In order to assist modellers in setting up and using model-partner software in ways that support the decision-support imperatives of data assimilation and uncertainty quantification, GMDSI is developing a series of tutorials.

GMDSI tutorials are designed to be modular and independent of each other. Each tutorial addresses its own specific modelling topic. Hence there is no need to work through them in a pre-ordained sequence. However, they also complement each other. Many employ variations of the same synthetic model, and are based on the same simulator (MODFLOW 6).

In these tutorials, utility software from the PEST suite is used extensively to assist in model parameterization, objective function definition, and general PEST/PEST++ setup. Some tutorials focus on the use of PEST and PEST++, while others focus on ancillary issues such as introducing transient recharge to a groundwater model, and translation of a model’s grid, parameterization, and calculated states to files that can be read by visualization, GIS and display packages.



PLPROC: Basics

PLPROC is a member of the PEST suite. Its primary use is for pilot points parameterization of models that use both structured and unstructured grids.

PLPROC: a simple pilot point example

PLPROC allows a modeller to create and manipulate parameters that inform hydraulic properties that are represented in a numerical model. In doing this, PLPROC supports


Other Tools & Utilities

Model Visualisation and Display

This tutorial shows you how to extract data from MODFLOW 6 input and/or output files, and record that data in files that are easily read