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SDCM71-322: Building Pathology and Forensic Engineering


In this subject building failure is investigated from several perspectives. Causes of failure such as water leakage, concrete cancer and corrosion of metals are identified and described; methods for remediating these failures are explored and the processes and methods used to determine who is liable for failure are outlined. Legal aspects of building failure, including criminal, civil and contractual issues are discussed. Building failure is examined with respect to the National Construction Code. Case studies are used extensively to evaluate causes of and determine remedies for building failures. Methods available to evaluate failures and to determine their causes are investigated.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • May 2020 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2020 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • May 2021 [Non-Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $5,410
  • Commencing in 2021: $5,570

Learning outcomes

1. Identify common building failures such as water leakage and corrosion and advise on suitable remediation techniques;
2. Determine the cause(s) of an identified failure and advise on suitable methods for preventing it’s recurrence; and
3. Provide advice regarding liability for building failure and processes for cost recovery associated with such failures.

Enrolment requirements

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens14/07/2019
Semester start09/09/2019
Subject start07/10/2019
Cancellation 1?17/10/2019
Cancellation 2?19/10/2019
Last enrolment15/10/2019
Withdraw – Financial?26/10/2019
Withdraw – Academic?07/11/2019
Teaching census?25/10/2019
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/03/2020
Semester start25/05/2020
Subject start25/05/2020
Cancellation 1?08/06/2020
Cancellation 2?15/06/2020
Last enrolment07/06/2020
Withdraw – Financial?20/06/2020
Withdraw – Academic?11/07/2020
Teaching census?19/06/2020