Kurniawan Aji Wicaksono (GEL 2014) and Hamzah Fathoni (GEL 2014) from the Department of Environmental Geography have finished conducting practical work activities or internships on September 3, 2018 – October 29 2018. The activity was held at the head office of PT. SMART Tbk, Jakarta Pusat, DKI Jakarta. The activity in the form of a desk study was conducted at the PMNP department (Plantation, Monitoring, and Planing), Land Evaluation division, Hydrology section. The activity begins with an introduction to the problems that exist in the company in this case is oil palm plantations caused by hydrological factors. These activities include studies of; (1) Potential Analysis of Surface Water Resources, (2) Potential Analysis of Groundwater Resources, (3) Survey of Potential of Mineral Materials, and (4) Analysis of Flood Solutions. The study uses methods that have been studied in lecture benches such as water balance calculations using the hydrometeorological approach, measurement of watershed discharge using rational methods, geoelectric survey methods 1D and 2D, and utilization of GIS (Geographic Information System) especially in supporting hydrological analysis activities.
Practical Work Activities are considered to be able to support students in applying the knowledge that has been learned in lectures so that it fits the work requirements. Patterns of thinking that are concrete, efficient and solution are needed by the company, especially in meeting global industry competition. Things outside the lecture that require students to find the right solution for the environment in this case oil palm plantations are one of the main outputs that can be obtained during the Practice Work by discussing with experts. Both students were directed directly by Arif Wibowo (Section Head of Hydrology, Land Evaluation of PT SMART Tbk) who was also an alumni of the Physical Geography of Gadjah Mada University in 2001. The hope is that by conducting practical work activities it can strengthen synergies between the practical institutions of PT SMART Tbk. with academic institutions (Gadjah Mada University)