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Tutorial 1

Building a single-layer heterogeneous, anisotropic model with various boundary conditions


This first tutorial will introduce you to Anaqsim’s user interface and walk you through building a single-layer steady flow model with a variety of boundary conditions. All tutorial models may be built with the unlicensed version of Anaqsim.

Before starting the tutorials, you should read the User Guide (available on this documentation site, and via the 'help' menu in the user interface) in particular the section titled “User Interface”. These tutorials presume you have already read these sections of the User Guide. It is also assumed that you have installed Anaqsim.

Please see the Introduction | Anaqsim Section of the User Guide for instructions on downloading, installing and licensing.

Starting Anaqsim

Anaqsim can be started by clicking on the Windows Start button at the lower left of your screen and searching for Anaqsim.

The user interface consists of three tabs: Plot, Data and Log.  You can move between them by clicking on the tab at left.  The currently displayed tab is shown in blue:


The Plot tab displays various plots in the X-Y plane, the Data tab is where you enter and edit input data, and the Log tab displays text outputs from Anaqsim.

There is a main menu across the top (File, Edit, Model Input...) and in the Plot tab there is another menu at the left below the main menu (Plot File, View Manager, Digitize...). In addition, both the Plot and Data tabs have right-click menus that pop up and offer many options.

Setting up a Basemap

It's very hand to have a basemap and then digitize model elements over the basemap.  Anaqsim uses DXF basemaps, a format that can typically be exported from CAD and GIS programs.

Select Plot Input / What to Plot from the main menu.

Edit the Basemap and Elements cells of data grid so that it looks like the following image.


With these settings, the basemap will be displayed gray (or you could chose to display it in its original colors) and when elements are displayed, they will show control points and have pop-up text explaining details. Click the Select button in the Basemap_File column, then find and select the basemap file, which should be located here:

C:\Program Files\Yellow Sub Hydro\Anaqsim\Documentation\basemap.dxf 

By leaving the Window cell blank, plots will include the entire area covered by the model elements. If you want to make a plot of a smaller window, coordinates can be entered in this cell.

Display the Basemap

Select Make Plot / Model Elements Only and then press the OK button int he dialog that shows.

Select Zoom All in the plot view menu, and you will see the basemap with these features:

  • a lake shore along the east side
  • an impermeable aquifer boundary to the south, west, and north
  • a polygon recharge basin area
  • a well
  • a stream that goes from stage 121 in the west to 106 in the east


At this point, save your input by selecting File / Save As, and then choose a file name and path that suits you.

General Input

Begin creating model input by selecting Model Input / General under the main menu.  Check the Steady cell since this will be a steady-state, not transient, model.  Enter the units you choose for the model and a comment to characterize the model; these are just optional text entries to help document your model.  Here is a completed example:


Units in Anaqsim

In Anaqsim, all input is in a consistent set of units.  For example with meter and day units, discharges would be in m3/day and hydraulic conductivities would be in m/day.  Anaqsim doesn't keep track of what units you are using, so it is up to you to make sure all input is in terms of one consistent system of units based on the same length and time units.

Domain Input

Before entering other model inputs, we must first define the properties of the aquifers or regions within the model.  Anaqsim uses the term domain to refer to regions within which the aquifer properties are constant.  These can vary by layer in multilayer models and by location within a layer in heterogeneous models.

Select Model Input / Domains / Confined and/or Unconfined  and edit the table so it has two completed rows and looks like the following.


The domain labels need to be unique because they are referenced by other kinds of model inputs such as wells and line boundaries.  The 'all' domain will span all of the model, except for the small polygon area that will be the 'recharge basin' domain.  These two domains are identical in their properties, but defining them separately allow sus to define different recharge rates in the two domains.

The domains are both unconfined with a base at elevation 82.  With unconfined domains the top elevation is not used.

