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Environmental Sampling and Testing Methods 2 EENG 8420

Environmental Engineering Course

International Fees

International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

​Introduces fundamental concepts of surveying with applications for applied waste management and contaminated sites. Topics include an introduction to the survey methodology, survey instrumentation, methods for determining horizontal positions and elevations, including position determination using GPS satellite technology. This course will introduce the learner to some of the sampling techniques and analytical methods used to determine common pollutants in groundwater, sediment and soil. Major industrial pollution issues, typical chemical species, and environmental partitioning are discussed during the lecture periods. Field and lab safety, the use of field equipment in accordance with proper procedures are covered in the laboratory periods. The sampling exercises include: soil and ground water sampling techniques as they would pertain to using a drill rig, backhoe and hand augers; ground water sampling from existing installations, development and testing of monitoring wells.






Course offerings

Fall 2023

Below is one offering of EENG 8420 for the Fall 2023 term.

CRN 45976


Mon Sep 11 - Mon Dec 11 (15 weeks)

  • 15 weeks
  • CRN 45976
  • $814.81
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 11 - Dec 11 Mon 14:30 - 17:30 Burnaby NE01 Rm. 403
Oct 14 - Oct 29 Sat, Sun 09:00 - 17:00 Burnaby NE01 Rm. 403

Ray Koenig

Course outline




Important information
  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Students are responsible for completion of pre-requisites and co-requisites. Approval required prior to registration, please contact Program Assistant - include your A#. Surveying lectures (on campus): Mondays, Sept 11 to Oct 16 (no class Oct 2 & 9 - stat holidays); Field sessions (on campus): Saturdays and/or Sundays - dates TBA; Important Note: While dates will be adhered as best as possible, last minute unexpected day/time changes may occur as the result of sessional field instructors’ schedules. Students will need to be able to accommodate these changes.; Instructor will assign online course work/readings for remainder sessions.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Perform slope and sea level distance reductions using basic survey methodology concepts.
  • Apply established surveyors' levelling skills to determine elevation differences and carry out a topographic survey using a total station.
  • Use the Global Positioning Satellite System to determine various location coordinates.
  • Appraise the complexity of pollution issues and environmental chemistry with emphasis on chemicals' fugacity and environmental partitioning.
  • Critically analyze environmental issues in order to select appropriate sampling and analytical methods to quantitatively and qualitatively assess the magnitude of environmental contamination/pollution.
  • Demonstrate the use of sampling techniques and to determine common pollutants in groundwater, sediment and soil.
  • Prepare field and laboratory reports as well as the basics of a site investigation report.
  • Use the equipment and devices applied in site investigation aspects of field safety and operations, common soil
  • Apply ground water investigative methodologies.

Effective as of Fall 2019

Related Programs

Environmental Sampling and Testing Methods 2 (EENG 8420) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Environmental Engineering
    Bachelor of Technology Full-time/Part-time


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