Infrastructure Deterioration Modelling

CVE80006 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 48 hours face to face + blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

26 Feb 24 - 26 May 24

2 Jul 24

Last self enrolment:
10 Mar 24

31 Mar 24

Last withdraw without fail:
12 Apr 24


Admission to a cognate Postgraduate course 

Aims and objectives

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

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Recognise and describe the interaction between material properties, environmental factors and loading or usage on the deterioration mechanisms of the various civil infrastructure systems (K1, K3, K5, S1).
2. 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).
3. Identify the differences between the practices locally and internationally in infrastructure assessment and the limitations in developing reliable deterioration models (K1, A4).
4. Independently organize a team to achieve specified objectives within time constraints and produce reports of high standards (K1, S4, A4, A6, A7).
5. 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 and how to apply the principles of sustainability over the whole life of the system (K1, S2, K5, K6).
6. 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).
Swinburne Engineering Competencies (A1-7, K1-6, S1-4): find out more about Engineering Skills and Competencies including the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies.