Extreme Loading of Structures

Subject CVEN90026 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours (Lectures/Practice classes: 3 hours per week)
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
  • Admission to Master of Engineering (Structural Engineering) OR
  • Admission to Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering) OR
  • Admission to Master of Engineering Structures
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Learning in this subject will be assisted by knowledge gained in the following:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:


Assoc Prof Nelson Lam


Associate Professor Nelson Lam
Subject Overview: At the conclusion of this subject students should be capable of modelling a variety of abnormal loads based on advanced concepts for structural engineering analyses and integrating the modelling methodologies with modern design philosophies and performance based principles. Topics include design loads philosophies and codification issues, and modelling loadings arising from earthquakes, blasts, impact, wind, waves and floor vibrations
Objectives: On completion of this subject students should be able to:
  • Use risk analysis techniques to inform performance based design criteria
  • Use numerical techniques to model both the loading and response of structures to the transient actions of earthquake ground shaking, accidental impact, strong wind, water waves and blast
  • Assess the output to these models to inform the design process for safety and serviceability
  • One 3 hour examination, end of semester (70%)
  • Two 1000 word assignments, due in Week 8 and late semester (15% each)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
  • Proficiency in engineering design
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, and commitment to them
Related Course(s): Master of Engineering Structures
Master of Engineering Structures
Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Civil)
Master of Engineering (Structural)

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