Average_head is your best estimate of the average head in the domain, and this determines a constant that is added to the solution.  Your choice of Average_head will no matter so long as it is close to the middle of the range of simulated heads in the domain.

Porosity is used in computations of travel time along pathlines.  The storage parameters Storativity and Specific_yield have no bearing on a steady model.

The horizontal hydraulic conductivity is anisotropic, with K1=3 and K2=0.6.  The K1 direction is oriented 30 degrees counter clockwise from the positive x-axis (30 degrees N from due E).  The K2 direction is normal to the K1 direction.

The values of K3 define the resistance to vertical flow in multi-level models or in sing-level models with head-dependent leakage.  Since this model has neither, the values of K3 are not used.

Now you have defined the properties of the two domains.  The location and extent of these domains are defined by the external line boundaries, which we will enter in the next sections.

Save your model again using File / Save or by typing the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-S.

Adding the Lake Boundary

Next we will add a constant head boundary at the lake shore using the digitizing features in Anaqsim.

Select Model Input / Line Boundaries / Head-Specified to bring up that data table.  Edit the table so it looks like this:


This line boundary is an external boundary to the 'all' domain, hence the Domain_Boundary cell is checked.  If this boundary was internal to the domain, this would not be checked.  The specified head is set to 104 along this entire boundary.

The Parameters_per_line entry defines how many degrees of freedom each segment of the boundary will have and at the number of points on each segment where the specified head condition will be met perfectly.  Larger numbers here will make for more accurate boundary conditions at the cost of more equations and longer solve computation time.  In transient models, you can turn the boundary conditions off during the Off_periods you enter, but that has no bearing on this steady model.

Digitizing a line boundary

Next, you will digitize the coordinates of the line boundary.  Click on the Plot tab to display the plot and basemap.  Before starting, please watch this video about digitizing and snap settings.

Ditigize the lakeshore boundary either from N to S or S to N (for head-specified boundaries, direction doesn't matter).  After digitizing, your digitized line (yellow) should look something like this:


Click on the Data tab to display the data table for head-specified line boundaries.

Click on the Edit button in the Coordinates column to show the coordinates window and paste (Ctrl-V) the digitized coordinates in, resulting in something like this:


Press OK to save and close this window.

Save your model again using File / Save or by typing the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-S

Adding the Impermeable Aquifer Boundary

Now we will add the impermeable aquifer boundary that forms the S, W, and N boundaries of the aquifer.  Select Model Input / Normal Flux-Specified to open the data table for this kind of boundary.  Edit the table so it looks like this:


This boundary is also external to the domain.  It will be impermeable because the normal flux is set to zero along it.  It is also possible to specify a non-zero flux in/out of the domain boundary.

The 3 parameters per line means there are three degrees of freedom per line segment, and the normal flux will be perfectly set to zero across three different sub-segments of each line segment.

Click on the Plot tab.  Make sure the Snap Settings are checked for Snap to Elements and Snap to Digitized Data. This will assure that your digitized boundaries match perfectly at common vertexes.

Digitize the 'Aquifer Boundary' shown in the basemap, from the north end of the lake shore boundary (NW of the northernmost 'Lake' on the basemap), going counter clockwise around the N, W, then S parts of this boundary until it ends at the south end of the lake shore boundary (SW of the southernmost 'Lake' on the basemap).  Digitizing this type of boundary must be done counter clockwise, since the boundary conditions are imposed on the left side of the boundary as you proceed from the first towards the last vertex.  See the User Guide for more information on this type of boundary.  After digitizing, the plot will look something like this:


Click on the Data tab to display the data table for normal flux-specified line boundaries.

Click on the Edit button in the Coordinates column of the row for this boundary to show the coordinates window and then paste (Ctrl-V) the digitized coordinates in, then press OK to save and close this window.  Save your model again using the File / Save or by typing the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-S.

Plotting the Elements and Examining the Details

Make a plot of the model elements that have been input so far by selecting Make Plot / Model Elements Only, then selecting Level 1 and pressing OK.  The resulting plot will look as follows, with the entered line elements shown green.


