Course detail

Assessment of Existing Structures

FAST-MI051Acad. year: 2020/2021

Specifics of existing structures - structural systems for buildings, properties and identification of building materials in the past, building codes.
General methodology for the evaluation of existing buildings - flowchart evaluation, determination of purpose, creating scenarios.
Methods for estimating the residual life of the structure.
Basic tools for assessment of buildings - inspections, surveys, monitoring.
Overview of test methods used in the surveys, the relationship between non-destructive and destructive tests, evaluation of test results using statistical methods.
Diagnosis construction defects and failures. Monitoring deformation and cracking of structures, fatigue and degradation of the material. Methods for long-term monitoring projects.
Examples of rating buildings according to the materials supporting structures - Assessment of masonry and reinforced concrete structures and buildings of other materials (stone, wood, etc.).
Seminar work focused on the preliminary evaluation and design of construction-technical survey of selected existing structures.
Exercise in laboratories and in the field with individual tasks, examples of test procedures on models and structures.


Institute of Building Testing (SZK)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Not applicable.


Building materials, Testing and Technology, Concrete structures, Elements of metal structures, Masonry structures.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Not applicable.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Building technical survey
2. Overview of diagnostic methods
3 to 4 Modern diagnostic methods of building materials
5 to 6 Diagnostic of Concrete Structures
7 to 8 Diagnostic of brick and rock structures
9 to 10 Diagnostic of timber structures
11 to 12 Radiating diagnostic methods I
13. Radiating diagnostic methods II


Not applicable.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B-P-C-MI (N) Bachelor's

    branch MI , 4. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer