Geophysics Field Camp 2019

Geophysics field camp is an annual event for 2nd year students. For the 2019, this annual event was designed differently from previous years which is held in Banda Aceh, Indonesia for 9 days (1-9/July 2019). This program was led by Associate Professor Dr. Rosli Saad. Dr. Nordiana Mohd Muztaza and Dr. Nur Azwin Ismail, also participated in this program are laboratory staffs, Mr. Yaakub Othman, Mr. Shahil Ahmad Khosaini, Mr Zulkeflee Ismail, Mr. Hajjaj Jaharullah and four PhD students, Mr. Mark Jinmin, Mr. Nazrin Rahman, Mr. Kiu Yap Chong and Mr. Rais Yusoh as facilitator. Students from Geophysics program (USM) 2nd year students in collaboration with Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Syiah Kuala (UNSYIAH), Banda Aceh, Indonesia for liquefaction study.

Liquefaction is one of the disaster that effect life and economies. From the geology point of view, liquefaction occurs when vibrations or water pressure within a mass of soil cause the soil particles to lose contact with one another. As a result, the soil behaves like a liquid, has an inability to support weight and can flow down very gentle slopes. The water saturated loose sand and silt will behave like a liquid when triggered by trigger agent (earthquake, drilling, etc) and cause natural/man made disaster.

This phenomena is one of the major disaster occurred globally. Mapping and predicting the area that prone to the liquefaction event will be the best action in order to safe lives and economy. Geophysical methods (resistivity, self potential, seismic P and S wave) are the best and fast methods to apply for achieving the above objective.

On 2nd to 6th July 2019, the students from Geophysics (USM) and Engineering Geophysics (UNSYIAH) were divided into five groups and concentrated on acquiring, analyzing and interpreting the geophysical data. VIVA for all geophysics USM students was held on 7th July and after that all students are free to walk around Banda Aceh.

The program also received sponsorship from BHEPA USM and several companies such as Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS), LR Teknik Geo Services, MZ Erat and Malindo Air. Thank you for the valuable sponsorship and support Geophysics fieldcamp.