Key facts

Course Dates
Short Course - Five Days
Entry Requirements
There are no specialist entry requirements for this course.
IFST Membership
Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
Course Provider
Cranfield University
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
Cranfield University
Mixed Cohort

Course overview

This Land Engineering and Water Management course focuses on soil protection and the improvement or reclamation of degraded land. These must be managed for a given environment from a base understanding of fundamental properties of soil and water, including basic hydrology, hydraulics and geotechnics. Land engineering also covers the basis management of projects involving land forming, reclamation or protection which require selection, design and engineering of appropriate structures.

The course is designed to enable land managers and engineers to classify land according to capability and to allow for appraising the risks posed to the landscape. Such professionals will gain skills to use their knowledge on interventions such as drainage and irrigation.


Learning outcomes

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Estimate crop water requirements and soil water deficits in different environments.
  • Calculate leaching requirements for saline and sodic soil conditions.
  • Calculate run off and yield for catchment.
  • Design channels/ waterways and simple hydraulic structures.
  • Explain the concept of land capability and carry out land capability classification.
  • Calculate the stability of slopes and design of simple support.
  • Design, specify, handling soil and set out earthworks for landforming, landscaping and water storage.
  • Design appropriate water table control systems for drainage and sub irrigation.
  • Specify appropriate machinery and mechanisation for drainage installation and maintenance.
Additional Course Information

Areas covered on this course will include:

  • Concept of land capability and land quality
  • Managing plant and soil water status through estimates of crop water requirements
  • Crop responses to salinity and sodicity
  • Hydrology
  • Hydraulics calculation of channel discharge capacity using Manning’s Equation (and others)
  • Slope stability
  • Landscape design, land forming, earth moving and landscape modification.
  • Drainage


My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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