Wednesday (25/10/2023) a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Sanyo Construction Service Co., Ltd., Japan and the Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Gadjah Mada. The signing was carried out in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, FT UGM. The event was attended by Mr. Mitshuhiro Okamura (President Director), Mr. Yasunobu Kashihara, Rangga Anhar and Ms. Rina Saparina from Sanyo Indonesia, while from the Faculty of Engineering was attended by the Dean of FT UGM, Prof. Selo, Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Prof. T. Faisal Fathani, as well as several lecturers including Angga Fajar Setiawan, Ph.D. and Angga Trisna Yudhistira, M.Eng.
The MoU signing ceremony was opened by the Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. In his speech, Prof. T. Faisal Fathani started by introducing everyone who were present from the UGM Faculty of Engineering, and gave a general overview of what would be carried out, namely that the research carried out was about building strengthening technology with additional bracing systems carried out using experimental numerical simulation. The research will be implemented at the DTSL Structure Laboratory and in the future will be widely applied throughout Indonesia.
Prof. Selo, as Dean of FT UGM, also gave a welcoming speech, giving appreciation to Sanyo for this collaboration, because the Faculty of Engineering UGM wants to contribute to the wider community. Prof. Selo provides a comparison between buildings in the past which were stronger than current buildings so it is hoped that research on building strengthening technology will make existing buildings stronger and last longer.
Sanyo Construction Sevice Japan, represented by Mitsuhiro Okamura with translator Ms. Rina expressed her pride in being able to collaborate with the UGM Faculty of Engineering, which is one of the leading universities. It was said that there were many earthquakes in Japan and also in Indonesia, so Sanyo wanted to contribute to reducing the impact of these earthquakes on buildings so that they could minimize or even avoid human casualties. It is hoped that this will result in regulations relating to building strengthening. Okamura also said that signing this MoU was not a goal but a first step instead.
The next event was the signing of the MoU, the Faculty of Engineering was represented by the Dean of FT, Prof. Selo and Sanyo were represented by Representative Director, Mitsuhiro Okamura. The event closed with a discussion session. The direction of this research will be a case study looking for buildings with problems, for example in column/beam/connection elements. Later on, a numerical analysis will be carried out, then reinforcement will be given to these elements and then experiments will be carried out with small scale models. (Source: DTSL public relations)