SEEP2D Analysis Options

The analysis options are used to set up the type of problem being modeled and to defined constants that are used by SEEP2D when calculating the solution. The items in the dialog are as follows:


A descriptive title can be entered for the simulation. This title is used in the header of the SEEP2D input and output files. It can also be displayed at the top of the Graphics Window in GMS by turning on the Title option in the SEEP2D Display Options dialog.


By default, the datum of the model is at zero, but it can be specified to any convenient value, such as the value corresponding to the base or lowest y coordinate of the model.

Unit Weight of Water

The unit weight of water must be entered. SEEP2D uses this value to compute pore pressures. The weight and length units defined in this value should be consistent with the units used elsewhere in the model.


The Units button brings up the Units dialog. This dialog is used to enter the units for length, time, concentration, etc. for the simulation. GMS uses the selected unit options to display the appropriate units next to each input edit field in the other SEEP2D dialogs.

Problem Type

The problem type must be specified either as plane flow or axisymmetric flow. The axisymmetric option should be selected for models corresponding to flow to a single well as described in the SEEP2D Primer. All other models should use the plane flow option.

Flow Lines

If the Compute flow lines option is turned on, once the head solution is computed, SEEP2D will reverse the boundary conditions and compute flow potential values at the nodes. These values can be contoured by GMS using the Flow lines option is the SEEP2D Display Options dialog.

Model Type

The model type should be selected as either Confined or Unconfined. For confined models, the entire model domain is assumed to be saturated. No exit face boundary conditions should be applied and the unsaturated zone material properties are not required.

For unconfined models, two options are available for dealing with the unsaturated zone: (1) deforming mesh and (2) saturated/unsaturated flow modeling. For both types of problems, exit face boundary conditions should be applied along the boundary of the mesh where the free surface is expected to exit. With the deforming mesh option, SEEP2D iterates to find the location of the phreatic surface and the mesh is deformed or truncated so that the upper boundary of the mesh matches the phreatic surface. The solution files from this type of simulation include a geometry file containing the deformed mesh. With the saturated/unsaturated option, the mesh is not modified and the flow in both the saturated and unsaturated zone is modeled. The hydraulic conductivity in the unsaturated zone is modified (reduced) using either the linear frontal method or the Van Genuchten method. The equations used by both methods are described in more detail in the SEEP2D Primer.

Related Links:
SEEP2D Interface

Building a SEEP2D Simulation