Online Course: Groundwater Modelling using MODFLOW and Model Muse

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This course develops the main tools and applications of MODFLOW modelling software and the new ModelMuse interface. MODFLOW is the code for 3D groundwater modelling based on finite differences developed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). ModelMuse is the pre and post-processing platform also developed by the USGS that implements MODFLOW. This platform has a high performance due to its "design by objects" that optimizes the conceptualization of boundary conditions and other elements of the model, reducing the time needed to build the model and improving the interpretation of the output data.

Hatarilabs offers the virtual course Groundwater Modelling course using MODFLOW and Model Muse for students and professionals from any country. Now you can be trained in groundwater modelling using MODFLOW and Model Muse anywhere without any pre-set schedule. To access the available material and receive support, you just have to make a payment. The course includes certification. 



The course of four sessions provides the student with a broad overview of MODFLOW modelling software, both in theory and in practice, and the use of the ModelMuse interface. In this course the student will learn:

  • Concepts of groundwater flow modelling.

  • Development of a conceptual model and construction of a numerical model in MODFLOW.

  • ModelMuse environment and tools for modelling.

  • Conceptualization criteria, grid design and boundary conditions.

  • Modelling of particle tracking with MODPATH.

  • Calibration and transient simulation of numerical models.


Course content

The course consists of a total of 20 hours. The development of the theory is accompanied by exercises of practical application in the use of the software.

Session 1

Theoretical Part

Model Muse basics:

  • Start interface.

  • Menu File.

Practical part

Management of a pre-established model.

  • Review of model characteristics.

  • Object management.

  • Use of parameters.

  • Display of distributions.

  • Application of boundary conditions.

  • Steady state simulation.

Session 2

Theoretical Part

Model Muse basics (cont.)

  • Edit menu.

  • Grid menu.

  • Data menu.

  • Object menu.

  • Navigation menu.

  • View menu.

  • Customize menu.

Practical part

Regional model with drain and constant head.

  • Definition of grid and vertical discretization.

  • Setting of aquifer types and hydraulic parameters.

  • Setting of boundary conditions: CHD, DRN and WEL.

  • Insertion of objects by text file.

  • Solver selection and static simulation.

  • Visualization of results and water balance.

Session 3

Theoretical Part

  • Hydrogeological parameters for modeling: Hydraulic conductivity, homogeneity and flow isotropy in a numerical model.

  • Methods of solving numerical models.

Practical part

Aquifer modelling

  • Definition of boundary conditions.

  • Setting hydraulic parameters.

  • Setting of active zone and an inactive zone.

  • Setting of objects that represent the aquifer, well and pollutant source.

  • Analysis of the global water balance.

  • Use of MODPATH.

Well interference

Implementation of pumping rates in the simulation period.

Session 4

Theoretical part

  • Packages and programs of Model Muse:




  • Flow packages.

  • Boundary conditions of 1st type, 2nd type and mixed.

  • How to build a numerical model in mining

Practical part

Regional model

  • Definition of active and inactive zone.

  • Import DEM.

  • Discretization of the aquifer.

  • Setting of boundary conditions: RCH, EVT, DRN.

  • Representation of the water table.

Contaminant Transport

  • Definition of boundary conditions and contaminating species.

  • Flow and transport model.



Betsy Romero MSc.
Agriculture Engineer 

Ms. Romero is an Agricultural Engineer (National Agrarian University - La Molina, Lima -Perú), currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Groundwater and Global Change - Impacts and Adaptation (IST Lisbon - Portugal, IHE Delft - The Netherlands, TU Dresden - Germany). Ms. Romero has experience in water resources in the fields of hydrogeology, hydrology, hydraulics, drinking water supply and wastewater treatment. 

She has extensive knowledge in new technologies and management of various codes of groundwater and surface water models such as MODFLOW, HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, among others. In addition, she has mastered tools for the management of geographic information focused on the study of water resources.
Language skills: Spanish, English and Portuguese.



Here are some details of each methodology:

  • Manuals and files for the exercises will be delivered.

  • The course will be developed by videos on private web platform.

  • There is online support for questions regarding the exercises developed in the course.

  • Digital certificate available at the end of the course.

  • Video of the classes will be available for 2 months.

  • To receive the digital certificate you must submit the exercises after 1 month.

Cost and payment

The cost of the course is $ 180 dollars

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Saul Montoya

Saul Montoya es Ingeniero Civil graduado de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú en Lima con estudios de postgrado en Manejo e Ingeniería de Recursos Hídricos (Programa WAREM) de la Universidad de Stuttgart con mención en Ingeniería de Aguas Subterráneas y Hidroinformática.