ET-523 C: Repair and Maintenance of Buildings

By Dr. Munish Kumar Bhardwaj   |   Indira Gandhi National Open University
Learners enrolled: 2034
This course has its importance because after construction of buildings they need proper repair and maintenance to serve their purpose efficiently and effectively throughout their service life. In this course you will come to know about the defects in buildings and building materials and their deterioration over the period of time. The defects in buildings may be due to use of defective building material and workmanship. Deterioration in buildings and materials may be due to environmental and other external agents, improper use and lack of proper care of building over the time. Hence proper repair and maintenance of buildings is required so that they can serve their purpose throughout their designed life. The aim of the course is to acquaint you with the defects in the buildings and materials as well as the deterioration of materials and the building itself. As far as the defects and deterioration in materials are concerned, due coverage is given to common defects and causes of deterioration of different materials like Timber, Steel, Concrete, bricks etc.. Due importance is also given to the preventive and remedial measures for these materials so that buildings may serve their purpose during their designed life.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Not Applicable
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 01 Feb 2022
End Date :
Enrollment Ends : 15 Mar 2022
Exam Date :

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to Defects

Week 2: Defects in Timber

Week 3: Defects in Steel

Week 4: Defects in Sanitary Fittings and Plumbing

Week 5: Repairing Materials for Defects in Timber

Week 6: Repairing Materials for Defects in Steel

Week 7: Repairing Materials for Defects in Sanitary Fittings

Week 8: Repairing Materials for Miscellaneous Defects

Week 9: Repair of Floor

Week 10: Strengthening of Stone and Brick Masonry Structures

Week 11: Water Proofing and Damp Proofing

Week 12: Strengthening of Cracked Beams

Books and references

1. “ Inspection, Maintenance, Assessment and Repair”; J.E. Harding, G. A. R. Parke and M. J. Ryall, Thomas Telford, London

2. “Maintenance Manual on Buildings and Services”; Civil Engineering Division, Department of Space, Bangalore

3. “Cracks and Crack control of Concrete Structure”; F. Leonhardt

Instructor bio

Dr. Munish Kumar Bhardwaj

Indira Gandhi National Open University

He is passionate about various frontiers of knowledge in the domain of civil engineering with main focus on Structural Engineering. His area of interest includes Structural Control, Earthquake Engineering, Design of RCC and Steel Structures, Disaster Management and Distance Education.

He is involved in planning, designing and preparation of self-instructional course material for engineering programmes at Indira Gandhi National Open university (IGNOU) for the last 26 years.  He has been involved in programme planning, designing and delivery of Diploma in Civil Engineering DCLE(G), Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch.) and B. Tech. Civil Engineering (BTCM & BTWRE).

As an independent research activity in Open and distance Learning (ODL), he investigated an IGNOU sponsored project entitled “Effective utilization of learning resources at Study Centres of IGNOU”. He was also an investigator for a research project on Structural Control entitled ”Development of Semi-actively Controlled Structures and Devices for Seismic Protection Using Smart Materials” which was funded by, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.

Skill development is one of his favourite areas to work with. He was involved in design and development of competency based training and testing methodology for skill development programmes for construction workers. Competency statements were prepared for different trades of Construction Worker’s Vocational Qualification (CWVQ) Project. With the help of Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), He conducted short term skill development programmes in North-East region of the country to train the youth in the areas of Cell Phone Repair and Maintenance, Silk Screen Printing, Repair of Domestic Electrical Gadgets and working with Conventional lathe Machine.


Doctor of Philosophy
(Civil Engineering) 2004

Name of the University/Institution: IIT Delhi

Discipline: Civil Engineering

Doctoral Research Topic: Performance of Active, Semi-active, and Hybrid control Schemes for Seismic Protection of Building Frames 

M. Sc. Engg.
(Civil Engineering)1990

Name of the university: A. M. U., Aligarh

Discipline: Building Engineering

Dissertation Topic: Evaluation of Rheological Constants to Predict the Deformation of Vertically Loaded Piles 

B. Sc. Engg.
(Civil Engineering) 1988

Name of the university: A. M. U., Aligarh

Discipline: Civil Engineering 

PG Diploma 
(Human Resource Management) 1995

Name of the university: IGNOU


(Distance Education) 1996

Name of the university: IGNOU

Work Experience: 26 years


Books Authored: 01

Research Papers Published:

Research Papers in Peer Reviewed Journals: 04

Chapters in Books: 05

Papers Presented at International/National Conferences: 10


Membership of Professional Body/ Statutory Body

Name of Statutory Body/ Institution/


Life Member of Indian Geotechnical Society

Indian Geotechnical Society

Life Member

Life Member of Distance Education Society

Indian Distance Education Association

Life Member

Member School Board (School of Engineering & Technology)


2004 -2006

2008 - 2014

2017 - 2019

Member School Board (School of Sciences)


2006 -2008

Member School Board (School of Computer and Information Sciences)


2010 -2012

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