Introduction to WinFlow
WinFlow is a powerful yet easytouse groundwater flow model. WinFlow is similar to Geraghty & Miller's popular QuickFlow model which was developed by one of the authors of QuickFlow. The most notable improvement of WinFlow over QuickFlow is its compatibility with Windows. WinFlow is a true Windows program incorporating a multiple document interface (MDI). See also  WinTran. It couples the steadystate groundwater flow model from WinFlow with a contaminant transport model.
WinFlow is an interactive analytical model that simulates twodimensional steadystate and transient groundwater flow. The steadystate module of WinFlow simulates groundwater flow in a horizontal plane using analytical functions developed by Strack (1989). The transient module of WinFlow uses equations developed by Theis (1935) and by Hantush and Jacob (1955) for confined and leaky aquifers, respectively. Each module uses the principle of superposition to evaluate the effects from multiple analytical functions (wells, etc.) in a uniform regional flow field.
WinFlow's steadystate module simulates the effects of the following analytic elements in twodimensional flow: wells, uniform recharge, circular recharge/discharge areas, and line sources or sinks. Any number of these elements may be added to the model including a uniform regional hydraulic gradient. WinFlow depicts the flow field using streamlines, particle traces, and contours of hydraulic head. The streamlines are computed semianalytically to illustrate groundwater flow directions. Particletracking techniques are implemented numerically to compute travel times and flow directions. Both confined and unconfined aquifers are simulated with the steadystate module.
The transient module in WinFlow simulates the effects of wells, circular ponds, linesinks, and a uniform regional gradient for confined and leaky aquifers. Numerical particletracking is also available in WinFlow's transient module. The transient module computes hydraulic heads using the Theis (1935) equation for confined aquifers and the Hantush and Jacob (1955) equation for leaky aquifers.
WinFlow is simple to use and highly interactive, allowing you to create an analytical model in minutes. WinFlow features standard Windows pulldown menus and dialogs to facilitate the model design. WinFlow is recomputed and recontoured either by selecting a menu item or by pressing a toolbar button. Streamlines and particle traces are added interactively and recomputed each time new wells or other elements are added.
WinFlow can import a Drawing Interchange Format (DXF) file (from AutoCAD, for example) to use as a digitized base map. QuickFlow and ModelCadformat map files may also be imported into WinFlow. The digitized map gives the modeler a frame of reference for designing the analytical model.
WinFlow produces reportquality graphics using any Windows device driver. Output may also be exported to a wide variety of file types including SURFER, Geosoft, Spyglass, Windows Metafiles, and AutoCADcompatible DXF files.
WinFlow Features
The features that WinFlow has in common with QuickFlow include the following:
 Simulates both steadystate and transient flow
 Simulates both unconfined and confined aquifers
 Simulates effects of wells, linesinks, ponds, and recharge
 Imports map files in DXF format, QuickFlow format, or ModelCad format
 Visualizes model results with waterlevel contour maps
 Illustrates groundwater flowpaths using streamlines and particle traces
 Simple data input
 Linesinks and ponds included in the Transient model
 Calibration targets and calculation of calibration statistics
 Each analytic element may have a title with full font selection
 Doubleclick an element to edit
 Click and drag to reposition elements, streamlines, or particles
 Click and drag to resize linesinks and ponds
 Multiple document interface (MDI) allows multiple models to be open at the same time
 Cut, copy, and paste elements to/from the clipboard
 Maps may be printed using any Windows device driver
 Coordinates and head are displayed as the cursor is moved
 Full contextsensitive help system (the entire manual is online)
 DXF file import from within WinFlow
 Common commands are available on the Toolbar
 Draganddrop input files into the WinFlow Window
Applying WinFlow
WinFlow is a powerful tool for analyzing twodimensional groundwater flow problems. WinFlow can be applied to a wide variety of groundwater problems including the following:
WinFlow for Wellhead Protection: to delineate the capture zone around a groundwater supply well (travel times can be plotted on the capture zone or the capture zone can be computed for a given time, e.g., one year).
WinFlow for Design of Remediation Systems: to evaluate a pumpandtreat cleanup system including selection of the number, location, and pumping rates of recovery wells. Injection wells and drains/trenches may also be evaluated.
