Extreme Loading of Structures

Subject CVEN90026 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours, comprising of three hours of lectures/practice classes 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


Recommended Background Knowledge:

Learning in this subject will be assisted by knowledge gained in the following:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013
Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Assoc Prof 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 and wind.


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 and blast
  • Assess the output to these models to inform the design process for safety and serviceability
  • Two 1000 word assignments, due in week 8 and late semester (15% each)
  • One 3 hour examination held in the examination period (70%)
Prescribed Texts:


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 a commitment to them
Related Course(s): Master of Engineering Structures
Master of Engineering Structures
Master of Philosophy - Engineering
Ph.D.- Engineering
Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Civil)
Master of Engineering (Structural)

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