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: 23.10.2023 - 04.12.2023

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):

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.

  • 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.


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 (

Details on the schedule
  • applies in this implementation

    Week 43

      23.10 Course Introduction and Methods for Maintenance

      27.10 Investigations in Assessment

    Week 44

      30.10 Strengthening of Concrete Structures 

        3.11 Structural analysis in strengthening

    Week 45

        6.11 Moisture-related deterioration and repair

      10.11 Excursion (Building renovation–K3-Aalto)

    Week 46

      13.11 Building renovation

      17.11 Demolition and Residual Service Life

    Week 47

      20.11 Maintenance of steel bridges

      24.11 Assessment of Existing Steel Structures

    Week 48

      27.11 Student seminar: Presentations

        1.12 Summary and Discussions