Swinburne Sarawak and JKR Sarawak’s newly opened Research Centre will work together in knowledge exchange and creation around constructing on soft soil. Swinburne’s Engineering faculty will share its research and development, engage in capacity building, and JKR will facilitate industrial training for Swinburbe’s students.
An immediate project is developing a set of construction and design guidelines for building on soft river banks. The research experiments for this will be carried out at the technologically advanced Geotechnical Centrifuge Lab at the National University of Singapore. The starting point is that constructing in soft soil has to work with the elements, transporting from barges or pipes instead of bringing in heavy machines on soft soil.