Introduction and advanced topics

This five-day, hands-on course provides you with comprehensive training in groundwater modelling using FEFLOW. It consists of an introductory and an advanced part. The introductory part is identical to the course 'Introduction to groundwater modelling' while the advanced part aims at providing you with the skills for advanced modelling topics. To accommodate particular preferences of the group of participants, a selection of the advanced topics listed below is offered.

FEFLOW is widely recognised as a comprehensive software package for subsurface flow and transport simulation. FEFLOW’s unique mesh capabilities (structured and unstructured) allows you the highest degree of flexibility to account in detail from the most simple to complex geometrical configurations. The software is used by leading research institutes, universities, consulting firms and government organisations all over the world.

FEFLOW's scope of application ranges from simple local scale to complex large scale modelling. Application areas include water management, mine water, saltwater intrusion, geothermal energy, and variably saturated media.


Introduction Part
  • Introduction to FEFLOW and its graphical user interface
  • Creating 2D and 3D mesh geometries (structured and unstructured meshes)
  • FEFLOW’s interface with geological software
  • Setting up flow models with confined and unconfined aquifers
  • Setting up mass-transport models and groundwater age models
  • Setting up Steady-state and transient models
  • Usage of GIS/CAD data interfaces and other formats
  • Results evaluation, visualisation and animation
Advanced Part
  • Unsaturated-flow modelling
  • Density-dependent flow modelling
  • Heat-transport, modelling (geothermal energy systems and closed/open systems)
  • Fractures and discrete feature elements
  • Multicomponent transport and chemical reactions
  • Introduction to the FEFLOW programming interface and Python scripting
  • Introduction to automatic model calibration with FePEST

Upcoming Courses

17 May
1 day
FEFLOW This free, one hour webinar provides fundamentals and approaches for FEFLOW customization using the Interface Manager IFM (C/C++) and the Python interface. You will get an overview of the necessary tools for optimizing your daily workflow as a groundwater modeler. 15:00-16:00 UTC (11:00am-12:00pm EST) Online
26 Jul
1 day
FEFLOW This free, one hour webinar covers typical modeling tasks such as mine dewatering (open-cut and underground mines), groundwater rebound, reactive transport (acid mine drainage), etc. 15:00-16:00 UTC (11:00am-12:00pm EST) Online