If you move the cursor over a line boundary, it turns black and a pop-up text window defines the boundary.  If you hover over the small circles at vertexes, it displays the boundary condition specifics at that vertex.

Graphically Editing a Line Boundary

Please see this video on how to graphically edit well and line boundary coordinates.

Select the outer impermeable 'outer' aquifer boundary and experiment with moving, adding, and deleting vertexes in the line boundary, then select Make Plot / Model Elements Only to see the altered line boundary.

Adding River and Line Boundaries

We will add three river line boundaries to represent three reaches of the stream shown in the basemap.  We will start with the lowest reach.

Select Model Input / Line Boundaries / River, and edit the table so it looks like this:


River boundaries are always internal to a domain.  By not checking the Dries_up, this river reach will maintain its stage and leak to/from the domain, even if the domain heads drop below stage.  The starting and ending stages correspond to the vertexes labeled 'h=106' and 'h=108' on the basemap.  See the User Guide for more information on this type of boundary.

Click on the Plot tab.

Right-click anywhere on the plot area and select Digitize / Polyline from the right-click menu.  Digitize the lower (east) river reach, starting at the east end where it meets the lake boundary, and ending at the vertex labeled 'h=108'.

Click on the Data tab to display the data table for river line boundaries.

Click on the Edit button in the Coordinates column to show the coordinates window and then paste (Ctrl-V) the digitized coordinates in, then press OK to save and close this window.

Select Make Plot / Model Elements Only to make a plot that should look like this:


Repeat these steps to create the input for the middle ('h=108' to 'h=114') and upper ('h=114' to 'h=121') reaches of the stream, digitizing and entering the coordinates as you did with the lower reach:


Save your model again using the File / Save or by typing the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-S.

Adding the Interdomain Boundary

We will now add the interdomain boundary that defines the limits of the 'recharge basin' domain.  Select Model Input / Line Boundaries / Interdomain, and edit the table so it looks like this:


With 4 Parameters_per_line, heads will match perfectly at 4 points on each line segment, and discharges across the boundary will match perfectly for 4 sub-segments of each segment. See the User Guide for more information on this type of boundary.

Next, click the Select button in the Domains_left column to select the domains that will be to the left of this boundary.  Then select the 'recharge basin' domain like below and click OK.


Now do the same for Domains_right, selecting the 'all' domain as below.


Click on the Plot tab.

Right-click anywhere on the plot area and select Digitize / Polyline from the right-click menu.  Digitize the recharge area boundary going in a counter-clockwise direction, starting and ending at the same point.  Imagine walking along this boundary on the ground in the same counter-clockwise direction as you digitized; the 'recharge_basin' domain would be on your left and the 'all' domain would be on your right.

Click on the Data tab to display the data table for the interdomain line boundaries.

Click on the Edit button in the Coordinates column to show the coordinates window and then paste (Ctrl-V) the recently digitized coordinates in, then press OK to save and close the coordinates window.

Select Make Plot / Model Elements Only to make a plot that should look like this:


Adding the Well

To add the well, we will first digitize the well's location by right-clicking over the plot and then selecting Digitize / Point, then move the cursor to the location of the well (zoom in if you want to get a more accurate point) and then left-click.  Then select Model Input / Pumping Wells / Discharge-Specified and paste the digitized point coordinates into the Coordinates column and complete the other columns as shown below.  Make sure to press enter to register the new row in the database, which exposes a new blank row.


The negative sign for the Discharge means the well is pumping water out of the aquifer.

