CIV5885 - Infrastructure dynamics - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jeff Walker


Dr Colin Caprani

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (Off-campus)
  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)




This unit will provide the learner with fundamental theoretical and experimental knowledge and skills in the transient response of infrastructure systems when subjected to dynamic loading. Dynamics of structures and ground-borne vibrations will be covered in detail, so that the learner can apply the knowledge to solve practical problems in infrastructure systems such as bridges, buildings, tunnels, and piling.


Upon successful completion of this unit, the learner will be able to:

  1. Calculate the dynamics structural response to various excitation types.
  2. Propose design solutions to mitigate vibration responses to acceptable limits.
  3. Explain, derive and use earthquake response spectra.
  4. Calculate ground-borne vibration levels from various sources and propose mitigation solutions.
  5. Use computer software to analyse dynamic effects and know the limitations of the numerical procedures used.
  6. Propose suitable instrumentation, and perform experimental tests, synthesizing the results.


Continuous assessment: 60%

Examination (2 hours): 40%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours lecture/practice and 9 hours of private study per week.

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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Civil Engineering