What's new in GMS 10.8

The following is a list of the more significant changes and new features available in GMS 10.8.

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HydroGeoSphere Interface

GMS 10.8 offers a new interface to the HydroGeoSphere (HGS) model. HGS is a powerful, fully-integrated hydrologic modeling platform used to model overland/surface water flow and variably saturated groundwater flow. Unprecedented environmental challenges and complex, unpredictable water systems require an integrated, physics-based approach to hydrologic modeling. HGS offers tools to improve understanding of hydrologic systems for enhanced decision support, increase operational efficiency, and promote interdisciplinary collaboration between groundwater and surface water teams. Watch quick clip

HydroGeoSphere
Learn more about HGS

MODFLOW-USG Transport v2.1.1

The latest version of MODFLOW-USG (v2.1.1) is supported in GMS 10.8.

mod-PATH3DU v2.1.7

The latest version of mod-PATH3DU (v2.1.7) is supported in GMS 10.8.

MODFLOW 6 v6.4.2

The latest version of MODFLOW 6 (v6.4.2) is supported in GMS 10.8.

PEST v17.5

The latest version of PEST (v17.5) is supported in GMS 10.8.

Improved Character Support

Datasets now support non-English characters.

Improved Selection Feedback

The list of selected UGrid cell/point IDs are displayed in the selection feedback.

Improved Legend

The legend can now include dataset units and time units via “UNITS” and “TUNITS” in the Contour Legend Dialog. Watch quick clip

Improved SAMG Solver with New Features

Solve MODFLOW solutions quickly in serial or parallel with this newly updated solver. The base version includes machine learning tools to autonomously adapt to specific simulations resulting in faster solutions.
HydroGeoSphere

Both versions support MODFLOW 2000, 2005, MODFLOW-USG, and MODFLOW 6.

The SAMG-MODFLOW+ add-on offers support for transport modeling and connected linear network (CLN) problems.

User Feature Requests

Files listed in the more Recent Files window from the File menu may be right-clicked to open the containing folder. Watch quick clip

MODFLOW 6
MODFLOW-USG
  • Find and set “pass-through cells” for the MODFLOW-USG DISU Package - Watch quick clip
  • DRT & ETS Packages now fully supported for MODFLOW-USG - Watch quick clip
  • RCH, EVT, ETS packages allow the use of 3D Datasets to define input arrays. Previously there was only an option to use 2D Datasets on matching 2D structured grids. - Watch quick clip
  • The RCH, EVT, and ETS Packages offer a method to populate input array values from one or more rasters using the Rasters to Array feature. (structured and unstructured grids) - Watch quick clip
MODFLOW-USG Transport
  • Find and set “pass-through cells” for the MODFLOW-USG DISU Package - Watch quick clip
  • DRT & ETS Packages now fully supported for MODFLOW-USG Transport - Watch quick clip
  • RCH Package support for SEEPELEV and CONCENTRATION - Watch quick clip
  • EVT Package support for ETFACTOR - Watch quick clip
  • RCH, EVT, ETS packages allow the use of 3D Datasets to define input arrays. Previously there was only an option to use 2D Datasets on matching 2D structured grids. - Watch quick clip
  • The RCH, EVT, and ETS Packages offer a method to populate input array values from one or more rasters using the Rasters to Array feature. (structured and unstructured grids) - Watch quick clip
New Color Ramp Dialog

GMS 10.8 includes a new color ramp dialog. The tool features new ramps along with those previously available. Users can quickly view, select, and reverse ramps as well as mark them as favorites. - Watch quick clip

Additional Keyboard Shortcut

Select all cells in UGrid layer using “l” (L) key.

