Call for Participant: COME & JOIN US in INFINID 2021!!!!

InFInID 2021

Call for Participant: COME & JOIN US in INFINID 2021!!!!

Participants are eligible for CPD & CCD points!_
BEM: 2 points
MBOT: 5 points
*CIDB: To be announced

Date: 21- 22 September 2021

Platform: Zoom (Online:link will be given)
Fee: USD30 only

Dear Researchers / Academics / Practitioners,

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Universitas Islam Sultan Agung (UNISSULA) organizers are proud to announce a collaboration with the geotechnical engineering, transportation, and coastal community and would like to welcome all of you to participate in InFInID 2021 which will be held from 21– 22 September 2021.
The conferences will be a premier platform for the presentation of new advances and research results in the fields of Civil Engineering (Geotechnics, Transportation & Highway, and Coastal Engineering). The conference will bring together leading researchers, engineers, and scientists in the materials and processes field of interest from around the world.

For any inquiries regarding the conference, please contact

We look forward to seeing you at InFInID 2021.


InFInID 2021 Secretariat.
UTM:, Tel: +6010336 2021 (Dr. Dayang Zulaika )
UNISSULA:, Tel: +6285740534997(Ms Ari Sentani) or +6285866888937 (Mr Niam);

Post 2020 economy review

Year 2021 will pick recovery of 2020. It’s expected to emerge from challenging 2020 in Q2 2021. This is what expert predicting based on vaccine distribution started on early Dec 2020. But I believed it will be long recovery..

Greater China, India and ASEAN will be the new economic empire..? May be…hope so.. Hope 2021 will be recovery not another black swan event.

Resumption of Growth (Credit Manulife Investment)

Geochitra 2021

In 2019 Department of Geotechnics and Transportation manages to organize a sucessful GEOCHITRA 2019. The conference managed to attract 200 participants and 8 exhibitors to the conference. The successful program has gained interest to UNISSULA, Indonesia invited us to collaborate organizing a similar conference in 2021.

Several meetings were held to ensure the coordination of the future conference could be achieved. The meeting was done through official visits and video conferences. Many ideas and suggestions were discussed to meet both agreements.

In Feb 2020, UTM had visited UNISSULA as a counter visit, this was our third official meeting. Besides the meeting, UNISSULA also introduces us to the Indonesian culture. Overall the visit was outstanding and very beneficial.

Official meeting
Visit to Old City of Semarang
Visit at Lawang Sewu
Dinner at CianJur Ikan Bakar
Visit to Kletong Sam Poo

Experiential learning

Monkey see, Monkey Do, are we monkey?

Learning by doing refers to a theory of education expounded by American philosopher John Dewey. It’s a hands-on approach to learning, meaning students must interact with their environment in order to adapt and learn[1]. Dewey implemented this idea by setting up the University of Chicago Laboratory School.[2] His views have been important in establishing practices of progressive education. For instance, the learn-by-doing theory was adopted by Richard DuFour and applied to the development of professional learning communities[3].

I believe that the school must represent present life – life as real and vital to the child as that which he carries on in the home, in the neighborhood, or on the playground.

— John Dewey (My Pedagogic Creed)

“… The teachers were to present real life problems to the children and then guide the students to solve the problem by providing them with a hands-on activity to learn the solution … Cooking and sewing was to be taught at school and be a routine. Reading, writing, and math was to be taught in the daily course of these routines. Building, cooking, and sewing had these schooling components in it and these activities also represented everyday life for the students.”[4]

— Peggy Hickman

In higher education implementation teaching by doing through physical modeling sees increasing use in geotechnical engineering education, there is a need for a strategic approach for integrating this powerful simulation technique into courses in a way that ensures the greatest benefit for students. For this reason, a learning theory approach, which recognizes the natural learning cycle of students, has been developed. The approach is based on amodified version of the learning theorist David Kolb’s “theory of experiential learning.” The approach emphasizes a variety of learning styles and thus is appealing to a broad range of students. The approach is relatively easy to apply to traditional geotechnical engineering coursework and requires only a modest effort to adopt. It is expected that by using this approach when designing course modules,instructors can increase the likelihood that comprehensive learning will take place.

Geotropika – Ichitra 2019 Appreciation lucheon

Alhamdulillah on 23th Dec 2019, geotropika- Ichitra 2019 held Appreciation luncheon as to celebrate the success of the programme. More than 40 people attended the programme held at KSL, JB. The food was fantastic and the venue is convenient. All the hardworks could

not be repay through this luncheon but this memory will be priceless hanging out with the team members especially near to the end of 2019.

I m looking forward for 2021 Geotropika-Ichitra which most probably will be held outside of Malaysia for the first time. Hope all the experience and bonding from the past Geotropika will be foundation of the successful future programme.

Women women women!

She has been in your life since you are tiny in her womb. Her scarifice is paramount to bring you to the world. Either she being “house manager” which the backbone of the family or working in the tough world. She always that for you.  Being mum, wife and may be an Engineer , all the struggles sometimes have it’s up and down.


I said, that’s life (that’s life) and as funny as it may seem
Some people get their kicks
Stompin’ on a dream
But I don’t let it, let it get me down
‘Cause this fine old world it keeps spinnin’ around
I’ve been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate
A poet, a pawn and a king
I’ve been up and down and over and out
And I know one thing
Each time I find myself flat on my face
I pick myself up and get back in the race
That’s Life
Song by Frank Sinatra
My salute to a creation called woman so a special gift to fuel their motivation  I would like to share a motivation  e book to them, so never give up especially “A WOMAN ENGINEER “

Tips on Leadership, Teamworking and Communication- Survey Camp

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, especially in School of Civil Engineering had been producing a good quality professional with all set of generic skills. We have proved to produce a prominent leader in politics, business and government sectors. Among important skills are leadership, teamworking and communication. It is confusing at first and second year of study in Civil Engineering why those skills are important. With the confusion, the student required some understanding of those skills before that can acquire it through training in classroom, laboratory and fieldwork.

