Groundwater Modeling

Groundwater modeling is a useful tool for evaluating the distribution of groundwater contaminants over time. Groundwater modeling can be a cost effective alternative for long term studies or extensive site investigations.


WPI personnel are familiar with a variety of groundwater modeling programs (e.g., BIOPLUME, ModFLow, etc.). Groundwater modeling programs such as these are typically used develop estimates for plume migration times to a potential sensitive receptor such as municipal water supply well, and/or to estimate the time for naturally occurring bacteria to reduce dissolved phase groundwater contaminants to remediation goals.


The output of any groundwater modeling program is only as good as the assumptions and data that the model is based on. Some input criteria can have a large effect on modeling output, producing results that are invalid and misleading. WPI’s long history of modeling groundwater in diverse geologic environments ensures that results are reliable and consistent with “real world” conditions.