FBES Students Dominate Iskandar Puteri GIS Competition 2023- Storymap Creator Challenge With Outstanding Achievements

Iskandar Puteri, 16 Januari 2023- The students from the Faculty of Built and Surveying (FBES) at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia achieved remarkable success in the GIS Competition 2023-Storymap Creator Challenge, a testament to their hard work and dedication. The competition was organized by the Iskandar Puteri City Council in partnership with Faculty of Built and Surveying (UTM), University of Reading, ESRI Malaysia, Malaysian Institute of Planners, and Royal Institute Surveyor of Malaysia, was a highly competitive event spanning a duration of 558 hours of creation time, from December 8th, 2022 to December 31st, 2022.

A total of 32 entries were received in the GIS Competition 2023-Storymap Creator Challenge, comprising two main categories: Nature and Physical Science in Iskandar Puteri and Humanities and Culture in Iskandar Puteri, showcasing the diversity and creativity of the participants. For the first time, the Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying (FBES) proudly sent 27 teams of students representing three main programs: Urban and Regional Planning Program, Geoinformation Program and Landscape Architecture Program, marking a significant achievement on the remarkable talent of FBES students.

At the prize-giving ceremony presided over by the Mayor of Iskandar Puteri City Council, Dato’ Haji Mohd Haffiz Bin Haji Ahmad; the students achieved outstanding success by winning a total of 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze, and 4 Special Mention Awards, with total prize money of RM7,800.00.

The students have successfully utilized their Geographic Information Systems (GIS) skills and the data provided by the OneMBIP portal to generate compelling and unique story narratives. Through the integration of GIS techniques and data analysis, the students were able to creatively explore and showcase the information in a new and engaging way. The resulting narratives not only demonstrated a strong understanding of GIS concepts but also highlighted the power of GIS in storytelling and communication.

The integration of dashboard displays from big data sources into the storymap not only enhances the overall visual appeal but also allows students to showcase their skills in data visualization. The use of real-world data in a dynamic and interactive format provides a more engaging and meaningful learning experience for students. It also allows them to apply the concepts they have learned in a practical and relevant way, which can deepen their understanding of the subject matter. Additionally, the ability to analyze and interpret large data sets can be valuable in many industries, making this an essential skill for students to develop.

Further, the students demonstrated their ability to effectively utilize sentiment analysis techniques by analyzing social media big data sources to understand public sentiment towards a specific issue or product. This task required them to not only extract relevant data from various platforms but also to perform text preprocessing and cleaning feature extraction, and sentiment classification. The outcome of this exercise gave them a deeper understanding of how people feel about the specific subject matter and how to interpret the results. The ability to conduct sentiment analysis is a valuable skill, particularly in today’s digital age where social media is a primary source of information and opinion. This skill can be used in various fields such as marketing, politics, and customer service, and provides a valuable perspective on the public’s perception of a product or issue.

We hope that the successful partnership between UTM and Iskandar Puteri City Council will continue in the future. We are deeply grateful for their support and generosity of them in fully funding the prize for this competition. Their contribution has been instrumental in making this event a success and providing students with an enriching learning experience. We look forward to further collaboration and opportunities to work together to achieve common goals in the future.

It is important to acknowledge the tireless effort and dedication of TPr Chew Lee Ting and her team in meticulously planning and executing this competition. Their hard work and commitment to ensuring a smooth and successful event cannot be overstated.  Their dedication and attention to detail are truly commendable, and we are grateful for their contributions.

We extend our utmost gratitude and appreciation to the advisors who have provided guidance and oversight throughout the competition. Their support and expertise were significant in ensuring that the student’s work was of the highest quality and met the necessary standards. Their contributions are deeply valued and we thank them for their invaluable support:

Urban and Regional Planning:

Ts Gs Dr. Noradila Binti Rusli 
Ts Gs. Noordini Binti Che’man
TPr. Gs Dr. Nafisa Binti Hosni
Prof. Dr. Mohammad Rafee Bin Majid
Dr. AK Mohd Rafiq Bin AK Matusin

Landscape Architecture:
Gs Dr. Solehin Fitry Bin Rosley
Dr. Janatun Naim Binti Yusof
Dr. Norliza Mohd Isa

Dr. Suzanna Binti Azmy
Dr. Aimi Binti Musa
Dr. Hafiz Bin Yatim

Congratulation to the winners. 

All the storymaps creations can be accessed at https://link.mbip.gov.my/IPGIS-Challenge


The end of 2022, was closed with a delightful sharing session with students from the Geoinformation Program. I am grateful to Dr. Nurul Hawani for the invitation.

Gambar sendiri yang intense baru lapor diri kerja. hahaha

I am not claiming to be an urban planner; rather, I am an alumnus of Geomatic Engineering who shares my expertise and opinions with all of the juniors/students in the department.

Thank you so much!!


FABU Convention Hall, UTM Skudai, 18 December– The 2022 Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) continues with this 3 Minutes Final Year Project (3MFYP) competition. It challenges undergraduates to sum up their research within three minutes.

A total of thirty (30) final-year students from various disciplines competed in the 2019 event, which garnered positive reviews from attendees. This program is expected to empower students’ communication skills and boost their confidence during presentations.

