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

As a student at the University of Florida, you have committed yourself to uphold the Honor Code, which includes the following pledge: “We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.”  You are expected to exhibit behavior consistent with this commitment to the UF academic community, and on all work submitted for credit at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment." 
It is assumed that you will complete all work independently in each course unless the instructor provides explicit permission for you to collaborate on course tasks (e.g. assignments, papers, quizzes, exams). Furthermore, as part of your obligation to uphold the Honor Code, you should report any condition that facilitates academic misconduct to appropriate personnel. It is your individual responsibility to know and comply with all university policies and procedures regarding academic integrity and the Student Honor Code.  Violations of the Honor Code at the University of Florida will not be tolerated. Violations will be reported to the Dean of Students Office for consideration of disciplinary action. For more information regarding the Student Honor Code, please see:  

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.