MIKE 3 Flow Model FM – Getting started with 3D hydrodynamic modelling
Available for 60 days upon enrollment
Coast and marine

MIKE 3 Flow Model FM – Getting started with 3D hydrodynamic modelling


Fee: No charge*

Time commitment: approximately fours hours in total, divided as follows:

  • Self-study: three modules, combining online video lectures, demonstration videos, hands-on exercises, quizzes and reading materials. Approximately four hours in total is needed for you to get the maximum out of the course.
  • (Optional) Additional reading materials are available for you to master the software at a greater depth. This would require an extra 2-3 hours of work.



Flow modelling is a key tool in water engineering and can be applied to many different systems – from large oceans to small rivers or channels. Flow models are often used independently to determine water levels or current speeds, for instance for use as input to the design of structures. Very often, flow models are used as input for other models, such as wave models or sediment transport models.

This course will teach you the basic functions of MIKE 3 Flow Model FM as well as relevant tools in the MIKE Zero software package that will allow you to view and present your model results.

About MIKE 3 Flow Model FM

The MIKE 3 Flow Model FM is a comprehensive modelling system for three-dimensional water modelling. MIKE 3 Flow Model FM has been developed for complex applications within oceanographic, coastal and estuarine environments but may also be applied for studies of inland surface waters, for example, overland flooding and lakes or reservoirs. MIKE 3 is usually used in deep water when hydrodynamic conditions (included temperature and salinity) are variable along the water column.


Are you interested in getting a kick-start in flow modelling? Do you have a basic knowledge of hydraulics including e.g. open channel flows? Are you interested in ocean engineering? Do you want to find out how easy it is to work with the MIKE 3 Flow Model FM? Do you want to get ideas for how you can set up a MIKE 3 Flow Model for your application? If yes, you will benefit from this free, self-paced course.


Upon completion of the course, you will be able to set up and run a three-dimensional hydrodynamic model using MIKE 3 Flow Model FM. You will know how to apply forcing such as wind or boundary conditions, as well as change physical parameters such as bed roughness and dispersion coefficients. You will be able to activate the temperature and salinity model including the heat exchange section. At the end of the course, you will know how to generate and evaluate model outputs and how to compare them with measurements.


Each module includes videos, materials and handouts that you need for model examples and quizzes. It will take you around four hours to complete the course at a time that fits your needs and requirements - in the comfort of your own office, home or any location convenient for you.


  • Module 1 – Wind forces on a lake
    Basic model setup, application of wind, generation of output and evaluation of results along the water column.
  • Module 2 – Flow in a channel
    Application of boundary conditions, activate Temp/Sal module, change of calibration parameters
  • Module 3 – Hydrodynamic model of a strait
    Applying realistic wind and boundary conditions, activate the heat exchange module, compare the model with measurements



MSc, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Salerno, Italy


Luis is a marine modelling expert based in Genoa, Italy. He normally works on consultancy projects around the world applying MIKE 3 Flow Model and other MIKE models to solve challenges within coastal and ocean engineering. Additionally, Luis has been involved in several courses and trainings in numerical modelling for marine and coastal engineering for different companies and public authorities. Luis is an authorised DHI trainer in modelling for marine and coastal engineering.


  • Reliable internet connection of sufficient bandwidth
  • Access to MIKE 3 Flow Model FM installed. DHI demo version is sufficient for the material covered in this course.


  • Highlights of MIKE 3 here
  • THE ACADEMY Courses and Events Calendar - webinars
  • THE ACADEMY's Training Calendar


Luis Alberto Cusati - lcu@dhigroup.com


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Level : Beginner Mike Software Related to Course : MIKE 3 Course format : Self-paced Course city location : Online

Course content

  • Lesson Introduction
    • Presentation of the course
    • How to set the high quality of videos and switch on subtitles
    • How to download and install MIKE software