University of Florida

ABE 6252
Advanced Soil and Water Management Engineering

Semester Taught - Spring, even years

Catalog Description

Credits: 3

Physical and mathematical analysis of problems in infiltration, drainage, and groundwater hydraulics.




Richard V. Scholtz, III
Office location: 236 Rogers Hall
Phone: 352-392-1864 x 236

Material/Supply Fees


Class Materials Required


David K. Todd and Larry W. Mays. Groundwater Hydrology. Third Edition. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. New York , 636 pp., 2005.

Calculator policy

Only calculators accepted for NCEES tests will be permitted on any in-class examination or exercise.

Course Outline

Classes will be primarily lecture-based.

Topics Covered

  • 1.   Introduction
  • 2.   Mathematical Preliminaries
  • 2.1    Vector Analysis
  • 2.2    Ordinary Differential Equations
  • 2.3    Partial Differential Equations
  • 3.   Fluid Behavior in Circular Capillaries
  • 3.1    Time Derivative
  • 3.2    Navier – Stokes Equation
  • 3.3    Poiseuille Equation
  • 3.4    Capillary Rise
  • 4.   Flow Concepts
  • 4.1    Equation of Continuity
  • 4.2    Potential
  • 5.   Equations of Flow
  • 5.1    Similar Transport Equations
  • 5.2    Darcy Equation
  • 5.3    Hydraulic Conductivity
  • 5.4    Equation of Continuity for Porous Media
  • 5.5    Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity
  • 5.6    Unsaturated Hydraulic Conductivity
  • 5.7    Unsaturated Hydraulic Conductivity Estimation
  • 6.   Plane Flow
  • 6.1    Flow Equation
  • 6.2    Steady Flow
  • 6.3    Transient Flow
  • 7.   Radial Flow
  • 7.1    Continuity Equation
  • 7.2    Confined Aquifer
  • 7.3    Unconfined Aquifer
  • 8.   Flow in Unsaturated Systems
  • 8.1    Flow Equations
  • 8.2    Absorption
  • 8.3    Infiltration
  • 8.4    Steady Flow To/From a Water Table
  • 9.   Solute Transport
  • 9.1    Convective Diffusion
  • 9.2    Coupling Among Processes
  • 9.3    Heterogeneous Kinetics (Two Step)
  • 9.4    Heterogeneous Kinetics (Three Step)
  • 9.5    Modeling of Heterogeneous (Multi-phase) Systems
  • 10. References


Formal lectures develop the theory and methods used in analysis. Example problems are presented in class. Homework will be assigned that requires application of the theory.


Class lectures are designed to stimulate questions, discussion, and even debate on approaches and assumptions. Lectures will cover material from the text as well as material in other references, so it is imperative that students make every effort to attend classes and take good notes. Students are especially encouraged to ask questions during lectures.

Time Management

The student is expected to manage their time efficiently, and should anticipate spending three times the length of lectures studying outside the classroom. The student should focus on the following: assignments, literature review project, review of notes and lecture materials and suggested readings.

Announcement Policy

Students will be held responsible for all announcements made in class, which includes any and all changes to this syllabus. Students are expected to attend all lectures and any guest speakers scheduled.


This is a graduate level course, and a certain quality of work is expected of all students Assignments due must be presented in a professional format and all problems must be presented in an orderly fashion. Partial credit will only be awarded for problems were sample calculations are present. No late assignments will be accepted. It is the student's responsibility to insure that they understand all aspects of any assignments not collected.


Grading Scale
A 90-100
B 80-89
C 70-79
D 60-69
E <60
Grading Method Percentage
Research Proposal based on Literature Review –
A PowerPoint presentation.
Literature Review – An 8-10 page summary
with a detailed bibliography.
Homework Assignments –
Due within two weeks after each
assignment is assigned.
midterm exam 20%
final exam - cumulative 25%

Plus grades may be awarded at the instructor's prerogative, for borderline grades (within 2 points of the next grade) where the student has demonstrated, through class participation, a stronger mastery of the subject matter, than may be reflected in the grades received.

Academic Honesty

All students admitted to the University of Florida have signed a statement of academic honesty committing themselves to be honest in all academic work and understanding that failure to comply with this commitment will result in disciplinary action. This statement is a reminder to uphold your obligation as a UF student and to be honest in all work submitted and exams taken in this course and all others.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office. That office will provide the student with documentation that he/she must provide to the course instructor when requesting accommodation.

Use of Library, Personal References, PC Programs and Electronic Databases

These items are university property and should be utilized with other users in mind. Never remove, mark, modify nor deface resources that do not belong to you. If you're in the habit of underlining text, do it only on your personal copy. It is inconsiderate, costly to others, and dishonest to use common references otherwise.

Software Use

All faculty, staff and students of the University are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate. We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

UF Counseling Services

Resources are available on-campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career and academic goals which interfere with their academic performance. These resources include:

  1. University Counseling Center, 301 Peabody Hall, 392-1575, personal and career counseling;
  2. Student Mental Health, Student Health Care Center, 392-1171, personal counseling;
  3. Center for Sexual Assault/Abuse Recovery and Education (CARE), Student Health Care Center, 392-1161, sexual assault counseling;
  4. Career Resource Center, Reitz Union, 392-1601, career development assistance and counseling.