Miami 2017 workshop

Miami 2017 GWB Workshop
“Reactive Transport Modeling”
Miami, Florida USA • 20-21 March 2017

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Please join us as a guest of the Applied Research Center at Florida International University in the heart of unforgettable Miami, Florida, the sun and fun capital of the world, for two days of hands-on training in reactive transport modeling using The Geochemist's Workbench®. While you're there, consider spending a little quality time in the Sunshine State, with its many natural and cultural attractions.

What you will learn. Following a fully hands-on format, you will learn to construct, trace, and interpret models of transport in reacting geochemical systems. Specific topics covered include:

  • Introduction to geochemical modeling
  • Transport in flowing groundwater
  • Dual porosity models (stagnant zones)
  • Kd, Freundlich, and Langmuir sorption
  • Surface complexation
  • Colloid-facilitated transport
  • Reaction kinetics
  • Biodegradation
  • Dissolution and precipitation
  • Microbial catalysis and growth
  • Effective graphical presentation
  • Creating animation and video

The topics will be illustrated through a series of case studies.

More information? Contact workshop support. Can't come? Consider an alternative from our 2017-2018 workshop lineup.

Thank you for the GWB workshop – it was perfect! The tasks made the learning process really easy.

– Yuchen Liu, University of Illinois

Thank you for the amazing workshop! The presentations and hands-on exercises were tremendously helpful. I enjoyed it!!!

– Claudia Cardona, Florida International University

The Reactive Transport Workshop was absolutely fantastic! Five stars, would recommend to a friend!

– Kristina G., Syracuse University


The workshop will be presented by Brian Farrell and Melika Sharifi. Brian and Melika are Geochemists at Aqueous Solutions LLC, maker of The Geochemist's Workbench®.

Brian Farrell
Brian Farrell
Brian Farrell has many years of experience in developing and applying geochemical and reactive transport models. He is expert in aquifer microbiology, geochemical modeling, and reactive transport in geochemical systems. Brian has taught short courses in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australasia.

Melika Sharifi is an Environmental Scientist with special expertise in Actinide Geochemistry. She has many years of experience as an instructor at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and as an effective mentor in the laboratory to less experienced scientists.

Melika Sharifi
Melika Sharifi


Map to workshop venue
Florida International University
Engineering Center • Room 2300 [directions]
10555 W. Flagler Street, Miami, Florida 33174

Please proceed to the second floor of the Engineering Center. Room 2300 is about halfway down the corridor.

A limited number of metered parking spaces are available outside the main entrance, at a cost of $1 per hour.

The workshop starts at 8:00 am sharp each day and continues to about 4:30 pm.
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Space is limited, so sign up early. The registration fee of $699 includes all course materials.

Full-time students currently registered in a university degree program can register at the reduced rate of $599. Please bring current student identification to the workshop.

We are pleased to welcome back participants from our previous workshops at the special price of $599. For fastest verification, please sign up with the email address you used registering for the earlier course.

Each registered participant will receive a free 60-day license to The Geochemist's Workbench® 11 Professional version. We will ask you to bring to the course a laptop with the software installed and running.

Registrations may be transfered to another participant at no charge, and are fully refundable until 30 days before the workshop. Liability in the event of workshop cancellation or other eventuality is limited to refund of the registration fee.


Florida International University is just 11 miles from Miami International Airport, a primary hub for domestic and international air travel. From the airport, you can reach the workshop venue and nearby hotels conveniently by taxi, shuttle, Uber, or rental car.


Florida International University has arranged for discounted accommodations at the Courtyard Miami at Dolphin Mall hotel. Please ask for the FIU rate when you register.

There are, in addition, a number of hotels located within an easy drive of the workshop venue. You may wish to consider renting local accomodations via Airbnb.

Environment and safety

Upon registration, you will be asked to provide an emergency contact name and telephone number, in the unlikely event of illness or accident, as well as list any special dietary requirements or medical needs.

Florida International University is well-patrolled, but nonetheless located in an urban area. Travelers should take common-sense precautions, such as not leaving their property unattended and not walking alone at night.

Waitstaff in restaurants offering table service in the United States, as well as taxi and shuttle drivers, expect a 15% to 20% tip.

Hosts and sponsors

The workshop is being held thanks to the generous efforts of our hosts and sponsors:

Florida International University University of Illinois Aqueous Solutions