ENG3203 - Environmental geoengineering - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering


Dr Jianfeng Xue

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


Overview of concepts relating to groundwater resources and seepage, with emphasis on seepage containment in reservoirs, ponds, soil pollution and its avoidance, focusing on soil behaviour and its effect on seepage, groundwater percolation and migration of contaminant in the nearfield of waste containment facilities. Focus will also be on the function, design and construction of engineered soil barriers to prevent leakage from water reservoirs, ponds or to isolate different types of waste.


To develop an understanding of the principles of environmental geoengineering and groundwater and their application to the analysis and design of surface impoundments and leachate ponds and to the design and construction of engineering soil barriers for controlling seepage and for water and waste isolation.


Design assignment: 50% + Examination (3 hours): 50%.

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

24 lectures, 24 practice/project classes and 6 hours of laboratory or site visits

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