2023-2024 / GERE0035-1

Integrated project on hydrogeophysics


4h Th, 38h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in environmental bioengineering (120 ECTS)6 crédits 


Frédéric Nguyen

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course is composed of

- theoretical sessions to discover the geophysical techniques

- workshops to work on the project with the supervisors

- field days to take the necessary measurements to solve the problem

Coached by the supervisors, students will analyze a big project in which hydrogeophysical techniques need to be deployed while working as a team in a consultancy company: problem analysis, establishment of a methodology, choice of techniques, prices, deadlines, ... 

The different project phases will be studied in a critical way. In this integrated project, a large range of competences and knowledge from different fields of the bio-engineering sciences will be put into practice (prospection, environmental technology, hydrology, soil physics and soil chemistry, metrology, financial evaluation).


! The course is organized every two years (Q1 2021 - Q1 2023 ...)

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course, the student will be able to

Specific skills:

  • understand the basics of different electromagnetic geophysical measurements and know when and where they can be applied;
  • design a feasability study of a hydrogeophysical project based on real data;
  • perform a field survey with geophysical methods;
  • interpret the results of a geophysical survey and to confront them with other data;
  • understand the different phases linked to the feasability study of a project.
Transverse skills:

  • work in a team of engineers;
  • apply and integrate the different engineering disciplines by teamwork;
  • show a critical view.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The course will touch upon soil physics, soil-plant interactions, hydrology, geophysics and project management. A good basis in mathematics, physics and chemistry is necessary. 

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

This course is composed of 

  • an introductory session on the project (feasibility study);
  • theoretical courses
  • 2 days of supervised field work;
  • workshops for project construction
  • oral presentation of the project to the 'client'.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Courses + coaching (sessions + online)

Recommended or required readings

Each student group will need to deliver a report, written in English.
Each group will do a project presentation after the delivery of the report, also in English.
The evaluation of the course will be based on an average between the written report and the presentation. 

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course is organized every two years (Q1 2021 - Q1 2023 ...)


Frederic NGUYEN

Département ArGEnCo- Quartier Polytech 1
Alléé de la découverte 9 - B52 - 4000 LIEGE (Sart Tilman)


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