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VMT031 - Hydrology and hydrogeology
Syllabus adopted 2013-02-20 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKVOV
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Teaching language: Swedish
Block schedule: C

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0104 Examination 5,2 c Grading: TH   5,2 c   27 May 2014 am V,  Contact examiner,  19 Aug 2014 pm V
0204 Project 2,3 c Grading: UG   2,3 c    

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Bitr professor  Åsa Fransson
Professor  Greg Morrison


VMT030   Hydrology and hydrogeology

Course evaluation:


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

The students must know the basics of the courses Hydraulics, Technical Geology and Mathematical Statistics or equivalent


The course gives central knowledge for civil engineers working with sanitary, environmental, highway and hydraulics engineering. Water supply from ground water as well as surface water environments is an important part that is of great interest for the whole society. The course gives the base for measuring, estimating and calculating flow in aquifers, rivers, and sewage systems in extreme as well as normal conditions.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

After the course the students should

* be able to understand the hydrologic cycle, associated hydrological processes, and the physical importance of these processes
* be able to describe the importance of the European Water Directive, of "integrated water resource management" (IWRM) as well as "water safety plans" (WSP)
* be able to describe and calculate hydrogeological conditions in the ground
* be able to describe water quality parameters from a hydrological perspective
* be able to evaluate and model local ground water flow
* be able to find relevant values of precipitation, discharge etc. that is of interest in urban development
* be able to dimension a minor well


The course encompasses the hydrologic cycle, the processes involved, the physical background and measurement methods. Processes described include: precipitation, evaporation, infiltration, ground water flow, surface and ground water growth, and flow in streams. Hydrologic modeling of discharge is included.
The ground is described as a porous medium. Thereby calculation methods for stationary as well as in-stationary flow are used. Ground water flow, the function of an aquifer, recharge of ground water and design of wells are treated.
The natural variations in precipitations are large. Therefore statistical methods are taught to get relevant values of hydrologic parameters used for design and risk analysis.


Lectures and calculation exercises give the theories and practical aspects.
Design exercises: Data simulation of surface discharge, hydrogeological pre-study for a ground water well and the risk with road construction.
Field studies of test methods for aquifer analysis.


Course folder
Material on the course webpage


Project examination
Written examination
Marks TH

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