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Volume 6 Issue 1, April 2015
Editor’s Note


Today, most researchers have been putting more efforts in investigations which are related to various environmental concerns. Sustainability concept has been expanded to a wider spectrum in engineering and this is advocated extensively to ensure better future for generations to come. This current UeJCE issue presents three works which address environmental concerns in different areas of Civil Engineering and clearly represent such current trend in engineering research. A paper by Darrien Y.S. Mah and Allan P.P. Pui entitled Field Study of Riparian Zone along Sarawak River at Bintawa, Kuching touches on a study which investigates the health of riparian zone by analyzing its existing environment and anthropogenic activities in the zone. M H. Almabrok, R G. McLaughlan and K. Vessalas from School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia presents a paper entitled Effect of Curing and Mixing Methods on the Compressive Strength of Mortar Containing Oil. The paper discusses on the effect of using oil contaminated mortar mix which oil contaminated material may originate from industrial activities. Finally, S.I. Balang, N. Mohamed Sutan and I. Yakub present a paper entitled Influence of Silica Based Waste Materials on the Mechanical and Physical Properties of Mortar. Waste materials namely silica fume and recycled vase were used as additives in the production of mortar and further tested to observe its contribution to the mortar’s strength.


As Chief Editor, I would like to express my highest gratitude to the reviewing team for their valuable comments and suggestions. Also, my heartiest congratulation is dedicated to the authors for the inclusion of their pertinent finding in this issue.


Associate Professor Dr Siti Noor Linda Taib

Chief Editor