Course handbook


This course explores the technical issues associated with building types for public use including building structure, construction materials and techniques, and cost planning and specification. It is aimed at developing students understanding of the implications of using alternative materials and construction processes for structural systems; an understanding of construction design and detailing; an appreciation of the selection and design of foundations in response to specific ground and soil conditions; and an understanding of using Building Information Modelling (BIM) to design and documentation of structural system for commercial buildings.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Distance Education - Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand the knowledge of the ground and soil conditions, materials, systems and components, and the techniques and methods used in the construction of commercial buildings.

2. Analyse the suitability of the various methods and technologies available for the construction of the commercial buildings in response to specific ground and site conditions.

3. Evaluate design alternatives in terms of buildability and cost.

4. Illustrate the construction sequencing of tasks and activities involved in the construction of commercial building.

5. Understand the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) tools for design and documentation of structural system for commercial buildings.


Piled foundations and basement construction, structural form and construction in steel and concrete, cladding systems, and the Australia Building Code, building services.

Lecture topics include:

  • Soil pressures and forces; compressibility and settlement; shear strength
  • Selection of foundations in response to ground conditions
  • Piled Foundations
  • Basement Construction
  • Dewatering
  • Concrete
  • Formwork
  • Steel
  • Prestressed Concrete
  • Floors
  • Specifications & Approximate Cost Estimating
  • Fire & Fire fighting Equipment
  • Incorporation & Distribution of services
  • BIM for Design and Documentation of Structural Systems


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) or Bachelor of Construction Management (Building)(Honours) programs.

Assumed knowledge

ARBE1305 Construction Technology, Sequencing and Representation or equivalent or ARBE1101 Construction Technology 1

Assessment items

Quiz: Quizzes

Report: Report 1

Report: Report 2

Contact hours

Callaghan and Distance Education - Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks

Distance learning students will receive equivalent instruction through online or other distance education strategies.