Virtual Field Trip: Structural Geology Class (Cipamingkis River)

Covid-19 has impacted the teaching activities in the university, including the field trip. It is unfortunate that we can’t bring students to get the feel of true geological works at this difficult moment.

Fortunately, we can use the 3D digital outcrop models to replace the structural geology field trip. The models enable students to observe virtual outcrops from different angles.

We in Universitas Indonesia use 3D digital outcrop models and other digital media to replace the conventional field trip for Structural Geology class. You can use the 3D models and other media for your class as well. Below you can find media that I use for structural geology virtual field trip, consisted of:

  • Field trip module
  • Explanation video
  • Photospheres
  • 360 video (or spherical video)
  • Drone video (oblique view)
  • Aerial photograph (orthomap)
  • Geological map
  • 3D outcrop models

The actual field trip location can be seen in the map below.

Field Trip Module

Download the field trip module (in Bahasa Indonesia)

Explanation Video

Please watch the video directly in Youtube to see the video chapters


Download the photospheres in here

Download FSPViewer (Photosphere viewer) here

360 Video

Please watch the video directly in Youtube to see the video chapters

Drone video

Please watch the video directly in Youtube to see the video chapters

Aerial Map & Geological Map

Download aerial map

Download geological map

3D Outcrop Models

Please visit the sketchfab collection above to see the 3D Outcrop Model

View the 3D Outcrop Models of each stop sites in this Skecthfab Collection


Big thanks for pak Iskandar and pak Septyandy that provide the 360 cam for this work. Big kudos for all teaching assistants/TA for structural geology class who support the creation of this field trip. Unfortunately, not all of the TA can join the fieldwork.

Only four out of twenty TA, and no student in the field
Dwiky and Emir as drone pilot and co-pilot
Andrea and Desi as field geologists

And thank you for reading this article. I hope we can bring the students back to the field again in the near future.

Cipamingkis structural geology field trip before Covid-19

Compass Estafet Across Indonesia

The Covid-19 situation forced all the classes moved to the online platform. Some classes have good success in moving to the new platform. But some others don’t.

I faced the problem when teaching Structural Geology classes for the geology and geophysics students of Universitas Indonesia. I need to teach them how to use a geological compass to measure the geological structures. This activity is not something that you can replace only with watching a video or with a written assignment. They have to do it in person. But with the pandemic situation and all classes shifted to online classes, should I just skip this part, assuming the students will learn it another time in another class? Maybe not.

Instead, I made a plan to send the compasses to them. If they have the compass in the house, they can learn how to use it by measuring any available geometrical objects around them. The object does not have to be a geological object. This also clarifies that a geological compass will simply measure any geometrical orientation, regardless of the object. The students then send me the recorded video demonstrating and explaining how to use the compass to measure that geometrical objects.

So I have decided to send them compasses. But how to send the compass? I have 180 students enrolled in this class, with the houses located across Indonesia, from Sumatra to Sulawesi (No students from Papua Island so far). The department doesn’t even have 100 compasses in the locker.

I realized that they don’t have to learn the compass simultaneously, and they have around four months to learn the compass. So I decided to use only twelve compasses. I will pass the compass to twelve students, and then they will pass the compass to the twelve other students, and so on. I call this as compass estafet. From twelve compasses, three compasses were shipped to Sumatra, Sulawesi, Kalimantan, and Java.

Before the estafet started, I sent them video instruction on how to use the compass:

After they watched the recording, the estafet begins. The estafet route for three different compasses for students outside Greater Jakarta are represented with lines in the map below:

Estafet routes to pass compass between islands of Java, Sumatera, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi. All started and finished in Universitas Indonesia, Depok Campus.

And it worked as planned! Here are some videos that students made.

Now the classes have completed, and all the compasses have safely returned to Universitas Indonesia.


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