NBC3204 Complex Construction is concerned with the procedures, principles and methods of construction used for complex projects including tall buildings (over 300m in height) and designated by the National Construction Code (NCC) as being within Building Class 2 to 9.

Unit details

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review the temporary works, particularly scaffolding, formwork and falsework and plant selection processes used for complex or high-rise construction;  
  2. Justify the use of foundations systems, major excavation, stabilisation and dewatering techniques in the construction of basement levels of tall buildings;  
  3. Diagnose and plan the rectification of common building faults and verify the regulatory inspections made when constructing a complex or high-rise building project;  
  4. Assess and report on the issues encountered by complex or high-rise buildings including funding, ownership, design, construction and social and environmental issues; and  
  5. Advocate the development and implementation of innovative high-rise building practices.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Individual assignment - Part A 10%
Report Individual assignment - Part B 20%
Test Test 20%
Case Study Team project 40%
Presentation Team oral presentation 10%

Required reading

Building Code of Australia Class 2 to Class 9 Buildings Volume 1
National Construction Code Series (latest ed)
ABCB Publications, Canberra

Energy efficiency provisions Volume 1
National Construction Code (latest ed)
ABCB Publications, Canberra

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