FEFLOW Newsletter July 2006
The FEFLOW team will also use the WASY Web Forum to post information about the latest developments and FEFLOW patch versions. Automatic e-mail notification on patches ensures that you keep your FEFLOW up-to-date. Introducing a 'Wish list' board, we hope to get many suggestions for additional FEFLOW functionality. User discussion allows us to better judge the demand for specific functions. making sure that we first develop the most needed tools.
The WASY Web Forum will replace our previous FEFLOW newsgroup, offering many more options with a much easier handling.
In the forum, we also provide boards for the discussion of geodata handling topics, e.g., related to the use of our software WGEO. As most of the users of WGEO are based in Germany, these boards are mainly dedicated to posts in German language. However, nobody will mind if you add your opinion or question in English.
Next stop—California. Two workshops addressed new and advanced users from various consulting firms and the nearby Lawrence Livermore National Lab. The participants considered these days as very effective and explicitly asked for more workshops of this kind in the near future. A visit with the largest modeler group within CH2MHill, in Redding, CA, concluded this second leg.
Final destination was the Washington, DC area on the East Coast. GeoTrans modelers were given a general overview of the software at their Sterling office. Advanced FEFLOW features were presented at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where interest focused in particular on the multispecies reaction-rate capability that allows users to freely define complex chemical reaction systems. The concluding highlight of the trip was a one-day FEFLOW seminar at the U.S. Geological Survey offices in Reston, VA, hosted by Cliff Voss, the author of SUTRA. We want to again thank Cliff and his team who provided an opportunity for exchanging ideas in a great atmosphere of friendly, open-spirited cooperation!
In April 2006, WASY provided the first-ever FEFLOW training in Australia. A course in Perth that had been organized by URS was attended both by URS modelers and employees of government agencies in Perth and Alice Springs. A second, advanced, course was taught by our trainer Peter Schätzl upon request by Golder Associates in Melbourne. Both events succeeded in making the participants more efficient FEFLOW users. Especially the direct transfer of knowledge and the personal contact between WASY staff and the FEFLOW users were considered as helpful.
In addition to the training courses, Peter Schätzl gave a seminar at Flinders University in Adelaide, presenting FEFLOW basic capabilities and advanced practical application examples. The seminar was organized by the Centre for Groundwater Studies (CGS) and attended by around 25 modelers working in research, government agencies and consulting firms. After the seminar, everybody had the opportunity to exchange experiences and further discuss modeling topics at a reception with cool beer and snacks.
Looking at the very positive feedback on both the training courses and the seminar, we decided to offer two more training courses in Australia. The courses will probably take place in October 2007 in Perth and Brisbane and will be organized by CGS.
For details and registration, please see our training web site.
According to your wishes we can teach FEFLOW training courses in our training center in Berlin or at any other suitable location. Please contact our sales team for a quotation.
* The PEST course is jointly organized by Waterloo Hydrogeologic, WASY, Watermark Numerical Computing and Ili-Gis Services. To register, please contact Waterloo Hydrogeologic.
** The training course in Ferrara is organized in collaboration with the University of Ferrara, Earth Science Department. The exact date will be specified. Please see our training web site for details and pre-registration.
*** The 1st Australian Groundwater Modelling Workshops are organized by the Centre for Groundwater Studies (CGS).