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Infrastructure Management Project

2014 unit code: CVE40007 (formerly HES5195)

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014.
Credit points12.5 Credit Points
Duration1 Semester
Contact hours48 Hours
CampusHawthorn, Sarawak
Prerequisites300 Credit Points

Aims and objectives

This capstone unit of study aims to provide you with the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in previous years concerning the critical assessment of infrastructure needs. You will also analyse the techniques in managing the different phases of the life cycle of a civil infrastructure system. This unit will also develop your analytical, teamwork and communication skills.
After successfully completing this unit, you should be able to:
1. Synthesise knowledge gained in previous years in the course and apply it to critically assess infrastructure needs and in the management of the different phases of the life cycle of a civil infrastructure. (K1, K2, K3, S1, S2, S4, A4)
2. Identify and articulate the latest innovations in each stage of the life cycle of a civil infrastructure and identify opportunities for further developments. (K4, A3)
3. Appreciate the factors considered and techniques adopted in managing each of the different stages of the life cycle of key civil infrastructure projects. (K5, S1)
4. Apply the principles of sustainability in assessing current practices or techniques in managing each stage of the life cycle of a civil infrastructure. (K6, S1)
5. Function effectively within a team and take responsibility for the team’s performance to achieve professional written reports and presentations. (A1, A2, A5, A6, A7)
6. Discuss and debate with peers and professionals about all aspects of the project. (A3, A7)
Swinburne Engineering Competencies for this Unit of Study
This Unit of Study will contribute to you attaining the following Swinburne Engineering Competencies:
K1 Basic Science: Proficiently applies concepts, theories and techniques of the relevant natural and physical sciences.
K2 Maths and IT as Tools: Proficiently uses relevant mathematics and computer and information science concepts as tools.
K3 Discipline Specific: Proficiently applies advanced technical knowledge of the specific discipline within that context.
K4 Emerging Disciplinary Trends: Interprets and applies current or emerging knowledge from inside and outside the specific discipline.
K5 Practice Context: Discerns and appreciates the contextual factors affecting professional engineering practice.
K6 Professional Practice: Appreciates the principles of professional engineering practice in a sustainable context.
S1 Engineering Methods: Applies engineering methods in practical applications.
S2 Problem Solving: Systematically uses engineering methods in solving complex problems.
S4 Project Management: Systematically uses engineering methods in conducting and managing projects.
A1 Ethics: Values the need for, and demonstrates, ethical conduct and professional accountability.
A2 Communication: Demonstrates effective communication to professional and wider audiences.
A3 Entrepreneurial: Appreciates entrepreneurial approaches to engineering practice.
A4 Information Management: Demonstrates seeking, using, assessing and managing information.
A5 Professional Self: Demonstrates professionalism.
A6 Management of Self: Demonstrates self-management processes.
A7 Teamwork: Demonstrates effective team membership and team leadership.

Teaching methods

Lectures (24 hours), Tutorials (24 hours)



Individual or Group Assessment


Quizzes/ Assignments


20% - 30%

Project Reports

Individual / Group

40% - 60%


Individual / Group

10% - 20%


The aim of this unit is to learn about the factors considered and techniques adopted in managing the different phases of the life cycle of a civil infrastructure system. The life cycle of civil infrastructure include planning, programming and budgeting, design, construction, operations, maintenance, repair and renovation, and disposal. Examples of the factors that need to be considered in these stages include population growth, climate change, sustainability, risks reliability, maintainability, supportability and environmental effects. Techniques adopted may include condition assessment, condition indices and needs analysis; performance and deterioration modelling and failure analysis; life-cycle cost and analysis; maintenance and rehabilitation practices; project-level and network-level concepts; prioritisation and optimisation, etc. In this unit, students will work in teams of five students. Each team will identify and select an engineering challenge or issue presented in the Victoria Infrastructure Report Card 2010 as its group topic. A Literature Review and a Case study will be undertaken by each team to provide a solution to the engineering challenge assigned to the team. Where appropriate, each team member will be responsible in one of the following phases of a life cycle of a civil infrastructure system:
a) Planning and Design
b) Design and Construction
c) Performance and Operation
d) Maintenance, Rehabilitation and Renovation
e) Risk Assessment at different stages
The Victoria Infrastructure Report Card 2010 presented the ratings and challenges facing the following key infrastructure sectors:
1. Transport
   a. Roads and bridges
      i. National
      ii. State
      iii. Local
   b. Rails
      i. Regional trains
      ii. Metropolitan trains/heavy rail
      iii. Metropolitan tram
   c. Sea Ports
   d. Airports
2. Water
   a. Potable water systems
   b. Wastewater systems
   c. Stormwater systems
   d. Irrigation systems
3. Energy
   a. Electricity
   b. Gas
4. Telecommunications

Reading materials

Infrastructure Report Card, 2010 - Victoria