WinFlow for Regional Flow Modeling: Otto Strack originally designed the analytic element technique for application to regional flow problems. At a regional scale, vertical gradients are often negligible making a twodimensional simulation a reasonable approximation. WinFlow includes calibration targets and calculation of statistics to aid in regional model calibration.
WinFlow for Pumping Test Analysis and Design: the transient model in WinFlow offers a powerful way of selecting the optimal placement and monitoring schedule for observation wells. WinFlow can also be used to analyze test results by calibrating to the spatial distribution of drawdown at selected times (analogous to a distancedrawdown test). The calibration statistics mentioned above aid in evaluation of the test results.
A flexible user interface using pulldown menus and simple dialogs in WinFlow provides you with an easy method of setting up the model and rapidly getting to a solution. The analytical model is developed in several steps as follows:
 Digitize a base map in a CAD package such as AutoCAD.
 Export the drawing to a DXFformat file.
 Doubleclick on the WinFlow icon to run WinFlow.
 Load the digitized map into WinFlow.
 Specify aquifer parameters.
 Choose a solution type (steadystate or transient).
 Add analytic elements to the model (wells, ponds, etc.).
 Calculate the model and contour the results.
 Add streamlines or particle traces to define flow paths.
 Create a graphical or summary output of the results.
These steps can be performed in WinFlow in a matter of minutes after the base map has been digitized. The base map is optional; however, it provides you with a frame of reference in designing the analytical model.
WinFlow requires you to specify a few simple pieces of information or data to define the analytical model. Data can be classified in four different ways: (1) fundamental data required by all problems; (2) data required for only transient applications; (3) data required for particletracking analysis; and (4) optional data.
Fundamental Data are required for all analytical models created by WinFlow. These data include:
 Regional gradient and direction of flow
 Hydraulic conductivity
 Aquifer top elevation and bottom elevation
 Reference head
Regional gradient and direction of flow are used to superimpose a uniform groundwater flow field on the analytical model. You must define the regional gradient which has units of [L/L] (dimensionless) and the direction of flow. The direction of flow is entered in degrees with 0.0 degrees representing east, 90.0 degrees representing north, etc. You may enter a gradient of 0.0. You may want to do this if you are computing drawdowns. Note that in unconfined aquifers, the gradient is defined at the reference point and may change throughout the model as the saturated thickness, and hence the transmissivity changes.
Hydraulic conductivity is assumed to be homogeneous throughout the infinite aquifer and has units of [L/T], e.g., ft/d. The aquifer top and bottom elevations have units of length [L], e.g., ft, and are used to compute transmissivity. In addition, the steadystate module in WinFlow allows for conversion to unconfined flow. Therefore, if the head falls below the top of the aquifer, the model becomes unconfined.
The reference head defines a point where the head is known. In the steadystate model, the reference head is always constant and never changes during simulations. The reference head may or may not be constant in the transient model, depending upon a userselectable option. All computations are based upon the reference head which should be located as far from wells, ponds, etc., as possible. The reference head is analogous to a constant head in a numerical model.
WinFlow assumes that you are using consistent units throughout the analysis. For example, if you are using length [L] units of feet and time [T] units of days, hydraulic conductivity will be expressed in units of ft/d and pumping rates will be in units of ft3/d (not gallons per minute).
Transient flow problems require three additional data types in WinFlow including:
 Storage coefficient [dimensionless]
 Hantush leakage factor (denoted by L or B) [L]
 Time value to compute solution [T]
The Hantush Leakage factor denoted by the letter L or B has units of length (Hantush, 1956). The leakage factor is only required for leaky aquifers. It should be set to zero for confined flow.
Particletracking analyses in WinFlow require that porosity be defined. The porosity (dimensionless) is used to compute the average linear groundwater flow velocity at discrete points within the system.
Optional Data types define the analytic elements of the model. These elements include the following information:
 Well locations and pumping rates
 Recharge rate
 Pond locations and recharge/discharge rates
 Linesink locations and recharge/discharge rates
 Calibration targets
All of the elements above are available for the steadystate model and all but recharge are simulated by the transient model.
Wells are defined by the coordinates of the center of the well, a pumping rate, and a well radius. The pumping rate has units of [L3/T] such as ft3/d. A positive pumping rate indicates production and a negative rate indicates injection.
