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A rich set of step-by-step tutorials has been developed to aid in learning how to use GMS. Current GMS tutorials can be found at the GMS Tutorials page (note the different tabs there for MODFLOW, MODFLOW Related, GMS, and Additional tutorials). Tutorials for older version of GMS are linked here below or at the bottom of the GMS Tutorials page. They come in PDF format with zipped data files specific to each tutorial. Additionally, the tutorial files are automatically installed with GMS in the "docs" or "tutfiles" directory in the program folder containing the GMS executable.

When tutorials require more advanced background knowledge found in other tutorials, the prerequisite tutorials will be noted in the beginning and should be completed beforehand. The amount of time needed to complete each tutorial varies from a few minutes to up to an hour.

Video tutorials are also available on the GMS Learning Center – Videos page.

Tutorial Course

Some tutorials should be completed before other tutorials. These foundation tutorials present the concepts used extensively in later tutorials. That said, there are many tutorials that can be completed at any time. Below is a recommended course for completing GMS foundation tutorials.

Getting Started
Feature Objects
Online Maps
MODFLOW Grid Approach
MODFLOW Conceptual Model 1
MODFLOW Conceptual Model 2
MODFLOW Conceptual Model 3
MODFLOW Conceptual Model 4
Model Calibration
All other tutorials as needed

Previous Versions

Tutorials are updated regularly as GMS is expanded and improved. Data and information in older tutorials may not apply to current versions of GMS.

To access previous versions of the GMS tutorials, see the article Tutorial Archives.

Training Courses

Many users have become proficient using GMS through the tutorials. However, many users have found attending GMS training courses to be helpful. Training courses allow for dedicated time and practice in learning GMS and can be adapted to individual needs. Aquaveo conducts first-class training courses in water resources modeling on a continuing basis throughout the year. Instructors have many years of experience in software development of computer programs for scientific modeling and visualization.

Request GMS training courses at:

Aquaveo offers Continuing Education Units for each course to assist customers in meeting state registration board requirements for P.E. license renewal.

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