3D UGrid from Rasters Tool

Create a 3D UGrid using one or more rasters contained in the project. Watch quick clip

Tutorials

New tutorials are now available for:

  • MODFLOW 6 MDT 3D
  • HydroGeoSphere - Surface Flow & Evapotranspiration
  • HydroGeoSphere - Porous Media Domain
  • HydroGeoSphere - Post-Processing

As always, our comprehensive tutorials are free to download and provide step-by-step instruction on using GMS. Download tutorials at the GMS Learning Center

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The following is a list of the more significant changes and new features available in GMS 10.7.

MODFLOW 6

GMS 10.7 adds support for steady state and transient PEST observations. New MODFLOW 6 features and the latest MF6 executable are also included along with updates to the MDT package as well as other improvements and bug fixes.
MODFLOW6 with GMS 10.6

UGrid Layer Visualization

Visualize the top or bottom of a UGrid layer or visualize both to make comparisons.

Create Cross Sections

GMS 10.7 includes new tools for creating cross sections through a UGrid. Similar to cross sections in 3D Grids and 3D Meshes, UGrid cross sections can also be moved back and forth and rotated using the "Edit Plane" tool and can also be moved vertically above or below the UGrid.

GMS Toolbox
GMS 10.7 Toolbox

A new, general-purpose toolbox is now available in beta that allows GMS to execute Python scripts. These new tools help automate and simplify many workflows.

  • Geometric Data: Manipulate and edit UGrids
  • Map Module: Manipulate coverage data, trim arcs using polygons, convert arcs to polygons
  • GIS Data: Manipulate raster and Lidar data, blend rasters, and perform multisource raster interpolation
  • Datasets: Perform mathematical operations and operate on datasets attached meshes, scatter sets, or UGrids
  • Other tools: Numerous additional tools are available and new tools will be added in future updates of GMS
Tutorials

New tutorials are now available for:

  • GMS Toolbox
  • MODFLOW-USG Transport - MDT 3D
  • MODFLOW 6 - MDT Discrete Fracture
  • MODFLOW 6 - MDT Equivalent Porous
  • MODFLOW 6 - MDT Sand Tank
  • MODFLOW 6 - PEST Observations, Steady State
  • MODFLOW 6 - PEST Observations, Transient
  • MODFLOW 6 - ZONEBUDGET

As always, our comprehensive tutorials are free to download and provide step-by-step instruction on using GMS. Download tutorials at the GMS Learning Center

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The following is a list of the more significant changes and new features available in GMS 10.6.

MODFLOW 6

GMS 10.6 supports all flow and transport capabilities in MODFLOW 6 in a more reponsive user interface with improved map coverage functionality. All packages in v6.2.1 are supported.
MODFLOW6 with GMS 10.6

MODFLOW-USG-Transport Updates

The latest version of MODFLOW-USG-Transport (v1.8) is now supported in GMS 10.6 and includes support for the following packages:

  • MDT package (matrix diffusion)
  • SMS package - SOLVEACTIVE, DAMPBOT, SHIFT, TRUNCATEDNEWTON
  • RIV package - MERGE_BED_K1
  • WEL package - WELLBOT
Customer Feature Requests

Raster Display Options - Separate contour options for each raster (first introduced in 10.5.5).

Recent files list - "More" option to see an expanded list of recently opened files.
GMS 10.6 Recent Files

MODFLOW-NWT v1.2

The latest version of MODFLOW-NWT (v1.2) is now supported in GMS 10.6.

mod-PATH3DU v2.1.5

The latest version of mod-PATH3DU (v2.1.5) is now supported in GMS 10.6.

Tutorials

New tutorials are now available for:

  • MODFLOW 6 - Conceptual Model Approach
  • MODFLOW 6 - Evapotranspiration
  • MODFLOW 6 - Stream Package
  • MODFLOW 6 - Building a Transient Model
  • MODFLOW 6 - Transport Grid Approach
  • MODFLOW 6 - Transport Uncoupled

As always, our comprehensive tutorials are free to download and provide step-by-step instruction on using GMS. Download tutorials at the GMS Learning Center

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The following is a list of the more significant changes and new features available in GMS 10.5.

