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About Us

The Hydraulics Laboratory, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Universitas Gadjah Mada, has been established since 1970’s. The first laboratory building was located within the city of Yogyakarta, and since 1994 moved to the new building located within the campus of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Universitas Gadjah Mada (CEE-UGM). The names of the previous professors who gave unremarkable contribution to the laboratory development are the late Prof. Sunarjo, late Prof. Pragnjono Mardjikoen, and Prof. Hardjoso Projopangarso who is currently still active at his 84 years of age. Before 1980, the laboratory was mainly utilized to serve the hydraulics model test for the development of various irrigation infrastructures (e.g. intake structures, diversion structures/weirs, flushing gates, etc), as well as river modeling (shortcuts, flow at bends, flood ways, etc).

In 1980, under the loan from World Bank, the laboratory was then provided with several numbers of teaching equipments such as demonstration flumes for various purposes (e.g. visualization of flow over the broad and sharp crested weir, flow over the gates, understanding the hydraulics and energy equations), visualization of laminar and turbulent flow equipment, etc. Since 1994, through various projects and researches, a self-designed wave generator and tilting flume were installed, various experiments utilizing these facilities is then becoming more frequent, several numbers of master students and scientific publications has been produced.

Supported by numbers of teaching staffs graduated from famous universities abroad, the hydraulics laboratory was rapidly expanding its capacity through establishment of various networking with not only the other department in the university, but also some other universities in the national and international levels. Obviously, the laboratory always try his best serve mankind in wider atmosphere, including establishing the integrated merit research involving undergraduate and graduate (Master and PhD) students. Such idea may not be achieved unless frequent exchange views and experiences regarding the state of the art of the related-field researches are conducted.