Upcoming PITLAKQ Trainings


October 15 - 17, 2024


Regular prices


by September 17, 2024

after September 17, 2024

Price per participant (excluding VAT)

1,180.00 €

1,300.00 €

Price per participant (including 19 % VAT)

1,404.20 €

1,547.00 €

Student prices

The student prices below apply to full time students at degree-granting institutions. The maximum age to be legible for student prices is 35 years a the first day of the course. Proof of university enrollment is required upon registration. The organizers reserves the right to accept the student status.


by September 17, 2024

after September 17, 2024

Price per participant (excluding VAT)

944.00 €

1,040.00 €

Price per participant (including 19 % VAT)

1.123.36 €

1,237.60 €


There are two options to register.

  1. You can fill this form and email the filled form to us. We will invoice you and you can pay the Euro amount with wire transfer (IBAN).

  2. You can buy an Eventbrite ticket pay with creidt card. Extra processing fees apply.

Please register a soon as possible. There is only a limited number of seats.

Cancellation Policy

Registrations can be canceled. The following refunds will be given:

Canceled by


June 30, 2024

100 %

July 31, 2024

80 %

August 31, 2024

50 %

September 31, 2024

0 %

A replacement participant can be named at ay time without an additional fee. If the student rate was paid and the replacement participant is not eligible for this rate, the difference to the full rate has to be paid.

Number of Participants

The minimum number of participants is 3. The maximum number of participants is 18.



Modeling pit lakes is a complex task. The open-source software PITLAKQ provides a tool to model hydrodynamic processes in pit lakes including temperature stratification. Furthermore, transport of constituents and a variety of chemical and biological reactions can be modelled. PITLAKQ combines the abilities of CE-QUAL-W2 and PHREEQC. Participants need to be familiar with the topic of pit lakes and their water quality. Basic hydro-geo-chemical knowledge is assumed. Preferably, participants should have modelling experience with CE-QUAL-W2, PHREEQC, or comparable models. They also need to have basic knowledge of important pit lake processes. Solid PC handling abilities are necessary. Since Python is used for some operations, basic Python knowledge is very helpful but not required. The course will cover the parts pf Python needed to operate PITLAKQ. More Python knowledge comes in handy for many pre- and postprocessing tasks as well as automating model runs. You can learn Python at Python Academy

Remote course

Participants will get login data to an online teaching system, consisting of a video conferencing system and a modelling environment (JupyterHub). This system has been used by Python Academy for several years. After the course, participants can install PITLAKQ on their own computers and use the same tools they learn in the course.


This course introduces PITLAKQ with a hands-on trainings. Participants will work along with the instructor setting up and running models. In addition, they will work on exercises on their own in small groups. The instructor will be available during exercises and provides help, if necessary.

It covers:

  • Overview of PITLAKQ theory

  • Getting familiar with the teaching system

  • Working with JupyterLab

  • Installing PITLAKQ

  • Python basics for running models

  • Creating a new project

  • Setting up and running a hydrodynamic model

  • Interpreting and presenting hydrodynamic results

  • Setting up and running a water quality model

  • Interpreting and presenting water quality results

  • Varying the water quality processes

  • Postprocessing model results

  • QA


  • Example: Hydrodynamics only

  • Example: Water quality calculations

  • Example: Water quality treatment

PITLAKQ solves complex problems and offers many more features than can be covered in the workshop. The presenter will be glad to answer questions that go beyond the content described above. Each participant will receive a comprehensive course handout (PDF) and the PITLAKQ software. After the course, participants will be able to set up and run PITLAKQ models.


Dr. Mike Müller is the author of PITLAKQ and has been using this software to model a variety of pit lakes. He is CEO of hydrocomputing and has many years of modeling experience with a variety of hydrological and water quality models.


Please contact us for more information.