Monday, May 28, 2018

Civil Engineers at the Forefront of Infrastructure Development: A Research Forum and Information Session

 “Civil Engineers at the Forefront of Infrastructure Development” 
A Research Forum and Information Session
Organized by DLSU CE Department & Nagoya University Alumni Association–Philippines
26 May 2018 (Saturday), 9:00 – 11:30 AM
Venue: Audio-Visual Room (V207), Velasco Bldg., DLSU, Manila

26 May 2018. Nagoya University Civil Engineering alumni led by Dr. Andres Winston Oreta (NUAL-PH secretary) with organizing members, Sherry Valenzuela (NUAL-PH Asst. Treasurer) and John Jowhell Villegas organized the research forum and information session on “Civil Engineers at the Forefront of Infrastructure Development” on May 26, 2018 from 9:00 – 11:30 AM with the DLSU Civil Engineering Department as host institution.
 
The participants were welcomed by Dr. Lessandro Garciano, Chair of DLSU Civil Engineering Department. Prof. Andres Oreta served as emcee during the first part of the program. The first part of the program is the Research Forum and Technical Presentations on Civil & Environmental Engineering which is summarized below:

  • Video: A Tour of Nagoya University and Nagoya City – Rodolfo Mendoza, PhD Student, Nagoya U (2016 to 2018)
  • Effective use of dredged soil for the infrastructure development of Subic Bay - Jomel M. Libut Jomel M. Libut (M. Eng., Nagoya Univ, 2013; Project Development Officer IV, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority)
  • Effects and Processes of Land Use/Cover Change to Flood Damages in Marikina River Basin, Philippines - Jomar Paul B. Romero (M. Eng., Nagoya Univ, 2017; Engineer II, Department of Public Works and Highways - National Capital Region)
  • Functionality assessment of median turn lane pavement markings inside urban signalized intersections - John Jowhell H. Villegas (M. Eng., Nagoya Univ, 2017; Engineer III, Department of Public Works and Highways - Bureau of Quality and Safety)
  • Video: Estimation of Strain Parameter-Triggering Liquefaction Using Non-Contact Measurement  - Erica Elice S. Uy (Researcher, Nagoya Univ, 2017-2018; PhD Candidate, DLSU, 2018)

The second part features Prof. Hikaru Nakamura, Head of the Concrete Laboratory, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Nagoya University, Japan. Engr. Jowhel Villegas served as emcee. Prof. Nakamura, first delivered a keynote lecture on “Crack Propagation due to Rebar Corrosion and Non-destructive Tests to Detect the Crack.” Then Prof. Nakamura conducted the information session on “Nagoya University Forefront Studies Program on CEE Towards Co-Development of Asia and Japan (Master & Doctoral Degrees).”

There were a total of 28 participants including the speakers and organizers. The participants came from the Dept. of Public Works and Highways, various universities like University of Rizal, FEU Tech, Holy Angel University and DLSU and construction & consulting firms. The NUAL-PH alumni who attended were Dr. Renan Tanhueco, Dr. Neil Tan Gana, Dr. Masahiro Nishimura (Japanese alumnus of the NU Concrete Lab, now in the Philippines with ADB), the NUAL-PH speakers – Prof. Nakamura, Engr. Libut, Engr. Romero & Engr. Villegas) and the NUAL-PH officers – Dr. Oreta and Engr. Valenzuela.

 Welcome Remarks from Dr. Lessandro Garciano, DLSU CE Dept. Chair

 Effective use of dredged soil for the infrastructure development of Subic Bay – Engr. Jomel M. Libut

Effects and Processes of Land Use/Cover Change to Flood Damages in Marikina River Basin, Philippines - Jomar Paul B. Romero

 Functionality assessment of median turn lane pavement markings inside urban signalized intersections - John Jowhell H. Villegas

Prof. Nakamura delivers his keynote lecture on “Crack Propagation due to Rebar Corrosion and Non-destructive Tests to Detect the Crack.”

