GMS:MODFLOW Conceptual Model Workflow

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This is a top level workflow. This workflow includes all of the specific workflows needed in creating a general MODFLOW project using the conceptual model approach. Newer and infrequent GMS users should start here.

To build a MODFLOW conceptual model approach model in GMS, use the following steps:

1. Start GMS.
1. Start GMS, or clear existing projects in GMS.
  1. If GMS is already running, select File | New.
  2. A new project can also be started by clicking New New Macro.svg.
2. If necessary, register or update GMS.
1. Register GMS and components.
  1. Launch the GMS Registration Wizard.
    • The option to register is given when opening an unregistered version of GMS.
    • Use the Help | Register command to change registration options using the Register dialog.
  2. Follow the Registration Wizard instructions.
  3. Review the registered components in the Register dialog.
2. Update GMS.
GMS can be updated by doing any of the following:
  1. Select Download if prompted to update when starting GMS.
  2. Select Help | Check for Updates.
  3. Go directly to the GMS download page.
3. Set the display projection.
  1. Select the Edit | Units... command.
  2. In the Units dialog, set the time, mass, force, and concentration.
  3. Click the Dot dot dot button.png button and set the horizontal and vertical projection in the Display Projection dialog.
  4. If necessary, use the Horizontal Projection dialog to set a global projection.
2. Import data.
1. Gather and open image files.

Images are imported into the GIS module in GMS.

1. Open local images.
  1. Load images from local computer files using the File | Open... command.
  2. Alternatively, drag and drop the file into the Graphics Window in GMS.
2. Import images from the web.
  1. Use the Add Online Maps Add Online Maps Icon.svg macro.
  2. Select a location in the Virtual Map Locator.
  3. If a projection has not been set for the project, set a new project in the Display Projection dialog.
  4. Use the Data Service Options dialog to select a web service or catalog.
2. Gather and open geometric data files.
1. Import map data.
  1. Use the File | Open... command to import map data such as Map files, boundary ID files, or boundary XY files.
  2. Alternately, drag and drop the file into the Graphics Window in GMS.
2. Import GIS data.
  1. Use the File | Open... command to import GIS data files such as Shapefiles or raster files.
  2. Alternatively, drag and drop the file into the Graphics Window in GMS.
3. Import scatter data.
  1. Use File | Open... to open files with scatter data.
    • Alternatively, drag and drop the file into the Graphics Window in GMS.
  2. Use the File Import Wizard to specify how to import the data.
4. Import CAD data.
  1. Verify the CAD file type is readable by GMS before importing it. GMS can import DXF and DWG files.
  2. Use the File | Open... command to launch the Open dialog (or drag and drop) to import the CAD files.
The data should load in layers into the Project Explorer.
5. Review and set object projections.
  1. Right-click on an object in the Project Explorer and select the Projection | Projection command.
  2. Set the horizontal and vertical projection using the Object Projection dialog.
  3. To set a global projection, use the Horizontal Projection dialog.
3. Gather hydrologic data files.
  1. Gather data files for hydrologic and hydraulic data. These include data such as hydrographs, water levels, and rating curves. They will be imported when setting boundary conditions and when doing model calibration.
3. Define the project boundaries.
1. Create a new conceptual model in the Project Explorer.
Create a new conceptual model with the "MODFLOW" type.
1. Create new conceptual model.
  1. Use the New Conceptual Model right-click command in the Project Explorer.
  2. Use the Conceptual Model Properties dialog to create a new conceptual model.
2. Add coverages.
1. Create new coverage from scratch.
  1. Use the New Coverage right-click command.
  2. Use the Coverage Setup dialog to create a new coverage by selecting the desired coverage properties and naming the coverage.
2. Create new coverage from an existing coverage.
  1. Use the Duplicate command on an existing coverage. This will copy any feature objects on the coverage.
  2. Use the Rename command to give the coverage a new name.
  3. Change the coverage setup.
2. Create the boundary arcs.
1. Create feature points, arcs, nodes and vertices.
In the map module, create feature objects in the active coverage.
  1. Use the Create Arc GMS Create Arc Tool.svg tool to create arcs in the map coverage.
  2. Begin creating a new arc by clicking in the graphics window at either arc end. If clicking on an existing feature node, vertex or arc, the new arc will snap to that object.
  3. Double-click or press the Enter key to terminate the arc.
  4. Use the Create Point/Node Create Points Tool.svg tool to create additional nodes alone or to split arcs.
2. Modify arcs.
Feature arcs, whether digitized or incorporated from a boundary condition or a material coverage, often need to be edited after initial creation.
1. Create additional vertices on arcs.
  1. Use the Create Vertex GMS Create Vertex.svg tool to add vertices along arcs.
2. Refine the arc shape.
  1. Use the Select Vertex GMS Select Vertex Tool.svg tool and the Select Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool to move/edit existing arcs and refine the shape by dragging the nodes/vertices.
