Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)

About the Course

Groundwater Modelling

  • Monday 30 April - Friday 4 May 2018

The Water Framework Directive and its daughter directive on groundwater place importance on the development of understanding of groundwater bodies and their interaction with the surface environment.

In addition to water resources management and ecological impacts, understanding of groundwater is important for other issues such as water quality, flooding, subsidence, construction dewatering, and ground source energy. Groundwater modelling plays an important role by bringing together conceptual understanding and quantitative data in a systematic framework to help understand and manage groundwater systems.

The course develops your basic understanding of the mathematical representation of flow processes in models through practical applications from very simple models constructed in spreadsheets through to industry standard finite difference models. We place strong emphasis on understanding the broader aspects of groundwater models including their limitations, with Environment Agency staff contributing to the teaching using real world regional groundwater models as case study examples. The course is focused on developing practical skills and knowledge with significant time spent with hands on examples.

The course is focused strongly on providing regulators, developers, engineers, and scientists with the skills and tools necessary to conceptualise a groundwater system and to develop numerical models of the groundwater resources and flows, and interactions with groundwater bodies.

Who is the course aimed at?

The course is suitable for people who may commission or use results from groundwater models as well as those needing to develop their own models.

Accredited by:
Accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management Groundwater Modelling accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
Accredited by The Geological Society Groundwater Modelling accredited by The Geological Society

Objectives and Outline

Groundwater Modelling

Course Objectives

This course will enable you to:

  • develop groundwater modelling skills and an understanding of subsurface flow regimes, the way in which conceptual models of a groundwater system can be built, and how appropriate modelling software can be used to test and refine that understanding
  • provide a sound introduction to MODFLOW within industry-standard graphical user interfaces

By the time you've finished the course, you'll understand:

  • good practice in groundwater flow and transport modelling
  • the nature of conceptual, mathematical and numerical models of groundwater systems
  • the use of data in groundwater modelling
  • the processes of model calibration, validation and sensitivity analysis

You'll be able to:

  • develop a conceptual model of a groundwater flow system from typical data sets
  • translate a conceptual model into a numerical model
  • set up and run groundwater flow simulations using MODFLOW within industry-standard graphical user interfaces

Course Outline

  • Groundwater flow processes.
  • Numerical methods for groundwater modelling.
  • Conceptual model development.
  • Introduction to groundwater modelling software.
  • Model calibration.
  • Environment Agency approach to groundwater modelling.
  • Case Study.
Accredited by:
Accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management Groundwater Modelling accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
Accredited by The Geological Society Groundwater Modelling accredited by The Geological Society
  • Monday 30 April - Friday 4 May 2018

Further Information

Groundwater Modelling

Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8516) on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. You will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

Update to Course Content

Please note that our courses are reviewed regularly, both in response to feedback and so that information about recent research and developments can be included. Thus, content may be subject to change.

Presenters

Groundwater Modelling

Presenters

Newcastle University
  • Dr Geoff Parkin (Course Leader)
Industry Professionals

Fees

Groundwater Modelling

Fees

  • Groundwater Modelling
    • £1325

We offer a 30 percent discount to full time students and to Newcastle University staff.

The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.

[ Information about Cancellations ]

Formal assessment may be available for this Course. Assessment attracts an additional fee of £365, and delegates will be issued with a transcript and Certificate of Credit Achieved. Owing to visa restrictions the assessment option is not available to international students outside the European Economic Area (EEA).