Geophysical Engineering

Geophysical Engineering

Studies How The Structure Beneath The Surface of The Earth

Geophysical engineering is a technique that studies how the structure beneath the surface of the earth. Geophysical is a combination of basic science Physics, Mathematics, Geology, and Instrumentation. Geophysical technique is different from Physics and Geomatics Engineering. Geophysical in Physics is still developed because of its domain as a science, while Geophysical Engineering itself is built more to its application as engineering science. Another case with Geomatics Engineering is more to learn about the shape of the earth’s surface, Geophysical is more to learn the inside of the earth. Although the object is the same, but the approach method used is different. The Department of Geophysical Engineering of Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) has a research field that includes among others Oil and Gas Exploration, Geothermal, Mining Materials, or Economical Minerals, and Natural Disaster Mitigation. There are at least eighteen proficient and experienced lecturers to support lectures in Geophysical Engineering ITS. Some of them are currently studying abroad such as Austria and France to explore their respective fields of expertise. One of the initiators of this department was awarded the world’s highest award in Geophysical, namely Faculty Advisor of the Society of Exploration Geophysicist (SEG) from the Summit Award, based in Oklahoma, USA. Despite being considered one of the youngest departments in ITS, the department’s students have started to incarnate various national and international achievements such as the 1st Geophotography Challenge Competition “Explore Geophysical” (2015) and Best Poster IPA Convex 2015 National Level. Graduates of Geophysical Engineering ITS play a very important role in the exploration of natural resources to determine the location, amount of reserves, as well as types of economic minerals including oil and gas in the earth. The graduates of this department are needed by national and international companies engaged in oil, mining, geothermal, seismological, environmental, and disaster mitigation such as Pertamina, Chevron, Total E & P Indonesia, etc.

Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate courses in the Department of Geophysical Engineering ITS taken within eight semesters or four years. To obtain a bachelor degree, students of Department of Geophysical Engineering of ITS need to complete 144 Semester Credit Units (SKS) during lecture and take TOEFL test with minimum score 477.

International Undergraduate Program

The International Undergraduate Program (also known as IUP) is a bachelor program which implements English as the language of instruction. The program offers regular undergraduate curriculum and provides opportunities for students to take part in international activities in the form of Study excursion, Internship in an international or multinational company, Student exchange, Summer/short course, and Joint degree.

Research in the Department of Geophysical Engineering ITS studied the theories as well as ways to identify the types of minerals and rocks that exist on Earth. Among them are 4 basic exploratory methods techniques, namely, Gravity, Magnetics, Sound Wave (Seismic), and Electric Exploration. Simple experiments that new students can perform in basic physics labs, such as injecting electrical currents into sandstone and pyrite rock, the use of gravimeters to identify rock types etc. Some laboratories in the Department of Geomatics ITS can also be used by students of the Department of Geophysical ITS for research purposes.

Geophysical Engineering Department of ITS has cooperation in research and practical work. Some agencies/companies working with this department are as follows:

  • Field of Research

Pertamina Geothermal Energy Indonesia, Bapeko Surabaya, Chevron Pacific Indonesia, ESDM East Java, PT. AJBS Group, Gresik District Government Environmental Office, etc.

  • Field of Practice Work

Pertamina, PT. Elnusa, Geological Resource Center, PT. Jaya Energi Buana, Petronas Carigali Muriah Limited, BMKG, etc.

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