RSE4120 - Instrumentation, automation and asset management - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jeff Walker


Professor Jian Zhao

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


(MNE2010 or RSE2010) and (MNE3040 or RSE3040)




The development of a natural resources project requires a significant investment in assets that include capital development and fixed and mobile plant purchases. Most resources companies invest millions in their control systems for real-time monitoring of their assets. In addition to the real-time monitoring, the automation of many of the processes involved in the natural resources industry allows systems to be optimised through cost and production efficiencies, quality and workplace health and safety outputs.

This unit details the instrumentation and automation that is currently being used by the resources industry to optimise cost and production efficiencies, reliability, quality and workplace health and safety outputs. The instrumentation can be used to maintain the assets of a company at the lowest cost possible while still maintaining productively and health and safety outputs.


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Assess existing and emerging technology used in the resources industry for the optimisation of cost and production efficiencies, quality and workplace health and safety outputs.
  2. Appraise instrumentation used for the monitoring of capital development and fixed and mobile plant in the resources industry.
  3. Formulate instrumentation systems in order to increase efficiency, enhance productivity and monitor performance.
  4. Generate an asset management system that covers both mobile and fixed plant that reduces maintenance requirements and optimises lifecycle performance.


Continuous Assessment: 50%

Examination (2 hours): 50%

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 lectures and 2 hours of tutorial, and 7 hours of private study per week.

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