Course Details

Assessment of Existing Structures

Academic Year 2022/23

BIB009 course is part of 1 study plan

BPC-MI Summer Semester 1st year

Specifics of existing structures - structural systems for buildings, properties and identification of building materials in the past, building codes.
General methodology for the evaluation of existing buildings - flowchart evaluation, determination of purpose, creating scenarios.
Methods for estimating the residual life of the structure.
Basic tools for assessment of buildings - inspections, surveys, monitoring.
Overview of test methods used in the surveys, the relationship between non-destructive and destructive tests, evaluation of test results using statistical methods.
Diagnosis construction defects and failures. Monitoring deformation and cracking of structures, fatigue and degradation of the material. Methods for long-term monitoring projects.
Examples of rating buildings according to the materials supporting structures - Assessment of masonry and reinforced concrete structures and buildings of other materials (stone, wood, etc.).
Seminar work focused on the preliminary evaluation and design of construction-technical survey of selected existing structures.
Exercise in laboratories and in the field with individual tasks, examples of test procedures on models and structures.

Course Guarantor

doc. Ing. Tomáš Vymazal, Ph.D.

Institute

Institute of Building Testing

Syllabus

1. Building technical survey.
2. Overview of diagnostic methods.
3.–4. Modern diagnostic methods of building materials.
5.–6. Diagnostic of Concrete Structures.
7.–8. Diagnostic of brick and rock structures.
9.–10. Diagnostic of timber structures.
11.–12. Radiating diagnostic methods I.
13. Radiating diagnostic methods II.

Prerequisites

Building materials, Testing and Technology, Concrete structures, Elements of metal structures, Masonry structures.

Language of instruction

Czech

Credits

4 credits

Semester

summer

Forms and criteria of assessment

course-unit credit and examination

Specification of controlled instruction, the form of instruction, and the form of compensation of the absences

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.

Offered to foreign students

Not to offer

Course on BUT site

https://www.vut.cz/en/students/courses/detail/255090

Lecture

13 weeks, 2 hours/week, elective

Syllabus

1. Building technical survey.
2. Overview of diagnostic methods.
3.–4. Modern diagnostic methods of building materials.
5.–6. Diagnostic of Concrete Structures.
7.–8. Diagnostic of brick and rock structures.
9.–10. Diagnostic of timber structures.
11.–12. Radiating diagnostic methods I.
13. Radiating diagnostic methods II.

Exercise

13 weeks, 2 hours/week, compulsory

Syllabus

1. Task of the building survey of reinforced concrete structures.
2. Non-destructive testing of concrete – hardness and ultrasonic methods.
3. Destructive testing of concrete – execution of cores.
4. Evaluation tests of concrete.
5. Diagnostics of reinforcement – electromagnetic and GPR method.
6. Inspection of bridge construction.
7. Diagnostics of masonry structures – design and non-destructive testing.
8. Diagnostics of masonry – destructive testing and calculation.
9. Diagnostics of timber structures.
10. Monitoring of construction – the practical implementation.
11. Modern diagnostic methods – samples.
12. Excursion - inspection of building structure.
13. Presentation of seminary work, credit.