Facilities - Natural Resources - Civil Engineering - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Facilities - Hydrological and Ecological Engineering

The Hydrological and Ecological Engineering Group (HydroEco) regularly use the Environmental laboratory and Fluids laboratory for a variety of research projects.

In the fluids lab, for example, one of the largest hydraulic flumes in New Zealand (2 m wide by 30 m long) is used for sediment transport studies and another flume for landslide and erosion studies. Our environmental lab is superbly equipped with a particle size analyser, gas chromatograph, climate-controlled sub-rooms, automated logging capabilities, ion analyser, total organic carbon analyser and most other essential laboratory apparatus.

We also have a comprehensive selection of analyical equipment used for field research investigations including a rainfall simulator, topographical lazer scanner, weather station, automatic samplers, river surveyor and flow tracker and multiple portable instruments for measuring water quality and flow (including continuously).

Selection of our key laboratory apparatus (PDF, 545 Kb)


The Department co-purchased an ICP-MS instrument. Inductively coupled plasma - mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) is an advanced analytical technique for determining trace element concentrations in a wide range of water, sediment and biomass samples (following appropriate digestion) in a rapid timeframe. The technique provides rapid simultaneous multi-element measurements in combination with low detection limits (typically parts per trillion to parts per billion range). It complements the Stable Isotape Ratio Mass Spectrometer Facility in the Department of Geological Sciences.

GIS Laboratory

A dedicated GIS modelling laboratory is available for research as well as access to a range of other computer resources (including a Blue Gene super computer). The lab provides an interdisciplinary atmosphere where students can develop GIS applications and exchange knowledge on GIS modelling and spatial analysis. The GIS modelling laboratory equipment and facilities include: GPS's (Trimble GeoXH pro and others), GIS software (ArcGIS 9.3/ArcInfo, IDRISI, TransCad, GeoMedia, MapInfo, etc.), digitizing tablets (Summa sketch 12 inch), large plotter.