  2. Use the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool to move entire arcs .
3. Split arcs.
An existing arc can be split by:
1. Converting a vertex to a node.
  1. Use the Select Vertex GMS Select Vertex Tool.svg tool.
  2. Select the Feature Objects | Vertices → Node command to split the arc into two arcs.
2. Add a node the arc.
  1. Use the Create Point/Node Create Points Tool.svg tool to add a node on an arc in order to split it into two arcs.
3. Connect the end of an existing arc to the middle of the arc.
  1. Use the Select Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool to drag the node of an existing arc to anywhere in the middle of another arc. This will split the second arc into two arcs.
4. Add a new connecting arc.
  1. Use the Create Arc GMS Create Arc Tool.svg tool to start or end a new arc on an existing arc to split the existing arc into two arcs.
5. Split overlapping arcs using the Clean Options dialog.
  1. Select overlapping arcs using the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool.
  2. Use the Feature Objects | Clean command to bring up the Clean Options dialog.
  3. Select the Intersect selected arcs option (for selected arcs) or Intersect arcs option (for all overlapping arcs) to split the arcs.
4. Merge arcs.
Two arcs that share an end node can be merged together.
  1. Select the shared node using the Select Point/Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool.
  2. Click on the Feature Objects | Nodes → Vertices menu command to merge the arcs.
  3. If desired, the Select Vertex GMS Select Vertex Tool.svg tool can be used to select and delete the new vertex.
5. Transform arcs.
  1. Select the arc using the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool.
  2. Use the Edit | Transform command.
  3. Use the Transform dialog to scale, translate or rotate the arc.
4. Define the sources/sinks coverage.
1. Create the sources/sinks coverage.
Create a coverage with source/sink attributes.
1. Create new coverage from scratch.
  1. Use the New Coverage right-click command.
  2. Use the Coverage Setup dialog to create a new coverage by selecting the desired coverage properties and naming the coverage.
2. Create new coverage from an existing coverage.
  1. Use the Duplicate command on an existing coverage. This will copy any feature objects on the coverage.
  2. Use the Rename command to give the coverage a new name.
  3. Change the coverage setup.
2. Create source/sink feature objects.
Create any of the source/sink object needed for the project. Not all source/sink objects are required.
1. Define head arcs or nodes.
1. Create head arcs or points.
Create feature arcs or points in the head location. These are often created from existing boundary arcs.
1. Create feature points, arcs, nodes and vertices.
In the map module, create feature objects in the active coverage.
  1. Use the Create Arc GMS Create Arc Tool.svg tool to create arcs in the map coverage.
  2. Begin creating a new arc by clicking in the graphics window at either arc end. If clicking on an existing feature node, vertex or arc, the new arc will snap to that object.
  3. Double-click or press the Enter key to terminate the arc.
  4. Use the Create Point/Node Create Points Tool.svg tool to create additional nodes alone or to split arcs.
2. Modify arcs.
Feature arcs, whether digitized or incorporated from a boundary condition or a material coverage, often need to be edited after initial creation.
1. Create additional vertices on arcs.
  1. Use the Create Vertex GMS Create Vertex.svg tool to add vertices along arcs.
2. Refine the arc shape.
  1. Use the Select Vertex GMS Select Vertex Tool.svg tool and the Select Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool to move/edit existing arcs and refine the shape by dragging the nodes/vertices.
  2. Use the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool to move entire arcs .
3. Split arcs.
An existing arc can be split by:
1. Converting a vertex to a node.
  1. Use the Select Vertex GMS Select Vertex Tool.svg tool.
  2. Select the Feature Objects | Vertices → Node command to split the arc into two arcs.
2. Add a node the arc.
  1. Use the Create Point/Node Create Points Tool.svg tool to add a node on an arc in order to split it into two arcs.
3. Connect the end of an existing arc to the middle of the arc.
  1. Use the Select Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool to drag the node of an existing arc to anywhere in the middle of another arc. This will split the second arc into two arcs.
4. Add a new connecting arc.
  1. Use the Create Arc GMS Create Arc Tool.svg tool to start or end a new arc on an existing arc to split the existing arc into two arcs.
5. Split overlapping arcs using the Clean Options dialog.
  1. Select overlapping arcs using the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool.
  2. Use the Feature Objects | Clean command to bring up the Clean Options dialog.
  3. Select the Intersect selected arcs option (for selected arcs) or Intersect arcs option (for all overlapping arcs) to split the arcs.
4. Merge arcs.
Two arcs that share an end node can be merged together.
  1. Select the shared node using the Select Point/Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool.
  2. Click on the Feature Objects | Nodes → Vertices menu command to merge the arcs.
  3. If desired, the Select Vertex GMS Select Vertex Tool.svg tool can be used to select and delete the new vertex.
5. Transform arcs.
  1. Select the arc using the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool.
  2. Use the Edit | Transform command.
  3. Use the Transform dialog to scale, translate or rotate the arc.
2. Add head properties.
  1. Using the Select Point/Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool or Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool, right-click on the head arc or node and select the Attributes Table command.
