Module code: ENGM266

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 provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader

IMAM B Dr (Civl Env Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: K421

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Normal entry requirements for a degree course in Civil Engineering

Module content

Introduction to Asset Management

Definitions, drivers, key questions; State of the Nation reports; Examples of infrastructure assets; Key principles, benefits of asset management; Overview of BS EN 5500x guidelines

Asset Management Framework

Asset Management System; Asset management policies, strategies, plans; examples from different organisations; Elements of Asset Management System

Whole-life Analysis of Infrastructure Assets

Whole-life framework, asset life-cycles; Whole-life vs life-cycle costs; Deterioration of assets; Maintenance strategies

Risk in Infrastructure Asset Management

Definitions, sources, categories, importance of risk; Principles of risk management; methodology; Quantifying risk, risk-based decision making; Decision trees; fault/event tree analysis; Risk acceptance; Case studies in infrastructure

Performance Frameworks

Overview of performance frameworks; Performance vs condition of assets, performance modelling, deterioration models; Performance indicator examples; performance/ condition targets; Asset management system performance evaluation; Operational management of assets

Assessment pattern

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

Alternative Assessment


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 

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

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 30

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)
Exam (2 Hours)


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Structural 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
Bridge 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
Civil Engineering MEng 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 2018/9 academic year.