CIMM course descriptions
Advanced Infrastructure Management / CIV5067Z
This module exposes students to the concepts of infrastructure asset management. These concepts include the context in which Infrastructure Management Planning is done, the process of Infrastructure Management Planning and the techniques required to prepare an Infrastructure Management Plan.
Deterioration and Condition Assessment of Concrete Structures / CIV5138Z
This advanced course aims to develop an understanding of durability aspects, service life design, and non-destructive testing of concrete structures. Topics include: concrete deterioration mechanisms (physical, mechanical and chemical deterioration); reinforcement corrosion (principles, mechanisms, modelling, assessment, prevention); Alkali Silica Reaction (ASR); chemical attack; cracking of concrete structures; fire damage to structures; prevention of concrete deterioration thorough material selection, mix design and construction; service-life modelling (principles, deterioration models, service life models, normative guidelines); impact of loads on concrete structures; on-site evaluation techniques; visual assessment of concrete structures; principles, planning and execution of assessments; test methods (types, application and limitations, interpretation of results, case studies); non-destructive test methods (NDT): classical NDT (rebound hammer, cover depth, half-cell potential), advanced NDT (radar, sonic methods, impact echo), imaging and interpretation of results; diagnostic investigations and laboratory testing. The course is based on lectures and projects and may include case studies, laboratory sessions, and site visits.
Strengthening and Retrofitting of Concrete Structures / CIV5140Z
This course deals with the strengthening and retrofitting of concrete structures and covers the following topics: introduction to structural condition surveys and assessment of concrete structures; materials and strategies for structural strengthening; compatibility aspects; structural requirements and procedures for rehabilitation; practical and contractual aspects; strengthening systems; FRP design and application; strengthening for shear, bending and torsion; bonded steel plates; external prestressing systems; design procedures; analysis of strengthened concrete structures.
Repair and Rehabilitation of Concrete Structures / CIV5139Z
This course deals with the repair and rehabilitation of concrete structures and covers the following topics: introduction to the assessment of deterioration of concrete structures; repair materials and strategies; compatibility aspects; durability and repair audits; service life predictions; economics of repair and life-cycle costing; practical and contractual aspects; repair methods and materials; reinforcement corrosion repair; repair of ASR-damaged structures; crack injection; bonded overlays and patch repairs; electrochemical repair techniques; surface coatings and durability extension; repair of fire damaged structures; repair materials for chemical resistance against acid and sulphate attack; maintenance planning.
Project Planning and Implementation / CON5016Z
The course is intended to provide Infrastructure Managers with tools for scoping and planning rehabilitation or maintenance projects. Contents include: rules for planning and control; scope management; project strategy; project methodology; project scheduling techniques; change management and project integration.
Structural Performance Assessment and Monitoring / CIV5119Z
This course introduces the concepts of structural health monitoring. Structural health monitoring is defined as the measurement of the operating and loading environment and the critical responses of a structure to track and evaluate the symptoms of operational incidents, anomalies, and/or deterioration or damage indicators that may affect operation, serviceability, or safety reliability. Through structural health monitoring some knowledge of the current condition of a structure can be established and appropriate interventions employed. The course covers the following topics: concepts of structural health monitoring; structural performance indicators; strategies for structural performance assessment; instrumentation, data acquisition, data quality assurance; measurement of strain, measurement of deflections, measurement of vibrations; introduction to experimental modal analysis; modal parameter estimation and validation; assessment of effectiveness of structural retrofitting or rehabilitation interventions.
Condition Assessment and Remedial Action on Steel Structures / CIV5141Z
The course aims to develop an understanding of durability aspects, service life design, condition assessment and non-destructive testing of steel structures. Topics include: basics of steel material science; material characteristics and properties; structural behaviour of steel; advantages of steel structures in industrial application; fire resistance of steel structures; deterioration of steel structures; fundamentals of steel corrosion; corrosion detection techniques; in-situ assessment of steel structures; protection of steel structures; coatings; cathodic protection; fatigue behaviour; strengthening and repair of steel structures.
Structural Concrete Properties and Practice / CIV5002Z
The aims of the course are to provide structural engineers with fundamental and practical knowledge in concrete materials technology, to establish an understanding on modelling and designing concrete properties relevant to structural design, and to create awareness on chemical and physical material characteristics of cementitious construction materials. The topics covered in this course include: constituent materials (cements, admixtures, cement extenders, aggregates); desirable properties for concrete (plastic and hardened properties, including strength, creep, shrinkage, elastic modulus, durability); concrete mix design; prediction and modelling of concrete structural properties; concrete failure and fracture; concrete quality control; deterioration mechanisms; special concretes such as high strength concrete, self compacting concrete and fibre reinforced concrete.
Structural Dynamics with Applications / CIV5113Z
The course aims to introduce the concepts of structural dynamics and its applications in structural engineering. Topics covered include dynamic equilibrium of structures. Response of a single degree of freedom system to dynamic excitation: free vibration, harmonic loads, impulse loading and general loading. Response of multi-degree-of-freedom systems. Free vibrations: mass, damping and stiffness matrices. Rayleigh damping. Forced vibrations: modal superposition and step by step methods. Continuous systems. Applications to seismic design of structures, blast and impact effects on structures and wind engineering.
Safety of Special Structures / CIV5118Z
The course introduces students the governance and management of special structures. The procedures employed for safety evaluation are generally not specified in codes of practice. Probabilistic based risk analysis and surveillance techniques for the evaluation of loading and consequences of failure will be introduced. Case studies are used to demonstrate the principles. The particular focus of the course will be adjusted to industry needs and may include concrete dams, nuclear facilities, mining structures, and coastal infrastructure.
Bridge Management and Maintenance / CIV5115Z
This course aims to introduce the principles of bridge management and maintenance. The focus is on both highway bridges and railway bridges. The course provides the basic philosophies behind bridge management systems, the structure of a bridge management system, and the implementation of bridge management system. Life cycle cost analysis of bridges are introduced. Linkages between bridge management, maintenance and rehabilitation of bridges is discussed. Key to this course are practical bridge inspections and case studies.