The aim of this unit is to introduce final year engineering students to the basic principles of infrastructure deterioration, assessment and modelling.

Teaching periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 1
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Recognise and describe the interaction between material properties, environmental factors and loading or usage on the deterioration mechanisms of the various civil infrastructure systems (K, K3, K5, S1)
  • Apply the knowledge gained in assessing the health and/or services of an infrastructure using the appropriate performance measures and identify those reached the terminal levels for maintenance or rehabilitation (K1, S1, A4, A7)
  • Identify the differences between the practices locally and internationally in infrastructure assessment and the limitations in developing reliable deterioration models (K1, A4)
  • Independently organize a team to achieve specified objectives within time constraints and produce reports of high standards (K1, S4, A4, A6, A7)
  • Develop an understanding of the negative impacts deteriorated (functional and structural deterioration) civil infrastructure systems would have on the community, the natural and built environment and the associated costs and appreciate the importance of developing sustainable infrastructure systems (K1, K5, K6, S2)
  • Develop an appreciation of research effort and innovation in infrastructure condition assessment, modeling and data collection technologies (local and international) and identify areas for possible improvements (K1, A4, A6)

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
3.00 5 weeks 15
Live Online
3.00 7 weeks 21
1.00 12 weeks 12
Unspecified Activities
Independent Learning
8.50 12 weeks 102


Type Task Weighting ULO's
AssignmentIndividual/Group 45 - 55% 1,2,3,4,5,6 
ExaminationIndividual 35 - 45% 1,2,3,4,5,6 
QuizIndividual 5 - 15% 1,2,3,4,5,6 


As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass a unit and meet all ULOs to a minimum standard, an undergraduate student must have achieved:

(i) an aggregate mark of 50% or more, and(ii) at least 40% in the final exam/ assessment.Students who do not successfully achieve hurdle requirement (ii) will receive a maximum of 45% as the total mark for the unit.


  • Deterioration modelling of concrete structures
  • Performance and condition assessment of buried pipeline
  • Asset management of bridge structures
  • Modelling of timber and masonry structures

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.