If you select Make Plot / Model Elements Only, you should now see the green well element over the basemap gray:


Adding Uniform Recharge

Next we will add in uniform recharge rate over the 'all' domain and a higher uniform rate over the 'recharge basin' domain.  Select Model Input / Area Source/Sink / Uniform, Domain and edit the table so it looks like this:


The Top_flux is the recharge rate [length/time] that applies at the top of the domain.  You could also specify a uniform rate of leakage into or out of the bottom of the domain.  For both the top and bottom fluxes, a positive value means flux into the domain and a negative value means flux out of the domain.  In this case, the bottom of each domain is impermeable with zero flux.  The recharge rate is substantially higher in the 'recharge basin' domain than in the surrounding 'all' domain.  Uniform area sinks are appropriate in this model, but if there were multiple levels with vertical leakage or significant transient storage fluxes, you would use spatially-variable area sinks (SVAS) instead.

Solution Settings

The model has many boundary conditions that are associated with unknowns that need to be solved for.  To do that, Anaqsim builds a system of simultaneous equations and then applies a matrix-solving routine to determine the unknowns.  There are several settings that apply to the solve process.  Select Model Input / Solution / Solve Settings, to bring up some of these settings:


These are the default settings and work reasonably well in most models.  If your model is not converging or taking many iterations to converge, you can adjust some of these inputs to improve convergence.  We will not change any of these, but if you want to understand these inputs, see explanations in the User Guide.

Select Model Input / Solution / Check Settings, to bring up the settings that determine how accurate a solution must be in order to achieve convergence:


These are default settings that are reasonable if your length unit is feet or meter, and your time unit is days.  For example, all head-specified boundary conditions must converge to within 0.001 units [L].  Decreasing these values improves boundary accuracy at control points, but at the expense of increased numbers of iterations to achieve these criteria.  Please see the User Guide for definitions of each of these.

Solving the Model

This is accomplished by simply selecting Solve in the main menu.  When you do that, the Log tab is displayed and information about the solve process is written there.  In my mode, this is what was written (your model may differ depending on how you digitized in your line boundaries).


The system of equations included 158 equations and it took 4 iterations to achieve boundary conditions accurate enough to meet the solution check criteria.  The time stamps show that this took only about one second.

Plot Input Settings

Before making a plot, we need to decide what to plot and establish some settings.

What to Plot

Select Plot Input / What to Plot and edit the table so it looks like this:


Leaving the Window column blank will default to making a plot of the entire model.  The plot will include the basemap (gray), elements with details and control points (green), contours of head (blue), and velocity vectors (red).

Contour Settings

Select Plot Input / Contour Settings and edit the table so it looks like this:


In this case, the surface contoured is head (h).  See the User Guide for a description of other surface choices.

The Subtract option is for subtracting this surface from a previously saved surface, which is handy for drawdown and other comparison plots.  In this case, we will not subtract and just contour heads.  The Points_Evaluated sets the number of points where head will be evaluated.  These points are the basis for drawing contours, and are arrayed on a regular grid.  A larger number here makes for smoother, more accurate contours at the cost of more computation.  Increment is the increment between adjacent contours.  If Increment is left blank, Anaqsim will set the increment such that about 25 contours are drawn.

Minimum and Maximum define the range of contours drawn.  If these are left blank, Anaqsim selects minimum and maximum levels that span the range of values among the points evaluated.

Vector Settings

Select Plot Input / Vector Settings and edit the table so it looks like this:


In this case, vectors of average linear velocity (v) are created.  Other choices include specific discharge (q) and aquifer discharge (Q), which is specific discharge times saturated thickness.

Points_Evaluated sets the number of points where vectors will be evaluated.  A larger number here makes for more, but shorter vectors on the plot.  Selecting a larger number here can make the plot too busy.

Scale_Factor lets you scale the length of all vectors drawn up or down by entering a larger or smaller number.  Try 1.0 here and adjust as needed.

Making a Plot

To make a plot that includes the features you just entered, select Make Plot / All Selected Features, Choose Level/Time. This will bring up a dialog where you can select the level (in this model, there is only Level 1):


Press the OK button and the plot that results should look like this:


Data at Cursor Location and Zooming and Panning

When you move the cursor around the plot, you will notice that there is data at the left that is updated as you move the cursor.  See this video about the plot tab, which describes the plot menus, zooming, panning and data at the cursor.

