Site visit for Engineering Geology

On the 25th of September 2016, the School of Environmental Engineering has organized a site visit for the first year student of Civil Engineering to three locations. These three locations are Gua Kelam, the National Science Centre (Northern Region Branch), and also the Department of Mineral and Geoscience. These locations were selected to fulfil the requirement for the course taken by the students which is Engineering Geology. The purpose of the site visit was to give a better understanding to the students on geological information on site.

The visit started off with a trip to Gua Kelam. This site was selected to give an exposure to the students on the weathering process which occurs inside the cave, as well as the nature of a rock cavity. The students were given an assignment to observe the surrounding area inside the cave for different types of rock formation, as well as the effect of stream flow on the cave. It was a very good experience for the students as they had the opportunity to touch and observe closely the geological formation occurred inside the cave.

The next pit stop was the National Science Centre (Northern Region Branch), which was located near Gunung Keriang, Alor Setar. The objective of visiting the National Science Centre was for the students to experience the earthquake stimulation house that they have. This is correlated to the lesson learned in Engineering Geology, which was on geo-hazards such as earthquake. Apart from that, there were many sciences – related activities that the students participated and enjoyed.

The last stop for the visit was a trip to the Department of Mineral and Geoscience (DMG). Here, the students were given a talk by two mineral-expert panels from the DMG. The talk was mainly on the topics related to what the students learned in class. Besides that, the students also showed high interest by actively participating the Q&A session with the panels. The rock display area inside the DMG office was also very interesting and helpful as the students could get close – up and personal with the rocks.

In conclusion, the site visit to three distinct locations was a very good experience for the students as there a lot of knowledge gathered. Apart from that, the students showed growing interest for the course itself. It is hoped that more site visits will be conducted from time – to – time so that students can relate the theory they learned in class with the outside environment.

Prepared By : Ms. Ilya Joohari