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: 01.11.2021 - 13.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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.

Substitutes for Courses
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


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn II

    2021-2022 Autumn II

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.

    Registration to course using WebOodi.