Water Infrastructure Ressources (Institute)

Lectures

at the Departments for Resource Efficient Wastewater Treatment (rewa) and Urban Water Management (siwawi)

Principles of Sanitary Engineering

Programme: Compulsory for B.Sc. Civil Engineering (1.-2. Sem.)

Credit Points: 6 CP

Cycle: Summer term

Exam: written

Courses

Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Dittmer 

Type: Lecture

Credit Points: 3 CP

  • Long-term security of water supply (water protection)
  • Local water supply Systems
  • Waste water disposal as a water protection measure

Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Dittmer

Type: Lecture

Credit Points: 3 CP

  • Drainage concepts and processes
  • Assessment bases of the urban drainage system
  • Objectives, principles and measures of mixed water treatment


Supply and Disposal Systems for Water and Wastewater

Programme: Compulsory for B.Sc.BI-IUP (3. Sem.), Compulsory choice for B.Sc.BI-KIB (3. Sem.)

Credit Points: 10 CP

Cycle: Winter term

Exam: written

Courses

Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Dittmer

Type: Lecture

Credit Points: 4 CP

  • Planning principles for municipal water supply
  • Components of local water supply systems
  • Design approaches of the system components
  • Water properties and basic processes of water treatment


Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heidrun Steinmetz

Type: Lecture

Credit Points: 4 CP

  • Wastewater properties and components
  • Basic processes of waste water treatment
  • Plant design, mechanical, biological, chemical processes
  • Principles and approaches for dimensioning


Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Dittmer

Type: Lecture

Credit Points: 2 CP

  • Types and plants of waste treatment
  • Decision criteria for site evaluation and selection
  • Design concepts for waste treatment plants

Fundamentals of Supply and Disposal of Water and Wastewater

Programme: Compulsory for B.Sc. FM (5.-6. Sem), Compulsory for B.Sc.RU- (5.-6. Sem)

Credit Points: 5 CP

Cycle: Winter term

Exam: written

Courses

Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Dittmer

Type: Lecture

Credit Points: 3 CP

  • Problem-oriented introduction to the tasks of urban water management (tasks, terms, legal basics)
  • Fundamentals of water supply (water occurrence and use, water demand and consumption, water supply - systems and components)
  • Basics of wastewater disposal (urban drainage: wastewater components and discharge sizes, concepts for dealing with rainwater)
  • water protection
  • Significance and nature of water bodies, water uses and pollution

Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Dittmer

Type: Lecture

Credit Points: 2 CP

  • Introduction: Tasks, objectives and legal framework of waste management
  • Quantity development and composition of waste
  • Integrated waste management concept
  • Possibility of waste avoidance
  • Collection, handling and transport of waste and recyclable materials
  • waste recycling
  • Waste treatment process
  • Waste disposal (ordered landfills)
  • inherited burdens


Resource-oriented Sanitary Engineering I

Programme: Compulsory for B.Sc.BI-IUP- (4.-5. Sem.), Compulsory choice for B.Sc.BI-KIB (4.-5. Sem.)

Credit Points: 8 CP

Cycle: Winter term

Exam: Homework

Courses

Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heidrun Steinmetz

Type: Lecture

Credit Points: 4 CP

  • Resource consumption and resource scarcity
  • Resource potentials in municipal wastewater
  • Wastewater stream systems, water supply system, collection and transport of wastewater streams under country-specific boundary conditions
  • Technical and non-technical recovery processes
  • Quality requirements for recycled products
  • Cross-sectoral resource utilization (wastewater, biowaste, renewable raw materials)
  • Resources in industrial wastewater

Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heidrun Steinmetz

Type: Seminar

Credit Points: 4 CP

  • Resource potentials in selected industrial waste and wastewater streams
  • Cross-sectoral resource utilization
  • Resource consumption in industrial wastewater treatment (selected industries)
  • Recycling approaches in industry
  • Industrial recycling systems


Bachelor Thesis

Programme: Compulsory for B.Sc. Civil Engineering (6.Sem.)

Credit Points: 10 CP

Cycle: Topic by arrangement

Exam: Written thesis and graded Colloquium 

You can find current theses topics under Current Information above. Other topics are possible on request. If you are interested in writing your Bachelor thesis at our institute, please contact us!

