The analytic element method is a numerical method used to solve partial differential equations, which has been used worldwide over many years specifically for modelling regional flow, although it is not commonly used
in Australia. There is a range of advantages and limitations to using this approach compared to MODFLOW, and this forum will delve into when it can be most successfully applied.
Professor Strack, from the University of Minnesota, will focus on the use of elementary analytic solutions and models created with the analytic element method for solving groundwater flow problems. This approach to solving groundwater problems, regardless of their complexity, is greatly enhanced in terms of both insight and efficiency by carrying out preliminary computations. Such computations may consist of relatively simple solutions amenable to implementation, either in interactive computer programs such as MATLAB®, or in dedicated analytic element computer programs such as SLAEM or MLAEM.