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

Saturday, April 14, 2018

CE Faculty as resource speakers at 16th PICE Region III Technical Conference

The Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers Region III Technical Conference was held on April 13-14, 2018 at Subic Bay Peninsular Hotel, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales with the theme, "Central Luzon Civil Engineers Building a Better Future Today."
Day 2 Session - Presentation of token to the resource speakers
DLSU CE Faculty members led by Dr. Lessandro Garciano (CE Dept. chair) with Prof. Andres Winston Oreta, Prof. Alexis Fillone and Assoc. Prof. Marla Redillas were invited to be resource speakers in the two day event. The lectures presented by the CE faculty were:
  • A proposed framework for resilience for water lifeline systems under seismic hazard - Dr. Lessandro Estelito Garciano 
  • Making cities resilient to disasters - Dr. Andres Winston Oreta
  • Low impact development: key to environmental sustainability - Dr. Marla Redillas
  • Urban transportation planning - Dr. Alexis Fillone
  • Seismic assessment & retrofitting: overview and learning lessons from Japan - Dr. Andres Winston Oreta
Dr. Oreta delivering his first lecture on Making Resilient Cities

Dr. Redillas presents her lecture on LID
Dr. Fillone shares his research in Transportation Planning
Incidentally, Dr. Romeo Estanero (retired DLSU CE faculty and presently the chair of the CE Professional Regulatory Board) presented a lecture on "R.A. 10912 (CPD Law) and Operating Guidelines." Also DLSU CE Dept. industry adviser, Engr. Carlos Villaraza presented his lecture on "Seismic retrofitting in accordance with the NSCP 2015."

The PICE Region III Technical Conference was coordinated by DLSU CE alumnus '97, Engr. Mico David (PICE regional coordinator for Region III).
Dr. Garciano, Engr. Mico David, Dr. Oreta and Dr. Redillas during the Fellowship Night on April 13, 2018
Dr. Romeo Estanero passionately delivers his lecture on the CPD law

Monday, April 9, 2018

World Water Day 2018 at DLSU

Last March 22-23, 2018, the first World Water Day (WWD), with the theme “Answer is in Nature; Nature for Water”,  was held in De La Salle University-Manila.  It was organized by the Civil Engineering Department - Hydraulics and Water Resources Engineering Division and the Civil Engineering Society.  World Water Day is sponsored by Healthy Family Purified Water which is an advocacy by Manila Water Total Solutions.  By celebrating World Water Day, the organizers promoted sustainability and awareness regarding the emerging technologies in water resources engineering and how nature is the solution to water-related problems. 

DLSU World Water Day Participants

On the first day of the celebration of the World Water Day, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held in Velasco Bench 3 to officially open the booth.  The Gokongwei College of Engineering Dean, Dr. Jonathan Rivera Dungca, the Vice Chairperson of Civil Engineering Department, Dr. Mario De Leon, alongside Dr. Marla Maniquiz-Redillas, Engr. Richard De Jesus, Engr. Joenel Galupino, Engr. Maria Emilia Sevilla, Engr. Paolo Ian Lucero, and Engr. Miller Cutora were present during the opening ceremony of the booth.
The booth design itself revolved around the theme, where numerous civil engineering students, and professors were wearing blue and were seen participating in the booth activities. After the ribbon cutting, videos about water resources from UNICEF and civil engineering students who took CIVWARE in the previous term were shown to the audience. Free bottled water were also distributed to students who decided posted photos or selfies online using WWD’s official hashtags,
On the second day of the celebration of World Water Day, a seminar was held in the Don Enrique T. Yuchengco Hall of DLSU-Manila. Civil Engineering students especially students taking up water-related subjects and students specializing in Hydraulics and Water Resources Engineering actively participated in the discussion during the seminar.  The invited speakers, Engr. Trevor Morrish-Hale from Royal HaskoningDHV, Engr. Anya Arguelles from CH2M, and Dr. Renan Tanhueco from the CE Department, each talked about their research and experiences in the water industry field and were able to enhance the knowledge of the students.
Engr. Morrish-Hale, the first speaker discussed about the wonders and technologies of land reclamation. He started the talk by asking the audience about what they know about the sea level rise, and continued on to explain how reclamation is being done, as well as the problems that can be encountered when conducting it. Dr. Tanhueco, on the other hand, shared his case study, in partnership with other researchers who were also faculty members in DLSU, perceptions towards the use of eco-toilets in rural or low communities. The benefits of using eco-toilets, such as water conservation, nutrient supplementation for plants, and refined sanitation, were emphasized during his talk. The third and last speaker, Engr. Arguelles talked about the treatment of wastes, specifically industrial wastes.
It was also evident that the speakers left a significant impact to each student inside the hall because students became engaged in the discussion and asked several questions related to the presentations.
The first World Water Day at DLSU proved to be a successful one because not only the CE Students were able to take home additional knowledge but also the students that were enticed into the booth.  In the following years, World Water Day will become a widely celebrated event by everyone.

The Answer is in Nature”

by  Rachelle Nicole A. Lao & Mariamae Francia Montejo