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SDCM71-322: Building Pathology and Forensic Engineering

Description

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

Type: Postgraduate Subject
Code: SDCM71-322
EFTSL: 0.125
Faculty: Faculty of Society and Design
Semesters offered:
  • September 2023 [Non-Standard Offering]
Credit: 10
Study areas:
  • Construction, Property, and Planning
Subject fees:
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,450.00
  • Commencing in 2024: $5,560.00
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,710.00
  • Commencing in 2024: $6,060.00

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 its recurrence.
  3. Provide advice regarding liability for building failure and processes for cost recovery associated with such failures.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites:

Nil

Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Restrictions:

Subject dates

  • Non-Standard Offering
    Enrolment opens: 16/07/2023
    Semester start: 25/09/2023
    Subject start: 25/09/2023
    Cancellation 1: 08/10/2023
    Cancellation 2: 11/10/2023
    Last enrolment: 06/10/2023
    Withdraw - Financial: 20/10/2023
    Withdraw - Academic: 05/11/2023
    Teaching census: 19/10/2023
Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens: 16/07/2023
Semester start: 25/09/2023
Subject start: 25/09/2023
Cancellation 1: 08/10/2023
Cancellation 2: 11/10/2023
Last enrolment: 06/10/2023
Withdraw - Financial: 20/10/2023
Withdraw - Academic: 05/11/2023
Teaching census: 19/10/2023