Groundwater

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, such as the need for fresh drinking water with the needs of agriculture, industry, power production, and the environment.  Developing a good understanding of the surface water and groundwater interaction 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.      

 

Example analyses

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Filling Pond - Head vs. Volume Functions

The objective of this example is to illustrate how SEEP/W can be used to simulate the filling and draining of a pond. The head in the pond depends on the volume of water seeping out of or into the soil, which can be simulated by a special type of boundary condition, called the Head vs. Volume boundary condition.

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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 key design consideration is the required well spacing. This example illustrates the use of plan view to explore the relative effect of well spacing on seepage and pore-water pressures in an earth dam system.

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Seepage Through an Earth Dam

This example looks at a case of flow through an embankment dam. This case appears in most text books on seepage and consequently most SEEP/W users will have a good idea as to what the solution should look like. The example illustrates how easy it is to find the downstream seepage face when the dam is all one material.

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Perched Water Table

This example demonstrates how to use SEEP/W computed pore-pressures in a SLOPE/W stability analysis. The problem creates a perched watertable under long term net infiltration of precipitation. This perched condition can only be properly handled by directly using the SEEP/W results in SLOPE/W.

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Related products

GeoStudio includes four integrated products that work in combination to provide effective analysis of dams and levees.

 

SEEP/W

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

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SIGMA/W

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

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TEMP/W

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

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