Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: G2 (First Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. VTG021 overlaps following cours/es: VTG070. Compulsory for: MWLU1. Optional for: V4at, V4vr, W4vr. Course coordinator: Associate Professor Gerhard Barmen, and Assistant Lecturer Conny Svensson,, Engineering Geology. Prerequisites: VTGA01 Engineering Geology och VVR145 Water. Recommended prerequisits: FMI031 Environmental Science, Especially Environmental Chemistry and FMAA05 Calculus on One Dimension. Assessment: Written examination. The performance on the written examination forms the basis for the final mark of the course. Further information: The course is given in English. Home page:

The aim of the course is to deepen the student's knowledge and to a certain extent also skills within the field of hydrogeology as a tool to manage and solve problems concerning civil and foundation engineering, water supply, waste treatment and urban/rural planning and construction in a way, which takes into account the needs of the inhabitants and the general goals for development of a sustainable society. The theoretical content of the course overlaps the course Groundwater and Environment (VTG070). As opposed to the latter, the course Groundwater Engineering contains only few computer based exercises and simulations of groundwater flow and chemistry.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Hydrogeology. Groundwater occurrence, behaviour and flow in various kinds of aquifers. Soil water and soil water movement. The influence of geology on the aquifer properties. Fluctuations in groundwater level on various time-scales and in various formations. Groundwater flow and properties governing the flow characteristics. Temperature and age of groundwater. Groundwater quality and quality characteristics. Groundwater sampling, water analyses, chemical composition, equilibrium and chemical processes. Contamination processes and contaminant transport. External additions including acidification. Drilling and well technology. Hydraulic properties of aquifers and wells including storativity and transmissivity. Groundwater withdrawal and test pumpings. Analysis of data from aquifer tests by analytical and graphical methods as well as computer software. Hydraulic and hydrogeological boundaries.

General descriptions of different sources of pollutants. Description and calculation of leaching of contaminants.

Fetter, C W: Applied Hydrogeology, Fourth edition. Prentice Hall 2001. ISBN: 0130882399 or 0131226878.
Svensson, C: Compendium on Groundwater chemistry. Teknisk geologi, LTH 2010.
Culver, G: Drilling and Well Construction. Chapter 6 in Geothermal Direct-Use Engineering and Design Guidebook. Oregon Institute of Technology 2007.