SEMINAR REPORT: 8th National Technical Seminar on Underwater System Technology 2015 (NUSYS’15)

8th National Technical Seminar on Underwater System Technology 2015 (NUSYS’15)
 NUSYS 2015

The 8th National Technical Seminar on Underwater System Technology 2015 (NUSYS’15) was organized on the 21th September 2015 at the Institut Oseanografi & Sekitaran (INOS), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), Malaysia. The national seminar was jointly organized by Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), IEEE-OES and Subsea Explore services Sdn. Bhd. About 180 delegates among university and industrial researchers attended the seminar.

The objectives of the seminar are threefold;

  1. To accommodate a medium to discuss wide range of underwater system technology between universities and industries.
  2. To disseminate the latest technology in the field of underwater engineering
  3. To provide an opportunity for researchers and industries to explore the current practices in underwater system technology.

The seminar was officiated by the Political Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, Datuk Hj. Abd Halim Bin Jusoh, followed by a keynote address by  Prof. Dato’ Dr. Nor Aieni Binti Haji Mokhtar, entitled “Diving to the Future of Underwater Technology”. The themes set by the keynote address were followed by five technical speakers delivered by representatives from universities and industries, which are;

  1. Decommissioning of Offshore Platform, Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Mohd Shahir Liew, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS.
  2. Latest Technology in Subsea Engineering Practices, Mr. Syamsul Nizam, Subsea Explore Services Sdn. Bhd.
  3. Subsea Riser and Pipelines, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norhazilan Md. Noor, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
  4. Subsea Pro Simulation, Dr. Jaswar Koto, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
  5. Innovations in Underwater Engineering and Technologies, Dr. Ahmad Faisal Mohamad Ayob, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu.

A round table forum and discussions were conducted in the afternoon sessions under the theme of “The Frontier of Underwater Engineering and Technologies”. The discussions were moderated by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Khalid Samo with four panels; Prof. Dr. Rizal Arshad, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norhazilan Md. Noor, Dr. Jaswar Koto and Mr. Syamsul Nizam. The forum aimed to raise the awareness regarding the issues governing the underwater engineering and the methods to counter and improve upon the issues.

The industrial counterpart represented by Mr. Syamsul Nizam encouraged the participants to contribute in a small and incremental way i.e. in a form of building blocks that can be shared and used by other teams. Such methods shall ease the design burden and focused on smaller dimension of issues such as thrusters, visualization, communication and workflow.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norhazilan highlighted that the current subsea piping system technologies has reached its maturity. Therefore he encouraged that a more intelligent system should be proposed to conduct preventive maintenance and reduce the risk of loss due to unexpected downtime.

Dr. Jaswar Koto encouraged the participants among students to utilize free software that was developed by Joint International Research Center of Subsea Technology. The Subsea Pro Software can be accessed via

The forum also received a support from IEEE Ocean Engineering Society (IEEE-OES) Malaysia represented by Prof. Dr. Rizal Arshad. He envisaged that the participants should be backed by a society to further promote the progression of ocean engineering discipline through established networks of researchers offered by IEEE-OES Malaysia.

NUSYS 2015 received massive coverage from printed media due to the promotion of radical ideas such as offshore platform as undergraduate and research lab, and due to the seminar as the most proper media to disseminate the state of the art knowledge in ocean engineering, specifically in underwater technology.

Programme Director of NUSYS 2015
School of Ocean Engineering
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
21030 Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia

August-September Recap

I enjoy working with people who inspire me. A lot of them I discovered while taking university-related assignments. I consider that as one of the perks of working in the university.

Outcome-Based Education (OBE) Task Force

Recently as you have probably know, I was assigned by the current Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dato’ Dr. Noraeini Mokhtar to work under a task force which responsible for the implementation of Outcome Based Education (OBE) and iCGPA in Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. Most of the preparation works were done in July and August which concluded in September with a two phases of roadshow across the schools in UMT.

8th National Technical Seminar on Underwater System Technology (NUSYS 2015)

Soaring Upwards @ NUSYS 2015
8th National Technical Seminar on Underwater System Technology (NUSYS 2015)

At the same period of time, my mentor (Prof. Dr. Rizal Arshad) from USM encouraged me to be the convener/champion for the 8th National Technical Seminar on Underwater System Technology (NUSYS 2015). I jumped here and there which include Dean’s and VC’s offices to make this happen. I’ve learned a lot, especially on the protocol side of things, not because it was written somewhere, but through lots of mistakes. But anyway, the national seminar went very well. Surprisingly we received a lot of great guests from Petronas Carigali, UNISZA, UNIKL-MIMET, Subsea Explore Services, UTM and much more. We managed to get Dato Hj Abdul Halim Jusoh, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shahir Liew, Dr. Norhazilan, Dr. Jaswar Koto and Prof. Dr. Khalid Samo on the stage. The Dean (Prof. Ir. Dr. Ahmad Jusoh) and the VC was very happy. As a young lecturer, I’m so glad that I survived that one. I had to thank a lot of people who helped to make the seminar a reality which include Prof. Dr. Wan Norsani Wan Nik, Dr. Hairil, Dr. Asamudin, Dr. Anuar, Dr. Salisa, Dr. Suriani, Dr. Wan Mariam, Mr. Izham, Mr. Ruhaifi, Mdm. Suzilawati, Mr. Wan Azhar, Mdm. Fazirawani, Mdm. Zuhaini and Mr. Razman.

Massively Open Online Course (MOOC @UMT)

Massively Open Online Course (MOOC @UMT)

One more thing, the recording and material preparation for the Massively Open Online Course (MOOC @UMT) is still in progress. I hope I shall survive this one as well. I have to mention Prof. Dr. Noraini Hj Ali, for she was the one who nominate this task to me 🙂

Quadcopter @ INES-P Imtiaz Yayasan Terengganu & UMT

Quadcopter @ INES-P Imtiaz Yayasan Terengganu & UMT
Quadcopter @ INES-P Imtiaz Yayasan Terengganu & UMT

I love dealing with school kids. On September I manage to slot in a quadcopter class for 2 hours in INES-P programme with the students of Imtiaz Yayasan Terengganu. They were bright students, I must tell you.

Bachelor of Applied Science (Naval Architecture and Marine System)

Naval Architecture and Marine Systems UMT Delegates
Naval Architecture and Marine Systems UMT Delegates

The new programme, as we named it Bachelor of Applied Science (Naval Architecture and Marine System) was approved in preliminary level by the Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi. Thanks to a lot of my mentors for patiently guiding me through the process. As an inexperienced person handling a task on that magnitude, I felt very humbled and happy at the same time. We are aiming for 2017 to offer the course in UMT.

I have to give an enourmous thank you to my wife, Dr. Siti Nor Khadijah Addis a lot, for the unrelenting perpetual support that she has given me troughout my journey 🙂

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