Available in 2018

Course handbook


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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Discuss the key principles of hydrogeology and contaminant transport

2. Conduct laboratory experiments to illustrate key concepts.

3. Derive solution techniques for common problems in contaminant hydrogeology

4. Develop critical thinking skills

5. Demonstrate capability to research the literature and apply it to practical problems.


1. 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.


This course has similarities to CIVL3470. If you have successfully completed CIVL3470, you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

Content covered in courses CIVL2310 Fluid Mechanics; CIVL2040 Engineering Probabilities; CIVL2060 Numerical Methods

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written assignments

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory experiments

Report: Research investigation

Formal Examination: Formal Exam

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

3 x 1 lectures per week


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term