At this point, experiment with changing some of the contour and vector settings.  If your mouse has a scroll wheel you can zoom in and out using the scroll wheel while the cursor is over the plot.  If you press down on the scroll wheel and drag, the plot will pan with your dragging motion.

Analysis of the Solution

Anaqsim has many tools to analyze the solution and check its accuracy and outputs.

Well Heads and Discharges

There are a couple of ways to check the solution results at wells.  One is using the main menu, and the other is using the right-click menu.  In this model we have one well and it is a discharge-specified well. To check results with the main menu, select Analysis / Discharged-Specified Well Heads / Write Heads to Run Log, which will print the well head to the run log:


Alternatively, you can select the Plot tab, then move the cursor near the well, right-click, and select Check Nearest Well Head and Discharge.  This will cause a window like this to display with both head and discharge of the well:


Click OK to close this window.

Checking Line Boundary Conditions

These can be checked using the right-click menu.  To do this, move the cursor near a line boundary line segment, right-click, and then select Check Nearest Line Boundary Condition. This causes a graph to be displayed of the specified boundary condition vs the modeled boundary condition.  If you do this for one of the 'Lake' specified had line boundary segments at the east side of the model, the graph will look something like this:


You can see that we specified h=104.0 all along this boundary and that the modeled head is close to 104.0 but varies along the segment.  The modeled head is exactly 104.0 at three points; these are the 3 control points where equations were written to achieve h=104.0.  In between these control points, the specified boundary condition is approximated.  Because you specified 3 parameters per line for this line boundary, there are 3 control points and head is exactly equal to the specified value at the 3 control points.  You could improve the accuracy by increasing the number of parameters per line (more on that in the next section).

Now repeat the line boundary check at other kinds of line boundaries by repeating the sequence of moving the cursor near a line boundary line segment, right-clicking, and selectin Check Nearest Line Boundary Condition. If you check one of the river line boundary segments, you should see a plot like this:


In this case the modeled and desired discharge per length (based on head, stage and riverbed resistance) are quite close.  They are exactly the same at three points, since there were 3 parameters per line and 3 control points.

Checking one of the outer normal flux-specified line boundaries results in a plot like this:


The boundary has a specified normal flux = 0 (impermeable).  The specified normal flux is zero over 3 subsegments of this segment, but deviates from 0 along the line.  The specified boundary condition is met perfectly over these three subsegments, but is approximated at points along the segment.  Specifying a larger number of parameters per line segment will mean more, smaller subsegments over which the condition is met perfectly.

Checking one of the interdomain boundary segments that form the boundary of the 'recharge basin' domain results in two plots as follows.  At interdomain boundaries, two conditions are imposed: continuity of discharge normal to the boundary, and continuity of head at the boundary.



The upper plot compares the normal component of aquifer discharge for the domains to the left ('recharge basin') and the right ('all') of the boundary.  Like the normal-flux specified boundary, this condition is met perfectly over the subsegments of the segment. In this case, with 4 parameters per line ,there are 4 sub-segments  The head continuity condition is met perfectly at 4 control points and is approximate in between.

Changing Line Boundary Accuracy with Parameters per Line

We saw in the previous section that the modeled boundary conditions along line boundaries are approximations and their accuracy is a function of how long the segments are and how many parameters per line segment are specified.  To demonstrate this, consider the check of the head-specified line boundary discussed in the previous section.  Next we will demonstrate how the accuracy of the modeled boundary conditions changes when you increase the number of paramters per line.