  2. Define the head properties in the Attributes Table dialog. Heads can be specified or general.
2. Define drain arcs or nodes.
1. Create drain arcs or points.
Create feature arcs or points in the drain location.
1. Create feature points, arcs, nodes and vertices.
In the map module, create feature objects in the active coverage.
  1. Use the Create Arc GMS Create Arc Tool.svg tool to create arcs in the map coverage.
  2. Begin creating a new arc by clicking in the graphics window at either arc end. If clicking on an existing feature node, vertex or arc, the new arc will snap to that object.
  3. Double-click or press the Enter key to terminate the arc.
  4. Use the Create Point/Node Create Points Tool.svg tool to create additional nodes alone or to split arcs.
2. Modify arcs.
Feature arcs, whether digitized or incorporated from a boundary condition or a material coverage, often need to be edited after initial creation.
1. Create additional vertices on arcs.
  1. Use the Create Vertex GMS Create Vertex.svg tool to add vertices along arcs.
2. Refine the arc shape.
  1. Use the Select Vertex GMS Select Vertex Tool.svg tool and the Select Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool to move/edit existing arcs and refine the shape by dragging the nodes/vertices.
  2. Use the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool to move entire arcs .
3. Split arcs.
An existing arc can be split by:
1. Converting a vertex to a node.
  1. Use the Select Vertex GMS Select Vertex Tool.svg tool.
  2. Select the Feature Objects | Vertices → Node command to split the arc into two arcs.
2. Add a node the arc.
  1. Use the Create Point/Node Create Points Tool.svg tool to add a node on an arc in order to split it into two arcs.
3. Connect the end of an existing arc to the middle of the arc.
  1. Use the Select Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool to drag the node of an existing arc to anywhere in the middle of another arc. This will split the second arc into two arcs.
4. Add a new connecting arc.
  1. Use the Create Arc GMS Create Arc Tool.svg tool to start or end a new arc on an existing arc to split the existing arc into two arcs.
5. Split overlapping arcs using the Clean Options dialog.
  1. Select overlapping arcs using the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool.
  2. Use the Feature Objects | Clean command to bring up the Clean Options dialog.
  3. Select the Intersect selected arcs option (for selected arcs) or Intersect arcs option (for all overlapping arcs) to split the arcs.
4. Merge arcs.
Two arcs that share an end node can be merged together.
  1. Select the shared node using the Select Point/Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool.
  2. Click on the Feature Objects | Nodes → Vertices menu command to merge the arcs.
  3. If desired, the Select Vertex GMS Select Vertex Tool.svg tool can be used to select and delete the new vertex.
5. Transform arcs.
  1. Select the arc using the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool.
  2. Use the Edit | Transform command.
  3. Use the Transform dialog to scale, translate or rotate the arc.
2. Add drain properties.
  1. Using the Select Point/Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool or Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool, right-click on the drain arc or node and select the Attributes Table command.
  2. Define the drain properties in the Attributes Table dialog.
3. Define wells.
1. Create wells points.
Create feature points in the well location.
1. Create feature points, arcs, nodes and vertices.
In the map module, create feature objects in the active coverage.
  1. Use the Create Arc GMS Create Arc Tool.svg tool to create arcs in the map coverage.
  2. Begin creating a new arc by clicking in the graphics window at either arc end. If clicking on an existing feature node, vertex or arc, the new arc will snap to that object.
  3. Double-click or press the Enter key to terminate the arc.
  4. Use the Create Point/Node Create Points Tool.svg tool to create additional nodes alone or to split arcs.
2. Modify arcs.
Feature arcs, whether digitized or incorporated from a boundary condition or a material coverage, often need to be edited after initial creation.
1. Create additional vertices on arcs.
  1. Use the Create Vertex GMS Create Vertex.svg tool to add vertices along arcs.
2. Refine the arc shape.
  1. Use the Select Vertex GMS Select Vertex Tool.svg tool and the Select Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool to move/edit existing arcs and refine the shape by dragging the nodes/vertices.
  2. Use the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool to move entire arcs .
3. Split arcs.
An existing arc can be split by:
1. Converting a vertex to a node.
  1. Use the Select Vertex GMS Select Vertex Tool.svg tool.
  2. Select the Feature Objects | Vertices → Node command to split the arc into two arcs.
2. Add a node the arc.
  1. Use the Create Point/Node Create Points Tool.svg tool to add a node on an arc in order to split it into two arcs.
3. Connect the end of an existing arc to the middle of the arc.
  1. Use the Select Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool to drag the node of an existing arc to anywhere in the middle of another arc. This will split the second arc into two arcs.
4. Add a new connecting arc.
  1. Use the Create Arc GMS Create Arc Tool.svg tool to start or end a new arc on an existing arc to split the existing arc into two arcs.
