Friday, February 29, 2008

PEST Seminar in May

I have scheduled my next Advanced Groundwater Vistas & Pest course. The seminar will be held May 28-30 at the Residence Inn, Tampa (near the airport).

Originally, my Advanced course had three topics of relatively equal weight: (1) model calibration, (2) uncertainty analysis using monte carlo techniques, and (3) optimization of remedial design and well field management. This evolved into about half the course devoted to model calibration, focusing on Pest, and half on the other 2 topics with a bit of MODFLOW-SURFACT thrown in. The next course will be primarily a PEST course, both from a calibration standpoint and for analysis of uncertainty. Topics will include the basics of calibration, use of Pest in zone-based models, Pilot Point calibration with Pest (including regularization and Singular Value Decomposition), and calibration-constrained monte carlo techniques. I will briefly discuss optimization as well, but probably just half a day.

I will take a maximum of 12 to 14 attendees. The seminar will cost $1,250 per person and you will need to bring a laptop computer.

Go to our web site at and click on seminars for more info.

The course is about half full now so don't wait too long if you plan on attending.


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