Solid Waste Treatment Plant Design


disposal of waste in a place whose topography is real in order to apply academic knowledge to a real project built or to be built, enabling it to realize how will practice their future professional life. At the end of this course students are expected to have recovered knowledge from previous years and acquired new skills for application in the project, particularly in the area of ​​geotechnical engineering, geology and civil and sanitary engineering. It also aimed to promote students'''''''' visits to works identical in operation to confrontation with the raw exposed, remove doubts and adjust reality to the concepts acquired.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Isabel Espinha da Silveira, Artur João Lopes Cabeças


Weekly - 5

Total - 105

Teaching language



All technical knowledge and concepts acquired in the field of sanitary engineering in surveying and CAD knowledge or interest in the acquire. Will be increased knowledge and skills in the field of geotechnical, geology and civil engineering.


"Landfills, methods and sizing" - Cabeças, Artur; FCT

"Urban Solid Waste - Principles and processes" - Cabeças, Artur; Quinhones Levy, João. (AEPSA, 2008)

Geotechnical Practice for waste disposal - David E.Daniel

Urban Solid Waste Management - World Bank

Standards and technical specifications in landfills-LNEC

Other publications on "Geology and Geotechnics in landfills"

National and European Legislation

Teaching method

The method of teaching is carried out in lectures and practical classes, with the design and implementation of a project implementation (taken from real situation) assigned to it. It is continuously monitoring the student to clarify doubts, to consolidate knowledge, we discuss design concepts and transmit to students the technical approaches needed to develop the work, in similarity to the future professional life outside university. Assessment is continuous, for final test and oral presentation and technical discussion on the draft implementation already designed in the context of future professional life.

Evaluation method

Assessment is continuous, for two test and oral presentation and technical discussion on the draft implementation already designed in the context of future professional life. The final classification is obtained by CF = AC (20%) + T(20%) + PE and final discussion (60%) where CF is the final grade of 20 ; AC = continuous assessment, T= test and  PE=project execution.

Subject matter

1st Report - Study of the Geocentro of municipalities under study and selection of sites with physical and environmental suitability for the construction of the landfill.

2nd Report - Assessment of the Environmental Impact (AEI) of the selected field.


I – Tecnhical Memory

1. Demographic study

2.Topography and land use plan

3. Analysis and implementation of work profiles

4. Analysis of the weather Conditions

5. Design and concepts of tenders and competitions

5. Design and concepts of contracts and tenders

6. Sizing and earthworks plan

7. Geology and Geotechnics, concepts, campaigns and further tests

8. Drainage systems, leachate collection and treatment

9. Drainage system, collection and recovery of biogas

10. Sizing geocomposites, geomembrane and geotextile and mooring ditches

11. Scaling the structure closing the landfill

12. Map of works. Measurements and budget

13. Economic and financial analysis

14. Attachments. Dimensioning

II - Technical drawings and construction details


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