Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Distinguish basic principles of the experimental methods and techniques in building materials, their advantages and limitations
  2. Perform experimental tests using devices related to the laboratory and "in-situ"  tests
  3. Describe the performance of building materials and elements using different test methods
  4. Be able to select suitable destructive and non-destructive techniques of inspection and investigation of technical condition of buildings and their structures

Credits: 5

Schedule: 21.04.2021 - 31.05.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Fahim Al-Neshawy, Fahim Al-Neshawy

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jouni Punkki

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course covers the following topics:
    Laboratory investigation methods
    + Microstructure analysis (Petrographic analysis and microscopy analyses)
    + Digital Image Correlation for civil engineering
    + Durability testing for building materials
    In-situ investigation methods
    + Visual inspection
    + Non-destructive, semi destructive and destructive testing techniques

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The grading scale for course is: 5 (highest); 4; 3; 2; 1 (lowest passing grade); 0 (failed). The course assessment includes:

    • Group assignment, site work and seminar presentation - 25% of the final grade
    • Final exam - 75% of the final grade

    The course grading: (Final exam 75%) +  (assignment 25%)

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Total workload (Hours) = 5cr * 27h/cr = 135h
    + 22 h lectures, seminars and excursions
    + 57 h Group assignment, site work and presentation
    + 53 h Individual studies
    + 03 h Final exam


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    • Jean-Paul Balayssac and Vincent Garnier, (2017). Non-Destructive Testing and Evaluation of Civil Engineering Structures.
    • Course handouts: include slides from lectures, explanatory notes, and additional readings

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Rak-82.3160 Experimental Methods in Building Materials Technology

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CIV-E1010 Building Materials Technology
    CIV-E2020 Concrete Technology
    CIV-E2060 Production technology of concrete structures

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption



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