Module code: ENGM266

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader

IMAM B Dr (Civl Env Eng)

Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 30

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination 2 HOUR EXAM 75
Coursework COURSEWORK 25

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Normal entry requirements for a degree course in Civil Engineering

Module overview

This module provides an overview of the management of infrastructure assets both at individual as well as network/system level. It introduces the concepts, theory and methods for infrastructure asset management through a whole-life framework. It covers infrastructure policy, risk management and asset performance requirements with particular emphasis on deterioration modelling and maintenance requirements.

Module aims

introduce the basic principles of asset management and the organisational frameworks available for this purpose.

introduce a business approach to asset management and demonstrate different levels of asset management strategies.

describe the effect of deterioration and maintenance interventions on asset performance and the role of the latter on infrastructure asset management.

highlight the importance of operational planning and management in the context of asset management activities.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Identify the customer and business expectations from asset management and explain how funding is determined KC
002 describe the basic principles of infrastructure asset management and discuss the importance of applying appropriate asset management strategies to optimise the performance of infrastructure assets K
003 apply a systems approach to managing infrastructure systems ) KCPT
004 Utilise the concept of whole-life asset management and appreciate the whole-life cycle of infrastructure systems KCPT
005 Propose deterioration models and maintenance interventions for infrastructure assets KCPT
006 Explain the procedures necessary to ensure cost effectiveness and sustainability of management decisionsdifferentiating between project and network level KCT
007 technical report writing T
008 reviewing, assessing and critical thinking T
009 independent learning skills T
010 information retrieval skills T
011 Synthesis of data T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Asset Management as a concept

Customer vs. Business expectations;Asset steward; PAS55; Steady state vs. disruption; Life cycle/ Whole life analysis; Enterprise Asset Management; Network and project decision-making.

Risk assessment

What are risks; Hazard, vulnerability, likelihood; How to identify and deal with risks. Risk-based management.

Asset deterioration

Long-term deterioration (corrosion, fatigue); Hazards and catastrophic deterioration (weather, impacts, deliberate acts).Scour & floods. Maintenance strategies, systems and procedures.

Asset management processes: steady state

Examples PAS 55; People, competence and training; Example of Network Rail Standards; List, Identify, Examine, Evaluate; Works and Records.

Managing works

Local, regional, national; Long term, short term; Routine repairs; Handover/ handback; Emergencies.


Safety culture; Access for management; Processes.


Framework; Legal Obligations affecting external groups.


Capital vs. Operational; Strategic vs. local; Prioritisation.

Examples of good practice

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

This compulsory module provides the necessary background required for the purposes of the efficient management of infrastructure assets considering their entire life cycle.

The module is principally delivered by 3-hour lectures/seminars by academic staff as well as invited external expert speakers on the topic.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures/Seminars (30 hours)
Independent learning (including directed reading) (118 hours)


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

Knowledge and understanding of infrastructure asset management concepts and frameworks, the principles of whole-life analysis and the differences between project- and network-level decisions through a 2-hour unseen examination (LO 2,3,4,6)
Ability to model deterioration of infrastructure assets and assess how it affects the optimisation of decision-making through a risk-based framework  through coursework and unseen examination (LO’s 3,4,5)
An overview of the legislation, funding and safety aspects that are associated with infrastructure asset management through unseen examination (LO’s 1)

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Examination [Learning outcomes assessed 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6] (2 hours) {75%}

·         Coursework on infrastructure asset management case study [Learning outcomes assessed 3, 4, 5,a, b, c, d, e] (30 hours) {25%}

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment will be through written feedback on the submitted coursework and through discussion exercises on SurreyLearn 

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Civil Engineering MEng 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Structural Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Bridge Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Infrastructure Engineering and Management MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Advanced Geotechnical Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.