Students of the Faculty of Polytechnic Sciences of the International University Travnik visited the “GEO lab”, a laboratory for testing physical and mechanical parameters of soil and rocks in Sarajevo, as part of fieldwork.
Through practical examples, students had the opportunity to see the procedure of testing soil and rock samples, which they learned about during the lecture. In the first part of the visit, the laboratory staff showed the students the equipment and procedure for testing soil mechanics. In the second part, students of the Faculty of Polytechnic Sciences Travnik, Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, thanks to the most modern equipment owned by “GEO lab” learned the procedures for testing rock samples of triaxial and uniaxial strength and deformation characteristics in triaxial and uniaxial tests.
According to laboratory assistant Anel Osmanković, the equipment for testing triaxial and uniaxial rock strength is unique in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Until now, this type of rock testing could be performed only in Zagreb and Belgrade, and thanks to the most modern equipment of the “GEO lab”, triaxial and uniaxial testing can now be carried out in our country.
In the “GEO lab” laboratory, soil and rock samples from the Corridor 5C highway, which is under construction, are regularly tested.
Professor at the Faculty of Polytechnic Sciences in Travnik, Assoc. Prof. Ermedin Halilbegović, PhD, pointed out that this way of working, ie checking theoretical knowledge through practical teaching in the field, completes one whole when it comes to modern teaching process. Finally, Professor Halilbegović added that in the coming period, students will have the opportunity to see on the spot how to fund bridges, build tunnels and other forms of construction work, all in order to expand their knowledge and get acquainted with how their the future job actually looks in practice.