While emailing with an ex boss, I have realized that working with MODFLOW has changed dramatically over the last 4 years. This is copy of the email:
I realized that if you don’t know MODFLOW-NWT you might have missed a lot of fun on MODFLOW. Lets talk from the beginning.
On visualization tool what is fashion is Model Muse, a pre and post visualization tool developed by the USGS. Model Muse works by objects and that means that discretization is separated from model grid, that makes really easy to build a model and make major modifications.
Model Muse allows to import geological block model into the groundwater flow model and it is 100 % free.
There are some good tutorials from the developer.
And a Modflow with Model Muse course from us in Spanish (free as well).
Model Muse comes with the latest developments on MODFLOW as MODFLOW-NWT, even more than its commercial counterparts.
The latest Model Muse version (Feb 14) comes with SUTRA, if you want to fancy around contaminant transport on the unsaturated zone.
Model Muse is a newtonian solver for MODFLOW. It can handle some very interesting things as rewetting cells and complex geometries. As a Modflow-NWT user, I can tell you that the solver is quite magical on his capabilities and can bring reliable results for andean basins without “tweaking” the model.
Think on Modflow-NWT for your next pit rebound model.
Python and Mayavi
Some cool plots can be done with Python programming languages. This is very powerful when you need to evaluate different scenarios and have a deeper analysis on the model results.