Terminated Bachelor Theses

Department Resource Efficient Wastewater Technologies

  • Evaluation of treatment processes for domestic greywater in the case study: Environmental Campus Birkenfeld
  • Combined phosphorus and micropollutants elimination in municipal wastewater treatment plants

Department of Urban Water Management

Department Resource Efficient Wastewater Technologies

  • Factors influencing greywater treatment when using soil filters

Department of Urban Water Management

  • Comparison of the regulations for combined wastewater treatment according to ATV-A128 (1992) and DWA-A 102
  • Balancing trace substance inputs into the river Lauter


Department Resource Efficient Wastewater Technologies

  • Chen, W. (2017): Urine treatment and nutrient recycling in the context of decentralised water treatment systems

Department of Urban Water Management

  • Potentials of sewage sludge digestion - Evaluation of implementation examples for increasing the energy efficiency of sewage plants with anaerobic sludge stabilisation
  • The sewage treatment plant as an energy supplier for the mobility sector
  • Conception and evaluation of measures in road space for runoff retention in heavy rainfall using a coupled 1D/2D runoff model
  • - Evaluation of simultaneous runs with activated sludge models - Case study: Group sewage treatment plant Enkenbach-Alsenborn
  • Implementation of new types of sanitary systems. Comparison and evaluation of practical examples
  • Comparison of the regulations for mixed water treatment according to ATV-A 128 and DWA-A 102
  • Investigation of relevant factors influencing the discharge of pollutants at rainwater relief structures
  • Evaluation of Germany-wide heavy rain data for application tasks of the Heavy Rainfall Index SRI12 

Department Resource Efficient Wastewater Technologies

  • Schmit, M. (2016): Studies on the acidification of wastewater for a later biopolymer production

Department of Urban Water Management

  • Assessment of the pure oxygen addition in aeration systems of the biological stage of municipal sewage treatment plants
  • Potentials of decentralized fire water supply
  • Adaptation of storage facilities in the water supply in rural areas
  • Methods and approaches of vulnerability analysis for urban heavy rainfall flooding 

Training Wastewater Laboratory

Programme: Compulsory choice for B.Sc. Civil Engineering, Course of choice for M.Sc. IWM

Credit Points: 3 CP

Cycle: Summer term (Week-long block Course in the semester break)

Exam: Documentation of results

Courses

Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heidrun Steinmetz, Dipl.-Biol. Birgit Valerius and Laboratory Staff 

Type: Training

Credit Points: 3 CP

  • Seminar part with introductory presentations
  • Sampling and on-site investigations at sewage treatment plants
  • Laboratory part with waste water analysis: Determination of dry matter content and loss on ignition, BOD5, COD, nitrogen parameters, ortho-phosphate, etc

Advanced Wastewater Treatment

Programme: M.Sc. BI-IWM Compulsory (1.-2.Sem.)

Credit Points: 6 CP

Cycle: Winter term

Exam: oral

Courses

Credit Points: 2 CP

Type: Lecture

  • Objectives of wastewater treatment
  • Microbiological basics of wastewater treatment
  • Process engineering basics of wastewater treatment
  • Fundamentals of nitrogen elimination processes
  • Fundamentals of phosphorus elimination processes
  • Special processes of biological wastewater treatment
  • Natural processes of biological wastewater treatment
  • Basics and methods of micropollutant elimination
  • Basics and procedures of sewage sludge treatment and concepts of sewage sludge disposal
  • Planning processes and examples


Credit Points: 2 CP

Type: Lecture

  • Objectives of the material flow separation of municipal waste water
  • Composition of waste water partial streams
  • Principles of process technologies for resource recovery
  • Processes for treatment and use of resources: brown water, black water, feces
  • Processes for treatment and use of resources: grey water
  • Combined procedures and transition
  • Planning processes and examples

Type: Exercise

Credit Points: 2 CP

  • Exercise on the design and dimensioning of plants and plant components


Engineering and Urban Hydrology

Programme: M.Sc. BI-IWM Compulsory (1.-2. Sem.)

Credit Points: 6 CP

Cycle: Winter term

Exam: oral

Teaching Staff:

Prof. Dr. Robert Jüpner
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Dittmer

Courses

  • Advanced analysis and description of the components of the water cycle
  • Measurement, evaluation and interpretation of hydrological measurement data
  • Application of different mathematical simulation models in water management
  • Study of stochastic and deterministic calculation methods in engineering hydrology
  • Examples of engineering hydrological problems 
  • Requirements and targets of a near-natural rainwater management
  • Planning requirements and bases of assessment, fields of application and scales
  • Concept development and choice of measures, dimensioning of plants
  • Planning aspects, operation and investigation of rainwater management systems
  • Special features of the realisation in existing and industrial/commercial areas
  • Design and practical examples

Risk Management for Fluvial and Pluvial Flooding

Programme: M.Sc. BI-IWM Compulsory choice (3. Sem.)

