Examination topicsin the discipline Environmental engineering, mining and energy

  • Mining geology and oil geology

Documentation of drillings. Classification of resources. Criteria for economic viability. Geology of hydrocarbon deposits.  Analysis of sedimentation basins and oil systems. Analysis of source, reservoir and capping rocks. Oil provinces in Poland.

  • Geophysical methods

Principles of applied gravimetry, interpretation. Applications of magnetic method in geology and mining. Geological interpretation of geoelectrical research. Methods of well geophysics, applications, correlation of data from different methods. Geo-radar method. Methodology of surface seismic surveying, principles of interpretation and application.

  • Rock and soil mechanics

Components of stress and deformation in the elastic medium. Presentation of the stress with the Mohr wheel. Compressibility, load-bearing capacity and deformability of the ground. Classification of properties of rocks and rock masses.  Testing methodology. Rheological properties of rocks. Rheological properties of rocks. Mechanisms of deformation.

  • Environmental mineralogy and geochemistry

Classification of minerals. Chemical bonds in minerals, isomorphism and polymorphism. Mineralogy of atmospheric dusts and aerosols. The role of colloids in environmental geochemistry: sorption, ion exchange, specific surface area, isoelectric point. Carbonate geochemistry in the lithosphere, biosphere hydrosphere and atmosphere. Examples of global geochemical cycles of elements.

  • Hydrology and hydrogeology

The relationship between rainfall, surface and underground water. The catchment area. Principles of water budget. Hydrogeological properties of rocks. Groundwater filtration. Darcy's law. Filtration coefficient. Groundwater resources. Hydrogeological maps.

  • Monitoring and migration of groundwater and pollution

Environmental monitoring systems. Methods of measurement and sampling. Biological monitoring. Standardization and representativeness of sampling. Interpretation of results, forecasting, modelling, simulation in groundwater monitoring and pollution migration.

  • GIS in water management and protection

The types of spatial data. Global positioning systems. GIS software. GIS in cartography. Examples of applications in water management and water protection.

  • Foundations, geotechnics and engineering geology

Civil engineering mapping. The principles of examining soil as a foundation. Assessment methods of ground and slope stability. Classification of grounds. Water in the ground Effects of solid and liquid phase in the ground.

  • Soil science, soil contamination and reclamation

Soil-forming factors. Construction of the soil profile. Classification of soils. Soil degradation factors. Classification of formations for the needs of reclamation. Methods of reclamation.

  • Environmental chemistry

The processes of chemical weathering. Geochemistry of natural waters. The role of the biosphere in the elements' cycle. The effect of pH and Eh on the mobility of elements. Processes of sorption in the environment.  Organic compounds in natural and anthropogenic environment. Calibration of analytical methods. Evaluation of water chemical analysis quality.

  • Mineral sorbents in environmental engineering

Classification of mineral and organic sorbents. The methods of sorbents analysis. The causes and mechanisms of sorption of elements and compounds. Examples of applications of sorbents in remediation and environmental engineering.

  • Mineral waste materials

The classification of waste. Waste disposal. Principles of recovery and recycling. Fuels from waste. Management of industrial, hazardous, radioactive and e-waste.

  • Waste processing and biotechnology

Systematics of the processing operations. Examples of waste processing technologies. Biotechnologies of waste water treatment. Examples of bioremediation.

  • Alternative energy sources

Nuclear power. Solar energy. Geothermal power engineering. The energy from biomass. Heat pumps. Examples of environmental hazards of exploration and extraction of unconventional fuels.

  • Energetic technologies

Energy conversion processes. Condensing plants. Energy boilers. Steam turbines. Cogeneration plants.