Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

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 covers the implications of using alternative materials and construction processes for structural systems; construction design and detailing; and the selection and design of foundations in response to specific ground and soil conditions.



  • Semester 2 - 2022


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Accurately describe the characteristics of a range of ground and soil conditions, including: materials, systems and components; and accurately describe foundation 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 a commercial building 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. Interpret the appropriate application of Building Information Modelling (BIM) tools for the design and documentation of structural systems for commercial buildings.


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

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


ARBE1101 Construction Technology 1

Assessment items

Quiz: Quizzes

Report: Report 1: Basement Construction

Report: Report 2: Superstructure Construction

Contact hours

Callaghan and Online


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.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.