Credit Points: 6 CP

Cycle: Summer term

Exam: oral

Teaching staff:

Prof. Dr. Robert Jüpner
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Dittmer

Courses

Credit Points: 3 CP

  • Main features of municipal heavy rainfall risk management
  • Analysis of precipitation-discharge processes in settlement areas
  • Model approaches for flood calculation
  • Analysis of flood hazard and damage potential for the evaluation of flood risks


Scientific Methods and Fundamentals of GIS-based Infrastructure Planning

Programme: M.Sc. BI-IWM Compulsory (1.-2.Sem.)

Credit Points: 6 CP

Cycle: Winter term

Exam: Inter-event project thesis and presentation in small groups

Scientific Methods

Lecturer: Teaching staff

Type: Lecture

Credit Points: 2 CP

  • Scientific work - requirements, quality assurance, source work and publication
  • Statistical methods for data classification
  • Descriptive data analysis
  • Quantities and methods of environmental indication (e.g. water quality, water structure quality)
  • Analysis and presentation of spatially correlated measurement data
  • Regionalization of point data

Lecturer: Institute for Water Management and Hydraulic Engineering

Type: Lecture and Excercise

Credit Points: 4 CP

  • Basics of geographical information systems
  • Management and processing of geodata
  • Independent creation, analysis and presentation of spatial data
  • Introduction to independent scientific work with exercises on selected topics

Advanced Hydraulics

Programme: M.Sc. BI-IWM Compulsory choice (3.-4. Sem.)

Credit Points: 6 CP

Cycle: Winter term or summer term

Exam: Written elaboration and presentation

Courses

Lecturer:

Type:

Credit Points:

 

  • Deeper examination of the flow processes in open channels
  • Numerical modelling of channel flows
  • Calculation of flow processes at selected structures in the watercourse
  • Soil stability and sediment transport

 

Lecturer:

Type:

Credit Points:

 

  • Special features of the hydraulics of sewers and sewer channels
  • Hydraulic calculation of special sewer system structures
  • Calculation approaches for unsteady-uniform flow conditions
  • Hydraulic calculation of sewage treatment plants

 

 

Integrated Assesment of Water Bodies

Programme: Compulsory choice for M.Sc. BI-IWM (2.-3. Sem.)

Credit Points: 6 CP

Cycle: Summer term

Exam: oral

Courses

Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Dittmer

Type: Lecture

Credit Points: 3 CP

  • Water bodies as ecosystems, self-purification and oxygen balance
  • Water resources management planning and water quality monitoring


Lecturer: Institute for Water Management and Hydraulic Engineering

Type: Lecture

Credit Points: 3 CP

Interdisciplinary Project

Programme: M.Sc. BI-IWM Compulsory (2.-3. Sem.)

Credit Points: 6 CP

Cycle: Winter term

Exam: Documentation of the project work (final report) and colloquium

Courses

LecturerProf. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Dittmer/ Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heidrun Steinmetz 

Type: Project thesis

Credit Points: 6 CP

  • The topics of the projects are based on current research fields of infrastructure planning for water and mobility and can also be contributed by students on their own initiative. In regular advisory meetings, students report on the progress of the projects and maintain scientific exchange with regard to the structuring of the problems, methodical processing, evaluation methods and forms of presentation of strategies and concepts including implementation strategies with the teachers.

Methods and Approaches in Urban Water Management

Programme: M.Sc. BI-IWM compulsory  (2.-3.Sem.)

Credit Points: 6 CP

Cycle: Winter term

Exam: oral

Courses

Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Dittmer

Type: Lecture

Credit Points: 3 CP

  • Application of measurement techniques in sewage systems in theory and practice
  • Basics and fields of application of measurement techniques for quality measurements
  • Determination of uncertainties


Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Dittmer

Type: Presentations by students and seminar paper

Credit Points: 3 CP

  • Analysis of current problems and solution concepts of the urban water management
  • self-contained scientific work (literature research) and presentation of a topic

Digital Data Processing

Programme: M.Sc. BI-IWM Compulsory choice (2.-3.Sem.)

