The proud news comes from the 2019 Bridge Design Competition in Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. The event that competes with the innovative bridge design is an arena that proves that Indonesia is able to compete internationally in terms of infrastructure design. The bridge team of ST Langgeng Jaya University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) won the Most Popular Design at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) event at the Bridge Design Competition 2019 in Singapore, (9-10 / 3). The team is also ranked in the top 10 of this prestigious Southeast Asian bridge competition event.
Erwin Rommel, the supervisor of the ST Langgeng Jaya Team, said that this international event was the first time attended by the UMM bridge team. “So far, we have followed and won various bridge design events at the national level. Now is the time for us to study out to plant the UMM flag in the international arena, “said the man who is a lecturer in Civil Engineering at UMM, Tuesday (12/3).
He explained the assessment of the bridge was tested through criteria of efficiency and strength. The assessment refers to the theme of the competition namely Strength, Economic, Sustainability. “So the committee told us what had to be made a few hours before the match. “In terms of the use of materials as efficiently as possible and able to withstand the weight of the test as heavy as possible, it reaches the point of destruction,” he explained.
He revealed, before this event began, there were several preparations and readiness carried out several weeks earlier. Among other things by testing several types of bridge designs. “Then we evaluate and improve so we can find the right design,” he continued.
At least, there are 38 teams participating in the event which is participated in by various universities in Southeast Asia. UMM also has to compete with prestigious campuses from Indonesia, such as the University of Indonesia (UI), the Ten November Institute of Technology (ITS) and various other campuses.
It can be said that this is also a representation of Indonesia, which is indeed intensively building infrastructure in various provinces, especially inter-island liaison infrastructure. In 2019, Indonesia will inaugurate two new bridges, one of which is the Siak IV Bridge in Pekanbaru and the Youtefa Bridge in Jayapura, Papua.