Indonesian Bridge Contest (Kontes Jembatan Indonesia/KJI) team from the University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) again triumphed. Unsparing, in the the KJI 2011 event which took place in the hall of Depok campus of the University of Indonesia (November 25-27, 2011), UMM succeeded achieving three victories at once.
Two categories were won by the UMM steel bridge "Clapeyrons Bridge". This bridge was announced as the second winner of steel bridges and steel bridges strongest category. Meanwhile, the other one category was won by UMM wooden bridge "Kawijayan Bridge" which won the fastest assembly.
In addition, the steel bridge team consisted of Ike Nur Firdausi, Rusandi Noor, Septa Hardi Saputra, and Beni Ksatria. Moreover, the wooden bridge was designed by Hasan Aljufrie, Jamila Anggraini, Dwi Ratna Jayanti and Rizzki Miftakul Fa'uzi. They were supervised by Zamzami Septiropa, ST, MT.
Chief of the Civil Engineering Department UMM, Ir. Khoirul Abadi, MT, said that he was proud by success of the teams. They not only maintained success of the UMM in the previous years, but also managed to beat the tough teams from major universities. "Thank God, we managed to set aside the strong teams from UI, ITB, Jakarta State Polytechnic, Bandung State Polytechnic, University of Pancasila and Polinema," said Khoirul, yesterday (12/1).
"There are three items that should be involved in a bridge construction; strength, economical value and balance. 'Clapeyron Bridge' was successful in combining them," explained Khoirul. This bridge was the result of the development of idea and design of the Mi’raj Bridge which had appeared in Pekan produk Kreatif Indonesia (PPKI) 2011.
The design of the bridge weighing 129 kg took only a week, while the manufacture took two and a half months. "We must manage our time well. From morning till evening we attended classes as usual and at night we had overtime ranging from cutting and welding steel," explained Rusandi, one of the team members.
Actually, the team stated that they were less intense of supervising because the supervisor was out of town. They had only once or twice a week for supervision. "For the rest, we just submitted the bridge design via email to be evaluated," continued Rusandi who received a prize of Rp. 12.5 million with his team. He said that the reward would be utilized in project development for the next bridge contest.
KJI is an annual event accommodated by the Directorate General of Higher Education of Kemendikbud. This year is the 7th event. UMM always wins since its first participation in the contest. If there were only two categories in the previous year, this year there are three fields competed in the KJI; steel, woodedn, and arc bridges. (ren/nas/t_alf)