School of Civil Engineering & Geosciences

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)

About the Course

Groundwater Contamination and Remediation

  • Monday 5 - Friday 9 February 2018: Date not confirmed

This course introduces the principles of contaminant behaviour in groundwater systems and gives an overview of remediation technologies for polluted groundwaters.

You'll learn about the range of possible contaminants and the mechanisms by which they are transported in groundwater systems. We'll show you how human activities can modify the quality of groundwater, and how such modifications can be detected and distinguished from natural processes, as well as the means by which the results can be simulated.

You'll get an introduction to the fundamental principles and factors that govern the fate of pollutants in the groundwater environment. This understanding underpins the techniques by which it is possible to calculate the timing and extent of groundwater pollution, which is demonstrated with real world examples. Applying the principles of groundwater contaminant behaviour, you'll explore the available treatment technologies for polluted groundwaters, including design, operation, and advantages or disadvantages of the various technologies. We use case studies throughout the course.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is particularly appropriate for all those involved in groundwater investigation and remediation investigations, particularly those working in the consulting and regulatory sectors. Although the course is designed to be appropriate for those just becoming involved in the subject area as well as those already with some knowledge, certain aspects of the material is at a more advanced level. Therefore some background in water chemistry is beneficial, and pre-course background learning material is available by request.

Accredited by:
Accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management Groundwater Contamination and Remediation accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
Accredited by The Geological Society Groundwater Contamination and Remediation accredited by The Geological Society

Objectives and Outline

Groundwater Contamination and Remediation

Course Objectives

By the time you've finished the course, you'll understand:

  • the main ways pollutants migrate in the subsurface
  • the principles of modelling solute transport
  • the fate and behaviour of inorganic and organic pollutants, including their identification and sampling
  • the principles of groundwater remediation

You'll also be able to:

  • describe the human activities that may modify groundwater chemistry
  • discuss pollutant classification and the nature of diffuse and point-source pollution, giving examples
  • describe the origin and properties of the major organic and inorganic pollutants
  • apply the principles of modelling solute transport
  • outline the various approaches to remediation of polluted groundwaters

Course Outline

  • Sources and types of groundwater contamination.
  • Principles of groundwater movement.
  • Calculating groundwater transit times.
  • Contaminant transport in the subsurface.
  • Case studies of inorganic groundwater pollution.
  • Introduction to modelling inorganic and organic solute transport.
  • Groundwater modelling exercises.
  • Fate and transport of organic substances in groundwater.
  • Case studies of organic groundwater pollution.
  • Principles of groundwater remediation.
  • Case studies of remediation, including pump-and-treat, landfill, and mine waters.
Accredited by:
Accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management Groundwater Contamination and Remediation accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
Accredited by The Geological Society Groundwater Contamination and Remediation accredited by The Geological Society
  • Monday 5 - Friday 9 February 2018: Date not confirmed

Further Information

Groundwater Contamination and Remediation

Prerequisites

Prerequisite knowledge

To attend the course, you should have a reasonable level of knowledge of the following topics:

  • competency in maths and chemistry above GCSE level (through undergraduate or work-based training/experience, if not at AS or A-level)
  • some prior background in basic groundwater hydraulics, such as recharge processes, hydraulic conductivity, transmissivity, groundwater flow patterns
  • basic groundwater chemistry such as dissolution and precipitation, pH, acids and bases, sorption, complexation and ion exchange, redox reactions, and biogeochemical influences

Please contact the Professional Development Unit if you require further information.

Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8106) on at least one of the School's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. You will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

Presenters

Groundwater Contamination and Remediation

Presenters

School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences

Fees

Groundwater Contamination and Remediation

Fees

  • Groundwater Contamination and Remediation
    • £1275

We offer a 30 percent discount to full time students and to Newcastle University staff.

The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.

[ Information about Cancellations ]

Formal assessment may be available for this Course. Assessment attracts an additional fee of £350, and delegates will be issued with a transcript and Certificate of Credit Achieved. Owing to visa restrictions the assessment option is not available to international students outside the European Economic Area (EEA).