SLM-20306 Land & Water Engineering

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Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. MJPM Riksen
Lecturer(s)ing. HPA Gooren
dr. ir. MJPM Riksen
dr. ir. PR van Oel
dr. ir. K Metselaar
dr. ir. JC van Dam
ir. JJH van den Akker
Examiner(s)dr. ir. MJPM Riksen
dr. ir. PR van Oel

Language of instruction:


Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06100 Laboratory Safety

Assumed knowledge on:

SLM-10806 Design in Land and Water Management 1; SLM-10306 Erosion and Soil and Water Conservation; WRM-10306 Irrigation and Water Management; HWM-21806 Hydraulics and Hydrometry.

Continuation courses:

WRM-21312 Design in Land and Water Management 2.


This course consists of an Land Management (SLM) part and a Water Management (WRM) part.
In the SLM part the students will learn - the theoretical background on soil characteristics, soil mechanics and rainfall infiltration relations - needed to make proper designs of mechanical soil conservation measures. This theoretical part is supported by a practical consisting of various soil analysis and experiments. The students will present the results in a report. Beside lectures students will get tutorials in which they apply the gained knowledge in technical design of mechanical soil and water conservation structures.
The Water Management part (WRM) focuses on hydraulic principles for designing canals and structures. The WRM part of the course includes a series of lectures, self-study assignments and two practical assignments. For the first practical assignment, students explore the existing water management infrastructure (canals & structures) in the local 'Binnenveld' area. For the second practical assignment students use the facilities of the hydraulic laboratory at the Wageningen campus. During the course students are challenged to link their practical experience to relevant theories and methods and apply the newly acquired knowledge in assignments on designing irrigation infrastructure.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- design irrigation infrastructure;
- design stationary flow structures;
- apply soil mechanics in the design of mechanical erosion control measures;
- estimate design storm and design discharges;
- select and design mechanical erosion control measures.


- lectures, and tutorials;
- conduct and report field and lab work;
- reporting exercises and assignments.


Individual written exam (70%): exam consists of a land engineering and water engineering part and marks for both parts need to at least 5.5.
Quality of individual assignments and group products (30%).


A reader is available at the WUR-store. The practical guide will be handed out in class. Additional literature and lecture notes will be made available through the course site.

Compulsory for: BILInternational Land and Water ManagementBSc2MO