MODFLOW 6 Beta

Support for MODFLOW 6 is now in beta for GMS 10.5. This new version of MODFLOW allows users to define traditional grids or unstructured grids. GMS 10.5 with MODFLOW 6 offers a simulation based approach allowing users to develop any number of simulations in a single project that can share common information.
MODFLOW6 with GMS 10.5

TVM Package

GMS 10.5 includes support for the Time-Variant Materials (TVM) package with MODLOW-USG Transport. The TVM package allows hydraulic conductivity and storage values to be changed as a step function between stress periods or in a continuous manner through a transient simulation.

Tile Map Services (TMS)

TMS can be used for import or background image display. Simplify map displays by rendering map tiles at fixed scales rather than breaking down one large image. This helps pinpoint and save one particular tile of a map as opposed to the entire image.

Faster Display of Large Rasters

Large rasters are now displayed more quickly in the graphics window.

Additional Map Services

New data sources from Google and ArcGIS have been added to the “Get Online Maps” tool.
Additional Map Services with GMS 10.5

New Software-based Licensing

GMS 10.5 offers 2 new licensing methods including Local and Flex licenses that are software based - no hardware required! Existing users will have the option of migrating to either method at their next maintenance renewal. Learn more

  • Local license: Designed for use on a single computer and offers support for Remote Desktop & virtual machines
  • Flex license: Offers the flexibility of sharing a license on your network as well as a check-out / check-in feature for remote work
Updated SAMG Solver with MF6 Support

The latest version of the SAMG Solver includes support for MODFLOW 6 and will soon be available in GMS 10.5. Purchase a new license with support for SAMG and MF6 or add it to an existing license that is current on annual maintenance.

Customer Feature Requests

Right-click menus now include Invert Selection and Zoom to Selection commands:

  • Invert Selection: Switch between selected and non-selected objects
  • Zoom to Selection: Select an object to zoom to that object filling the graphics window

Selection enhancements have been added:

  • Left shift-click on nothing with something selected does not change what is selected
  • Right-click on nothing with something selected does not clear the selection and shows the selected items menu

Selection Enhancements with GMS 10.5

Improved Snapping

Snapping to existing objects when creating feature arcs has been improved for greater usability.

Tutorials

New tutorials are now available for the MODFLOW 6 Grid Approach as well as the MODFLOW-USG Transport TVM Package. As always, our comprehensive tutorials are free to download and provide step-by-step instruction on using GMS. Download tutorials at the GMS Learning Center

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The following is a list of the more significant changes and new features available in GMS 10.4.

MODFLOW-USG-Transport

GMS 10.4 supports MODFLOW-USG-Transport for transport modeling capabilities in MODFLOW-USG. MODFLOW-USG package support now includes BCT (Block Centered Transport), DDF (Density Dependent Flow), DPT (Dual Porosity Transport), and PCB (Prescribed Concentration Boundary).
MODFLOW-USG-Transport with GMS 10.4

MODFLOW 6

GMS can now export MODFLOW files for use with MODFLOW 6. Support has also been added to run MODFLOW 6 from GMS and read the head and flow outputs which may be contoured. A GMS interface to MODFLOW 6 is under development to be released in the next version of GMS.

mod-PATH3DU Version 2.0

The latest version of mod-PATH3DU (v2.0) is now supported in GMS.

Contour labels on UGrids

When applying contours to a MODFLOW-USG model, labels can now be added to display dataset values.

CLN Observation Wells

Head observations for CLN (Connected Linear Network) wells can be created to measure the computed head in a CLN node (cell). These observations work in a similar manner to traditional observation wells with targets at these locations which are included in PEST model runs.

LIDAR Management

GMS now supports advanced LIDAR data handling tools for reading, viewing, and converting LIDAR data to other formats for use with your model. Large LIDAR datasets are efficiently displayed with options to specify the number of points visualized and exclusion extents.
LIDAR Data with GMS 10.4

More responsive background images

Working with large local image files is now easier due to better display management techniques. Background images from large or multiple files no longer force the user to wait for the image to load before continuing work in GMS. Images are displayed quickly and the project explorer shows "processing" until the display is complete.