Select Model Input / Line Boundaries / Head-Specified from the main menu.  Edit the lake line boundary so that it has 6 Parameters_per_line instead of 3.  Make sure you press enter after changing the value to6, to register the change with the underlying database.  Press Solve to solve the system with this change, and note that the number of equations is greater, now that there are more equations per line segment on this boundary.  Select Make Plot / All Selected Features, then move the cursor near the same 'lake' line boundary segment as before, right-click and select Check Nearest Line Boundary Condition, which will create a plot like this:


Compare this with the check of the same boundary segment, but with only 3 parameters per line.  Now instead of meeting the h=104.0 condition perfectly at 3 points, it is met perfectly at 6 points, and the magnitude of deviations from 104.0 are smaller.

If you experiment with the interdomain line boundary in the same way, changing from 4 to 8 parameters per line, you will see similar improvements in accuracy.  Here are plots for 8 parameters per line to compare with those in the previous section with 4 parameters per line:



At this point, save your model again.

Making a Plot in a Smaller Window

It is often useful to make close-up plots of certain areas in a model.  To do this, first use the zoom/pan features (right-click or use the plot menu at the left) to zoom in on a smaller area of the model.  Then right-click over the plot and select Set Plot Window to Current View. Now when you select Make Plot / All Selected Features, you will see a plot of that close-up area, something like this, although you probably zoomed to a different window:


Adding Pathlines to the Plot

Now, instead of showing vectors, we will show pathlines in the plot.  To do that, select Plot Input / What to Plot and uncheck the vectors column and the check the pathline column, then press enter to register the change.  While you are there, clear the entry in the Window column so that subsequent plots will be of the entire model area:


Pathline Settings

Next, adjust the pathline settings that apply to all pathlines by selectin Plot Input / Pathline Settings and edit the row of data like this:


Pathlines are traced in small, straight segments, each with a length equal to Step_size times the largest (x or y) dimension of the plot window. As pathlines are traced, the travel time is computed, and if Time_markers is checked, there will be arrows drawn at time intervals on the pathline equal to Time_marker_increment. The pathlines will be traced until they exit the model, exit the window, or reach the Total_time of travel.

Start_time is not used in steady models, but is used in transient models, where pathlines trace through the transient flow field. By entering a very large Total_time, pathlines can be traced to their full extent.  The User Guide explains the other choices under pathline settings, but we don't need those now.

Well Pathlines

Pathlines are commonly used to show the region of water captured by a well, what is commonly called the capture zone. Creating pathlines that converge on a well is easy. Select Plot Input / Pathlines / Well and create a row in the table like this:


These pathlines will emanate from well W (the only well in the model), and head upstream since the well is extracting water. For injecting wells, pathlines trace downstream. The Start_level = 1.8 means that pathlines will start 80% of the way from the top of level 1 towards the bottom of level2. If you had entered Start_level = 1.2, the pathlines would enter the well 20% of the way down from the top to the bottom of the saturated thickness of level 1. The Show button allows you to display certain pathlines or not display them. There will be 15 pathlines entering the well equally spaced around the well, just outside the well radius.

Select Make Plot / All Selected Features to make a plot with these pathlines and pathline settings, which should look like this:


If you move the cursor over the pathline arrows, you will see information about the elapsed time and elevation of the pathline. If you move to the upstream end of the pathlines, you will see that they end at a red circle. Hover over the circle to see information about the end of the pathline; in this case, the pathlines end at the water table. These 'end' points are actually starting points - water that enters the well 80% of the way down from the top of the saturated thickness originated at the water table at these locations marked by the small circles.

Vertical Profile with Pathlines

Next, we will create a vertical profile that shows how these pathlines migrated in the vertical direction. Right-click and select Digitize / Polyline, then digitize a line something like the yellow line in the following plot:


This will be the line that pathlines will be projected onto in the profile plot. Select Analysis / Graph Conditions along a Line and then edit the dialog so it looks like this (you can paste in the digitized coordinates):


This will make a profile along the line that shows head, domain boundaries, pathlines and pathline time markers projected onto the line.  Press Make Plot button to generate a profile like this:


The pathlines originate at the water table at various elevations near 120. Some pathlines appear to originate above or below the water table because these pathlines are projected onto the line from locations significantly to the side of the line. The head profile is exactly on the line. Note that some pathlines travel through the recharge basin at a distance of about 1100 on the x-axis; these pathlines plunge steeply due to the high recharge rate in the recharge basin. Each time marker dot is drawn at the location of an arrow on the map-view plot. Although the mode is two-dimensional (one level), pathlines are traced in three dimensions using mass balance, a method first outlined by Strack (1984).

