ENV ENG 4008 - Remediation of Soil & Groundwater Pollution

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

This course deals with the theoretical principles and practical engineering methodologies associated with the remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater. Topics to be considered are as follows: Industrial and agricultural contamination of soil and groundwater. Potential hazards to human health and the environment. Epidemiology. Planning and legislative issues in land-use change and redevelopment. International approaches. Site investigation: preliminary, exploratory, detailed and monitoring. Hydrogeology of site: trial pits, drilling, coring, sampling and pumping tests. Soil gas and vapour tests. Risk assessment: source-pathway-receptor concept; estimation, evaluation and control of risk. Modelling of pollutant transport above and below ground: advection, dispersion, absorption and transformation. Remediation options: removal, containment, hydraulic, thermal, physical, chemical, biological, and stabilisation. On-site and off-site options. Selection of options: feasibility, effectiveness, cost. Formal ranking procedures. Design and implementation: specification, technical design, project planning, supervision, documentation and reporting. Health and safety and environmental protection issues. Post project monitoring plan.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENV ENG 4008
    Course Remediation of Soil & Groundwater Pollution
    Coordinating Unit Environmental Engineering
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Course Description This course deals with the theoretical principles and practical engineering methodologies associated with the remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater. Topics to be considered are as follows: Industrial and agricultural contamination of soil and groundwater. Potential hazards to human health and the environment. Epidemiology. Planning and legislative issues in land-use change and redevelopment. International approaches. Site investigation: preliminary, exploratory, detailed and monitoring. Hydrogeology of site: trial pits, drilling, coring, sampling and pumping tests. Soil gas and vapour tests. Risk assessment: source-pathway-receptor concept; estimation, evaluation and control of risk. Modelling of pollutant transport above and below ground: advection, dispersion, absorption and transformation. Remediation options: removal, containment, hydraulic, thermal, physical, chemical, biological, and stabilisation. On-site and off-site options. Selection of options: feasibility, effectiveness, cost. Formal ranking procedures. Design and implementation: specification, technical design, project planning, supervision, documentation and reporting. Health and safety and environmental protection issues. Post project monitoring plan.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Dmitri Kavetski

    COURSE COORDINATOR AND LECTURER: PROFESSOR DMITRI KAVETSKI
    Email dmitri.kavetski@adelaide.edu.au


    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

     
    1 Explain the main scientific and engineering principles of soil and groundwater remediation;
    2 Explain the environmental health issues in relation to redevelopment of contaminated sites;
    3 Model groundwater flows using standard equations and techniques
    4 Complete an assessment of a contaminated site;
    5 Propose feasible remedies for contaminated sites;

     
    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Entry to Practice Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer. The course develops the following EA Elements of Competency to levels of introductory (A), intermediate (B), advanced (C):  
     
    1.11.21.31.41.51.62.12.22.32.43.13.23.33.43.53.6
    B C B C C C B B A C B B
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2, 3

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    4, 5

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Textbook: Bedient, P. B., Rifai, H. S. and Newell, C. J., “Ground Water Contamination: Transport and Remediation”, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, USA, 1999.

    Textbook: Nathanail, C P, and Bardos, R P, “Reclamation of Contaminated Land”, J Wiley & Sons, Chichester, UK, 2004
    Recommended Resources
    1. Assessment and Reclamation of Contaminated Land, Harrison, R M and Hester, R E, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, 2001 (electronic resource)

    2. Use of Airborne, Surface, and Borehole Geophysical Techniques at Contaminated Sites. A Reference Guide. September 1993. EPA/625/R-92/007. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, OH 45268

    3. Subsurface Characterization and Monitoring Techniques: a Desk Reference Guide. Volume I Solids and Ground Water, Appendices A and B, May 1993. EPA/625/R-93/003a. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, OH 45268

    4. South Australia. Environment Protection Act 1993

    5. Adelaide City Council, Contaminated Land Policy, ACC2008/150313, 2008.
    http://www.adelaidecitycouncil.com/adccwr/publications/policies_strategies/contaminated_land_policy.pdf (accessed 15 February 2011)

    6. EPA Guidelines for Environmental Management of On-site Remediation. Environment Protection Authority, Adelaide, March 2006.

    7. EPA Guideline for Site Contamination, EPA 839/08. Environment Protection Authority, Adelaide, December 2008.

    8. EPA Guideline for Assessment of Underground Storage Systems, EPA 580/05. Environment Protection Authority, Adelaide, February 2005.

    9. EPA Guideline for oil Bioremediation, EPA 589/05. Environment Protection Authority, Adelaide, November 2005.

    10. Clayton, C R I, Matthews, M C, and Simons, N E, Site Investigation. 2nd Edition, 2005. Online Geoengineering Library. http://www.geoengineer.org.

    11. Domenico, P A and Schwartz, F W, Physical and Chemical Hydrogeology, 2nd Edition, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1998.

    12. King, H, Site Contamination: Guidelines for the assessment and remediation of groundwater contamination, Environment protection Authority, Adelaide, SA, February 2009
    Online Learning
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures
    Practicals
    Self-directed activities
    Design Project
    Quiz
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The workload in this course is based on the University of Adelaide guidelines http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/669.

    A student in a 3-unit course is generally expected to invest approximately 156 hours over 13 weeks (12 hours/week) of "total" work to
    achieve a “Credit”. Total work includes contact + non-contact time, and time invested into assessment tasks.

    The formal contact hours for the course include ~24 hours of practicals and ~30 hrs of lecture content (comprising a mix of live and recorded material).

    The remaining ~100 hours are expected to be devoted to private study and completion of assessment tasks.Higher marks, such as “Distinction” and “High Distinction”, will require substantially more quality time and effort.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course uses a combination of online and in-person learning activities that cover a diversity of topics in soil and groundwater remediation.

    The lectures are the main vehicle for communicating learning content and theory. The practicals provide tangible means for students to test their understanding. The assignment and group design project provide the opportunity to tackle a more realistic environmental engineering problem. The mid-term quiz assesses a breadth of topics from preceding lectures and assessments.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Learning outcomes
    Practicals 15 Individual 1.
    Assignment 25 Individual 1. 4. 5. 6.
    Group Design Project 30 Group 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
    Midterm Quiz 30 Individual 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
    Total 100
    The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance of all course activities, including lectures and practicals, is regarded as essential for a successful completion of this course. Where content is delivered online, it is expected that the students will view the content in a timely manner as per course schedule.
    Assessment Detail
    Practicals will be used flexibly to supplement and reinforce the lecture material.

    The assignment and design project will introduce students to analysis tools and software. Students will be required to submit a structured report with abstract, introduction, sections on methods, data analysis, conclusions and recommendations.

    The mid-term quiz will assess content from preceding lectures, practicals and assignments. Both descriptive and numerical questions will be included. More details will be announced as the course progresses.
    Submission
    All course assessment is expected to be submitted by the due date electronically via MyUni unless indicated otherwise.

    Late submissions for any assessment will receive a zero mark unless Special Consideration circumstances apply. To apply for Special Consideration, the standard University form for Special Consideration must be submitted in accordance to University Policy, including supporting documentary evidence, such as medical certificate.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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