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Soil Mechanics and Contaminant Hydrogeology EENG 7415

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

​An introduction to soil mechanics including soil origins, types and classifications, phase relationships, compaction and soil strength, Darcy's law, flow nets. The hydrogeology section focuses on the occurrence and movement of groundwater in a variety of geologic settings and explains the effect of human activity on that movement. Topics include types of aquifers, properties of porous media, groundwater flow, and pump testing of aquifers. The contaminant hydrogeology portion of the course examines the major sources of ground water contaminants and their flow in ground water, and presents the processes by which contaminants are transported through the subsurface as free phase products or dissolved aqueous constituents. Topics include terminology, water quality, chemical constituents of ground water, LNAPLs and DNAPLs, transport mechanisms.






Course offerings

Fall 2023

Below is one offering of EENG 7415 for the Fall 2023 term.

CRN 45981


Thu Sep 07 - Thu Dec 14 (15 weeks)

  • 15 weeks
  • CRN 45981
  • $814.81
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 07 - Dec 14 Thu 14:30 - 17:30 Burnaby SW01 Rm. 2030

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 BCIT ID A#. No class on Sept 30 and Nov 11 - stat holiday - make up class TBA.

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Discuss the origin of soils and the relationship to host material.
  • Solve basic soil mechanics problems to determine volume, density, mass, saturation/retention and buoyancy measures using mathematical relationships.
  • Analyze groundwater problems based on the fundamentals of groundwater movement in soil using Darcy's law in relation to the movement of fluids in a porous environment, taking into consideration groundwater movement in unsaturated and saturated porous media.
  • Apply the principles of flow nets to groundwater flow by solving hydraulic conductivity problems using flow net analyses.
  • Calculate hydraulic conductivity using the Hvorslev and Bouwer and Rice methods for response testing.
  • Describe fundamental inorganic and organic geochemical processes for water and soil.
  • Explain the basic principles of biotransformation.
  • Explain ground water flow and mass transport mechanisms and calculate contaminant plume hydraulic parameters.
  • Explain the nature and characteristic of non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPL) and be able to determine.
  • Describe basic NAPL movement in the subsurface.

Effective as of Fall 2019

Related Programs

Soil Mechanics and Contaminant Hydrogeology (EENG 7415) 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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