Academic PartnershipsDevelopment and Partners

The EFDC_Explorer/EFDC+ modeling system is an ideal tool for educators and water modeling researchers to better understand the complex theory, mathematics and processes implemented in hydrodynamic, sediment transport and water quality modeling. This modeling system has been applied in well over two hundred environmental systems and found to be a robust and powerful tool. Examples of some academic papers written related to EFDC can be found here

DSI is committed to supporting and partnering with universities around the world. That is why we offer a range of support for our academic users. 

Standard Support

We offer the following benefits to all Academic Users:

  • A 50% discount on all DSI products
  • Classroom licenses – where all students in the classroom can obtain extended trial licenses for the entire semester/quarter (limited to 2 classroom licenses per year)
  • General license installation and activation support for all users (even students using free versions in their classrooms). Email with issues and questions. 
  • Students and faculty have access to the EFDC_Explorer user forum on our website
  • EFDC+ single-threaded source code can be provided upon request.
  • Access to test cases and model examples specifically designed for use by the academic community for research and classroom purposes (see links to downloads below)

Extended Support

Extended benefits are provided to Universities that keep their EFDC_Explorer licenses up to date by purchasing annual maintenance. We refer to these universities as “Partnering Universities”.

In additional to all the benefits mentioned above, Partnering Universities also receive the following additional benefits:

  • Access to all EE upgrades and version updates
  • 50% discount off the cost of training for training events held by DSI. Note: Training events held by our sales partners may not be eligible for a student discount.
  • Two 6-month EE trial licenses per year per Full license for use by masters or PhD students
  • Three classroom licenses during the academic year per professor
  • Eight hours of free technical support per year as long as maintenance is kept current. Email requests for support to