Also note that pathlines jump vertically where they cross under a discharging line boundary such as the river in this model, in a manner governed by mass balance.  Pathlines are pulled upward by a line boundary extracting water from the aquifer (e.g. gaining river reach) and are pushed downward by a line boundary injecting water into the aquifer (e.g. losing river reach). The lowest pathline at about x=700 is pulled up from about elevation 84 to about elevation 106 where it crosses under a river boundary.  This pathline continues on and enters the well with the others 80% of the way from the water table to the base of the domain. The pathline that curls into the well from the east rises abruptly at about x =1600 where it passes under the river.

Now, make a similar plot and profile, but for pathlines that enter the well at shallower depth, just 20% of the way down from the top of the saturated thickness. Do this by editing Plot Input / Pathlines / Well so the table looks like this:


Select Make Plot / All Selected Features to make a plot, which should look like this:


And then select Analysis / Graph Conditions Along a Line and press the Make Plot button to generate a profile:


These pathlines all enter the well 20% of the way from the water table to the base, and they enter the water table much closer to the well. The one long pathline crosses under the river at about x=1200, where it is pulled upward from about elevation 94 to elevation 114.  Other pathlines cross under the river closer to the well, with some being pulled upward slightly and others being pushed downward slightly, since in this area the river discharge/length is small and varies from positive to negative.

Line Pathlines

Pathlines are often useful for tracing flow from a known source or spot.  This can be done with single pathlines, pathlines spread out along a line, and with pathlines spread out over an area.  We will create some line pathlines that start just upstream of the recharge basin.  First right-click and select Digitize / Polyline and digitize a line about like the yellow line shown below:


Then select Plot Input / Pathlines / Line and edit the table so it looks like the following, and press the Edit button and paste in the just digitized line coordinates and then press OK.



Now turn off the well pathlines we had been looking at by selecting Plot Input / Pathlines / Well and un-checking the Show column:


Select Make Plot / All Selected Features to make a plot, which should look like this:


Then digitize a line like the yellow one above and select Analysis / Graph Conditions Along a Line, paste in these line coordinates, and press the Make a Plot button to generate a profile:


In this case, 3 pathlines enter the river, 5 pathlines enter the well, and 2 pathlines pass under the river and enter the lake.  Three pathlines go beneath the recharge basin (around x=300 to 400) and are pushed steeply downward by the high recharge rate.  A couple of pathlines cross under the stream near x=1500 and are pulled upward some.

Capture Constraints on Pathlines

A new feature in release 2017-1 allows you to display only the pathlines that are captured by selected wells or internal boundaries.  You can test this feature by editing Plot Input / Pathlines Settings so Capture_constrain is checked:


Then click Select under Capture_wells, and select the one well:


If you then make a plot, the 5 pathlines that enter the well are drawn, but the other pathlines are not:


This feature is quite useful for mapping out an area that ultimately flows to a well, drain, or river reach. A common application is defining the zone of contribution to a water supply well, using Plot Input / Pathlines / Area Pathlines to define pathline starting points at the water table, spread over an area.

Wrap up and Next Steps

This concludes the first tutorial.  If you want to see the input file that was generated by this tutorial, then it can be found here: tutor1.anaq

To explore multi-level (3D) modelling with Anaqsim, please see the second tutorial, which edits this single-level model to create a multi-level zone near the river and pumping well.  The third tutorial takes this multi-level well and makes it transient.