In School of Civil Engineering, we had a programme known as Survey Camp which been introduced in the first year. In summary, this programme instils the technical knowledge and integrate with real engineering problems with the development of three generic skills such as leadership, team working and communication. Following are some link of videos in related generic skills. Please enjoy watching.

1. Level of leadership – John Maxwell

2. Confidence, Courage & Decision Making – John Maxwell


1.  Working together to make things happen- TED talk

2. Teamworking skills – Texas Higher Education


1.5 ways to improve your communication

2. How To Improve Communication Skills – 7 Unique Tips!



Role of SWCC in Practice

Blight Lecture, – ISMCGE 2017 
Delwyn G. Fredlund, Senior Geotechnical Engineering Specialist, Golder Associates


In Seoul 2017, Prof Fredlund one of top Unsaturated Researcher had delivered a talk in Soil Water Retention Curve in practice. The talk was delivered in Blight Lecture  in ISSMGE conference. Basically, Soil Water retention curve is the relationship between the water content, θ, and the soil water potential, ψ. This curve is characteristic for different types of soil, and is also called the soil moisture characteristic.

It is used to predict the soil water storage, water supply to the plants (field capacity) and soil aggregate stability. Due to the hysteretic effect of water filling and draining the pores, different wetting and drying curves may be distinguished.

The general features of a water retention curve can be seen in the figure, in which the volume water content, θ, is plotted against the matric potential, {\displaystyle \Psi _{m}}\Psi_m. At potentials close to zero, a soil is close to saturation, and water is held in the soil primarily by capillary forces. As θ decreases, binding of the water becomes stronger, and at small potentials (more negative, approaching wilting point) water is strongly bound in the smallest of pores, at contact points between grains and as films bound by adsorptive forces around particles.

Sandy soils will involve mainly capillary binding, and will therefore release most of the water at higher potentials, while clayey soils, with adhesive and osmotic binding, will release water at lower (more negative) potentials. At any given potential, peaty soils will usually display much higher moisture contents than clayey soils, which would be expected to hold more water than sandy soils. The water holding capacity of any soil is due to the porosity and the nature of the bonding in the soil.


 Please watch and read the full information below especially for Geotechnical Engineering Post Graduate Students.

Click Here_>>>>>Full paper Hons. Blight Lecture

Click Here >>>>>> Full video

Mental Health a major concern in coming years among Malaysian Students?

Definition of Depression

Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.

Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:

  • Feeling sad or having a depressed mood
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
  • Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Loss of energy or increased fatigue
  • Increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., hand-wringing or pacing) or slowed movements and speech (actions observable by others)
  • Feeling worthless or guilty
  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Symptoms must last at least two weeks for a diagnosis of depression.

Also, medical conditions (e.g., thyroid problems, a brain tumor or vitamin deficiency) can mimic symptoms of depression so it is important to rule out general medical causes.

Depression affects an estimated one in 15 adults (6.7%) in any given year. And one in six people (16.6%) will experience depression at some time in their life. Depression can strike at any time, but on average, first appears during the late teens to mid-20s. Women are more likely than men to experience depression. Some studies show that one-third of women will experience a major depressive episode in their lifetime. (

In Malaysia, mental health cases have increases up 40% (read it in latest newpaper articles) due to concern in Malaysian citizens in recent years.

In newspaper excerpt following Mental health of Malaysian students cause of worry: Health Ministry causes me to worry more on my children development in coming years. Following are details of the paper excerpt

Experts cite anxiety and depression as the main causes of mental health problems among students although not ruling out the influence of drugs as a factor.

One of them, Dr Mohd Suhaimi Mohamad, said a prolonged state of mental health problems could make students become withdrawn, suffer from schizophrenia and develop the inclination to commit suicide.

The tendency to take one’s own life could become more severe if the mental health problems were not addressed within a period of two years, he said, adding that this was a serious matter that was often neglected.

Referring to the causes, Dr Mohd Suhaimi said anxiety developed from trauma, emotional disorders such as bulimia, developmental disorders such as hyperactivity, behaviourial disorders and severe stress due to family problems.

He said anxiety could be attributed to pressure of examinations that might instil fear in students.

“Low self-confidence as a result could cause a student to be in a state of worry and stress, coupled with the pressure from parents and teachers who drive them to be competitive.

“Besides studies, the fear of embarrassment over any matter could push students towards extreme consternation,” he told Bernama.

In a state of restlessness, a student would normally experience heavy sweating at all times and a pounding heart, inability to sleep at night and insomnia that could take a toll on his or her health if these were to prolong, he said.

“Depression, on the other hand, makes an individual isolate himself or herself from others,” Dr Mohd Suhaimi said, adding that the signs of extreme depression were sudden mood changes that led to extreme anger.

This could also occur due to heredity factors inherited from family members with mental health problems, he said.

Dr Mohd Suhaimi did not rule out the possibility of mental health problems stemming from the pressure from parents for their children to excel in the academic field.

“Parents should help their children live a normal life and not force them to study solely to meet their own expectations,” he said.

Dr Mohd Suhaimi said that once a child was diagnosed to have a mental health problem, treatment could be administered through the biopsychosocial way with an individual interacting with the patient so that the latter did not feel isolated and did not act aggressively.

“Besides, the administration of medication regularly can control and prevent a person from sliding towards mental illness,” he said.

He also said that the individual should be given guidance and support by those around him or her, especially parents, to rebuild his or her confidence.

“Parents should extend support and encouragement to children with mental health problems to prevent the condition from worsening,” he said. — Bernama