Wellhead Analytic Element Model
WhAEMis a public domain and open source general purpose ground-water flow modeling system, with strengths in representing regional flow systems, and ground water/surface water interactions. It was initially designed to facilitate capture zone delineation and protection area mapping in support of the State's Wellhead Protection Programs (WHPP) and Source Water Assessment Planning (SWAP) for public water supply wells in the United States. WhAEM runs on personal computers running Windows (98,2000,NT,XP). WhAEM provides an interactive computer environment for design of protection areas based on radius methods, well in uniform flow solutions, and geohydrologic modeling methods. Geohydrologic modeling for steady pumping wells, including the influence of hydrological boundaries, such as rivers, recharge, and no-flow contacts, is accomplished using the analytic element method. Protection areas are designed and overlaid upon US Geological Survey Digital Line Graph (DLG) or other electronic base maps. Base maps for a project can be selected from a graphical index map for the State on the EPA webserver. Program operation and modeling practice is documented in the EPA report "Working with WhAEM " using Vincennes, Indiana as a case study.
Additional EPA Modeling Resources
The computational engine in the modeling system is the Fortran code GFLOW1 by Dr. Henk Haitjema. The standard windows graphical user interface is written in Visual Basic and designed by Dr. Vic Kelson of Wittman Hydro Planning Associates. Dr. Stephen Kraemer is the EPA Project Leader.
- Download WhAEM2000.
- Go to Analytic Elements Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
- Access online training through EPA's Drinking Water Academy.
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