5. Split overlapping arcs using the Clean Options dialog.
  1. Select overlapping arcs using the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool.
  2. Use the Feature Objects | Clean command to bring up the Clean Options dialog.
  3. Select the Intersect selected arcs option (for selected arcs) or Intersect arcs option (for all overlapping arcs) to split the arcs.
4. Merge arcs.
Two arcs that share an end node can be merged together.
  1. Select the shared node using the Select Point/Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool.
  2. Click on the Feature Objects | Nodes → Vertices menu command to merge the arcs.
  3. If desired, the Select Vertex GMS Select Vertex Tool.svg tool can be used to select and delete the new vertex.
5. Transform arcs.
  1. Select the arc using the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool.
  2. Use the Edit | Transform command.
  3. Use the Transform dialog to scale, translate or rotate the arc.
2. Add well properties.
  1. Using the Select Point/Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool, right-click on well nodes and select the Attributes Table command.
  2. Define the well properties in the Attributes Table dialog.
4. Define stream arcs.
1. Create stream arcs.
Create feature arcs in the stream location.
1. Create feature points, arcs, nodes and vertices.
In the map module, create feature objects in the active coverage.
  1. Use the Create Arc GMS Create Arc Tool.svg tool to create arcs in the map coverage.
  2. Begin creating a new arc by clicking in the graphics window at either arc end. If clicking on an existing feature node, vertex or arc, the new arc will snap to that object.
  3. Double-click or press the Enter key to terminate the arc.
  4. Use the Create Point/Node Create Points Tool.svg tool to create additional nodes alone or to split arcs.
2. Modify arcs.
Feature arcs, whether digitized or incorporated from a boundary condition or a material coverage, often need to be edited after initial creation.
1. Create additional vertices on arcs.
  1. Use the Create Vertex GMS Create Vertex.svg tool to add vertices along arcs.
2. Refine the arc shape.
  1. Use the Select Vertex GMS Select Vertex Tool.svg tool and the Select Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool to move/edit existing arcs and refine the shape by dragging the nodes/vertices.
  2. Use the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool to move entire arcs .
3. Split arcs.
An existing arc can be split by:
1. Converting a vertex to a node.
  1. Use the Select Vertex GMS Select Vertex Tool.svg tool.
  2. Select the Feature Objects | Vertices → Node command to split the arc into two arcs.
2. Add a node the arc.
  1. Use the Create Point/Node Create Points Tool.svg tool to add a node on an arc in order to split it into two arcs.
3. Connect the end of an existing arc to the middle of the arc.
  1. Use the Select Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool to drag the node of an existing arc to anywhere in the middle of another arc. This will split the second arc into two arcs.
4. Add a new connecting arc.
  1. Use the Create Arc GMS Create Arc Tool.svg tool to start or end a new arc on an existing arc to split the existing arc into two arcs.
5. Split overlapping arcs using the Clean Options dialog.
  1. Select overlapping arcs using the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool.
  2. Use the Feature Objects | Clean command to bring up the Clean Options dialog.
  3. Select the Intersect selected arcs option (for selected arcs) or Intersect arcs option (for all overlapping arcs) to split the arcs.
4. Merge arcs.
Two arcs that share an end node can be merged together.
  1. Select the shared node using the Select Point/Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool.
  2. Click on the Feature Objects | Nodes → Vertices menu command to merge the arcs.
  3. If desired, the Select Vertex GMS Select Vertex Tool.svg tool can be used to select and delete the new vertex.
5. Transform arcs.
  1. Select the arc using the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool.
  2. Use the Edit | Transform command.
  3. Use the Transform dialog to scale, translate or rotate the arc.
2. Add stream properties.
  1. Using the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool, right-click on the stream arc and select the Attributes Table command.
  2. Define the stream properties in the Attributes Table dialog.
5. Define specified flow arcs.
1. Create specified flow arcs.
Create feature arcs in the specified flow location.
1. Create feature points, arcs, nodes and vertices.
In the map module, create feature objects in the active coverage.
  1. Use the Create Arc GMS Create Arc Tool.svg tool to create arcs in the map coverage.
  2. Begin creating a new arc by clicking in the graphics window at either arc end. If clicking on an existing feature node, vertex or arc, the new arc will snap to that object.
  3. Double-click or press the Enter key to terminate the arc.
  4. Use the Create Point/Node Create Points Tool.svg tool to create additional nodes alone or to split arcs.
2. Modify arcs.
Feature arcs, whether digitized or incorporated from a boundary condition or a material coverage, often need to be edited after initial creation.
1. Create additional vertices on arcs.
  1. Use the Create Vertex GMS Create Vertex.svg tool to add vertices along arcs.
2. Refine the arc shape.
  1. Use the Select Vertex GMS Select Vertex Tool.svg tool and the Select Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool to move/edit existing arcs and refine the shape by dragging the nodes/vertices.