The committee of 3MFYP

This year, in 2022, we received a total of 29 contestants to pitch their research ideas. There were a total of four judges for this event. Two of them were from industry, and the other two were UTM senior lecturers. Dr Syafiqah Saidin and Dr Ahmad Qusahri, from UTM. Ts Uma Shangery, an aerospace engineer from Malindo Airlines, and Miss Yasootha, the founder and CEO of Limelight Artistry Resources.

All of the winners are from the fields of social science and science and technology. Congratulations!!

The event ended with prizes going to the top six winners, who all did a great job of getting their ideas across in a clear and convincing way.

Tahniah!! Jumpa lagi tahun depan!


Program GIS Competition merupakan pertandingan yang dijalankan bersama Majlis Bandaraya Iskandar Puteri telah diadakan sebelumnya pada 2019 dengan tujuan memberikan pendedahan dan peluang kepada pelajar menggunapakai kemahiran dan pengetahuan dalam bidang yang dipelajari untuk diaplikasikan dalam Sistem Maklumat Geografi (GIS). Pertandingan ini memerlukan pelajar menganalisis dan memanipulasi data MBIP yang dikongsi semasa program ini. 

Rentetan daripada pandemik yang berlangsung selama dua tahun, program ini terhenti sementara dan dicadangkan dilaksanakan pada tahun ini semula bagi menjadikan program ini sebagai program tradisi tahunan bagi kumpulan penyelidikan GRiSP, Fakulti Alam Bina.

Program GIS Competition bagi tahun ini, akan dijalankan menggunakan platfom ArcGIS StoryMap. Platfom ini merupakan transformasi penceritaan digital secara dalam talian disokong oleh peta tersuai. Peserta bebas bercerita mengenai pelbagai tema yang berkait rapat dengan kawasan MBIP mengikut kreativiti, inovasi dan bidang masing-masing.

Bagi program  kali ini, tiga jabatan/program daripada Fakulti Alam Bina terlibat sama adalah:

  • Program Perancangan Bandar dan Wilayah
  • Program Senibina Landskap
  • Program Geoinformasi


Selamat Berjaya kepada semua peserta!!


“Hidup segan mati tak mahu”

On November 11, 2022, the replanting procedure was completed on both HLTs due to the plants’ not growing as flourish as before. The roots are tangled in the HLT channels, which prevents the free passage of nutrients and water through the system. Fresh seed stock and cocopeat.

The vegetables were successfully grown after approximately three weeks. Then, harvested and donated to Pusat Kajian Alam Melayu (KALAM)’s staff.


The journey of a lifetime consists of a series of baby steps and persistent efforts taken along the way. We would like to express our gratitude to the Malaysia Urban Observatory (MUO), PLANMalaysia; for their consistent and enthusiastic support of the efforts made by the staff and students of the Urban and Regional Planning Program to cultivate their skills. As a result of this partnership, two (2) StoryMaps have been submitted for consideration in the international competition.

Book Review: The 5 a.m Club

The Five-A-M Club by Robin Sharma is a book that gives the reader an idea of how to find balance in a healthy lifestyle through 5 a.m activities. Robin Sharma’s “Five-A-M Club” was published as his first New York Times bestseller in January 2005, but it has been translated into over 27 languages worldwide including Arabic and Chinese. Amazing right?

I cannot remember why I bought this book, but it was probably about three months ago. Robin Sharma loves to use character development to explain his ideas. He often begins with a personal story and then tells a universal truth, which he connects with the reader through the protagonist’s journey. Most of the time, I would say, “Really?” Do we have this character in real life? ” But, at the same time, I’m not being rational.

Waking up at 5 a.m. and doing the following things (example): exercise, eating breakfast, being proactive for the day, meditation, reading something inspirational, journal writing, planning your day, and establishing healthy habits will have a positive impact on your life. You’ll be able to enjoy the day while also improving your health and wellness.

OK, time to stop putting on the spoiler. The book is freaking great and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone if you haven’t read it yet.

Our Vegetables are Flourishing

Source of pictures: Dr Ezaila

It’s amazing to see how our vegetables have flourished since we started our urban farming project. From seed to table, we’ve been able to watch them grow and thrive under the sun.

It’s been a learning experience, to say the least. We’ve had to adjust our methods based on what’s worked and what hasn’t, and we’ve learned a lot about growing vegetables and understanding how the HLT structure system’s working.

Every day, we check in on them to see how they’re doing, and it’s so exciting to see them growing bigger and stronger. Trust me. It’s like therapy. Very comforting.

IGCESH 2022- A Jury

When you’re invited to be a part of something as prestigious as the jury for the best presentation award at IGCESH 2022, you know it’s a big deal. You’re one of the few people who have been chosen to judge, and you can’t help but feel grateful for the opportunity.

It’s been an amazing experience so far. Every presenter has put their heart and soul into their work, and it’s been an honor to be a part of it all.

I can’t wait to see who wins in the end. But no matter what happens, I’ll always be grateful for this incredible experience.

MUO Subject Matter Expert

Alhamdulillah I’ve been appointed as a subject matter expert for MUO. Honestly, being a MUO Subject Matter Expert is no easy task. It demands a comprehensive understanding of knowledge and skills in geospatial analytics. The insights and analysis that SMEs will provide are used to make critical decisions that affect billions of people. And that’s why I’m quite nervous about receiving this appointment. Let’s move forward!

“The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.” – Fabienne Fredrickson