Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility


GeoStudio provides comprehensive tools for groundwater analysis

The analytical challenge

Fresh water is one of the most precious and finite resources in the world.  Groundwater comprises a significant portion of that resource and it is often subject to mismanagement or pollution.  Managing groundwater resources means balancing demands that are often in tension; for example, balancing the need for fresh drinking water with the needs of agriculture, industry, power production, and the environment. Developing a good understanding of surface and groundwater interactions in natural and human-influenced systems is therefore critical.

The GeoStudio solution

GeoStudio offers a suite of products designed to address groundwater issues.  The hydrogeological behaviour of a system can be analyzed under steady-state or transient conditions.  Groundwater velocities can be used to model solute transport with first-order kinematic reactions such as decay or adsorption.  Gas transfer analyses can be included to study gas transport in the free and dissolved phases.  Land-climate interaction modelling can be conducted to develop closure plans for mine sites.      


Solution Examples

Explore documented examples on how GeoStudio can effectively analyze groundwater flow.

Download GeoStudio to view GSZ files

Pond Filling and Draining

SEEP/W can simulate the filling and draining of a pond over time. The head in the pond depends on the volume of water seeping out of or into the soil, which can be simulated by a Head vs. Volume boundary condition. In the case above, the rising and falling head of the pond was delayed when compared to the rapid rise and fall of the river..

Download the GeoStudio data files
Read the analysis details

Relief Well Spacing

Relief wells are commonly installed on the downstream side of an earth dam to control pore-water pressures within the dam and seepage along the downstream dam face. A 3D seepage analysis is required to design a relief well system, particularly for considering the required well spacing. This example demonstrates how to create and evaluate well spacing using SEEP/W and SEEP3D.

Download the GeoStudio data files
Read the analysis details

Seepage Through Dams

Flow through an embankment dam is common problem considered in groundwater seepage textbooks, and may be modeled in SEEP/W. Multiple scenarios may be considered in a single analysis, including the presence of a toe drain or the addition of a core material with lower hydraulic conductivity.

Download the GeoStudio data files
Read the analysis details

Saturated and Unsaturated Flow

The SEEP/W saturated/unsaturated material formulation allows for the evaluation of complex groundwater conditions. The computed pore water pressures can be used in SLOPE/W analyses to evaluate the stability of systems with complex pore water pressure conditions.

Download the GeoStudio data files
Read the analysis details

Related products

GeoStudio's integrated products work in combination to provide effective analysis of groundwater systems.



Finite element analysis of groundwater flow in saturated / unsaturated porous media.

Learn More


Finite element stress and deformation analysis of earth and structural materials.

Learn More


Finite element analysis of heat transfer and phase change in porous media.

Learn More

Explore all solutions

GeoStudio's integrated products enable you to work across a broad range of engineering use cases.