  2. Use the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool to move entire arcs .
3. Split arcs.
An existing arc can be split by:
1. Converting a vertex to a node.
  1. Use the Select Vertex GMS Select Vertex Tool.svg tool.
  2. Select the Feature Objects | Vertices → Node command to split the arc into two arcs.
2. Add a node the arc.
  1. Use the Create Point/Node Create Points Tool.svg tool to add a node on an arc in order to split it into two arcs.
3. Connect the end of an existing arc to the middle of the arc.
  1. Use the Select Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool to drag the node of an existing arc to anywhere in the middle of another arc. This will split the second arc into two arcs.
4. Add a new connecting arc.
  1. Use the Create Arc GMS Create Arc Tool.svg tool to start or end a new arc on an existing arc to split the existing arc into two arcs.
5. Split overlapping arcs using the Clean Options dialog.
  1. Select overlapping arcs using the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool.
  2. Use the Feature Objects | Clean command to bring up the Clean Options dialog.
  3. Select the Intersect selected arcs option (for selected arcs) or Intersect arcs option (for all overlapping arcs) to split the arcs.
4. Merge arcs.
Two arcs that share an end node can be merged together.
  1. Select the shared node using the Select Point/Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool.
  2. Click on the Feature Objects | Nodes → Vertices menu command to merge the arcs.
  3. If desired, the Select Vertex GMS Select Vertex Tool.svg tool can be used to select and delete the new vertex.
5. Transform arcs.
  1. Select the arc using the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool.
  2. Use the Edit | Transform command.
  3. Use the Transform dialog to scale, translate or rotate the arc.
2. Add specified flow properties.
  1. Using the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool, right-click on the specified flow arc and select the Attributes Table command.
  2. Define the specified flow properties in the Attributes Table dialog.
6. Define flow barrier arcs.
1. Create flow barrier arcs.
Create feature arcs in the flow barrier location.
1. Create feature points, arcs, nodes and vertices.
In the map module, create feature objects in the active coverage.
  1. Use the Create Arc GMS Create Arc Tool.svg tool to create arcs in the map coverage.
  2. Begin creating a new arc by clicking in the graphics window at either arc end. If clicking on an existing feature node, vertex or arc, the new arc will snap to that object.
  3. Double-click or press the Enter key to terminate the arc.
  4. Use the Create Point/Node Create Points Tool.svg tool to create additional nodes alone or to split arcs.
2. Modify arcs.
Feature arcs, whether digitized or incorporated from a boundary condition or a material coverage, often need to be edited after initial creation.
1. Create additional vertices on arcs.
  1. Use the Create Vertex GMS Create Vertex.svg tool to add vertices along arcs.
2. Refine the arc shape.
  1. Use the Select Vertex GMS Select Vertex Tool.svg tool and the Select Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool to move/edit existing arcs and refine the shape by dragging the nodes/vertices.
  2. Use the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool to move entire arcs .
3. Split arcs.
An existing arc can be split by:
1. Converting a vertex to a node.
  1. Use the Select Vertex GMS Select Vertex Tool.svg tool.
  2. Select the Feature Objects | Vertices → Node command to split the arc into two arcs.
2. Add a node the arc.
  1. Use the Create Point/Node Create Points Tool.svg tool to add a node on an arc in order to split it into two arcs.
3. Connect the end of an existing arc to the middle of the arc.
  1. Use the Select Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool to drag the node of an existing arc to anywhere in the middle of another arc. This will split the second arc into two arcs.
4. Add a new connecting arc.
  1. Use the Create Arc GMS Create Arc Tool.svg tool to start or end a new arc on an existing arc to split the existing arc into two arcs.
5. Split overlapping arcs using the Clean Options dialog.
  1. Select overlapping arcs using the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool.
  2. Use the Feature Objects | Clean command to bring up the Clean Options dialog.
  3. Select the Intersect selected arcs option (for selected arcs) or Intersect arcs option (for all overlapping arcs) to split the arcs.
4. Merge arcs.
Two arcs that share an end node can be merged together.
  1. Select the shared node using the Select Point/Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool.
  2. Click on the Feature Objects | Nodes → Vertices menu command to merge the arcs.
  3. If desired, the Select Vertex GMS Select Vertex Tool.svg tool can be used to select and delete the new vertex.
5. Transform arcs.
  1. Select the arc using the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool.
  2. Use the Edit | Transform command.
  3. Use the Transform dialog to scale, translate or rotate the arc.
2. Add flow barrier properties.
  1. Using the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool, right-click on the flow barrier arc and select the Attributes Table command.
  2. Define the barrier properties in the Attributes Table dialog.
5. Delineate the recharge zones.
1. Create a recharge coverage.
Create a coverage with Recharge Rate option turned on.
1. Create new coverage from scratch.
  1. Use the New Coverage right-click command.
  2. Use the Coverage Setup dialog to create a new coverage by selecting the desired coverage properties and naming the coverage.
2. Create new coverage from an existing coverage.
  1. Use the Duplicate command on an existing coverage. This will copy any feature objects on the coverage.
  2. Use the Rename command to give the coverage a new name.
  3. Change the coverage setup.
2. Define the recharge polygon.
Create an enclosed arc in the recharge area.
