Friday, August 10, 2018

DLSU CE Faculty at SPACE2018

Dr. Alexis Fillone receives a plaque of appreciation from SPACE2018 organizers
DLSU faculty - Prof. Dr. Lessandro Garciano (CE Dept Chair), Prof.  Dr. Alexis Fillone, Assoc. Prof. Dr.  Jason Ongpeng and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Marla Redillas were keynote speakers in the Conference on "Sustainable Proactive Advocacies in Civil Engineering" or SPACE2018 hosted by the PICE-Makati Chapter and the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines, Inc. (ASEP). The conference with the theme of "Civil Engineers and the Buildt Environment: A Vision for Sustainable Development" was held on August 9-10, 2018 at the Century Park Hotel, Manila.
Dr. Lessandro Garciano
 The  lectures presented by the faculty are:
  • State of the Art Transportation Modeling Tools for Transport Infrastructure Projects - Dr. Alexis Fillone
  • Non-Destructive Testing of Concrete Structures - Dr. Jason Ongpeng
  • A Resilience Metric for a Water Distribution Network under Seismic Hazard - Dr. Lessandro Garciano (presentor) and Richard De Jesus
  • Low Impact Development: A Key to Sustainability - Dr. Marla Redillas
Dr. Jason Ongpeng

Dr. Marla Redillas

DLSU CE Faculty and Alumnus - Adviser at SPACE2018

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Transportation Engineering (TRE) Students at the 25th Annual National Conference of Transportation Science Society of the Philippines (TSSP)




DLSU delegation to TSSP: [L-R back row] Monorom Rith, Jhun Castro, Krister Roquel and Daniel Ang. [L-R front row] Sherwin Calumba, Christine Tan, Kathleen Alucilja, Dr. Alexis Fillone, Raymund Abad, Kervin Lucas, and Riches Bacero.

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines – From July 26-27, the Transportation Science Society of the Philippines (TSSP) held its 25th Annual National Conference at the Southeast Asia Rural Social Leadership Institute (SEARSOLIN), Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro. The event is a gathering of local experts in the field of transportation engineering and planning as well as faculty and students from various academic institutions in the Philippines.

For the first time, a pre-Conference event engaged early career researchers and students in the field of transportation. The Young Researchers Forum invited professionals in transportation to give talks about the importance of research and the process of getting published. The afternoon session of the forum focused on career opportunities and challenges in the transport field. Esteemed guests for the career opportunities panel discussion included Dr. Cresencio Montalbo, Avalyn A. Cahulogan, and LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III. 

The conference, sponsored by NLEX corporation, URCS, and MPTC, had the theme: “Enhancing Disaster Preparedness & Resilience Through Transportation Engineering and Planning”. The keynote lecture of Dr. Atsushi Fukuda, professor at Nihon University, started the conference presentations. Dr. Fukuda shared the transportation research needs in preparation for a national disaster. This was followed by a panel discussion wherein guests from the academe, government, and private sectors were invited. In the technical session, graduate students from DLSU presented seven (7) out of the fourteen (14) papers in the conference. These are:
·         Operational Characterization of Habal-habal in Selected Municipalities in North Cotabato by Kathleen Mae B. Alucilja (PhD student) and Alexis M. Fillone
·         Resilience Assessment of Freight Transport Optimization Programs for the Philippine Greater Capital Region Krister Ian Daniel Z. Roquel (PhD student), Alexis M. Fillone, and Krista Yu
·         Mode Choice Analysis of Commuters in Intramuros, Manila by Riches Bacero (PhD student), Andr√© Del Rosario, Nicanor R. Roxas, and Alexis M. Fillone
·         Factors affecting travel behavior during flood events in Metro Manila, Philippines by Raymund Paolo B. Abad (PhD student) and Alexis M. Fillone
·         Joint Model of Private Passenger Vehicle Type Ownership and Fuel Consumption in Metro Manila: Analysis and Simulation of Discrete-Continuous Choice Model by Monorom Rith (PhD student), Jose Bienvenido M. Biona, Alexis M. Fillone, Kenji Doi, and Hiroti Inoi
·         Determining the Value of Time for a Proposed Expressway Along C-5 by Gene Pique, MSCE and Alexis M. Fillone
·         Road Capacity Imbalance at Exit Points of the Metro Manila Skyway and Adjoining Roads by Daniel Ang (BS-MS student) and Alexis M. Fillone
Outgoing president of the TSSP, Dr. Alexis M. Fillone, closed the proceedings with some final remarks and reminders for the upcoming EASTS conference in Sri Lanka.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

CE Faculty/Alumnus at PICE Midyear Technical Conference 2018




PICE Natonal Technical Conference organizers present Dr. Oreta and Engr. Yu token of appreciation at ICC
Prof. Andres Winston Oreta Of CE Dept. and Engr. Kirk Yu, Asst Structural Engineer of Arcadis-Manila and BSMS-CE graduate at DLSU were one of the plenary speakers in the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) Midyear National  Technical Conference (NTC) held at Iloilo City last June 13-14, 2018.

