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Techniques and Methods 6–E4

Groundwater Resources Program

ModelMate—A Graphical User Interface for Model Analysis

By Edward R. Banta


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ModelMate is a graphical user interface designed to facilitate use of model-analysis programs with models. This initial version of ModelMate supports one model-analysis program, UCODE_2005, and one model software program, MODFLOW-2005. ModelMate can be used to prepare input files for UCODE_2005, run UCODE_2005, and display analysis results. A link to the GW_Chart graphing program facilitates visual interpretation of results. ModelMate includes capabilities for organizing directories used with the parallel-processing capabilities of UCODE_2005 and for maintain¬ing files in those directories to be identical to a set of files in a master directory. ModelMate can be used on its own or in conjunction with ModelMuse, a graphical user interface for MODFLOW-2005 and PHAST.

First posted May 6, 2011

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Banta, E.R., 2011, ModelMate—A graphical user interface for model analysis: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods 6–E4, 31 p.





Purpose and Scope

Installation and Setup



Design Overview

Projects and Project Files

Running ModelMate

Interface Elements

Model-Analysis Applications


Program Locations

File Names

Variable Naming Convention

File Viewer

Basic Tasks

Table Configuration for Members and Groups

Bringing Data into ModelMate

Project Name

Model Commands

Application/Model Connection

Connection with MODFLOW-2005

Importing Parameter Information from MODFLOW-2005 Input Files

Importing Observation Information from MODFLOW-2005 Input Files

Importing Prediction Information from MODFLOW-2005 Input Files

Parameter, Observation, and Prediction Groups

Model Input and Output Files

Model Settings

Model Analysis With UCODE

Supported UCODE Modes

Setting UCODE Options

UCODE File Names

UCODE Settings

Parameter-Estimation Settings

Derived Parameters

Prior Information

Running UCODE

Parallel Processing

Maintenance of Runner Directories

Starting and Stopping Runners


Graphical Analysis

Advanced Topics

Use of UCODE Options Not Supported By ModelMate

Use of ModelMate with Applications Other Than UCODE

Use of ModelMate with Model Software Other Than MODFLOW-2005

Use of ModelMate with ModelMuse

Renaming an Observation or Prediction

Changing Directories For Process Models


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