The 1st IRSET

International Research Symposium on Engineering and Technology

November 7-9, 2014 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Keynote Speech

Topics: Managing Geotechnical Site Investigation Work– Getting Away from Old Practice

Speaker: Ir. Dr. Hj Ramli Nazir
Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Geotechnical and Transportation, Faculty of Civil Engineering Universiti Teknologi Malaysia 81200 Skudai, Johor Bahru


A genesis of any Geotechnical Design is Site Investigation. The ground supports all construction projects which inevitably shows that the Site Investigation is of prime important. The results from the site investigation are mainly used to determine the strength of the soil and hence to propose any geometry of the supporting structures. Other reasons for the site investigation are to determine ground water levels which may affect the method of construction and design parameters. The geometry dimensions are necessary for two reasons. If the original estimate of the geometry dimension was too small due to incorrect calculations the structure may punch through the soil and may cause crack and subside (collapse). If the geometry dimension were too big there would be an excessive cost for the materials and labour to construct it. Approximately 50% of all projects over-run and losses of up to 35% of the entire original tender have been suffered. The primary reasons for these losses are either insufficiency of site investigation or lack of understanding of the results. Site Investigation nowadays has been considered as part of the contractual obligation. The importance in implementing site investigation is seems to be slowly faded from the engineering point of view. As part of the contractual obligation, personnel involves in construction would only provide Site Investigation reports upon request or else designers tend to prescribe any design parameters based on intuitive values. Also the use of cut-price site investigation - or none at all – is a form of gambling. If the gamble pays off the company will have saved a small proportion of the costs. If not the additional on-going costs will inevitably exceed the price of competent site investigation report. This paper will provide practicing engineers a good insight into the importance of site investigation and its process by looking into old habits and getting away from it.

Keynote Speaker Introduction:

Assoc. Prof. Ir. DR. Hj.Ramli bin Hj. Nazir is a Lecturer in Geotechnical and Transportation Department at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia since 1989. He served as Assistant Engineer in Public Works Department Malaysia for four years. Holds a B. Civil Eng. from UTM and PhD from the University of Liverpool specialized in Geotechnical Engineering. He has more than 20 years' experience in the field of Geotechnical Engineering, especially Foundations, Ground Improvement and Geotechnical Forensics Engineering and have wrote more than 100 technical papers and Journals related to his field of expertise. In addition as a Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering, he is also a Professional Engineer who have numerous experience as a Design Engineer, Design Checker and Geotechnical Technical Advisor to various government and private agencies and also involved in many Civil Forensic works including Structural and Infrastructures in Malaysia. In addition to engineering education and consultation activities, he is a Member of the Technical Committee on Eurocode 7 Malaysian Annex which responsible for regulating the use of Eurocode 7 according to local needs. He also provide an expertise support for Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM) and Public Work Department (JKR), in the design specification work for specialized work such as Soil Anchor and Load Testing. He is also an invited Geotechnical speaker for training and workshops to government and private technical agencies such as JKR, PETRONAS, SHELL, Malaysia Productivity Corporation and many more.


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April 1, 2019

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April 26, 2019

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May 14, 2019

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