Dr. Oreta at ICC
 Oreta and Yu delivered a two-part lecture on the topic, "Structural Engineering and Heritage Preservation." Oreta presented the basic definitions on heritage conservation, the impact of disasters on heritage structures and the role of civil engineers in heritage preservation. Yu presented a research on multi-hazard risk assessment of heritage buildings in Iloilo City CBD and examples of NDT and semi-destructive testing for determining material properties of heritage structures.


Engr. Yu at CPU
Incidentally, DLSU CE Dept. professional lecture, Engr. Erick Sison also was a lecturer on the topic, "Highlights of the NSCP 2015".  DLSU CE Dept. member of the Board of Adviser for CE, Engr. Carlos Villaraza lectured on "Commentary on the PHIVOLCS Earthquake Map in relation to NSCP 2015."

The technical conference was held in three venues - Iloilo Convention Center (ICC), Central Philippine University (CPU) and Diversion 21 Hotel - meaning the lectures were delivered three times. About 9,000 CE participants attended the conference. Read related blog at Digital Structures.
Engr. Villaraza (DLSU CE BOA member) and Dr. Oreta at ICC

Sunday, July 15, 2018

DLSU PHDCE Student Won Best Poster in the 7th ERDT Congress

[L-R] PHDCE Students: Engr. Raymund Abad, Engr. Erica Uy and Engr. Krister Roquel

MANILA, Philippines – Last 13th of July 2018, the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) program of the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) held its 7th annual Congress at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) with the theme, “The Human Engineer”. The event is a gathering of all DOST-ERDT-affiliated faculty and scholars from 8 partner universities, namely Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU), Central Luzon State University (CLSU), De La Salle University (DLSU), Mapua University (MU), Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), University of Philippines – Diliman (UPD), University of the Philippines – Los Banos (UPLB), and University of San Carlos (USC).

Dr. Rizalinda L. De Leon, Dean of the College of Engineering of UPD, opened the Congress while current DOST Undersecretary Rowena Cristina L. Guevarra delivered the keynote speech about the past and current researches and projects funded by the Department’s various councils and agencies. Dr. Jazmin B. Llana, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts of DLSU, gave a talk on Humanitarian Engineering, where scholars were encouraged to put a conscious effort in developing technologies while engaging other disciplines for a more holistic approach in the application of engineering principles in bettering the quality of life of the people.

The following ERDT scholars from the Civil Engineering Department of DLSU also presented posters of their respective researches:


Abad, Raymund Paolo B. – Identifying Factors Affecting Behavior of Metro Manila Travelers During Flood Events

Ang, Daniel Lawrence C. – Road Capacity Imbalance at Exit Points of the Metro Manila Skyway and Adjoining Roads

Bacero, Riches S. – Strategic Route Planning of Truck Traffic in Metro Manila

Roquel, Krister Ian Daniel Z. – Inter-Regional Logistics Optimization in the Philippine Greater Capital Region

Uy, Erica Elise S. – Full-Field Estimation of Strain Parameter-Triggering Liquefaction

After the poster session, Prof. Leonardo C. Rosete, Dean of the College of Fine Arts of UPD, Prof. Jerry R. Yapo, Director of the Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts and Associate Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences of UPLB, and Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, S.J., Professor in the School of Science and Engineering and Former President, ADMU, delivered plenary talks on Arts in Engineering, Humanities in Engineering, and Engineering for Social Change, respectively.

A scholar from the Civil Engineering Department, Krister Ian Daniel Z. Roquel, was awarded Best Poster in the Environment and Infrastructure R&D Track. Dr. Josette T. Biyo, Director of DOST-SEI closed the Congress shortly afterwards.

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)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

DLSU CE PhD Student Won Best Presentation at the 20th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering

The ICSMGE 2018: 20th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering was held last March 29-30, 2018 at Osaka, Japan. It aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. The conference

Engr. Erica Elice S. Uy attended the conference and presented her paper entitled “Full-Field Estimation of Cyclic Threshold Shear Strain”. She was awarded the “Best Presentation”. She is a PhD student of the Civil Engineering Department and a scholar of Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT). She is currently at Nagoya University for her Sandwich Program which is also funded by ERDT. The paper is co-authored by her adviser Dr. Jonathan R. Dungca, Civil Engineering Department and Sandwich Program supervisors Dr. Toshihiro Noda and Dr. Kentaro Nakai, Geotechnical Engineering Division Graduate School of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Nagoya University Geotechnical Engineering.



Engr. Erica Elice S. Uy during the conference