Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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 use suitable repairing materials, specify suitable maintenance methods, predict the residual service life, and choose repair methods of structures.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 26.10.2020 - 07.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Esko Sistonen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Esko Sistonen

Contact information for the course (valid 03.10.2020-21.12.2112):

Name: Esko Sistonen, University
Lecturer, D.Sc. (Tech.)


+358 50 4355 680 (Room R268c)

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 offers a deeper level of learning about maintenance, repair, and residual service life evaluation of structures. The course covers

    (i) maintenance of structures,
    (ii) demolition and strengthening of structures,
    (iii) corrosion protection of reinforced concrete structures,
    (iv) repair methods for steel, concrete and rendered structures,
    (v) repair of building service systems,
    (vi) repair of moisture and microbial deterioration, and
    (vii) analysis and evaluation of the residual service life of structures.

    The course contains
    (i) activating teaching lectures that are introductory lectures related to different areas of the repair of structures, and
    (ii) the course assignment that is based on an existing repair project (real case).

    The assignment report will describe the repair measures of the case study. Description of the repair measures includes: i. Implemented repair methods vs. the planned repair methods, ii. The used repair materials, devices, tools, iii. Load bearing capacity of repaired structures, iv. Safety measures for renovation work, v. SWOT-analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats), vi. Discussion, conclusions, recommendations. This course is using problem-based learning (PBL) with case-based learning (CBL), combining activating lectures, instead of traditional lectures, and group work with independent processing. This applies in such a way that the exercise is done with practical examples (real cases). Activating teaching is, in practice, the introductory lecture related to different thematic areas of the exercise.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    • Virtual excursions
    • The work groups will familiarise virtually the case.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course outcome assessment include:

    a) Assignment report which include (i) repairing methods and residual service life analysis report, (ii) presentation, (iii) peer group report (including the evaluation matrix), and (iv) excursion report [Grading: 0...5; weighted value 40% of the final grade].

    b) End of the course: written exam with obligatory registration using WebOodi-portal student [Grading: 0...5; weighted value 60% of the final grade]. The written exam includes four categories with 12 questions (2 points each) covering the course outcomes.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The examination will be organised via MyCourses at the tab Assignments.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Student workload include attending the lectures and excursions, arrange visits to the assignment case and write report concerning repair measures and residual service life, preparing own seminar presentation, giving peer feedback, filling the evaluation matrix, and individual work. Total estimated workload is 135 h. The course ETCS/workload is presented in the following.

    • Contact teaching 18 h
    • Excursions (three site visits) 6 h
    • Group study: Assignment group work 60 h
    • Self-study: Independent work 47 h
    • Examination 4 h

  • Applies in this implementation:

    • Virtual excursions (three virtual site visits)


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Applied from the following list:

    • Introduction Lecture Notes
    • Historic mortars: characterisation, assessment and repair, Springer E-book, Va lek, Jan; Hughes, J. J. ; Groot, C., Springer ©2012.
    • Case studies of rehabilitation, repair, retrofitting, and strengthening of structures, Knovel E-book, International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering cop. 2010.
    • Durability of engineering structures: design, repair and maintenance, Knovel E-book, Bijen, Jan, CRC; Woodhead 2003.
    • Advances in modeling concrete service life: proceedings of 4th International RILEM PhD Workshop held in Madrid, Spain, November 19, 2010, Springer E-book, Andrade, Carmen; Gulikers, J., Springer cop. 2012.
    • Failure, distress and repair of concrete structures, Elsevier ScienceDirect Books, Delatte, Norbert J., Woodhead Publishing; CRC Press 2009.
    • Electrochemical rehabilitation methods for reinforced concrete structures: a state of the art report, Knovel E-book, Mietz, J. ; European Federation of Corrosion Institute of Materials 1998.
    • Bertolini, L., Elsener, B., Pedeferri, P., Redaelli, E., Polder, R. (2013). Corrosion of Steel in Concrete Prevention, Diagnosis, Repair. WILEY-VCH, Weinheim, Germany. 392 p. ISBN 3-527-30800-8 (Chapters 10, 13-15, 17-20).
    • Mould Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings.

  • Applies in this implementation:

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Rak-43.3301 or Rak-43.3312

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CIV-E2030 - Experimental Methods in Building Materials

    CIV-E2060 - Production Technology of Concrete Structures

    CIV-E2020 - Concrete Technology

    CIV-E1010 Building Materials Technology

Registration for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Registration to course using WebOodi.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    • Remote teaching at MyCourses via tab Zoom meetings.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    Check syllabus!