SEEP2D Interface

SEEP2D is a two-dimensional finite element groundwater model developed by Fred Tracy of the U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station (WES). SEEP2D is designed to be used on profile models (XZ models) such as cross-sections of earth dams or levees.

Sample SEEP2D Problem

SEEP2D can be used for either confined or unconfined steady state flow models. For unconfined models, there are two options for determining the phreatic surface. With the first option, the mesh is automatically truncated as the iterative solution process proceeds and when the model converges, the upper boundary of the mesh corresponds to the phreatic surface. With the second option, both saturated and unsaturated flow is simulated and the mesh is not modified. The phreatic surface can be displayed by turning on the phreatic surface option in the display options dialog.

A variety of options are provided in GMS for displaying SEEP2D results. Contours of total head (equipotential lines) and flow vectors can be plotted. An option is also available for computing flow potential values at the nodes. These values can be used to plot flow lines. Together with the equipotential lines (lines of constant total head), the flow lines can be used to plot a flow net.

A more complete description of the SEEP2D model, including a discussion of boundary conditions and guidelines for model conceptualization is contained in the SEEP2D Primer. The SEEP2D Primer should be reviewed before consulting this help file. The user is also encouraged to complete the SEEP2D tutorials in the GMS Tutorials document.

Related Links:
Building a SEEP2D Simulation

Boundary Conditions

SEEP2D Display Options

Saving a SEEP2D Simulation

Reading a SEEP2D Simulation

Running SEEP2D