Course code BūvZ4124

Credit points 2

Inspection and Testing of Building Structures II

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for laboratory classes32

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation21.03.2021

Responsible UnitDepartment of Structural Engineering

Course developers

author lect.

Jānis Fabriciuss

Mg. sc. ing.


Jānis Kreilis

Dr. sc. ing.

Prior knowledge

BūvZ2030, Construction Materials

BūvZ2048, Basic Theory of Structures

Course abstract

This course includes the necessary knowledges in connection with design, manufacture, assemblage, operation and reconstruction of structures. There is provided methodological bases for assessment of building structures, including determination of material properties and load bearing capacity as well as specific features of experimental research. Various cases of inspection and expert reports and suggestions for reconstruction are analysed. In conclusion, forms and facilities of reconstruction and strengthening are discussed. BIM system software programmes are used - MS Excel, AutoCAD.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledges about rules and methods in technical assessing of building constructions; skills to determine the load bearing capacity of structures and to perform experimental research with evaluation of results; competences to set up, to solve and to analyse research problems in the construction field on the basis of preliminary knowledges and understanding of limit states method. Assessment is carried on the basis of defended laboratory tests and individual control tests.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Necessity of studying of structures due to safety. (2h)
2. Inspecting and testing of strucures in different stages of building process. (2h)
3. Inspecting methods of in-use structures. (2h)
4. The significance of experiment in assessing of real state of buildings. (2h)
5. Loading methods and tools for studying of structures in field and laboratory conditions. (2h)
6. General characteristics of measuring instruments and choice for testings. (2h)
7. Mechanical tools for measuring of deflections and deformations. Optical instruments. (2h)
8. Electrical strain gauges for measuring of deformations. Combined tools. (2h)
9. Calibration and verification of measuring instruments. (2h)
10. Non-destructive methods for determination of material properties. (2h)
11. Methodological bases for assessment of building structures and organization of jobs. (2h)
12. Determination of characteristic values from tests by statistical treatment of results. (2h)
13. Analysis of theoretical and experimental results. (2h)
14. Conclusion on research results. (2h)
15. Forms and facilities of reconstruction of the structure. (2h)
16. Types of strengthening of in-use structures. (2h)

Requirements for awarding credit points

Credit points are awarded if control tests are counted and laboratory works are succesfully presented.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Preparing for laboratory works according to plan. Making of descriptions and analysis of test results. Defending of student jobs. Studying of lecture themes for control works.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Attendance at lectures and laboratory lessons. Results of individual control tests and defence of laboratory works.

Compulsory reading

1. Лужин О. В., Злочевский А. Б., Горбунов И. А., Волохов В. А. Обследование и испытание сооружений. Москва: Стройиздат, 1987. 263 с.
2. Richardson Barry A. Defects and deterioration in buildings. London: E.&F.N. SPON, 1991. 188 p.
3. Реконструкция зданий и сооружений. Под ред. Шагина А. Л. Москва: Высшая школа, 1991. 352 с.

Further reading

1. Лащенко М.Н. Повышение надежности металлических конструкций зданий и сооружений при реконструции. Ленинград: Стройиздат, 1987. 136 с.
2. Kaķītis A., Galiņš A., Leščevics P. Sensori un mērīšanas sistēmas. Jelgava: LLU, 2008. 395 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Latvijas Būvniecība. ISSN 1691-4058
2. Būvinženieris. Latvijas Būvinženieru savienības izdevums. ISSN 1691-9262


Compulsory Course for the Second level professional higher educational programme “Civil Engineering”