Department of Geotechnic and Transportation

Updated : 17 August 2011

INTRODUCTION

Department of Geotechnic and Transportation comprises the areas of geotechnical engineering, transportation and highway engineering. Getechnical engineering uses principles of soil mechanics and rock mechanics to investigate subsurface conditions and materials. It is a useful knowledge to evaluate stability of slope, design of earthwork and foundation of structure as well as monitoring site condition and assess risk of failure.

Transportation is a broad based profession that encompasses infrastructure, transport mode, traffic and control system. It is concerned not only with planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance and control of transportation facilities, but also with safety of users. It drives the economy through the provision of safe, economic, efficient, effective and environmentally sustainable delivery of transport services. Transportation draws strength from other allied professions and usually not treated in isolation. Its compatibility with geotechnical engineering is seamless.

The combination of geotechnical engineering and the transportation sections enable the department to provide a wide range of multi-disciplinary training and services in soil-related and transportation-related problems. Graduates specialize in geotechnics and/or transportation find careers in the broad range of disciplines that draw heavily on the elements of rock and soil mechanics, highway materials and traffic design, and environmental geotechnics.

Besides 30 academic staff, there are 13 dedicated technical staff involve in assisting academic staff in laboratory sessions or research works for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

RESEARCH GROUP MEMBER AND AREA OF RESEARCH

MEMBER OF RESEARCH GROUPS RESEARCH AREA
1.
PAVEMENT RESEARCH GROUP (PRG)
 
  1. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd.Rosli Hainin (Leader)
  2. Prof. Ir. Dr. Hasanan Mohd Nor
  3. Dr. Hayati Yaacob
  4. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Johnnie Ben-Edigbe
  5. Che Ros Ismail
  6. Mohd Khairul Idham Mohd Satar
  7. Muhammad Naqiuddin Mohd Warid
  • Pavement materials
  • Construction
  • Structural Design
  • Maintenance
  • Rehabilitation
2.
SOFT SOIL ENGINEERING RESEARCH GROUP (SSRG)
 
  1. Prof. Dr. Aminaton Marto (Leader)
  2. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kamarudin Ahmad
  3. Mohamed Zahry Othman
  4. Fauziah Kasim
  5. Nor Zurairahetty Mohd Yunus
  6. Muhammad Azril Hezmi
  • Soil investigation
  • Physical, engineering and chemical properties, mineralogy and morphology
  • Settlement and bearing capacity
  • Dynamic load & Earthquake effect
  • Construction and excavation
  • Foundation and tunneling
  • Modelling of soil behavior, earth structure on soft soil, etc – physical, centrifuge, finite element
  • Monitoring work – soil instrumentation
3.
GROUND IMPROVEMENT RESEARCH GROUP (GIRG)
 
  1. Prof. Dr. Khairul Anuar Kassim (Leader)
  2. Prof. Madya Dr. Kamaruddin Ahmad
  3. Prof. Madya Ir. Dr. Ramli Nazir
  4. Prof. Madya Mohd For Mohd Amin
  5. Ahmad Safuan Abd. Rashid
  6. Rini Asnida Abdullah
  • Soil improvement techniques to reduce settlements, increase the shear strength, increases the factor of safety and reduce shrinkage and swelling.
  • Compaction, pre-compressions, vertical drain, soil stabilization by admixtures, electro-osmosis, soil nailing, micro-piles,
  • Rock characterization & behavior, rock mass improvement, pile driving and pile testing.
  • Techniques of testing stabilized soil
4.
GEOHAZARD RESEARCH GROUPS (GRG)
 
  1. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nurly Gofar (Leader)
  2. Dr. Nazri Ali
  3. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Zulkifli Mohd Yunus
  4. Assoc. Prof. Ir. Azman Kassim
  5. Dr. Hisham Mohamad
  6. Dr. Edy Tonnizam Mohamad
  7. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mushairry Mustaffar
  • Slope stability
  • Ground Deformation
  • Numerical modeling and analysis
  • Unsaturated Behavior of Tropical Residual Soil
  • Factors affecting geohazards occurrence
  • Climate changes
  • Major civil construction and activities
  • Environmental Geology
  • Ground movement attenuation
5.
TRANSPORTATON RESEARCH GROUP (TRG)
 
  1. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Othman Che Puan (Leader)
  2. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Johnnie Ben-Edigbe
  3. Che Ros Ismail
  4. Mohd Izuddin Ithnan
  5. Nordiana Mashros
  6. Dr. Muhammad Zaly Shah
  7. Dorina Astana
  • Highway Traffic
  • Road Safety
  • Transportation Planning
  • Transport Pollution
  • Intelligent Transport System – ITS
  • Pedestrian/Cyclistion
  • Traffic Control Devices
  • Highway Capacity and Infrastructure & System
6.
ROAD SAFETY RESEARCH GROUP (ROSREG)
 
  1. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Johnnie Ben-Edigbe (Leader)
  2. Dr. Anil Minhans
  • Public Transport and Dedicated Routes
  • Accident Investigation and Documentation
  • Speed and Traffic Management
  • Safer Route to School in Urban Areas
  • Mobility and Vulnerable Road User
  • Freight and Emergency Services
  • Motorcycle Safety on The Road