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Conceptual Modeling: Define Finite Difference Grids Video

This video describes the seventh step in the conceptual modeling workflow: Defining Finite Difference Grids.

The final step before converting your conceptual model to a traditional numerical model is to generate a grid which will be merged with the existing property zones and boundary conditions. Most versions of MODFLOW (including MODFLOW-2000, MODFLOW-2005, MODFLOW-LGR, etc.) require finite difference grids, which are rectilinear, to operate. Three finite difference grid types are supported in the vertical dimension, including uniform, semi-uniform and deformed vertical grids.

Once the initial finite difference grid has been created grid refinements (both vertical and horizontal) can be performed at the ‘View Finite Difference Grid’ workflow step. This step also allows you to activate or deactivate specific grid cells and define child grids for MODFLOW-LGR simulations.

When a finite difference grid is available the subsequent workflow step to ‘Convert to MODFLOW Model’ will become available, allowing you to merge your conceptual model elements (property zones, boundary conditions) with available finite difference grids.

For more training resources please visit the Visual MODFLOW Flex support page: https://www.waterloohydrogeologic.com/visual-modflow-flex/#tab-5433d64180dfb0b9e20

Previous View/Edit Grid video (numerical modeling workflow): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtZgaM1Ecls

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