Prof. Nakamura presents the “Nagoya University Forefront Studies Program on CEE Towards Co-Development of Asia and Japan”

The speakers, organizers and participants of the research forum & information session 

Nagoya University Alumni from the Philippines and Japan who attended the forum

NU Concrete Laboratory Alumni – Oreta, Nakamura and Nishimura


Friday, May 11, 2018

DLSU is top performing school in May 2018 Board Exam

The Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) announced the official results of the May 2018 Civil Engineering Board Exams four workings days after the last day of the exams held on May 6-7, 2018. De La Salle University - Manila is the top performing school (50 examinees or more with at least 80% passing) with an over-all percentage passing of 88.14% (104 passers from a total of 118 examinees). For the first timers, 101 out of 110 (91.82%) passed. For repeaters, 3 out 8 (37.5%) passed.

The national passing is 36.03% (2,738 passers from a total of 7,599 examinees) from a total of 251 CE schools.

Congratulations to the new Lasallian Civil Engineers! Congratulations also to the DLSU and CE Department!

Friday, April 27, 2018

DLSU faculty and grad student at IABSE Conference at KL, Malaysia

Dr. Oreta (leftmost) and Engr. Guevarra (rightmost) with Filipino delegates, Reignard Tan (a resident at Norway) and Jani Cunanan (ASEP Director) at the IABSE Spring Conference 2018

Prof. Andres Winston Oreta of the CE Department and chair of the Philippine Group of the International Association for Bridge & Structural Engineering (IABSE) presented the paper co-authored with Nikko Villanueva and Maejan Cuartero entitled, "Strength Properties and MIcroscopic Observations of Concrete with Plastic Wastes as Partial Aggregate Substitute" at the IABSE Spring Conference - Kuala Lumpur held on April 25-27, 2018. The theme of the conference is √čngineering the Developing World."  MSCE graduate student, Kenneth Guevarra presented the paper with Dr. Jason Ongpeng (DLSU) and Sohichi Hirose (TIT), "Air-Coupled Nonlinear Ultrasonic Test for RC Beams."
Engr. Guevarra preparing for his presentation
Dr. Oreta joined the technical tour on the Merdeka PNB 118 which will become the tallest building in Malaysia on its completion on 2019.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

CIV alumni celebrates 30 years of DLSU Civil Engineering (since 1988)

Group photo of DLSU CIV alumni, faculty and students
 ANIMOSIBIL, the DLSU Civil Engineering Alumni Branch of the DLSU Alumni Association and the Civil Engineering Society (CES) hosted the 30th anniversary celebration and alumni homecoming, "Rendezvous" last March 24, 2018. The event was attended by Dean Jonathan Dungca, CE Dept. chair, Dr. Lessandro Garciano, CE Prof. Regulatory Board Chair and the chair of the CE Dept. in 1988, Dr. Romeo Estanero. Dr. Jason Maximino Ongpeng, CE assoc. professor and CTM alumnus was the over-all chair of the homecoming event.

Dr. Jason Ongpeng,, CE faculty and alumnus was the over-all chair of the event
- all photos from animosibil facebook

Thursday, April 19, 2018

DLSU's ASEP Faculty as lecturers at ASEP Technical Conference on Wind & Earthquake Engg

(Photo from fb ASEP Structural)

The Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines, Inc. (ASEP) has been conducting the Technical Conference on Wind and Earthquake Engineering: Loaded since February 2018 in different regions in the Philippines such as General Santos (Feb 26-28, 2018), Boracay (March 22-24, 2018) and Baguio City April 26-28, 2018). ASEP Director and DLSU lecturer, Adam Abinales is the chair of the CPD Program of ASEP. DLSU faculty members and also ASEP fellows, Dr. Bernardo Lejano and Dr. Andres Oreta served as lecturers in the selected topics of the conference. Dr. Lessandro Garciano, CE Dept. chair and presently an ASEP director also served as a lecturer. Shown below is a sample program (Boracay conference) where the topics handled by the DLSU -ASEP faculty can be seen.


Technical Conference at Boracay (Photo from fb ASEP Structural)