Course detail

Failures and Breakdowns of Buildings

ÚSI-1RDVPAcad. year: 2011/2012

The subject is aimed at the overview of failures and defects of buildings and perfection of education for their identification and solution. Causes of failures, defects and breakdowns on different structures. Options for decreasing number of failures. Means of connection of old and new concrete with brickwork and wood including calculations. Service life improvement of structures. Solution of breakdowns - fires, explosions, etc. Court litigations. Strengthening of all main carcass - calculation, implementation, the newest means of reliability improvement - bonding by steel elements, lamellae CFK, textiles, HELIFIX, fastening, etc. Remedy of defects on water resistant constructions. Modifications of working and contraction joints. Influence of aggressive environment. Demolition of structures. Recycling of concrete and brickwork. Removal of support pillars. New floors under current structures. Examples of reconstruction of foundations, ceilings, roofs, industrial, engineering, community and water structures. Strengthening of brickwork. Excursions, movies, participation in experimental research. Technology of construction and reconstruction of concrete bridge structures - substructure and foundation engineering, substructures. Basic principles of design and structural design.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students gain knowledge with dominant effect on quality and longevity of basic building structures (concrete, brick, mixed) in stage of projection, building construction and building maintenance. Students will be oriented in methods of maintenance and strengthening of building constructions.


Not requested


Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Condition for gaining of the credit is attendance in seminars, elaboration of one written test and elaboration of semestral work. Exam is written and oral.

Course curriculum

1. Defects and failure, division.
2. Causes of defects and failures on different objects.
3. Options for decreasing number of failures.
4. Life lengthening of objects. Solution of defects and failures cases - fire, explosion, etc.
5. Strengthening of all main carcass, calculation, implementation, the newest means of reliability increase.
6. Strengthening of all main carcass, calculation, implementation, the newest means of reliability increase.
7. Strengthening of all main carcass, calculation, implementation, the newest means of reliability increase.
8. Examples of failures and breakdowns - repairs.
9. Examples of substructure reconstruction.
10. Examples of ceiling and roof reconstruction.
11. Examples of reconstruction of industrial and engineering buildings.
12. Examples of reconstruction of community and water buildings.
13. Strengthening of brickwork.

Work placements

Not applicable.


Goal of this subject is to gain knowledge for consolidation of building in safe conditions including suggestion of arrangements leading to removal of failure and breakdown of buildings.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

DAMSTRUC (2005, 2002, 2000) Brazílie, Sborníky mezinárodních konferencí
SANACE, mezinárodní konference Brno, 1996 - 2006
Vady a poruchy staveb, Dasshofer Verlag, 2003 - 2006

Recommended reading

Not applicable.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MSoI Master's

    branch REI , 2. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer