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 know the normal damage types, understand the damage mechanism, specify suitable maintenance methods, use suitable
repairing materials, and predict the residual service life for in civil structures.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 24.10.2022 - 08.12.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Weiwei Lin

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

Feel free to contact the responsible teacher (Associate Professor Weiwei Lin) for questions, feedback, or comments at:

Office: Room 247, Rakentajanaukio 4 A, 02150 Espoo


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. Some contents covered in this course include
    • Maintenance of structures
    • Demolition and strengthening of structures
    • Corrosion protection of reinforced concrete structures
    • Repair methods for steel and concrete structures
    • Analysis and evaluation of the residual service life of structures.

    By passing the course, students can recognize the fundamental and some special issues in
    structural repair and maintenance and can successfully deepen their studies through
    professional training and/or a master's thesis related to structural engineering.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Assessment will be conducted considering the group project, assignment report, presentation, and the final exam. More details will be given in the syllabus.

  • applies in this implementation

    The course outcome assessment includes:

    a) Assignment report which includes (i) repairing methods, (ii) presentation, (iii) peer group report (including the evaluation matrix), and (iv) excursion report [weighted value 40% of the final grade].

    b) End of the course: written exam with obligatory registration using WebOodi-portal student [weighted value 60% of the final grade]. 

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Student workload includes attending the lectures and possible site visits to the assignment case and writing reports concerning repair measures and residual service life, preparing seminar presentations, giving peer feedback, and individual work. More details will be given in the syllabus.

  • applies in this implementation

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

      • Contact teaching 20 h
      • Excursions (two site visits) 4 h
      • Group study: Assignment group work 60 h
      • Self-study: Independent work 47 h
      • Examination 4 h


Study Material
  • applies in this implementation

    Applied from the following list:

      • Introduction Lecture Notes
      • Historic mortars: characterization, 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.
      • JSCE Guidelines for Concrete No.17: Standard Specifications for Concrete Structures, 2007, "Maintenance"

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 Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn II
    2023-2024 Autumn II

    Enrollment :

    Registration for courses will take place on Sisu (