TKT4196 - Aspects of Structural Safety


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 67/100
Work 33/100

Course content

Safety is a principle requirement for engineering structures. This course aims to provide students the basic understanding, skills and tools for the evaluation of safety in structural and civil engineering and contains the following main topics:
Practical application of probability theory – probabilistic representation of relevant engineering phenomena as loads and material resistances.
Integration of new information in probabilistic modelling – Rule of Bayes (probability updating).
Introduction to classical and structural reliability theory and its application to practical engineering problems.
System Reliability.
Structural Code Concepts, Code Calibration.
Re-evaluation of the safety of existing structures.
Aspects of quality control.
Teaching and learning in the course will be aligned to practical structural and civil engineering problems in order to illustrate the theoretical content and demonstrate its relevance and applicability.

Learning outcome

General competence:
- The student will gain a basic understanding of and a general awareness on safety aspects in structural and civil engineering, and will be able to judge whether it is necessary to account for uncertainties in engineering problems.
- When simplified deterministic procedures are applied, the student can critically reflect the implications of the simplifications.
- With basic understanding the student will be able to ask the right questions also for more advanced problems and might consult experts for their solution.

- The students will get knowledge about general safety related requirements in structural and civil engineering and how to assess whether these requirements are met.

- Formulate simple probabilistic models that represent relevant engineering phenomena.
- Be able to extract new information from measurements and data and integrate this information in existing probabilistic models.
- Define adverse events (like failure or malfunction) in terms of limit states and assess the probability of these adverse events.
- Analyse system effects in the context of structural reliability.
- Perform the reliability based calibration of structural codes.
- Approach advanced and exceptional engineering problems.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and exercises, and exercise classes.
The learning content will be aligned to real structural and civil engineering problems as e.g. the discussion of safety aspects of typical mechanical problems that had been treated e.g. in Mechanics 1 and 2. Examples from real consulting projects will be discussed in the lectures and in the exercises. Many examples will be directly taken from previous mechanics courses. The exercises will introduce the use of basic software as e.g. python, MATLAB or EXCEL for solving more demanding problems.
Approved exercises will be the precondition for participating the final written exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a final written exam (67%) and evaluation of work done in groups (33%). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.
For a re-sit examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Text book will be decided at the start of the course.
Lecture notes, compendium.

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Construction Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Engineering Subjects
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Structural Engineering


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Work 33/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Oral examination (1) 67/100 2020-12-08 15:00
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Work 33/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Oral examination 67/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen. Please note that the exam form has changed as a preventive measure in the ongoing corona situation.

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