Sanitary Landfill Design for Long Term Performance (1.2 CEUs)

Daily Schedule:
8:00am - Registration and coffee
8:30am - Session begins
4:30pm - Adjournment
Breakfast, two refreshment breaks and lunch are provided daily.
Potential problems associated with the operation of landfills highly concern the public. Examples of these problems include landfill gas and leachate migration which can result in odours, groundwater contamination, escape and ignition of greenhouse and combustible gases, and landfill settlement and failures.  These problems can occur during operations as well as during closure and post-closure periods.  To optimize the design and operation of these sites, the designer and landfill manager must understand the mechanisms of protection, movement, monitoring and control of leachate and gas.  Good practice in planning, design, implementation and management will result in better long-term performance of landfills. This course focuses on optimizing performance of landfills from design to post-closure phases and deals comprehensively with the topics of concern to landfill designers and managers. 
To provide participants with design and planning fundamentals, implementation, operation, closure and post-closure methods which will enhance and extend the performance of landfills.  
Target Audience
Solid waste managers, environmental and municipal engineers, landfill managers and supervisors, consultants, regulatory personnel, and technical specialists involved in the operation of sanitary landfills.

Christian Felske

Dr. Christian Felske is a General Supervisor, Environment, Research & Regulatory with the Waste Management Branch of the City of Edmonton and an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Alberta. He received his Civil Engineering Diploma and his Ph.D. in Solid Waste Management from the University of Essen in Germany. Prior to moving to Canada, Dr. Felske was a project engineer with the AGR mbH (Abfallentsorgungs-Gesellschaft Ruhrgebiet mbH-Waste Management Company of the Ruhr Region) in Essen, Germany from 1999 to 2003. During that time he was involved in the design and operation of several landfills, composting plants and biogas/waste to energy plants in the Ruhr Region in Germany. From 2003 to 2009 Dr. Felske worked as a Research Scientist in the Waste Management Technologies program at the Alberta Research Council during which he lead several landfill gas biofiltration/ bioreactor and waste to energy projects. In his current role with the Waste Management Branch of the City of Edmonton Dr. Felske is responsible for managing the Branch’s interactions with regulators, also acting as the Branch’s Environmental Manager to monitor, maintain, and improve the Branch’s ISO 14001 certified environmental management system, and for providing technical and scientific expertise to Branch project managers through development, facilitation, and support of the Branch’s Research & Development activities.
Day I:

Landfill Basics

  • Landfill Concepts
  • Landfilling in a Global Context

Landfill Engineering

  • Solid Waste Master Plan
  • Landfill Siting Tools
  • Landfill Infrastructure

Landfill Liners

  • Containment Systems
  • Base Liner Purpose and Design
  • Cover Liner Purpose and Design

Leachate Generation and Control

  • Leachate Quality and Quantity
  • HELP Model for Leachate Generation Modelling
  • Leachate Collection Infrastructure and Design
Day II:

Landfill Gas Generation and Control

  • Landfill Gas Basics
  • Landfill Gas Quality and Quantity
  • Landfill Gas Collection Infrastructure and Design

Enhanced Landfill Gas Management and Greenhouse Gas Basics

  • Bioreactor Landfills
  • Methane Oxidation Systems for Medium and Small Landfills
  • Greenhouse Gas Management for Landfills
  • Tools for Landfill Gas and Greenhouse Gas Emission Modelling

Hands-On Exercise: Using Landfill Gas/ Greenhouse Gas Generation and Emissions Models
The participants will have an opportunity to work with current models to predict the generation and emissions of landfill and greenhouse gases from small, medium and larger landfills with and without landfill gas collection and utilization infrastructure including the following:

  • Model Input Parameters
  • Sensitivity Analysis Landfill Caps
  • Data Interpretation

Environmental Landfill Monitoring

  • Groundwater and Surface Water Monitoring
  • Landfill Gas Subsurface Monitoring
  • Air Quality and Odour Management

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Education @ Your Desk. A Live Webinar Class means that you will attend the class via the web using your computer. There are scheduled breaks for coffee and lunch. You use a microphone, headset, or your phone and are able to interact with the instructor and other students while following notes while watching the presentation slides online just as you would in a live classroom. Notes are posted online. For an extra cost a hard copy can be requested.

The virtual classroom is becoming more and more popular, and we have a lot of experience teaching in this format. The only real difference between a live in-class and live via webinar is where you sit and what you look at. You can learn from the comfort of your own home or office. You pay less for the live webinar format than you would for the in-class format, and you do not have to travel to another city to attend the class. Please contact us at for Special Group & Corporate Rates for one or more participants.

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Macintosh based attendees
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Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or newer
Google Chrome 5.0 or newer

iPad 1 or newer, iPhone 3GS or newer, iPod Touch (3rd generation) or newer
OS: iOS 6 or newer

OS: Android 2.2 or higher

Course Materials

Each participant will receive a complete set of course notes and handouts that will serve as informative references.


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