Friday, December 7, 2018

Tokyo Tech Profs lecture on Structural and Functional Resilience

DLSU Civil Engineering Dept. & URCO RPW on Building Resilient Cities and Communities hosted a Lecture Series on “BUILDING STRUCTURAL & FUNCTIONAL RESILIENCE”  last 26 November 2018 (Monday),  9:00 – 11:30 AM at the Velasco Hall (V207 Conf. Rm).

The resource speakers were Prof. Toru Takeuchi, Dept. of Architecture & Building Eng’g, Tokyo Institute of Technology and Prof. Satoshi Yamada, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology.   The topic of their lectures are:
  • RECENT SEISMIC DESIGN WITH ENERGY-CONTROL CONCEPTS IN JAPAN - Toru Takeuchi, Professor, Dept. of Architecture & Building Eng’g, Tokyo Institute of Technology & Vice President of Architectural Institute of Japan.
  • INTRODUCTION OF THE “SOFTECH” PROJECT - Satoshi Yamada, Professor, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology Chairman of the “SOFTech” project.

The program was emceed by Vice-chair, Dr. Maria De Leon and Engr. Richard De Jesus opened the program with a prayer. Prof. Lessandro Garciano, CE Dept. chair gave a welcome message while Prof. Andres Oreta presented an introduction about the initiatives of DLSU CE Department on Resilience Building and an overview on Infrastructure Resilience. Then, the two lectures were presented followed by an open forum facilitated by Prof. Bernard Lejano. Dr. Jason Ongpeng, president of the Association of Tokyo Tech Alumni & Research Scholars (ATTARS) gave the closing message. The lecture was attended by DLSU faculty, graduate students and structural engineers from ASEP and UPD.

Dr. De Leon and Engr. De Jesus

Ptof. Garciano

Prof. Oreta

Dr. Ongpeng

The Visitors from Japan

Monday, December 3, 2018

Oreta at PSCJ2018-Hiroshima & 7ACEE-Bangkok

Dr. Andres Winston C. Oreta, professor in civil engineering at DLSU presented papers at the 4th Philippine Studies Conference in Japan (PSCJ-2018) held on Nov. 17-18, 2018 at Hiroshima University, Japan and at the 7th Asia Conference on Earthquake Engineering (7ACEE) held on Nov. 22-24, 2018 at Bangkok, Thailand.

The 4th Philippine Studies Conference in Japan (PSCJ) with the theme, "Three Decades of the Post-EDSA Philippines: Continuity, Discontinuity and Emergence" highlights panel and individual presentations on broad range of topics from academics, practitioners and students doing research about the Philippines. In the session on Disaster, Resilience and Governance, Dr. Oreta presented a paper with his co-author, Ms. Anjela Mae Era, graduate student at DLSU School of Economics and a senior project officer of the Local Government Academy, Department of Interior and Local Government on "Identifying the strengthening interventions for resilience building: an assessment of selected Philippine local government units through the "Making Cities Resilient" global campaign." PSCJ is held every four years in Japan and is organized by the International Council for Philippine Studies Conference (ICOPHIL).

The 7th Asia Conference on Earthquake Engineering held at Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand with the theme on "Seismic Resilience for Safer Cities and Infrastructures" was organized by the Asian Institute of Technology and Chulalongkorn University in cooperation with the founding organization of the ACEE, the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines, Inc. (ASEP).
Dr. Oreta presented the paper co-authored with Engr. Adrian Dy (BSMS graduate of DLSU) on "Perfromance of RC Buildings with Vertical Setback Irregularity using Push-Over Analysis." Dr. Oreta, a member of the 7ACEE International Scientific Committee, also served as session chair in one of the parallel sessions on Performance-Based Seismic Design and Evaluation of Structures.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Big Data Analytics and Applications & Intelligent Transport Systems

On November 19, 2018, the Transportation Engineering Division of the Civil Engineering Department in cooperation with the Transportation Science Society of the Philippines (TSSP) held a seminar entitled, Big Data Analytics and Applications & Intelligent Transport Systems at 20F Multipurpose Hall of Br. Andrew Gonzales Hall of De La Salle University. Dr. Mario de Leon, OIC Chair of the Civil Engineering Department welcomed the participants while Ms. Rachel Habana provided the opening remarks in lieu of Engr. Raul Salubarse, OIC Director, DOST-PCIEERD. Around 100 participants including students, transportation academics and experts attended the seminar. The seminar highlighted various researches on different ways to address the current traffic congestion problems especially in Metro Manila. There were a total of 18 presentations including a presentation of Dr. Alexis Fillone on Big Data Analytics and Applications for Metro Manila. It featured presentations and a panel discussion with transportation experts: Dr. Alexis Fillone, Engr. Alben Bagabaldo, Mr. Jordan Beja, Felipe Ramo and Dr. Ricardo Sigua where they answered questions from the participants regarding their concerns on different issues in transportation.

Panel Discussion
(From Left: Dr. Alexis Fillone. Engr. Alben Bagabaldo, Mr. Jordan Deja, Felipe Ramo, Dr. Ricardo Sigua)

The presentations were divided into two sessions which included specific studies on current traffic situations in the country such as the Traffic Impact Study and Conceptual Engineering Design for the Improvement of NLEX San Fernando Interchange and the Modelling of EDSA as a High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Corridor. Software such as those developed by PTV (Vistro, Vissim, Visum, etc.), DYNAMEQ, and LocalSim which are used for traffic modelling were also introduced to the participants during the seminar. All studies and papers presented during the event gave the participants a better perspective on the different ways in which we can tackle the current problems in transportation that we are experiencing in our country. This also presents a bright future for the transportation industry headed by experts and professionals as well as students that all participated in this event.

The seminar was hosted by Dr. Marlon Era of the Behavioral Science Department while Dr. Nicanor Roxas Jr. and Dr. Maria Cecilia Paringit were the session chairs during the presentations.

Prepared by Mr. John Vincent Palmes, Research Assistant, TRE Division

Monday, October 29, 2018

Engr. Gallardo and Engr. Galupino represented DLSU CE in the 3rd International Symposium on Concrete and Structures for Next Generation

Bangkok, Thailand—Engr. Gallardo and Engr. Galupino presented their paper (co-authored with Engr. Kenneth Jae Elevado) “Microscopic Assessment of Concrete Mixed with Waste Ceramics and Fly Ash” in the recent The 3rd International Symposium on Concrete and Structures for Next Generation last September 7-8, 2018. The conference was hosted by Department of Civil Engineering of Kasetsart University together with Tokyo Institute of Technology and the Thailand Concrete Association.

The main purpose of this Symposium is to provide concrete engineers and researchers to develop and enhance their international skills together with the opportunity to exchange their most innovative research and engineering results.

Engr. Galupino represented DLSU in the 2018 Regional Conference in Civil Engineering

Yogyakarta, Indonesia—Engr. Galupino presented his paper “Horizontal Permeability Modelling of Cut-Off Wall using K-Nearest Neighbor” (co-authored with his adviser, Dr. Jonathan Dungca) in the recent AUN/SEED-Net Regional Conference in Civil Engineering (RCCE) 2018 last September 5-6, 2018. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Universitas Gadjah Mada hosted the said conference and it is in conjunction with The 4th International Conference on Sustainable Civil Engineering Structures and Construction Materials (SCESCM).

The Conference is part of the continuing series of regional conference to provide a forum to collect and disseminate the most updated technology and the research of regional issues and public interests in the field of civil and environmental engineering in order to contribute to the community and to draw support from the industrial and the governmental sectors.