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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 remedying 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 Building Code of Australia. Case studies are used extensively to demonstrate causes and remedies for failure, and to demonstrate the methods employed to determine the causes of such failures.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2019 [Non-Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2019: $4,890
  • Commencing in 2020: $5,070

Learning outcomes

1. Identify common building failures such as water leakage and corrosion and advise clients on suitable remediation techniques.
2. Identify the causes of identified failures and advise on suitable methods for preventing recurrence of failures.
3. Advise clients in respect of liability for building failure and remedies for cost recovery associated with such failures.

Enrolment requirements

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This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens11/11/2018
Semester start14/01/2019
Subject start21/01/2019
Cancellation 1?02/02/2019
Cancellation 2?05/02/2019
Last enrolment31/01/2019
Withdraw – Financial?13/02/2019
Withdraw – Academic?28/02/2019
Teaching census?12/02/2019
Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/03/2019
Semester start13/05/2019
Subject start20/05/2019
Cancellation 1?02/06/2019
Cancellation 2?05/06/2019
Last enrolment31/05/2019
Withdraw – Financial?14/06/2019
Withdraw – Academic?30/06/2019
Teaching census?13/06/2019
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