Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

USM develops software application for testing soil strength and gradient

14.01.2011
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) has developed a software application to test soil strength and gradient in order to help the government tackle the problem of landslides in the country.

The application, known as ‘Slopen’, can help developers and contractors in their work, especially before putting up a new construction in a particular area.

A lecturer at the School of Civil Engineering, Prof. Fauziah Ahmad, said that ‘Slopen’ is now in the final stages of development and that it can be used easily as long as there is access to the internet.

"With this application, developers and contractors will be able to test soil strength before they commence construction work and in this way prevent unexpected loss of property and lives."

"Most importantly, this innovation is not based on profit. Developers and contractors can use this application at no cost whatsoever to evaluate soil strength, especially in hilly areas," she said.

She said this in her speech in conjunction with the Public Lecture Series for Professorial Appointments titled ‘Inovasi Kestabilan, Kekuatan dan Kelestarian Cerun’ (‘Innovation for Stability, Strength and Sustainability of Slopes’), at the Engineering Campus, USM, Nibong Tebal recently. She added that many studies have been carried out in Penang with regard to soil engineering because of the frequent occurrence of landslides here.

"Areas that are most frequently affected are Paya Terubong, Batu Ferringhi and the Tanjung Bungah stretch right up to Balik Pulau. These areas are geographically hilly and many housing development projects are being undertaken here," she added.

She hopes that the housing developers and contractors such as in Penang will not only think of the profits without taking into consideration the issue of safety.

"The socioeconomic effects in this hilly terrain can only stabilized if restoration works take into account the natural soil characteristics and if they are turned into better and more sustainable ones," she explained.

Prof. Fauziah Ahmad, who received her PhD from University of Stratchlcyde, Glasgow, Scotland has won multiple awards for research at both local and international levels. They include the Grand Grand Prix Award for Women Inventor, CIDB Excellent Award and the Holcim Best Invention. She has also won 8 gold medals, two silver medals and one bronze medal for her research.

At the same event, Prof. Meor Othman Hamzah, another lecturer from the School of Civil Engineering, USM also delivered a lecture in conjunction with the Public Lecture Series for Professorial Appointments titled ‘Pembangunan Lestari Teknologi Asfalt untuk Menjamin Kelangsungan Industri Asfalt Negara’( Sustainable Development of Asphalt Technology for the National Asphalt Industry).

Mohamad Abdullah | Research asia research news
Further information:
http://www.usm.my/index.php/en/about-usm/news-archive/66-news-highlight/7455-usm-bangunkan-perisian-terbuka-kaji-kekuatan-dan-kecerunan
http://www.researchsea.com

More articles from Information Technology:

nachricht Smart Computers
18.08.2017 | Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau

nachricht AI implications: Engineer's model lays groundwork for machine-learning device
18.08.2017 | Washington University in St. Louis

All articles from Information Technology >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Fizzy soda water could be key to clean manufacture of flat wonder material: Graphene

Whether you call it effervescent, fizzy, or sparkling, carbonated water is making a comeback as a beverage. Aside from quenching thirst, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have discovered a new use for these "bubbly" concoctions that will have major impact on the manufacturer of the world's thinnest, flattest, and one most useful materials -- graphene.

As graphene's popularity grows as an advanced "wonder" material, the speed and quality at which it can be manufactured will be paramount. With that in mind,...

Im Focus: Exotic quantum states made from light: Physicists create optical “wells” for a super-photon

Physicists at the University of Bonn have managed to create optical hollows and more complex patterns into which the light of a Bose-Einstein condensate flows. The creation of such highly low-loss structures for light is a prerequisite for complex light circuits, such as for quantum information processing for a new generation of computers. The researchers are now presenting their results in the journal Nature Photonics.

Light particles (photons) occur as tiny, indivisible portions. Many thousands of these light portions can be merged to form a single super-photon if they are...

Im Focus: Circular RNA linked to brain function

For the first time, scientists have shown that circular RNA is linked to brain function. When a RNA molecule called Cdr1as was deleted from the genome of mice, the animals had problems filtering out unnecessary information – like patients suffering from neuropsychiatric disorders.

While hundreds of circular RNAs (circRNAs) are abundant in mammalian brains, one big question has remained unanswered: What are they actually good for? In the...

Im Focus: RAVAN CubeSat measures Earth's outgoing energy

An experimental small satellite has successfully collected and delivered data on a key measurement for predicting changes in Earth's climate.

The Radiometer Assessment using Vertically Aligned Nanotubes (RAVAN) CubeSat was launched into low-Earth orbit on Nov. 11, 2016, in order to test new...

Im Focus: Scientists shine new light on the “other high temperature superconductor”

A study led by scientists of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science in Hamburg presents evidence of the coexistence of superconductivity and “charge-density-waves” in compounds of the poorly-studied family of bismuthates. This observation opens up new perspectives for a deeper understanding of the phenomenon of high-temperature superconductivity, a topic which is at the core of condensed matter research since more than 30 years. The paper by Nicoletti et al has been published in the PNAS.

Since the beginning of the 20th century, superconductivity had been observed in some metals at temperatures only a few degrees above the absolute zero (minus...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Call for Papers – ICNFT 2018, 5th International Conference on New Forming Technology

16.08.2017 | Event News

Sustainability is the business model of tomorrow

04.08.2017 | Event News

Clash of Realities 2017: Registration now open. International Conference at TH Köln

26.07.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

A Map of the Cell’s Power Station

18.08.2017 | Life Sciences

Engineering team images tiny quasicrystals as they form

18.08.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

Researchers printed graphene-like materials with inkjet

18.08.2017 | Materials Sciences

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>