Contaminant Hydrogeology

Course code CIVL3470Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentSchool of Engineering

The theory of groundwater flow and the transport of pollutants in groundwater are covered in this course. Topics include the modeling of groundwater flow and contaminant transport, well hydraulics, flow nets, subsurface chemical and microbial processes, sea water intrusion, groundwater monitoring and remediation.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThe course provides an introduction to hydrogeology and contaminant transport processes. The course will:

A1. Introduce the discipline of hydrogeology and contaminant transport.

A2. Include laboratory experiments to illustrate key concepts.

A3. Introduce solution techniques for common problems in contaminant hydrogeology.

A4. Develop critical thinking skills.
Content1. Introduction to groundwater, groundwater history and groundwater resources in Australia.

2. Darcy's Law and basic definitions.

3. Aquifer properties and groundwater geology.

4. 3D and 2D groundwater flow equation.

5. Developing solutions to groundwater flow problems; boundary conditions, initial conditions.

6. Analytical solutions to groundwater flow problems.

7. Flow nets.

8. Regional groundwater flow.

9. Well hydraulics.

10. Pump tests.

11. Numerical modelling of groundwater flow problems; MODFLOW.

12. Model calibration, parameter estimation and prediction.

13. Groundwater contamination - overview.

14. Groundwater chemistry.

15. Contaminant transport equation.

16. Diffusion and dispersion.

17. Model calibration and parameter estimation.

18. Boundary and initial conditions.

19. Analytical solutions.

20. Measurement of dispersivity.

21. Sea water intrusion.

22. Retardation.

23. Biodegradation.

24. Site remediation.
Replacing Course(s)N/A.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeContent covered in courses CIVL1331, CIVL2050, and MATH2310.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Computer Lab
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
ReportsLaboratory reports.

NOTE: Any modification to the above assessment arrangement will appear on the course outline normally issued in Week 1.
Contact HoursLecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Computer Lab: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 3 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for CIVL3470