5. Modelling Hydrodynamics and Water Quality of Pit Lakes

Mike Müller

Minimum 6, maximum 20 delegates
Regular € 440/470 Students € 300/330

Modeling pit lakes is a complex task. The open source software PITLAKQ  allows one to model hydrodynamic processes in pit lakes including temperature stratification. Furthermore, transport of constituents and a variety of chemical and biological reactions can be modeled. PITLAKQ combines the abilities of CE-QUAL-W2 and PHREEQC.

It provides new features such as distributed groundwater exchange, treatment of the lake water with chemicals, and accounting for the impact of bank erosion on lake water quality.

This one-day workshop introduces PITLAKQ with a hands-on tutorial of setting up and running models. It covers:

  • Setting up and running a hydrodynamic model
  • Interpreting and presenting hydrodynamic results
  • Setting up and running a water quality model
  • Interpreting and presenting water quality results
  • Varying the water quality processes

PITLAKQ solves complex problems and offers many more features than can be covered in the workshop. The presenter will be glad to answer questions that go beyond the content described above. Each participant will receive a comprehensive course handout and the PITLAKQ software. After the course, participants will be able to set up and run PITLAKQ models.

Participants need to be familiar with the topic of pit lakes and their water quality. Basic hydro-geo-chemical knowledge is assumed. Preferably, participants should have modeling experience with CE-QUAL-W2, PHREEQC or comparable models. They also need to have basic knowledge of important pit lake processes. Solid PC handling abilities are necessary.

All participants will receive the modeling software and the full documentation in electronic form. This includes working example models with test data.

Participants should bring their own laptop computer with a Windows operating system. PITLAKQ also runs on Linux and Mac OS X, but the setup is currently more complicated. You will receive a copy of the modeling software at the beginning of the workshop.

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