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Computer Modeling Applications for Environmental Engineers

2nd Edition

By Isam Mohammed Abdel-Magid Ahmed, Mohammed Isam Mohammed Abdel-Magid

CRC Press

484 pages | 100 B/W Illus.

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Computer Modeling Applications for Environmental Engineers in its second edition incorporates changes and introduces new concepts using Visual Basic.NET, a programming language chosen for its ease of comprehensive usage. This book offers a complete understanding of the basic principles of environmental engineering and integrates new sections that address Noise Pollution and Abatement and municipal solid-waste problem solving, financing of waste facilities, and the engineering of treatment methods that address sanitary landfill, biochemical processes, and combustion and energy recovery. Its practical approach serves to aid in the teaching of environmental engineering unit operations and processes design and demonstrates effective problem-solving practices that facilitate self-teaching. A vital reference for students and professional sanitary and environmental engineers this work also serves as a stand-alone problem-solving text with well-defined, real-work examples and explanations.


"… written in a down-to-earth engineering style for a wide audience and bookworms. The volume helps in the design, treatment and control of water and air pollution by using mathematical equations, measured relationships and software applications that help programming water and groundwater sources and process design techniques to control gaseous contaminants and radiation harms. Equally, the scientific content of the book has a very great rank as it is linked to computer applications. Surely, it appeals to technical readers, students, engineers, consultants, environmental and health doctors, civilians, industrialists, technologists, agriculturalists, urban planners, consulting companies and policy makers, as well as a wide range of general readers."

—Dr. Eng. Elham Munir Baddour, University of Tishreen and University of Aleppo, Syria

"An introduction to Visual Basic.NET programming with examples from several environmental domains, including water resources management, air quality modelling and solid waste management. Suitable for freshmen, as it follows a step-by-step approach, it is especially suited for environmental engineering students with very little programming experience who want to do their first steps with Visual Basic."

—I.N. Athanasiadis, Wageningen University, Netherlands

"Computer Modeling Applications for Environmental Engineers is one of the greatest books that helped many students, researchers, and engineers alike to manage the ever-growing environmental data. The book institutes a step by step guide to solving different environmental problems using normal and modelling approaches. In addition to normal chapters in the first edition, the Second Edition added two new valuable chapters on municipal solid waste collection, segregation, treatment, reuse, recycle and final disposal together with noise pollution aspects and control. This is one of the most enticing books that addresses both practical problems and a computer program solution to solve it. The book will essentially help students, engineers and application developers in most environmental and engineering trends. I personally recommend this book if you are a student, engineer or a researcher in the environmental sector."

—Dr. Faris Gorashi Faris, International Technical College at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

"This complementary guide and superlative new source is a must read for today's graduate and undergraduate students as well as professionals working in environmental sciences."

— Ismail Anil, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

"Computer Modeling Applications for Environmental Engineers delivers an interesting ‘manual’ on Visual Basic (VB) coding for the engineering students, educators and practicing engineers. Starting with the introduction to the computer programming concept, then authors provide extensive code samples that applies in water properties, water resources, water and waste water treatment system, solid waste, air pollution and noise pollution. The codes are well written and easy to follow even for a beginner. At the end of each chapter, the practical problems require reader to do a computer code that is very useful and challenging. The samples given in the book can also be used as a basis for the readers to develop their own computer code."

—Jazuri Abdullah, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Selangor, Malaysia

Table of Contents

List of Figures.

List of Tables.

List of Computer Programs.

Appendix Contents.



List of Symbols and Abbreviations.

Chapter 1 Programming Concepts.

How It All Started

Components of a Computer

Types of Programs

Programming and Languages

The Open-Source Movement

About the .NET Framework

What Is Visual Studio.NET

Fundamentals of the Visual Basic.NET Language

Programs on the Accompanying CD/ROM

Homework Problems in Programming Concepts

Chapter 2 Computer Modeling Applications for Water and Wastewater Properties.


Properties of Water and Wastewater

Physical Properties

Chemical Characteristics

Biological Properties


Homework Problems in Water and Wastewater Properties


Chapter 3 Computer Modeling Applications for Water Resources, Usage, Groundwater and Water Storage and Distribution.


Water Sources and Footprints

Population Growth and Consumption Design Rates

Fire Demand

Groundwater Flow

Water Storage

Water Distribution

Structural Design of Storage Tanks

Homework Problems in Water Resources, Water Storage, and Distribution


Chapter 4 Computer Modeling Applications for Water Treatment.

Water Treatment Systems

Aims of Water Treatment



Flocculation and Coagulation

Aeration and Gas Transfer


Methods of Desalination

Disinfection Process


Homework Problems


Chapter 5 Computer Modeling Applications for Wastewater Collection System and Treatment Technology and Disposal.


Sewers and Sewage Systems

Wastewater Disposal for Rural Inhabitants

Sources and Evaluation of Wastewater Flow Rates

Concept of Population Equivalent

Reasons for Treating Wastewater

Wastewater Treatment Unit Operations and Processes

Preliminary Treatment: Grit Removal

Secondary Treatment (Aerobic and Biological)

Attached Growth Treatment Processes: Trickling Filter

Combined Suspended and Attached Growth Systems Waste Stabilization Pond, Lagoon, or

Oxidation Pond

Sludge Treatment and Disposal

Wastewater Disposal

Homework Problems in Wastewater Collection System, Wastewater Treatment Technology,

and Disposal


Chapter 6 Computer Modeling Applications for Municipal Solid Waste Classification, Quantities, Properties,

Collection, Processing, Material Separation, and Cost Estimates.


Physical Properties of Solid Waste

Chemical Properties of Solid Waste

Solid Waste Collection

Solid Waste Collection, Processing, and Material Separation

Sanitary Landfill

Biochemical Processes, Combustion, and Energy Recovery

Cost Estimates for Solid Waste Facilities

Homework Problems in Solid Waste


Chapter 7 Computer Modeling Applications for Air Pollution Control Technology.


Fundamental Concepts in Air Pollution

Air Pollution Control Technology

Air Quality Modeling

Homework Problems in Air Pollution Control Technology


Chapter 8 Computer Modeling Applications for Noise Pollution and Abatement.

Sound and Noise

Effects of Noise

Decibel Scale

Sound Fields from Different Sound Sources

Noise Measurement

Homework Problems




About the Authors

Prof. Isam Mohammed Abdel-Magid, is professor of waterresources and environmental engineering at Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Saudi Arabia. He received his BSc in civil engineering from the University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan; he has a diploma in hydrology from the University of Padova, Italy; his MScin sanitary engineering is from Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands; and his PhD in public health engineering is from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.

Dr. Mohammed Isam Mohammed Abdel-Magid, is a graduate of theCollege of Medicine, theUniversity of Khartoum,Khartoum, Sudan. He worked as a physician in the department of internal medicine, Ribat University Hospital, Khartoum, Sudan, and the Ministry of Health, Sultanate of Oman. He is currently working in Doha, Qatar. He is a registered practicing physician with the Sudan Medical Council, the Health Authority of Abu-Dhabi, and the Omani Ministry of Health. He is a full member of the Society for Acute Medicine, the European Society for Emergency Medicine, and the European Respiratory Society.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Computer Engineering
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General