Complex Construction

    Unit code: NBC3204 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
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    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. 

    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.


    For Melbourne campuses

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

    Required reading

    Building Code of Australia Class 2 to Class 9 Buildings
    National Construction Code Series (latest ed) | ABCB Publications, Canberra
    Energy efficiency provisions
    National Construction Code (latest ed)| ABCB Publications, Canberra

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