1. Create feature points, arcs, nodes and vertices.
In the map module, create feature objects in the active coverage.
  1. Use the Create Arc GMS Create Arc Tool.svg tool to create arcs in the map coverage.
  2. Begin creating a new arc by clicking in the graphics window at either arc end. If clicking on an existing feature node, vertex or arc, the new arc will snap to that object.
  3. Double-click or press the Enter key to terminate the arc.
  4. Use the Create Point/Node Create Points Tool.svg tool to create additional nodes alone or to split arcs.
2. Modify arcs.
Feature arcs, whether digitized or incorporated from a boundary condition or a material coverage, often need to be edited after initial creation.
1. Create additional vertices on arcs.
  1. Use the Create Vertex GMS Create Vertex.svg tool to add vertices along arcs.
2. Refine the arc shape.
  1. Use the Select Vertex GMS Select Vertex Tool.svg tool and the Select Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool to move/edit existing arcs and refine the shape by dragging the nodes/vertices.
  2. Use the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool to move entire arcs .
3. Split arcs.
An existing arc can be split by:
1. Converting a vertex to a node.
  1. Use the Select Vertex GMS Select Vertex Tool.svg tool.
  2. Select the Feature Objects | Vertices → Node command to split the arc into two arcs.
2. Add a node the arc.
  1. Use the Create Point/Node Create Points Tool.svg tool to add a node on an arc in order to split it into two arcs.
3. Connect the end of an existing arc to the middle of the arc.
  1. Use the Select Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool to drag the node of an existing arc to anywhere in the middle of another arc. This will split the second arc into two arcs.
4. Add a new connecting arc.
  1. Use the Create Arc GMS Create Arc Tool.svg tool to start or end a new arc on an existing arc to split the existing arc into two arcs.
5. Split overlapping arcs using the Clean Options dialog.
  1. Select overlapping arcs using the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool.
  2. Use the Feature Objects | Clean command to bring up the Clean Options dialog.
  3. Select the Intersect selected arcs option (for selected arcs) or Intersect arcs option (for all overlapping arcs) to split the arcs.
4. Merge arcs.
Two arcs that share an end node can be merged together.
  1. Select the shared node using the Select Point/Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool.
  2. Click on the Feature Objects | Nodes → Vertices menu command to merge the arcs.
  3. If desired, the Select Vertex GMS Select Vertex Tool.svg tool can be used to select and delete the new vertex.
5. Transform arcs.
  1. Select the arc using the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool.
  2. Use the Edit | Transform command.
  3. Use the Transform dialog to scale, translate or rotate the arc.
3. Build polygons.
Polygons are not created automatically when arcs are enclosed. To create polygons:
  1. Use the Feature Objects | Build Polygons command.
4. Assign the recharge attributes.
  1. Using the Select Polygon GMS Select Polygon Tool.svg tool, double-click on the recharge polygon.
  2. Assign recharge properties in the Attributes Table dialog.
6. Define the hydraulic conductivity.
1. Create a hydraulic conductivity coverage.
Create a new coverage with hydraulic conductivity options (horizontal K, vertical K, anistropy, etc.) turned on.
1. Create new coverage from scratch.
  1. Use the New Coverage right-click command.
  2. Use the Coverage Setup dialog to create a new coverage by selecting the desired coverage properties and naming the coverage.
2. Create new coverage from an existing coverage.
  1. Use the Duplicate command on an existing coverage. This will copy any feature objects on the coverage.
  2. Use the Rename command to give the coverage a new name.
  3. Change the coverage setup.
2. Define the hydraulic conductivity polygon.
Create an enclosed arc in the hydraulic conductivity area.
1. Create feature points, arcs, nodes and vertices.
In the map module, create feature objects in the active coverage.
  1. Use the Create Arc GMS Create Arc Tool.svg tool to create arcs in the map coverage.
  2. Begin creating a new arc by clicking in the graphics window at either arc end. If clicking on an existing feature node, vertex or arc, the new arc will snap to that object.
  3. Double-click or press the Enter key to terminate the arc.
  4. Use the Create Point/Node Create Points Tool.svg tool to create additional nodes alone or to split arcs.
2. Modify arcs.
Feature arcs, whether digitized or incorporated from a boundary condition or a material coverage, often need to be edited after initial creation.
1. Create additional vertices on arcs.
  1. Use the Create Vertex GMS Create Vertex.svg tool to add vertices along arcs.
2. Refine the arc shape.
  1. Use the Select Vertex GMS Select Vertex Tool.svg tool and the Select Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool to move/edit existing arcs and refine the shape by dragging the nodes/vertices.
  2. Use the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool to move entire arcs .
3. Split arcs.
An existing arc can be split by:
1. Converting a vertex to a node.
  1. Use the Select Vertex GMS Select Vertex Tool.svg tool.
  2. Select the Feature Objects | Vertices → Node command to split the arc into two arcs.
2. Add a node the arc.
  1. Use the Create Point/Node Create Points Tool.svg tool to add a node on an arc in order to split it into two arcs.
3. Connect the end of an existing arc to the middle of the arc.
  1. Use the Select Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool to drag the node of an existing arc to anywhere in the middle of another arc. This will split the second arc into two arcs.
