Banda Aceh – Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation Research Center Universitas Syiah Kuala (TDMRC USK) is one of two USK Higher Education Science and Technology Centers (PUI-PT). TDMRC aims to contribute to communicating science to strengthen community resilience in the face of disasters. TDMRC has a motto, “communicating science, enhancing resilience,” which is the answer to the goal. TDMRC provided Disaster Mitigation Survey Tool Training and Dissemination of TDMRC Research Results in 2023 to strengthen community resilience on November 21-23. The Disaster Training Development Division of TDMRC conducted this training.
TDMRC has a Disaster Training Development Division tasked with providing training services on various instruments, tools and laboratories available at TDMRC. Therefore, the division carried out Disaster Mitigation Survey Tool Training and Dissemination of TDMRC Research Results in 2023, coordinated by Haekal Azief Haridhi, Ph.D., as a division leader.
This training focused on using disaster survey tools such as the hand-held GPS Handled, GPS RTK Hi-Target V60, DJI M300 Drone and micro-tremor survey. These tools have the following functions:
1. Micro-tremor is one of the passive seismic methods used to identify the seismic vulnerability of an area as well as the characteristics of the subsoil.
2. RTK Hi-Target V60 is one of the real-time positions by differential using phase data, data obtained in the form of coordinates and elevation with relative accuracy in millimeters.
3. Handheld GPS, a type of GPS that is often used for outdoor activities that helps provide information related to position, distance measurement, coordinate determination, and navigation
4. DJI M300 Drone Mapping provides mapping images using aerial photogrammetry techniques; the data generated includes image maps and 3D model maps (DEM).
On the 1st day (21/11/23), participants were trained on using these tools directly in the field and then processing the data in the classroom. This gave the participants hands-on experience and knowledge on using survey tools and various research results, or research focuses carried out at TDMRC USK during 2023.
One hundred sixteen participants attended the activity, including 100 students and 16 lecturers from the Department of Geography at Padang State University (UNP) in West Sumatra. This group was welcomed by the Director of TDMRC, Prof. Syamsidik. The training aimed to train participants using disaster mitigation survey tools and disseminate research results from researchers or divisions at TDMRC in 2023.
On the 2nd day (22/11/23), the Dissemination of TDMRC Research Results was opened by the Head of the Department of Geography, Dr. Febriandi, M.Si, and the Director of TDMRC, Prof. Syamsidik. Dissemination activities were carried out by presenting resource persons in each TDMRC division, including Prof. Syamsidik, Dr. Yunita Idris, Prof. Muksin, and Dr. Rina Suryani Oktari.
The Deputy for Logistics and Equipment of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), Lilik Kurniawan, ST., M.Si, was also present at this activity. He encouraged UNP students to take advantage of their time studying disaster in Aceh, a disaster-prone area. Moreover, Aceh also has TDMRC, a disaster research center with complete disaster facilities and tools.
The Implementation Agreement (IA) was signed to support further cooperation between the two agencies. Prof. Syamsidik signed IA as the Director of TDMRC, and Dr. Widya Prarikeslan, M.S, the UNP Geography Study Program Coordinator, witnessed the agreement. The Department of Geography UNP and TDMRC are expected to collaborate on disasters from both scientific and social aspects.
On the 3rd day (23/11/23), the participants were also invited to study tours about tsunami heritage. The location of this study tour destination is the Tsunami Museum (this museum was created to commemorate the devastating tsunami that hit Aceh on December 26, 2004, which claimed the lives of approximately 230,000 people, as well as a place for education, mitigation and evacuation center during a disaster), Baiturrahman Grand Mosque (this mosque was burned down by the Dutch, but was saved when the devastating 2004 tsunami hit it), and PLTD Apung (silent witness to the devastating tsunami that hit Aceh). They could see the devastating tsunami that hit Aceh in 2004, and it is hoped that the participants will learn about the disaster.