101-0339-00L  Environmental Geotechnics – Polluted Sites and Waste Disposal

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersM. Plötze
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


101-0339-00 GEnvironmental Geotechnics – Polluted Sites and Waste Disposal
Remark: former title until HS22 "Umweltgeotechnik" (Environmental Geotechnics). No obtaining of credits possible if 102-0337-00L Landfilling, Contaminated Sites and Radioactive Waste Repositories (offered until HS22) has been passed successfully.
2 hrs
Tue08:00-09:35HIL E 1 »
M. Plötze

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AbstractThe practice of landfilling, remediation of polluted sites and the disposal of radioactive waste are based on the same concepts of environmental protection. Understanding the contaminants behaviour and how to reduce their release to the environment is the key to remediating polluted sites and designing multi-barrier systems.
ObjectiveOn successful completion of this course students will be able to
- Assess the risk to the environment from landfills, contaminated sites and radioactive waste repositories in terms of the fate and transport of contaminants.
- Describe the technologies available to minimise environmental contamination
- Describe the principles of dealing with polluted sites and propose and evaluate appropriate remediation techniques
- Explain the concepts underlying radioactive waste management practices.
ContentThis lecture course consists of lectures with exercises and case studies.
- An overview of the principles of environmental protection in waste management and how this is applied in legislation.
- An overview of the chemistry underlying the release and transport of contaminants from the landfilled/contaminated material/radioactive waste repository focusing on processes controlling mobility of heavy metals and organic compounds
- Introduction to contaminant transport in porous adsorbing media
- Design and function of engineered barriers. Clay as a barrier.
- Polluted site remediation: Site investigation, assessment, and remediation technologies
- Concepts and safety in radioactive waste management
- Role of the geological and engineered barriers and radionuclide transport in geological media.
Prerequisites / Noticeexcursion
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesfostered
Project Managementfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Customer Orientationfostered
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityfostered
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsfostered
Self-awareness and Self-reflection fostered
Self-direction and Self-management fostered

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersM. Plötze
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationoral 30 minutes
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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