New Projection & Coordinate System Options

The new projections dialog comes with an extensive library of geographic and projected coordinate systems as well as a search feature to quickly find a desired projection. The dialog keeps track of recently used projections and allows the user to save projections as favorites so they are readily available. EPSG codes can also be used to define a projection, and projections can be imported from .prj files.
Projections with GMS 10.4

Tutorials

New tutorials are now available for Conceptual Modeling (4), MODFLOW-USG-Transport, Save to MODFLOW 6, CLN Observation Wells, Lidar, and Lidar with Multiple Files. The Projections tutorial has also been updated. As always, our comprehensive tutorials are free to download and provide step-by-step instruction on using GMS.

Download tutorials at the GMS Learning Center

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The following is a list of the more significant changes and new features available in GMS 10.3.

MT3D-USGS

The updated MT3D-USGS includes advanced transport modeling capabilities and is now supported in GMS.
MT3D-USGS with GMS

PEST 14.0

The latest version of PEST (v14.0) is now supported in GMS.

MODFLOW-NWT 1.1.2

The latest version of MODFLOW-NWT (v1.1.2) is now supported in GMS.

Zone flow

Zone flow for MODFLOW-USG ZoneBudget is now available in GMS. (GMS Feature Request)

SYTP for HUF package

The SYTP parameter type is now supported in the HUF package.

Preserve DISU data created outside of GMS

DISU data that was created outside of GMS may now be preserved.

Tutorials

New tutorials are now available for mod-PATH3DU, MT3D-USGS, Shapefile to CLN, and Recharge. As always, our comprehensive tutorials are free to download and provide step-by-step instruction on using GMS.

Download tutorials at the GMS Learning Center

mod-PATH3DU

The mod-PATH3DU interface in GMS has been taken out of beta.
mod-PATH3DU with GMS
The latest version of mod-PATH3DU (v1.1.0) is now supported in GMS and includes:

  • New Waterloo method and modified grid specification file
  • Support for DefaultIFACE
  • Model Checker added to find obvious model setup errors
  • Model Wrapper and automatic reading of the solution
  • Export options to save shapefiles of pathlines, pathline points, and polygon capture zones
  • Option to create starting locations from UGrid points or cell centers
Shapefile to CLN

Shapefiles may now be mapped to the Connected Linear Network (CLN) package.

Mapping SFR2 to multiple surface layers

Map SFR2 to multiple surface layers is now supported in GMS. (GMS Feature Request)

Multiple UGrid Display Options & Split Layers

Display Options are now available for each UGrid in a project. UGrid layers may now be split. (GMS Feature Request)

Hi-res Icons

High resolution displays caused icons and text in older versions of GMS to render very small. GMS now detects your display resolution and appropriately sizes icon bitmaps and fonts.
High Resolution Display with GMS 10.3

Additional Features
  • Get Data Tool for downloading online data for a polygonal area
  • Improved 2D mesh generation
  • Change to dialog that asks about saving changes on File|New
  • Export 3D Grid layer contours to a shapefile
  • New Empty UGrid 2D command for creating UGrids that points will be added to (like a TIN or 2D Scatter Set)
  • Notes (GMS Feature Request)
  • Time format options (GMS Feature Request)
  • Export multiple particle sets to shapefiles (GMS Feature Request)
  • Include starting cell in pathline report for MODPATH, MP3DU (GMS Feature Request)
  • TOB enhancements: iConcINTP set to 1 by default, add the well id to the comment lines in the header of the TOBS input file (GMS Feature Request)
  • Reuse PEST Jacobian (GMS Feature Request)
  • Option to export only active grid cells to shapefile (GMS Feature Request)
  • Pathline arrows (time markers) to shapefile (GMS Feature Request)