Recharge is defined only for steadystate models and has units of [L/T] such as ft/d. The recharge is distributed over the entire infinite plane of the model. An ellipse defines the shape and position of the watertable mound created if there is no regional gradient. You must define the center coordinates of the ellipse, the length of the aaxis and baxis of the ellipse, and the angle between the aaxis (long axis) of the ellipse and the xaxis of the model. The recharge rate should be a positive value.
Ponds are circular recharge or discharge areas. Ponds are defined in a manner similar to wells. The coordinates of the center of the pond are given along with the radius of the pond. The pond infiltration rate has units of [L/T] and is computed by dividing the total discharge rate into or out of the pond by the area of the pond. Thus, the pond infiltration/discharge rate has the same units as recharge. A positive rate indicates infiltration and negative indicates discharge from the aquifer.
Linesinks are linear recharge or discharge features. The linesink is defined by providing the coordinates of each end point and either an infiltration/discharge rate or a head. If the linesink is defined in terms of head, the model will compute a discharge rate based on the given head value (assumed to be at the center of the linesink). Linesink discharge/infiltration rates have units of [L2/T] which is computed by dividing the total discharge rate by the length of the line. Thus, the linesink rate (or strength) is a rate per unit length. The sign convention for linesinks is the same as wells; positive indicates pumping or production and negative signifies injection or infiltration.
After defining all aquifer properties and analytic elements, you run WinFlow by selecting Calc from the main menu and Recalculate from the pulldown menu. WinFlow will the compute the hydraulic head on a regular grid of points and contour the results. To illustrate groundwater flow directions and travel times in WinFlow, you may add any number of particle traces. Reverse particle tracking is used to compute capture zones and forward tracking to create a flow net.
Introduction to WinTran
WinTran couples the steadystate groundwater flow model from WinFlow with a contaminant transport model. The transport model of WinTran has the feel of an analytic model but is actually an embedded finiteelement simulator. The finiteelement transport model is constructed automatically by the software but displays numerical criteria (Peclet and Courant numbers) to allow the user to avoid numerical or mass balance problems.
Contaminant mass may be injected or extracted in WinTran using any of the analytic elements including wells, ponds, and linesinks. In addition, constant concentration elements have been added. WinTran displays both head and concentration contours, and concentration may be plotted versus time at selected monitoring locations. The transport model includes the effects of dispersion, linear sorption (retardation), and firstorder decay.
WinTran aids in risk assessment calculations by displaying the concentration over time at receptor or observation locations. You simply click to define an observation point and run the simulation. WinTran will display the breakthrough curves after the simulation is finished.
WinTran Features
 Simulates steadystate flow and transient transport in confined and unconfined aquifers.
 Simulates effects of wells, linesinks, ponds, and constant concentration sources.
 32bit software uses all memory available to Windows.
 Supports Windows V3.1 (with Win32s), Windows NT, and Windows 95.
 Displays Peclet and Courant criteria during transport simulation.
 Displays mass balance error during simulation.
 Contours concentration at userspecified time steps during simulation.
 Plots concentration vs. Time at observation points.
 Velocities are computed either analytically or using the finiteelement flow model.
 Maps may be printed using any Windows device driver.
 WYSIWYG printing with print preview and userdefined margins.
 Full contextsensitive help system (the entire manual is online).
 All other features in WinTran are the same as WinFlow (except transient flow modeling).
WinFlow vs. WinTran
WinTran is, by far, the easiest contaminant transport model to use, especially since it is a true Windows program. WinTran is unique in that it provides you with a sophisticated finiteelement transport model that works like an analytic model. All of the finiteelement mesh design chores go on behind the scenes, freeing you to work on the conceptual model and to try different solutions to your problem. WinTran incorporates the steadystate flow model from WinFlow and, therefore, looks very much like WinFlow. The primary differences between WinFlow and WinTran are the following:
 WinTran requires substantially more memory than WinFlow and thus on some systems (< 8 MB of RAM) it will be slower.
 WinTran does not have WinFlow's transient flow model.
If you plan to do a lot of flow simulation work in addition to transport, we recommend purchasing both WinFlow and WinTran, and we have provided special pricing considerations to allow you to obtain both models costeffectively.
