UK-Indonesia Researcher Network


Towards sustainable infrastructure through structural health monitoring: centre for intelligent infrastructure

Investigators: Dr Irwanda Laory (University of Warwick), Prof Bambang Budiono (Institut Teknologi Bandung, ITB)

Partners: Indonesian Ministry of Public Works and Housing; Universitas Gadjah Mada; Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember

Funding Body: British Council (£67.7k)

Timescale: 2016 – 2018

Infrastructure  provides energy, transport, water and other essentials that are the basis of a society and economic well-being. In terms of growth slowdown, the highest risk exposure to Indonesia is transport infrastructure. Its poor condition limits access to health facilities, schools and also inflates prices. To address these concerns, this project will establish long-term UK-Indonesia collaboration on Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) whilst simultaneously developing links between research community and SHM industry to improve maintenance and ensure integrity of infrastructure. A new ‘Centre for intelligent infrastructure’ will be formed and the founders include Indonesian Ministry of Public Works and Housing, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Universitas Indonesia, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember and the University of Warwick.

Developing Indonesian coastal Areas as sustainable tourism destinations – A replicable integrated engineering model for exemplary waste management

Investigators: Dr Budi Faisal (ITB), Professor Andy Ford (London South Bank University, LSBU), Ms Jennifer Hardi (LSBU), Mr Ari Perdana (ITB), Mr Baransyah (ITB) and Dr Benno Rahardhyan (ITB)

Partners: Mr Rohadji Trie (Lembaga Penerapan Teknologi Tepat, LPTT), Ms Chani Leahong (Integrated Engineering Specialist, UK)

Funding Body: Royal Academy of Engineering through Industry Academia Partnership Programme (£41.3k of £68k)

Timescale: 2017 – 2018

The population growth and increase in tourism contributes significantly to the growing volumes of solid waste in Indonesia, especially those within the coastal area.  To tackle this problem, ITB, LSBU and LPTT are collaborating to deliver a world-standard integrated waste management engineering model as an exemplar solution for Indonesia. This project is a catalyst for further industry engagement, and a knowledge-based and skills transfer in Engineering research and education. Batukaras in Pangandaran, West Java has been selected as a UN Sustainable Tourism Observatory and study area for engineering research into waste management.

We will be working in close partnership between Indonesian Industry and Academia, and utilizing UK specialist expertise in Integrated Engineering to deliver the objectives. Our team is building upon research and development programmes we are already involved with in the Batukaras area, West Java, thereby ensuring that there will be significant ongoing benefit of the program including uspcaling and enabling realisation of much needed measures to widen the impact of our respective work in the field and in our educational programmes.

Blue-Green Infrastructure in Semarang (BuGIS)

Investigators: Dr Robby Soetanto (Loughborough University, LU), Dr Jati Utomo Dwi Hatmoko (Universitas Diponegoro, UnDip), Dr Lee Bosher (LU), Dr Ferry Hermawan (UnDip), Dr Ksenia Chmutina (LU), Dr Wido Prananing Tyas (UnDip)

Partners: DPRD Semarang, BAPPEDA, PDAM Tirta Moedal, Association of Property Developers, College of Public Health

Funding Body: British Council and Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education through Newton Fund Institutional Link – KLN/INSINAS 1 (£93.3k)

Timescale: 2017 – 2019

Website: @resilientBuGIS

Flooding is a major environmental risk facing urban populations in Semarang, Indonesia. BuGIS project brings together two research teams from Loughborough University (LU) and Universitas Diponegoro (UnDip) to collaborate and develop a long-lasting partnership that will help to address this societal problem, enhance positive impact on vulnerable flood-prone communities in Semarang, and build research capacity. The project aims to increase the flood resilience of Semarang by integrating Blue Green Infrastructure (BGI) concepts into the development of that city’s drainage. BGI is an approach that integrates water management and green infrastructure to replicate natural water cycles (Blue-Green Cities, 2016). This aim will be achieved by developing a sustainable Flood Risk Management strategy for Semarang that embraces the technical (structural and non-structural) approaches of BGI and aligns them with local community-based activities. The project will seek to integrate future research and development (R&D) into urban development planning with heightened capacity for resilience against the impacts of climate change.

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