HyperLink GroundWater Desktop
A Graphical User Interface for 3D Visualization (Version 2)
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GroundWater Desktop (GWD) is a 3D User Interface for visualizing groundwater models, environmental data and 3D kriging. While GWD is general, and might be used to visualize any model, its development to-date has focused on MODFLOW, MODPATH and MT3D, including the latest unstructured grid capabilities encompassed within MODFLOW-USG. GWD enables users to view the model numerical grid, input data such as properties and boundary conditions, as well as output data including heads, concentrations and pathlines. Models can be examined using cross-sectional, cut-away and layer "exploded" views.

  • Used as an AddIn with Groundwater Vistas or as a standalone, GWD provides a powerful tool for visualizing and evaluating groundwater models together with environmental data such as water levels and chemistry

  • GWD supports importing 3D point data such as borings and their collected environmental data such as water levels and chemistry. In Version 2, 3D kriging is added with an option to do kriging directly on Modflow Grid and Variogram modeling

  • Share your visualization files with colleagues and clients using a freely-available restricted-capability version of the same program as a free 3D viewer

  • Export report-quality high resolution images for presentations or reports

  • Create high resolution animations

  • Capabilities can be customized to meet project-specific needs

  • Technical support available directly from the developer   


Date: 9/14/2016:

Version 2.0.18 Released, Fixed several bugs with contouring when very small Noflow value used.


Date: 6/15/2016:

Version 2.0.17 Released, Fixed several minor bugsbugs


Date: 4/7/2016:

Version 2.0.16 Released, Fixed bug related to MF Grid Outlline visibility and contour labels visbility after reopening project filefile


Date: 2/23/2016:

Version 2.0.15 Released, Fixed bug related to reading shapefiles adn bug related to offset and rotation of Model outline in Surface View

Date: 30/12/2015:

Version 2.0.14 Released, Added option to filter pathlines by end points and captured by MNW wells, Fixed several bugs in 3D kriging related to slow loading big data sets.


Date: 09/08/2015:

Version 2.0.13 Released, Fixed some issues related to MF targets.


Date: 08/24/2015:

Update Version 2.0.12 Released, Fixed some issues related to License key check and reading MNW package if THIEM loss type is used.


Date: 07/29/2015:

Update Version 2.0.10 Released, Fixed some issues with Exporting imaages.

Date: 07/23/2015:

Update Version 2.0.09 Released, Fixed some issues with Nework License Manager 

SSPA offers three courses in September 2015:

Introductory and Advanced PEST Courses

Theory and Application of MODFLOW-USG

  Conceptual Groundwater Model Development with the Analytic Element Method 

Date: 07/20/2015:

Update Version 2.0.08 Released, added option for exporting MF properties to a shapefile, ASCII arrays, etc. 


Version 2 is finally released !!!!!!!!

Version 2. Comming Soon


Date: 03/19/2015:

Version 1.00.025 Released, 

Date: 11/26/2014:

Version 1.00.024 Released,  Fixed bug that make GWD to crash during animation

Date: 10/24/2014:

Version 1.00.023 Released,  Fixed bug appeared in version 1.00.022 related to multiple printing of scale bar


Date: 10/24/2014:

Version 1.00.022 Released,  Fixed bug related to MFUSG DRN package

Date: 9/4/2014:

Version 1.00.021 Released,  Fixed bug related to launching GWD from GW Vistas

Date: 4/6/2014:

Version 1.00.020 Released,  Added support for visualizing Surfact concentration file.

Date: 2/10/2014:

Version 1.00.019 Released,  Fixed the bug related to reading wells from GWV and also Grid Cuts if MF USG is viewed. Added option for renaming tree items by delayed left click and F2 key.

Date: 1/29/2014:

Version 1.00.018 Released,  Fixed the bug related to some UCN views.

Date: 1/272014:

Version 1.00.017 Released,  Fixed the bug related to synchronization between head and MF stress periods, Added and option to read MF USG CLN wells.

Date: 1/15/2014:

Version 1.00.016 Released,  Fixed the bug related to well label font color. Added an option for labeling well pumping rates.  

Date: 1/7/2014:

Version 1.00.015 Released,  Added an option to snap shapefiles and GW Vistas map files  on top of the MF models.


Date: 12/22/2013:

Version 1.00.014 Released,  Fixed the bug in reading head file in case of no flow value is 1E-30. Added option in Slice and Cut objects to color HK, VK, S and Sy by unique values (Zones). Added new feature, MF grid can be visualized as layers surfaces.

Date: 12/18/2013:

Version 1.00.013 Released,  Fixed the bug in importing wells if GWD launched from GW Vistas

Date: 12/15/2013:

Version 1.00.012 Released,  Added new feature for importing GW Vistas MAP basemap files, Fixed the bug in Exporting Pathlines to a shapefiles, Error in Time atribute.

Date: 12/05/2013:

Version 1.00.011 Released,  Added new feature for importing data from previously created project files

Date: 11/27/2013:

Version 1.00.010 Released,  Fixed bugs related to reading WEL package if GWD were launched from GW Vistas. Added option to update License key directly from GWD  

Date: 11/19/2013:

Version 1.00.009 Released,  Fixed bugs in reading SFR,LAK  and MNW2 packages. Added option to read UPW package. Added option for exporting pathlines to shapefiles

Date: 11/19/2013:

Version 1.00.008 Released,  Fixed offset and rotation bug in Modflow LAK package.

Date: 11/08/2013:

Version 1.00.007 Released,  Temporary fix for a bug that rotates Basemap images. Fixed a bug related to reading pathlines generated by Modpath version 3.

Date: 11/06/2013:

Version 1.00.006 Released,  Fixed bug in animation, if only MT3D concentrations are animated, GWD wasn't updating concentration related objects.  

Version 1.00.005 Released,  Fixed bug related to wrong reading of wells if GWD launched from Groundwater Vistas and bug related to the animation

Date: 10/28/2013:

Version 1.00.004 Released,  Fixed bug that crashed GWD if launched from Groundwater Vistas.

Date: 10/24/2013:013:

Version 1.00.003 Released,  added option to visualize modflow USG grids as a discrete cells, updated contouring algorithm for Modflow USG heads 

Date: 09/23/2013:

The development team is pleased to announce the release of the GWD Version 1.00