Credit Points: 6 CP

Cycle: Winter term 

Exam: Module examination as independent project thesis

Courses

Lecturer: see Water management and hydraulic engineering

Type: Lecture

Credit Points: 3 CP

  • Overview of Geographical Information Systems
  • Handling of geodata and digitisation of objects
  • Independent analysis and presentation of data


Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Dittmer

Type: Exercises and independent processing of a project example

Credit Points: 3 CP

  • Processes and modelling in the urban water cycle
  • Data acquisition and analysis for planning and simulation purposes
  • Application of a selected simulation program (sewer network calculation, precipitation-runoff model, calculation of pollution load, simulation of sewage treatment plants)


Pollutant Transport and Treatment Processes

Programme: M.Sc. BI-IWM Compulsory choice (1.-4. Sem.)

Credit Points: 3 CP

Cycle: Summer term

Exam: Written

Courses

Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heidrun Steinmetz 

Type: Lecture and Practice

Credit Points: 3 CP

  • Origin, quantity and characteristics
  • Objectives of Sewage Sludge Treatment
  • Sludge thickening
  • Sludge dewatering
  • Stabilization
  • Anaerobic stabilization
  • Aerobic stabilization)
  • Sewage sludge decontamination
  • Sewage sludge disposal
  • Back-charging the treatment plant
  • Co-fermentation and disintegration

Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Dittmer

Type: Lecture and Practice

Credit Points: 3 CP

  • Origin and entry paths at rainy and dry weather conditions
  • Transport and conversion processes in drainage systems (mixing, sedimentation, remobilization, degradation) and their modelling
  • Functionality, design approaches and effectiveness of rainwater treatment systems

Scientific and practical work in Sanitary Engineering and Resource Recovery

Programme: M.Sc. BI-IWM Compulsory choice (3.-4. Sem.)

Credit Points: 6 CP

Cycle: Winter term or summer term

Exam: Written elaboration and presentation

Courses

Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heidrun Steinmetz 

Type: Practice and homework (German or English)

Credit Points: 6 CP

  • Organisational aspects and methodological approaches when planning a scientific or practical work
  • Development of a work programme for a limited scientific problem
  • Creation of a concept for the implementation of the work programme
  • Planning and estimation of the effort of the work steps and necessary resources
  • Evaluation and interpretation of results according to scientific criteria
  • Preparation for the master thesis

Master Thesis

Programme: M.Sc. BI-IWM Compulsory (4. Sem.)

Credit Points: 24 CP

Cycle: Topic by arrangement

Exam: Written thesis and graded Colloquium 

You can find current theses topics under Current Information above. Other topics are possible on request. If you are interested in writing your Masters thesis at our institute, please contact us!

Finished Master Theses

Department Resource Efficient Wastewater Technologies

  • Raudonat, D. (2019): Acidification of fatty food wastewater within the PHA production process

Department Resource Efficient Wastewater Technologies

  • Lin, Y. (2018): Influence of reactor geometry and operating mode on the acidification of industrial wastewater as a preliminary stage for PHA production

Department of Urban Water Management

  • Modelling and hydraulic heavy rainfall analysis of the rainwater management concept "Parkstadt Süd (Cologne)" using the ++SYSTEMS program package

Department Resource Efficient Wastewater Technologies 

  • Sludge management strategies for small scale wastewater treatment plants
  • Substitution potential of phosphorus compounds in industrial manufacturing processes and products by recyclates from phosphorus recovery in wastewater treatment plants

Department of Urban Water Management

  • Risk analysis of critical infrastructures with special focus on municipal water supply


Department of Urban Water Management 

  • Future treatment, disposal and recycling of sewage sludge in Rhineland-Palatinate


Field Trips

Programme: open for all students of the Faculty of Civil Engineering

Cycle: irregularly after notice

In addition to the field trips within individual courses, our departments offer recurring field trips lasting several days with the focus on water management topics.

Last field trips:

  • Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Munich 2018 
  • Cologne 2013
  • Magdeburg und Berlin 2011
  • Hamburg 2009
  • Harz 2007
  • South Germany and Switzerland 2003
  • Berlin 2000
  • Wien/Bratislava 1998
  • Netherlands 1996
  • Dresden 1994
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