Guest Lecture: Coastal Engineering Applications for Erosion Prevention and Construction

Guest Lecture TDMRC

Banda Aceh – Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation Research Center (TDMRC) at Universitas Syiah Kuala (USK) held a pivotal guest lecture on May 7, 2024, titled “Application of Coastal Engineering for Erosion Control and Construction.” This hybrid event was part of the EQUITY/World Class University (WCU) program, in collaboration with the USK Civil Engineering Department and the Perkumpulan Ahli Rekayasa Pantai (PARPI), marking the solemn commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Aceh Tsunami. The guest lecture featured eminent speakers such as Prof. Alison Raby from the University of Plymouth, UK, and Prof. Ella Meilianda from TDMRC and the USK Civil Engineering Department.

Opening remark by Prof. Syamsidik

Opening remark by Prof. Syamsidik

Prof. Sylvia Agustina, S.T., MUP, moderated the guest lecture, and Prof. Syamsidik provided engaging opening remarks, highlighting the relevance of the topics discussed to coastal erosion challenges, particularly in Aceh. This insightful guest lecture not only deepened the understanding of coastal engineering solutions but also encouraged a collaborative approach among academic, professional, and policy-making communities towards sustainable coastal management.


Prof. Alison Raby

Prof. Alison Raby delved into Plymouth’s extensive maritime history, dating back to 1600, and shared insights on the effective use of breakwaters and integrated coastal zone management strategies currently practiced in the UK. These methods have not only protected coastal communities but have also preserved the ecological balance, showcasing a successful blend of historical wisdom and modern engineering practices.

On the other hand, Prof. Ella Meilianda focused on the severe impact of

Prof. Ella Meilianda

Prof. Ella Meilianda

natural disasters on coastal infrastructure. She highlighted innovative recovery solutions such as the floating diesel power plant built after the devastating 2004 tsunami and discussed the ongoing challenges of land subsidence in the aftermath of the 2005 Simeulue earthquake.

This lecture served as a profound reminder of the power of nature and the importance of engineering innovation in mitigating its effects. It emphasized the need for global cooperation in sharing knowledge and technology to enhance coastal resilience. The collaborative spirit echoed through the event, urging academia, professionals, and policymakers to unite in fostering sustainable coastal management practices.

Lesson Learned: The guest lecture at TDMRC USK is a testament to the importance of historical knowledge and innovative engineering in addressing coastal erosion and disaster mitigation. It highlights that while natural disasters can have devastating effects on communities, the integration of traditional methods with modern technology can lead to sustainable solutions that protect and enhance lives. Furthermore, it underscores the necessity of international collaboration and knowledge exchange, which can significantly amplify the impact of local efforts in disaster-prone regions like Aceh. This event not only educated but also inspired attendees to contribute to a more resilient future for coastal communities worldwide.