Sunday, November 20, 2016

Two best papers from DLSU at GEOMATE 2016 (Bangkok)

DLSU delegates at Swissotel Le Concorde, Bangkok.
GEOMATE International Society in coordination with Southeast Asian Geotechnical Society (SEAGS), Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand, AOI-Engineering, Useful Plant Spread Society, HOJUN, Cosmo Winds, and Glorious International organized The Sixth International Conference on Geotechnique, Construction Materials and Environment, GEOMATE 2016, last November 14 to 16, 2016 at Swissotel Le Concorde, Bangkok. The conference aims to provide an opportunity to share researches on geo-engineering, construction materials, environmental issues, water resources, and earthquake and tsunami disasters. The conference was also dedicated to the Tohoku-Kanto earthquake victims that happened on March 11, 2011.  

Civil Engineering Department Assoc. Professors, Dr. Mary Ann Q. Adajar and Dr. Bernardo A. Lejano, Assistant Professor Richard M. De Jesus, Academic Service Faculty Engr. Joenel G. Galupino, PhD students Engr. Gilford B. Estores and Engr. Erica Elice S. Uy, former graduate student Engr. Jayvee L. Gagan and BS-MS student Bryan Joseph T. Medrano went to the conference to present their respective researches.

Nine best paper awards based on peer reviews were awarded during the welcome dinner. Two out of 9 awardees were from De La Salle University. The two papers which were co-authored by DLSU CE Dept. faculty members - Dr. Jonathan Dungca and Dr. Barnardo Lejabo - are:  

  • Pull-Out Strength of an Expansion Stud Anchor in Carbon Fiber Reinforced Concrete by Gilford B. Estores and Bernardo A. Lejano
  •  Soil Bearing Capacity Reference for Metro Manila, Philippines by Jonathan R. Dungca, Ismael Concepcion Jr., Moises Christian Mickail Limyuen, Terence Oliver See and Marion Ryan Vicencio 

DLSU delegates at Swissotel Le Concorde, Bangkok.

The other DLSU papers presented were:
  •        Strength and Permeability Characteristics Of Road Base Materials Blended With Fly Ash and Bottom Ash -Jonathan R. Dungca and Julie Ann L. Jao
  •          Utilization of Aggregate Quarry Waste in Construction Industry -Mary Ann Q. Adajar, Euclid De Guzman, Ryan Ho, Cesar Palma Jr. III, and Dennis Sindico
  •         Evaluation of Different Fiber Reinforced Mortar as Retrofitting Materials for RC Columns - Bernardo A. Lejano
  •         Modelling of Carbonation of Reinforced Concrete Structures in Intramuros, Manila Using Artificial Neural Network - Richard M. De Jesus, Joshua A. M. Collado, Jemison L. Go, Mike A. Rosanto and John L. Tan
  •         Artificial Neural Network Permeability Modeling of Soil Blended with Fly Ash - Joenel G. Galupino and Jonathan R. Dungca
  •      · Constitutive Modeling of Coal Ash Using Modified Cam Clay Model -Erica Elice Saloma Uy and Jonathan Rivera Dungca
  •        Assessment of Critical-State Shear Strength Properties of Copper Tailings -Erica Elice Saloma Uy and Mary Ann Q. Adajar
  •      Optimization of Compressive Strength of Concrete with Pig-Hair Fibers as Fiber Reinforcement and Green Mussel Shells as Partial Cement Substitute - Jayvee L. Gagan and Bernardo A. Lejano
  •         Damage Quantification of Beams Using Frequency Signature - Bryan Josef T. Medrano and Lessandro Estelito O. Garciano
Engr. Estores with Conference Chair Dr. Suksun Horpibulsuk
Engr. Vicencio with Conference Chair Dr. Suksun Horpibulsuk

 All papers submitted were published at the International Journal of Geomate (ISI/Scopus-Indexed). Article by Erica Uy

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

DLSU-TCU Joint Forum in Civil Engg held

Group Photo of the Presentors and Faculty
 The CE Department led by the dept. chair, Dr. Lessandro Garciano organized a DLSU-Tokyo City University Joint Forum in Civil Engineering on Nov. 16, 2016 at the Andrew Gonzalez Building, AH1403. GCOE Vice Dean Dennis Cruz gave the welcome remarks. Prof. Hiromi Shirahata of TCU introduced TCU and its programs. There were eight papers presented by the TCU graduate students and also eight papers from DLSU. DLSU CE Department has a student exchange program with TCU.

Prof. Shirahata of TCU

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

DLSU signs MOU with PPA on offering Master's degree on ports and harbours engineering

The Civil Engineering Department achieved and reached another milestone last November 4, 2016 with the signing of the general Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and DLSU. Dr. Gerardo C. Janairo, DLSU Chancellor and Atty. Jay Daniel R. Santiago, PPA General Manager, signed the MOU to jointly develop a new graduate program in Ports and Harbours Engineering and Management (MS PHEM). Present to witness this event were representatives from  PPA top management and DLSU GCOE administrators, Dr. Jonathan R. Dungca, Dean of the Gokongwei College of Engineering (GCOE) and Dr. Lessandro Estelito O. Garciano, Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering.

Under the provisions of this MOU, both parties shall endeavour on the following general forms of cooperation:
1.      Joint research activities
2.      Exchange of academic materials and publications
3.      Exchange of faculty and personnel members for research, lectures and discussions

This new MS PHEM program will commence during the 1st term AY 2017 – 2018. The program follows the 36 unit - MS curriculum with 6 units of Advanced Mathematics, 15 units of Major Courses on Ports and Harbours, 6 units of Electives, 3 unit of Methods of Research and 6 units of Thesis. Aside from the CE faculty, professional lecturers from the industry including PPA will be invited to conduct the courses. This innovative graduate program will cater to the demands of port engineers and young professionals who aim to pursue higher academic degrees to advance their career in Ports and Harbours.

The development of the program started during the term of Jason Ongpeng as CE Dept. Chair and was finalized in the term of Dr. Garciano.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

CE Faculty lectures in the MCDRM program of PPSC

Faculty members of the Civil Engineering Department and also members of the CESDR Sub-center for DRR-CCA delivered lectures to the graduate students taking the Master of Crisis and Disaster Risk Management (MCDRM) of the Philippine Public Safety College during their three day sessions at De La Salle University, Conference Room, Faculty Center on Nov. 14-16, 2016. There are  ten sessions of seminars on various topics on DRRM, Public Safety & Resilience and lectures in a subject under the MCDRM.

On Nov. 14, Day 1 of the sessions, Dr. Lessandro Garciano, CE Dept. Chair delivered a lecture on “Basic Extreme Wind Speeds and Earthquake Hazards Analyses” while Dr. Renan Tanhueco shared his presentation on “Mainstreaming DRRM in the Philippine subnational physical framework & local land use plans and decision making processes.” On the 2nd day, Dr. Andres Oreta shared his lectures in his DLSU graduate course seminar, Disaster Risk Reduction and Infrastructure Development (DRRID) on the general topic, “Understanding Hazards and Disasters.” The CE faculty members delivered the lectures as a community-service on the occasion of Lasallian Mission Week.
Dr. Oreta with the MCDRM grad students from government agencies

The Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) offers a  Master in Crisis and Disaster Risk Management (MCDRM) this June 2016. The MCDRM is a one year scholarship program for highly qualified uniformed personnel in the interior government, and employees in government and private sectors preferably practitioners in crisis and disaster risk management of the local government units. Details of the curriculum can be viewed at