Aquaveo & Water Resources Engineering News

October 2012 Sprint

  • Fixed 16 bugs
  • Branched GMS 9.0 code base
  • Held a GMS training course in Australia
  • Initial investigation of MODPATH 6.0 support
  • Added a Z Values -> Data Set command for 2D objects
  • Changed rasters so that interpolation using a raster catalogs results in one data set and interpolation from multiple selected rasters results in multiple data sets
  • Unstructured grids are now rendering in GMS
  • Cleaned up a lot of help links on the wiki and help buttons in GMS
  • Switched scatter points to use the standard Contour Options
  • Added exporting of 3D grids to a VTK file for use in ParaView
  • Progress on support for multiple grids
  • Progress on wiki to dynamic help file

GMS Training - Perth, AU - Recap

We just completed a training course in Perth, Australia from October 23-26. The course was a great success. Users from all over Australia came together to learn how to use GMS to solve their ground water modeling problems. We even had a user fly in from Japan.

Many thanks to our friends at SRIT (Geoff and Glenys Flight) for organizing the course.
SRIT also had a drawing for some prizes for our course attendees.


A new image object type which we are calling a "raster" has been added with GMS 9.0. Rasters are essentially images with elevations - an image that includes a color value and a data value at each pixel. GMS uses the raster object type to support DEM files, and a large variety of DEM file types can be imported into GMS as rasters.

Rasters can be displayed as 2D images, with or without shadows, or as a 3D point cloud without shadows. Both options are very fast and memory efficient. Four different shaders, or color ramps, can be used to show  variations in elevation.

Rasters can be interpolated to all other GMS object types as well as to MODFLOW layer data (similar to 2D scatter points). They can be created inside GMS from 2D scatter points.

A wiki page has been created to document the raster interface in GMS and a new Raster tutorial will be available when GMS 9.0 is released.

Online Maps

"Online maps" are a new feature added at GMS 9.0. Online maps are free raster data (aerial photos, street maps, elevation data etc.) from sources such as ESRI and (other sources can be added via an Advanced button). If you have an internet connection, online maps can be displayed in the background in GMS and are updated automatically as you zoom in and out or pan the view. The imagery is automatically projected to the current display projection and displayed in real world coordinates. An online map can be exported and saved locally with your project.

Online maps provide an easy way to locate and start a new modeling project. For more information, see the wiki.

Get Online Maps dialog.

GMS showing a World Topo Map Online Map.

GMS showing a World Imagery Online Map.

September 2012 Sprint Highlights

Some of the more interesting accomplishments from the September 2012 sprint:
  • Fixed over 18 bugs
  • Changed the Virtual Earth Locator tool to start where the graphics windows is currently
  • Project-on-the-fly finished except for tutorial
  • Rasters finished. Added display of elevation under mouse, exporting of more formats, legend fixes, local (non-global) projections, 3D point cloud display
  • Horizons -> Solids using rasters implemented
  • Added node xyz coordinates to arc attribute table
  • Progress on Wiki -> Help
  • GMS 9.0 beta ready
  • MODFLOW-LGR HDF5 conversion done
  • MODFLOW version, precision, parallel options saved in super file

August 2012 Sprint Highlights

Some of the more interesting accomplishments from the August 2012 sprint:
  • Fixed over 14 bugs
  • Fixed dragging display when using computers with integrated graphics 
  • Implemented Project-on-the-fly for all modules and objects
  • Added import/export support for several DEM/Raster file types including:
    • GeoTIFF
    • Arc/Info ASCII Grid
    • BIL
    • USGS DEM
    • Surfer Ascii Grid Files
    • DXF
  • Added interpolation from raster catalogs
  • Added legends for rasters
  • Added user defined min/max for scatter -> raster
  • Added ability to open multiple files at once
  • Added drag-and-drop to the entire GMS window, not just the Graphics Window
  • Reconfigured the XYZF and IJK/ID panes to accomodate Lat/Lon and projection
  • Added mouse tracking while using the pan and rotate tools
  • Finished some tutorials: null-space Monte Carlo and SUB package

July 2012 Sprint Highlights

Some of the more interesting accomplishments from the July 2012 sprint:

  • Released GMS 8.3! See what's new!
  • Fixed over 20 bugs.
  • Upgraded to the latest MODFLOW executables.
  • Finished a MODFLOW STR package tutorial.
  • Finished the SUB package interface, including a new tutorial.
  • Put back exporting a map file.
  • More progress on rasters including two new tutorials.
  • Implemented "Stochastic Predictive" mode - populating parameter randomization stochastic simulations with results from a null space Monte Carlo run.
  • Added statistical analysis for parameter arrays (not just the head data).
  • Created a list of videos sorted by category on the GMS YouTube playlist.
  • Implemented the PCGN2 solver.
  • Made progress on the PHT3D interface design.
  • Posted a PDF snapshot of the wiki for GMS 8.3.
  • Made progress on project-on-the-fly

MNW2 - Multinode Well 2 Package

GMS version 8.3 has added support for the MNW2 package in MODFLOW. This package is an update to the MNW1 package. In addition to supporting the capabilities of the MNW1 package, the MNW2 package can also calculate additional head changes due to partial penetration affects, flow into a borehole through a seepage face, changes in well discharge related to changes in lift for a given pump, intraborehole flows with a pump intake located at any specified depth in the well, and improved capability to simulate nonvertical wells.

Take a look at the GMS learning center here for new tutorials with the MNW2 package.

GMS supports manually creating/editing MNW2 boundary conditions directly on the MODFLOW grid.

In addition, the conceptual modeling tools have been updated to support the MNW2 package.


GMS continues to add support for MODFLOW packages. Look for more packages in the near future. Happy modeling!

June 2012 Sprint Highlights

Some of the more interesting accomplishments from the June 2012 sprint:
  • Fixed over 10 bugs
  • Switched all model code to use the newer version of Visual Fortran
  • Taught a GMS training course in France
  • Good progress on the MODFLOW SUB package interface
  • Updated MODFLOW-NWT with the latest from the USGS
  • Overhauled the MODFLOW menu to make it more usable
  • Implemented more raster features including a raster catalog and virtual earth dialog buttons
  • Added text in the MODFLOW Global Options dialog to show what MODFLOW executable will be used
  • Added support for multiple CAD files
  • Created a CAD properties dialog
  • Overhauled how z values relate to the active data set for TINs, 2D meshes and 2D scatter points to make it simpler and easier
  • Started displaying the current project and the latitude and longitude at the bottom of the graphics window

May 2012 Sprint Highlights

Some of the more interesting accomplishments from the May 2012 sprint:
  • Fixed over 19 bugs
  • Overhauled the MODFLOW ccf file reader to be more generic
  • Much progress on the MODFLOW SUB package
  • Updated MODFLOW 2005 executable with the latest changes from USGS
  • Mostly finished phase 1 of PEST Null Space Monte Carlo support
  • Began adapting MODFLOW LGR to GMS format
  • Finished several raster features including interpolation and conversion to/from other object types
  • Added more "Open containing folder" commands where they were needed
  • Made it so we just link to CAD files instead of saving them with the project
  • Added duplication of MODFLOW array data in the Project Explorer
  • Removed the interface for flow observations with the SFR package since MODFLOW doesn't support this
  • Added commands to Expand / Collapse most items in the Project Explorer
  • Split the MODFLOW conceptual model tutorial into two separate tutorials
  • Finished the MODFLOW MNW2 package tutorial for non-vertical wells and pump capacity
  • Added more bitmaps in the menus and made the old ones look better