Groundwater remediation design using physics-based flow, transport, and optimization technologies
Deschaine, L., Lillys, T. P., & Pinter, J. (2013). Groundwater remediation design using physics-based flow, transport, and optimization technologies. Environmental Systems Research, 2(6). DOI: 10.1186/2193-2697-2-6
The purpose of this work was to demonstrate an approach to groundwater remedial design that is automated, cost-effective, and broadly applicable to contaminated aquifers in different geologic settings. The approach integrates modeling and optimization for use as a decision support framework for the optimal design of groundwater remediation systems employing pump and treat and re-injection technologies. The technology resulting from the implementation of the methodology, which we call Physics-Based Management Optimization (PBMO), integrates physics-based groundwater flow and transport models, management science, and nonlinear optimization tools to provide stakeholders with practical, optimized well placement locations and flow rates for remediating contaminated groundwater at complex sites.