Sarawak will conduct more research and studies on peat and swamp soil for the building of sustainable structures like roads, bridges and buildings, said Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing.
He said 60 per cent of land in Sarawak consists of peatlands and this posed as a great challenge for engineers.
“There is a need to conduct more local researches and studies to conform with the previous studies conducted in Peninsular Malaysia, where the soil condition is much different compared to what we have in Sarawak,” he told reporters after officiating the International Engineering Centre (IntEC)-cum-Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (Sarawak branch) office here today.
He said the research was to determine whether the methods or engineering solutions used in the Peninsula, such as geotextile application, were applicable in Sarawak.
He said that since the application of geotextile was not the only solution to tackle the challenging soil condition, his ministry would provide IntEC with a research and training grant of RM1 million for the purchase of necessary testing equipment to begin the much-needed research.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency