The theory of groundwater flow and the transport of pollutants in groundwater are covered in this course. Topics include the modelling of groundwater flow and contaminant transport, well hydraulics, flow nets, subsurface chemical and microbial processes, sea water intrusion, groundwater monitoring and remediation.
Availability2020 Course Timetables
- Semester 2 - 2020
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Identify and explain the key concepts of hydrogeology and contaminant transport.
2. Demonstrate key concepts by interpreting data from laboratory experiments.
3. Implement solution techniques to solve common problems in hydrogeology and contaminant transport.
4. Generate technical reports that integrate key concepts and develop critical thinking skills.
5. Demonstrate capability to research the literature and apply it to practical problems.
- Introduction to groundwater, groundwater history and groundwater resources in Australia
- Darcy's Law and basic definitions
- Aquifer properties and groundwater geology
- 3D and 2D groundwater flow equation
- Developing solutions to groundwater flow problems; boundary conditions, initial conditions
- Analytical solutions to groundwater flow problems
- Flow nets
- Regional groundwater flow
- Well hydraulics
- Pump tests
- Numerical modelling of groundwater flow problems; MODFLOW
- Model calibration, parameter estimation and prediction
- Groundwater contamination - overview
- Groundwater chemistry
- Contaminant transport equation
- Diffusion and dispersion
- Model calibration and parameter estimation
- Boundary and initial conditions
- Analytical solutions
- Measurement of dispersivity
- Sea water intrusion
- Site remediation
This course has similarities to CIVL3470. If you have successfully completed CIVL3470, you cannot enrol in this course.
Content covered in courses CIVL2310 Fluid Mechanics; CIVL2040 Engineering Probabilities; CIVL2060 Numerical Methods or equivalent
Written Assignment: Assignment 1
Written Assignment: Assignment 2
Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Experiment 1
Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Experiment 2
Written Assignment: Research Investigation
In Term Test: In-Class Midterm Examination
In Term Test: Final Examination
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks starting in week 2
Computer laboratory will be held for 2 hours per week from week 2 to week 6.
Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Term Full Term
Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks starting in week 7
Tutorial will be held for 2 hours per week from week 7 to week 13.