of the course. Please be advised that if the course is canceled due to insufficient enrollment or COVID-19, all course fees will be refunded, but the IGWMC will not be liable for any other expenses incurred by prospective attendees.

 


Food, Energy, Water, The Environment, And Public Policy – Opportunities, Tradeoffs, And Analysis Using ABM And ML–CANCELLED

Thursday, June 9 to Friday, June 10 (2 Days)

INSTRUCTORS

  • Mary Hill, University of Kansas
  • Cody Nichols, University of Kansas
  • Patience Bosompemaa, University of Kansas

DESCRIPTION

This interdisciplinary course aims to facilitate student exploration of the impacts water, energy (electricity, gas, …), and food (agriculture, including production for other uses than food) on the environment, and the role that modeling and public policy plays. This course seeks to empower students to pose and analyze questions about these expansive, complex, and interrelated systems, and explore problems and solutions.

The course introduces students to two quantitative tools. Agent-Based Modeling (ABM) is used in this course to simulate agricultural, energy, water, and economic processes, and the result of farmer choices with different climate scenarios. Machine Learning (ML) is the technology that Google uses for searching and is being explored by researchers hoping to find powerful ways to analyze data in earth-human systems such as food-energy-water systems.

The course also introduces students to the junction of science and policy through a mock policy conference. In this class the policy to be addressed is whether a carbon tax should be implemented in the US. Students will be assigned roles of public figures on Thursday afternoon so they have the evening to think about it. They can also use Thursday evening to develop a coalition to support their point of view based on their role. The policy conference itself will occur in two one-hour sessions on Friday.

Introducing students to systems thinking, these data analysis methods, and the science-policy interface is intended to help them imagine how they might find careers addressing issues that literally govern how and whether people will continue to live on earth.

PRICE

$400 ($475 after May 1); student $100. This fee covers instruction, refreshments, and continuing education units. Lodging and meals are not covered. Payment in full must be received prior to the beginning of the course in order to participate.

If cancellation is made before May 1, 2022 full registration fee will be refunded. Cancellations made after that date will receive a full refund minus a $25 deposit. In case of cancellation, the right to course materials is forfeited. Substitutions are permitted any time prior to the start of the course. Please be advised that if the course is canceled due to insufficient enrollment or COVID-19, all course fees will be refunded, but the IGWMC will not be liable for any other expenses incurred by prospective attendees.