4. Add a new connecting arc.
  1. Use the Create Arc GMS Create Arc Tool.svg tool to start or end a new arc on an existing arc to split the existing arc into two arcs.
5. Split overlapping arcs using the Clean Options dialog.
  1. Select overlapping arcs using the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool.
  2. Use the Feature Objects | Clean command to bring up the Clean Options dialog.
  3. Select the Intersect selected arcs option (for selected arcs) or Intersect arcs option (for all overlapping arcs) to split the arcs.
4. Merge arcs.
Two arcs that share an end node can be merged together.
  1. Select the shared node using the Select Point/Node GMS Select Node Tool.svg tool.
  2. Click on the Feature Objects | Nodes → Vertices menu command to merge the arcs.
  3. If desired, the Select Vertex GMS Select Vertex Tool.svg tool can be used to select and delete the new vertex.
5. Transform arcs.
  1. Select the arc using the Select Arc GMS Select Arc Tool.svg tool.
  2. Use the Edit | Transform command.
  3. Use the Transform dialog to scale, translate or rotate the arc.
3. Build polygons.
Polygons are not created automatically when arcs are enclosed. To create polygons:
  1. Use the Feature Objects | Build Polygons command.
4. Assign the hydraulic conductivity values.
  1. Using the Select Polygon GMS Select Polygon Tool.svg tool, double-click on the hydraulic conductivity polygon.
  2. Assign hydraulic conductivity properties in the Attributes Table dialog.
7. Define the layer elevations.
1. Create a coverage with Top elev. and Bottom elev. turned on.
1. Create new coverage from scratch.
  1. Use the New Coverage right-click command.
  2. Use the Coverage Setup dialog to create a new coverage by selecting the desired coverage properties and naming the coverage.
2. Create new coverage from an existing coverage.
  1. Use the Duplicate command on an existing coverage. This will copy any feature objects on the coverage.
  2. Use the Rename command to give the coverage a new name.
  3. Change the coverage setup.
2. Build polygons.
Polygons are not created automatically when arcs are enclosed. To create polygons:
  1. Use the Feature Objects | Build Polygons command.
3. Assign the top and bottom elevation values.
8. Generate a grid.
1. Creating a 3D grid.
1. Create a 3D grid from scratch.
  1. Right-click in the Project Explorer and select New | 3D Grid....
  2. In the Create Finite Difference Grid dialog, enter the information for the X-, Y-, and Z-Dimension of the grid.
2. Create a 3D grid using a grid frame.
  1. Right-click in the Project Explorer and select the New | Grid Frame... command.
  2. Using the Select Grid Frame Select Grid Frame Tool.svg tool, right-click on the grid and select the Fit to Active Coverage command.
  3. Select the Feature Objects | Map → 3D Grid... menu command.
  4. In the Create Finite Difference Grid dialog, enter the information for the X-, Y-, and Z-Dimension of the grid.
2. Creating a 3D UGrid.
  1. Right-click in the Project Explorer and select New | UGrid 3D....
  2. In the New UGrid dialog, enter the information for the X-, Y-, and Z-Dimension of the grid.
9. Define active/inactive zones.
  1. Select the coverage containing the project boundaries.
  2. Select Feature Objects | Activate Cells in Coverage(s).
10. Set up the MODFLOW simulation.
1. Create a MODFLOW simulation.
  1. Select the 3D Grid Icon.svg 3D grid or UGrid Module Icon.svg UGrid in the the Project Explorer.
  2. Select the MODFLOW | New SImulation... command.
2. Set up the MODFLOW Global/Basic Package options.
  1. If necessary, select the MODFLOW | Global Options... command.
  2. In the MODFLOW Global/Basic Package dialog, set all the appropriate parameters:
  • Arrays
    • IBOUND
    • Starting heads
    • Top and bottom elevations
    • Confining beds
    • Porosity
11. Map to the model.
  1. Select the conceptual model Conceptual Model Icon.svg.
  2. Select Feature Objects | Map → MODFLOW Map to MODFLOW Macro.svg.
  3. Select the appropriate options in the Map → Model dialog.
12. Run MODFLOW.
  1. Save Save Macro.svg the project.
  2. Run MODFLOW Run MODFLOW Macro.svg.
13. Visualize the solution.
1. Change display options.
1. Set display options.
  1. Open the Display Options Display Options Macro.svg dialog.
  2. Set the general display options.
  3. Set general lighting options.
  4. Set display options for each module that is being used.
  5. Set contour options.
  6. Set vector options.
2. View display.
  1. Use the Rotate Rotate Tool.svg, Pan Pan Tool.svg, and Zoom Zoom Tool Icon.svg tools.
  2. Use the View menu commands found in the Display menu.
  3. Use the Frame Frame Macro.svg command to center and resize the display as needed.
3. Adjust display.
Display may need to be adjusted during the remainder of the project.
