ASTM D6170-97(2010)

    Standard Guide for Selecting a Groundwater Modeling Code


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide covers a systematic approach to the determination of the requirements for and the selection of computer codes used in a groundwater modeling project. Due to the complex nature of fluid flow and biotic and chemical transport in the subsurface, many different groundwater modeling codes exist, each having specific capabilities and limitations. Furthermore, a wide variety of situations may be encountered in projects where groundwater models are used. Determining the most appropriate code for a particular application requires a thorough analysis of the problem at hand and the required and available resources, as well as detailed description of the functionality of candidate codes.

    1.2 The code selection process described in this guide consists of systematic analysis of project requirements and careful evaluation of the match between project needs and the capabilities of candidate codes. Insufficiently documented capabilities of candidate codes may require additional analysis of code functionality as part of the code selection process. Fig. 1 is provided to assist with the determination of project needs in terms of code capabilities, and, if necessary, to determine code capabilities.

    1.3 This guide is one of a series of guides on groundwater modeling codes and their applications, such as Guides D5447, D5490, D5609, D5610, D5611, D5718, and D6025 .

    1.4 This guide offers an organized collection of information or a series of options and does not recommend a specific course of action. This guide cannot replace education or experience and should be used in conjunction with professional judgement. Not all aspects of this guide may be applicable in all circumstances. This guide is not intended to represent or replace the standard of care by which the adequacy of a given professional service must be judged, nor should this guide be applied without consideration of a project's many unique aspects. The word Standard in the title of this document means only that the document has been approved through the ASTM consensus process.

    1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


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    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D653 Terminology Relating to Soil, Rock, and Contained Fluids

    D5447 Guide for Application of a Groundwater Flow Model to a Site-Specific Problem

    D5490 Guide for Comparing Groundwater Flow Model Simulations to Site-Specific Information

    D5609 Guide for Defining Boundary Conditions in Groundwater Flow Modeling

    D5610 Guide for Defining Initial Conditions in Groundwater Flow Modeling

    D5611 Guide for Conducting a Sensitivity Analysis for a Groundwater Flow Model Application

    D5718 Guide for Documenting a Groundwater Flow Model Application

    D6025 Guide for Developing and Evaluating Groundwater Modeling Codes


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.060.10 (Water of natural resources)

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    DOI: 10.1520/D6170-97R10

    Citation Format

    ASTM D6170-97(2010), Standard Guide for Selecting a Groundwater Modeling Code, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2010, www.astm.org

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