Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Civil and Environmental Engineering

Degree Program

Civil Engineering, MS

Committee Chair

Rockaway, Thomas

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Zhao, Qian

Committee Member

Zhao, Qian

Committee Member

Lewis, James


Groundwater; Seepage


This thesis is comprised of five independent modules that were developed to provide a primer to understanding groundwater seepage. These modules serve as the template to conduct steady-state seepage analyses through embankments utilizing SEEP/W, a finite element seepage modeling program. Module 1 and 2 are more theoretical in nature to provide the background knowledge necessary to conduct a steady-state seepage analysis, while Modules 3, 4, and 5 focus more on the application of seepage models and how they can be used to solve various groundwater seepage problems. Supplementary material, including PowerPoint presentations, handouts, and a manual on how to utilize SEEP/W, are provided with this thesis and should be used alongside the modules to provide additional information necessary to understanding how to conduct steady-state seepage analyses. The corresponding PowerPoint presentation utilizes a multitude of different presentation techniques ranging from text only, to text with audio, to video demonstrations. In general, groundwater seepage is an extremely complicated topic and it is nearly impossible to immediately become effective at conducting a successful seepage analysis without prior experience and understanding of seepage behavior. This thesis should not be considered an all-in-one guide, but should be viewed as a starting place for learning and growing.