Course Title: Infrastructure Asset Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Infrastructure Asset Management

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr Long Shi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3215

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.13.05B

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Infrastructure asset management is an integrated and multidisciplinary course that covers different strategies in supporting and sustaining public infrastructure assets. Such assets include water treatment facilities, bridges, transport infrastructure and sewer lines. This course focuses on the later stages of the life cycle of an infrastructure  (particularly  maintenancerehabilitation, and replacement). It is suitable for professional engineers employed in the infrastructure asset management sector (including  local and state government and engineering consultancies).

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to development of the following program learning outcomes for MC257 Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering):

1. Needs, Context and Systems

  • Describe, investigate and analyse complex engineering systems and associated issues (using systems thinking and modelling techniques).

2. Problem Solving and Design

  • Develop creative and innovative solutions to engineering problems.
  • Anticipate the consequences of intended action or inaction and understand how the consequences are managed collectively by your organisation, project or team.

3. Analysis

  • Comprehend and apply advanced theory-based understanding of engineering fundamentals and specialist bodies of knowledge in the selected discipline area to predict the effect of engineering activities.

4. Professional Practice

  • Initiate, plan, lead or manage engineering activities.
  • Apply systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Critically review contemporary and emerging theories in the area of infrastructure asset management.
  2. Apply appropriate theories to problems of infrastructure asset management.
  3. Evaluate the benefits and limitations of different infrastructure asset management techniques when decision making in regard to maintenance intervals.
  4. Conduct a life cycle cost analysis.
  5. Design appropriate methods for performing maintenance requirements analysis on specific equipment given a specific situation.
  6. Identify and argue significant design concepts affecting operational feasibility and relate these concepts to a variety of asset management situations and contexts.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course activities are structured around pre-recorded lectures and tutorials to develop and consolidate your knowledge. Through assignments, and online case studies, you will apply and enhance both your theoretical and practical skills.

Total study hours: 

Staff directed time (including laboratory work) 24 hrs

Self-directed research and study 48 hrs

Overview of Learning Resources

In this course you will interrogate contemporary and emerging literature with local, national and global relevance in order to inform your specialist knowledge and skills in the area of infrastructure asset management. Course-related resources will be provided on Canvas, which is accessed through myRMIT. This includes pre-recorded lecture videos and tutorial material (including videos), case studies, supplementary course notes, problem sheets and solutions, assignments, practice exams and references.

Subject Guides are available from the RMIT Library:

Overview of Assessment


☒This course has no hurdle requirements.


Assessment Task 1 [30%]: Project 1

This assessment task addresses infrastructure maintenance (CLOs 1-6).

Assessment Task 2 [20%]: Project 2

This assessment task addresses lifecycle assessment and strategy identification (CLOs 4, 5 and 6)

Assessment Task 3 End of Semester Individual Report [50%] (CLOs 1-6)