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EENG 8224 - Optimizing & Specifying Geo-Exchange Systems

Environmental Engineering Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

Course Details

This course is an introduction to geothermal energy exchange and thermal energy storage systems for students who wish to become familiar with industry-standard commercial design processes. It is open to students with a recognized Diploma of Technology in an engineering or science discipline or a related degree in engineering or science. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to identify the critical design parameters and choices involved in the appropriate design of several different types of geothermal energy systems.


EENG 8220





Spring/Summer 2019

Below is one offering of this course for the Spring/Summer 2019 term.

CRN 59752

Mon Apr 01 - Mon Jun 17 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 01 - Jun 17 Online


Eric Dickie

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. This course is reserved for Environmental Engineering Technology Degree program. Students will require department approval prior to registration. Please contact Program Assistant

Online registration for this course offering is not available. However, you can still register via phone, mail or in person.

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Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Contrast the different standard system types when analysing a system in the field.
  • Draw a schematic layout of each type of system showing the main components of that system.
  • Analyze the theoretical efficiency and power consumption of a vapour compression refrigeration cycle operating at several different temperatures, given several key equipment parameters and refrigerant pressure-enthalpy diagrams.
  • Simulate different theoretical operating points and refrigerant systems to aid and expedite system design choices using refrigeration cycle analysis software.
  • Outline the basic processes involved in assessing project sites while developing the design of geothermal energy systems.
  • Summarize critical decision milestones pertaining to the choice of ground coupling methods.
  • Choose appropriate construction methods for installation of the fundamental system types while meeting the administration needs pertaining to the operation of each major type of equipment.
  • Prepare a quality control and occupational health and safety task list for each type of construction method.
  • Conduct a general assessment of the surface / near-surface materials on a potential site, to include the recording of attributes that are useful in the design and development of that site.
  • Analyse the results of a formation thermal conductivity test based on downloading data from the data acquisition system.
  • Determine the apparent thermal conductivity of the formation.
  • Log test pits and boreholes and present information for their design and development.
  • Draw a schematic design of a typical open-loop well system, including the installation process.

Effective as of Fall 2009

Related Programs

EENG 8224 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

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


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