  1. Use the Display Options dialog and viewing tools as needed.
  2. Use the Frame Frame Macro.svg command to center and resize the display as needed.
2. Change contour options.
  1. Turn on Contours in the Display Options dialog and set contour options. The "Color Fill" option is recommended for this.
  2. Look for inconsistent points (points with values much higher/lower than their neighbors or regions where no data points exist).
  3. Verify that the region being modeled is covered by the elevation/depth data and there are no holes.
3. Create a plot.
1. Start the plot wizard.
  1. Select the Display | Plot Wizard menu command.
2. Select available plot type.
1. Computed vs. Observed Data plots.
1. Computed vs. Observed Data.
  1. Select Display | Plot Wizard to start the Plot Wizard.
  2. Select the "Computed vs. Observed Data" option on the left and click Next.
  3. Specify plot options in step 2 of the Plot Wizard then click Finish.
  4. Review plot window.
2. Computed vs. Observed Data (Weighted).
  1. Select Display | Plot Wizard to start the Plot Wizard.
  2. Select the "Computed vs. Observed Data (Weighted)" option on the left and click Next.
  3. Specify plot options in step 2 of the Plot Wizard then click Finish.
  4. Review plot window.
2. Residual vs. Observed Data plots.
1. Residual vs. Observed Data.
  1. Select Display | Plot Wizard to start the Plot Wizard.
  2. Select the "Residual vs. Observed" option on the left and click Next.
  3. Specify plot options in step 2 of the Plot Wizard then click Finish.
  4. Review plot window.
2. Residual vs. Observed Data (Weighted).
  1. Select Display | Plot Wizard to start the Plot Wizard.
  2. Select the "Residual vs. Observed (Weighted)" option on the left and click Next.
  3. Specify plot options in step 2 of the Plot Wizard then click Finish.
  4. Review plot window.
3. Parameter Sensitivity plot.
  1. Select Display | Plot Wizard to start the Plot Wizard.
  2. Select the "Parameter Sensitivity" option on the left and click Next.
  3. Specify plot options in step 2 of the Plot Wizard then click Finish.
  4. Review plot window.
4. Error vs. Simulation plot.
  1. Select Display | Plot Wizard to start the Plot Wizard.
  2. Select the "Error vs. Simulation" option on the left and click Next.
  3. Specify plot options in step 2 of the Plot Wizard then click Finish.
  4. Review plot window.
5. Error vs. Time Step plot.
  1. Select Display | Plot Wizard to start the Plot Wizard.
  2. Select the "Error vs. Time Step" option on the left and click Next.
  3. Specify plot options in step 2 of the Plot Wizard then click Finish.
  4. Review plot window.
6. Error Summary plot.
  1. Select Display | Plot Wizard to start the Plot Wizard.
  2. Select the "Error Summary" option on the left and click Next.
  3. Specify plot options in step 2 of the Plot Wizard then click Finish.
  4. Review plot window.
7. Time Series plot.
  1. Select Display | Plot Wizard to start the Plot Wizard.
  2. Select the "Time Series" option on the left and click Next.
  3. Specify plot options in step 2 of the Plot Wizard then click Finish.
  4. Review plot window.
8. Active Dataset Time Series plot.
  1. Select a dataset in Project Explorer.
  2. Select cells in the project.
  3. Select Display | Plot Wizard to start the Plot Wizard.
  4. Select the "Active Dataset Time Series" option on the left and click Next.
  5. Specify plot options in step 2 of the Plot Wizard then click Finish.
  6. Review plot window.
9. S/S Flow vs. Time plot.
  1. Select Display | Plot Wizard to start the Plot Wizard.
  2. Select the "S/S Flow vs. Time" option on the left and click Next.
  3. Specify plot options in step 2 of the Plot Wizard then click Finish.
  4. Review plot window.
10. Flow Budget vs. Time plot.
  1. Select Display | Plot Wizard to start the Plot Wizard.
  2. Select the "Flow Budget vs. Time" option on the left and click Next.
  3. Specify plot options in step 2 of the Plot Wizard then click Finish.
  4. Review plot window.
11. Gage Package Value vs. Time plot.
  1. Select Display | Plot Wizard to start the Plot Wizard.
  2. Select the "Gage Package Value vs. Time" option on the left and click Next.
  3. Specify plot options in step 2 of the Plot Wizard then click Finish.
  4. Review plot window.
4. Create an animation.
  1. Select a solution dataset and use the Display | Animate menu command.
  2. Use the Animation Wizard to specify the animation parameters.
  3. Save and view the animation file.
5. Review the zone and flow budgets.
  1. Select MODFLOW | Flow Budget....
  2. Review the flow data on the Cells and Zones tabs in the Flow Budget dialog.
  3. Generate water budget data on the USGS ZONEBUDGET tab.