Research Center for Geotechnology


Research Center for Geotechnology comprises a family of highly motivated researcher sand supporting staffs whose passion in the advancement of knowledge in the field of disaster sciences particularly geohazard of earthquake, tsunami, ground movement, drought and flood; and beneficiation of geo-resources mainly minerals, geothermal and groundwater. We design our research programs not only for facilitating our researchers in doing their studies and also facilitating undergraduate, master and doctoral students for doing their research. Our research center also has research collaboration with national and international universities, research centers, private companies, NGO, and national and subnational government institutions. We “GEOTECH” are always welcome relevant parties in any research collaboration for scientific advancement, education and application.


– Earthquake –

– Ground Movement –

– Drought and Flood –

– Tsunami –

Soil & Water

– Exploration –

– Treatment –

– Remedation –

Mineral & Energy

– Exploration –

– Processing –

– Beneficiation –


A thesis (or dissertation) may be arranged as a thesis by publication or a monograph, with or without appended papers, respectively, though many graduate programs allow candidates to submit a curated collection of published papers. An ordinary monograph has a title page, an abstract, a table of contents, comprising the various chapters like introduction, literature review, methodology, results, discussion, and bibliography or more usually a references section.

Our Story

The LIPI Geotechnology Research Center was previously named the National Geology and Mining Institute (LGPN) or known as the National Institute of Geology and Mining which was established on August 1, 1963, and was led by Prof. Dr. J.A. Katili as Director. LGPN is under the auspices of the Indonesian Science Council (MIPI) and the National Research Affairs Council (DURENAS) which later turned into the Indonesian Institute of Sciences known as LIPI.

LGPN was established with the intention of being established and providing laboratories for the development of basic and applied sciences in the fields of Geology, Mining, and Petroleum Engineering. At the beginning of its development, the institute collaborated with the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), which helped its developers towards a strong educational center in the field of Geology. The Karangsambung Field Campus which is now under the auspices of the Karangsambung Conservation Information Center UPT is one of the collaborations with ITB. The establishment campus is a place of basic education for prospective geologists.

The initial focus of LGPN research activities in the era of the 60s to early 1980s was tectonic research on plate collision areas, inventory of hydrocarbon potential, preparation of the concept of small scale mining and the concept of utilizing coal with low fuel value in 1986, the reorganization process within the Institute Knowledge of LIPI Indonesia changed the name of LGPN to the LIPI Geotechnology Research and Development Center or the Center for Geotechnology Research and Development (P3G LIPI). Changes in name and organizational structure through institutional re-organization to revitalize institutions of change, both changes in external and internal conditions. At that time, P3G LIPI started the Remote Sensing Laboratory in 1986 which has now become the standard in research activities.

Decree of the Head of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) No. 1151 / M / 2001 in 2001 a new era as the Center for Geotechnology Research and Development (P3G LIPI) changed its name to the LIPI Geotechnology Research Center or P2G LIPI in the Deputy for LIPI Earth Sciences. At the beginning of the establishment of the P2G LIPI, research activities found in the basic sciences reforming the earth’s crust, mineral and energy exploration, hydrocarbons and geothermal and engineering geology. The mineral exploration activities resulted in the concept of mineral sources and Sumatra Fault conversion. Research activities in partnership with foreign parties are carried out with Japanese and French parties. A number of marine geological and geophysical research activities have been recorded since the early 1990s and continue to the present. Some important results in this era were the discovery of the Mentawai submarine fault, the discovery of a double magma chamber under the Anak Krakatau volcano and the discovery of an underwater volcano in the Sangihe region, northern Sulawesi.

Beginning in 2000, P2G LIPI was involved in a novelty study designed with Caltech, Texas, USA, beginning with research understanding the development of the Sumatra fault and the installation of GPS in the Mentawai Islands to install or deform the scale. To date, 52 GPS units have been installed in the region and on the mainland of Sumatra. Through coral research, we can study past seismic history in western Sumatra and understand ancient climate change.

The results of research from other parties (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris) since 2005 are imaging seismic structures beneath the surface to a depth of 50 km of plate subduction areas in the western, northern Sumatra and Mentawai Islands to utilize the source of the megathrust earthquake and tsunami. This data is also the first seismic data collection in the world to be acquired before a large earthquake occurs so it is very useful to understand the structure of seismogenic zones before and after a large earthquake (discussed as needed). This collaboration is also proof of the synergy between research institutions and the world of oil and gas industry.

Through the Head of LIPI Regulation No. 1 of 2014, the Geotechnology Research Center requires global assistance and increases the effectiveness and results of carrying out the tasks and functions of government in the field of scientific research. At present the task of the Geotechnology Research Center is to conduct research in the field of geotechnology, with a phase 3 research plan for the 2015-2019 RPJMN:

1. Disaster Risk Reduction;
2. raw water approval;
3. Optimization of land and environment functions;
4. Mineral and energy resistance