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Techniques and Methods

GoPhast: A Graphical User Interface for PHAST

By Richard B. Winston

Techniques and Methods 6-A20

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GoPhast is a graphical user interface (GUI) for the USGS model PHAST. PHAST simulates multicomponent, reactive solute transport in three-dimensional, saturated, ground-water flow systems. PHAST can model both equilibrium and kinetic geochemical reactions. PHAST is derived from HST3D (flow and transport) and PHREEQC (geochemical calculations). The flow and transport calculations are restricted to constant fluid density and constant temperature. The complexity of the input required by PHAST makes manual construction of its input files tedious and error-prone. GoPhast streamlines the creation of the input file and helps reduce errors. GoPhast allows the user to define the spatial input for the PHAST flow and transport data file by drawing points, lines, or polygons on top, front, and side views of the model domain. These objects can have up to two associated formulas that define their extent perpendicular to the view plane, allowing the objects to be three-dimensional. Formulas are also used to specify the values of spatial data (data sets) both globally and for individual objects. Objects can be used to specify the values of data sets independent of the spatial and temporal discretization of the model. Thus, the grid and simulation periods for the model can be changed without respecifying spatial data pertaining to the hydrogeologic framework and boundary conditions. This report describes the operation of GoPhast and demonstrates its use with examples. GoPhast runs on Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Linux operating systems.




Basic Concepts

Initial Dialog Boxes

Main Window

Generating Grids

Interpolation Methods

PHAST-Style Interpolation


Creating, Selecting, and Editing Objects in GoPhast

Main Menu and Buttons




References Cited

Appendix 1. Tools for Programmers

Appendix 2. Running GoPhast from the Command Line

Suggested citation:
Winston, R.B., 2006, GoPhast: A Graphical User Interface for PHAST: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods 6-A20, 98 p.

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