Urban Water

Aarhus University School of Engineering welcomes applications from international engineering students who wish to study Urban Water. The studies in Urban Water comprise two full 30 ECTS-credit semesters. It is possible to take both one or two of the below-mentioned semesters.

International Semester in Wastewater Engineering

Autumn semester, end of August, the following courses are offered to enrolled students:

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A full-time semester comprising a workload of 30 ECTS-credits is on offer, running from the end of August through December. The semester consists of courses and a multidisciplinary project.

The Wastewater and Sewer System courses comprises a variety of subjects within environmental planning and management, receiving water bodies, wastewater treatment and analysis and design of sewer systems. The course provides students with key theory and methods for the associated project work. The Cross Cultural Cooperation, Project Work and English Language course aims at providing international students with insight into and methods for efficient and effective performance and learning in a problem and project based environment and in a multicultural context.

Multidisciplinary Project

The project serves to train the application of theories from the Wastewater Engineering course in proposing technical solutions to a given environmental project in its entirety. The extent of the project is 15 ECTS-credits.

The project requires analysis of an existing sewer system, design of new sewers, a draft design of a wastewater treatment plant as well as an evaluation of the impact of the project on the receiving water body. The focus of the project can be either a more analytical approach or a more practically oriented contractor's approach. Use of computer models for the analytical part of the project is facilitated. ASE will provide access to state of the art hydraulic modeling tools (MIKE Urban by DHI, and others). At the end of the semester the project groups are required to hand in a written report describing their analysis and presenting their solutions and recommendations. The project report and an oral presentation form the basis of the evaluation of the multidisciplinay project.

International Semester in Water Supply Engineering

Spring semester, end of January, the following courses are offered to enrolled students:


 

High quality drinking water is a valuable resource and vital for all societies. Increasing urbanisation and new threats to water resources – quantity and quality – are setting new demands for the engineers to facilitate proper resource management, and to design and optimise technical systems for safe water handling and reliable distribution to the consumers.

We are proud to offer a full-time semester comprising a workload of 30 ECTS-credits based on the strong Danish water supply engineering traditions. The semester will run from the end of January through June. The semester consists of coursework and a multidisciplinary project.

Courses

The Water Supply course comprise a review of theory and methods for

  • identification, assessment and withdrawal of groundwater,
  • geochemical processes in groundwater formation and methods for treatment of groundwater, and
  • design and analysis of the pipe network and technical installations for distribution of water to consumers.

The course provide the students with key theory and methods for the associated project work.

The course BTCCCP is a prequisite for enroling in the water supply project B6PMI2, as this course provide the students with insight into and methods for efficient and effective performance in a problem and project based environment and in a multicultural context. 

The Soil Contamination course aim at providing the fundament for understanding threats from contaminated sites, in particular the fundamentals for making risk assessments in relation to potential ground water contamination, and introduction to site remediation technologies.

The course Cross-cultural Cooperation, Project Work and English Language is a prequisite for enroling in the Multidiciplinary Project.

Multidisciplinary Project

The project serves to train the application of theories and methods from the theoretical courses in proposing technical solutions to a given real life project in its entirety. The extent of the project is 15 ECTS-credits. The project starting point is a Danish town with an existing water intake, treatment and distribution system that encounters several qualitative and quantitative problems. The aim of the project is for the project team to analyse the overall system for withdrawal, treatment and distribution of the water, identify and engineer possible solutions and evaluate and present these. There are mandatory elements in the project but also an opportunity for the project team to define their own focus within the project context.

The focus of the project can be either a more analytical approach or a more practically oriented contractor's approach. Use of computer models for the analytical part of the project will be encouraged and relevant software will be made available to the project groups by ASE. Project groups will be followed and supported by a Project Facilitator from the ASE staff, providing guidance on technical issues as well as on team cooperation and project management issues. At the end of the semester the project groups are required to hand in a written report describing their analysis and presenting their solutions and recommendations. The project report and an oral presentation form the basis of the evaluation of the multidisciplinary project.

 

 

 

 

Curriculum International Semesters in Urban Water

The School of Engineering welcomes applications from international engineering students who wish to study Urban Water. The studies in Urban Water comprise two full 30 ECTS-credit semesters.

The two semesters are intended for international and Danish civil and/or structural engineering students in the final year of their Bachelor studies or at a similar level. The autumn semester, focusing on Wastewater Engineering, commences at the end of August and runs through December. The spring semester, focusing on Water Supply Engineering, commences at the end of January and runs through June. Students may apply for one or both semesters. Each individual application will be evaluated in order to secure the quality of the academic benefit for the students.

The semesters aim at combining traditional engineering skills with environmental process know-how and methods for analysis and engineering of suitable solutions for two categories of urban water problems, namely waste- and stormwater management, treatment and discharge, and ground water withdrawal, treatment and distribution. An understanding of the environmental impacts is combined with engineering disciplines in learning how real-life problems of the urban society can be analysed, and how suitable technical solutions can be designed, dimensioned and implemented.