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 EVEN 4100
Environmental Sampling and Analysis
Fall 2005




Jeremy Kolenbrander, P.E.

Time and Location

Lecture: Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:50 pm, Duane G2B41 (Section 010)
Laboratory: Mondays, 3:00 - 5:50 pm, Engineering Center CR 110  (Section 012)


The Environmental Sampling and Analysis class offers CU engineering students the opportunity to learn the environmental engineering business using a direct hands-on approach. The class involves what you need to know in the environmental field including field installations of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standard monitoring wells, permeability testing, soil vapor extraction and air sparging pilot installations, and site assessment. Numerous field professionals help instruct the students through a series of field experiments and expert-witness data analysis projects.

Environmental Sampling and Analysis is led by Jeremy Kolenbrander, P.E..   As a former environmental engineering field professional, expert witness, and drill rig company owner, Adjunct Professor Kolenbrander has seen many sides of the environmental engineering business.

The course is structured as two hours of lecture (usually the Monday session) and three hours of lab (usually the Wednesday session) per week.  Most of the work in this class (the laboratories) will be done as teams of 3-4 students, partially due to the workload and partially due to the working environment to which you will be exposed when you graduate.


  • firm understanding of what constitutes a representative sample of the environment.
  • firm understanding of contaminant transport's basic sciences and how they pertain to environmental sampling.
  • firm understanding of how to design, install, test, and sample monitoring wells of various types.
  • understanding of how to design, setup, and collect data from slug-out permeability testing, groundwater contour maps, soil vapor extraction and air-sparging systems, pilot tests, and site assessments.
  • ability to design, budget, write and execute a workplan for field studies.
  • completion of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 40-hour (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training.
  • Knowledge on current technology and remediation techniques.


Water chemistry (e.g., CVEN 3454 Water Chemistry), organic chemistry (e.g., CVEN 4424 Environmental Organic Chemistry or CHEM 3311 Organic Chemistry 1), and groundwater hydrology (e.g., CVEN 4353 Groundwater Engineering).

Required Recommended Texts

No text book is required, but numerous readings are assigned from the following book:

Fetter, C.W. (1999) Contaminant Hydrogeology, 2nd Ed., Prentice-Hall, Inc., Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, 500 pp.

See also the list of recommended references.


Most of the laboratories will be conducted in the field, on the University of Colorado's East Research Campus.  We will conduct the labs regardless of the weather, rain or shine, snow or cold, with one exception -- laboratory will be suspended during lightning storms.

For laboratories, students will need the following items to ensure safety:

  • a hard hat (construction-type)
  • safety goggles (glasses and sunglasses without side safety shields will not suffice)
  • long pants and shirts with sleeves
  • work boots (steel-toe recommended but not required)

Assignments and Grading

Laboratories and the Workplan will be completed by teams of 3-4 students.  All students will take the weekly quizzes and the final exam individually.  Graduate students will complete a term paper individually.  For the quizzes, only the ten best scores will be counted.

  Undergraduate Grading Graduate Grading
Labs 11 out of 11 5% each 55% 11 out of 11 5% each 55%
Quizzes 10 out of 12 1.5% each 15% 10 out of 12 0.5% each 5%
Workplan 1 out of 1 15% 15% 1 out of 1 15% 15%
Term Paper       1 out of 1 10% 10%
Final Exam 1 out of 1 15% 15% 1 out of 1 15% 15%
Total 100% 100%

University Policies on Disabilities, Religious Observances, Classroom Behavior, Academic Honesty, Discrimination, and Sexual Harassment

Students with disabilities will be accommodated in class following University policy.  Students with conflicts between religious observance dates and course examinations or assignments may request a change in the course schedule following University policy.  Inappropriate and disruptive class room behavior will be dealt with following University policy.  Breaches of academic integrity will be dealt with following University policy.  Discrimination or sexual harassment will be addressed following University policy.