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EENG 7415 - Soil Mechanics and Contaminant Hydrogeology

Environmental Engineering Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the fall 2021 term as informed by BC Public Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

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. Co-Requisite(s) (either as Pre-Requisite or concurrently): EENG 7405, AND EENG 7410







Fall 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2021 term.

CRN 45981

Fri Sep 10 - Fri Dec 17 15 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 10 - Dec 17 Fri 14:30 - 17:30 BBY SW01 Rm. 2030


Ray Koenig

Course Outline




  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#.

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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

EENG 7415 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

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


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