Wednesday, May 8, 2019

PRISMH team held a Stakeholder’s Forum

The PRISMH team and participants of the Stakeholders’ Forum

The PRISMH team held a Stakeholder’s Forum last April 302019, at the Roof Deck of Henry Sy, Sr. Hall (HSSH) of De La Salle University. In that Forum, the PRISMH research team members presented what they have accomplished in this 2-year research endeavor, as it is set to end in August 2019.

The forum opened with Ms. Dina D’Ayala’s (Principal Investigator, UCL) introduction of Epicenter, and UCL. She also talked about the relationship between British Council, CHED, UCL, DLSU, and XU and the importance of the collaboration between all these units with regards to the PRISMH project. Dr. Andres W. C. Oreta (Co-investigator, DLSU) followed with the introduction of the PRISMH project and the CSS (Comprehensive School Safety) framework. Engr. Richard De Jesus (Co-investigator, DLSU) discussed the overview of school typology and the relevance of school inventory to the project. Dr. Arash Nassirpour (Co-invetigator, UCL) talked about the vulnerability of schools from multi-hazards. The forum was capped off by a report from Ms. Rebekah Yore (Co-investigator, UCL) regarding emergency sheltering and evacuation of school infrastructure.

Attendees of this Forum were representatives from the British Council, PHIVOLCS (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology), DepEd (Department of Education) Engineers and DRR officers, Faculty from St. Louis University (Baguio), ASEP (Association of Structural Engineers of the Phil.), DPWH, PICE (Phil. Institute of Civil Engineers), and LGU. 

The PRISMH (Philippines’ Resilience of Schools to Multi-Hazards) is an on-going 2-year project that aims to develop an advanced resilience assessment framework for school infrastructure subjected to multiple natural hazards in the Philippines. In particular, the project addresses risk from seismic, wind and flood hazards. (please see attached primer). The PRISMH project is funded by the British Council and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). It is a joint research collaboration between experts from the University College London (UCL), Xavier University - Engineering Resource Center (XU-ERC) and De La Salle University. 

Monday, March 25, 2019

CE Faculty at DRSD2019 - AIT

DLSU GCOE Faculty and CESDR DRU Members inside the wind tunnel of AIT-Thamassat University
 CE Faculty members, Dr. Andres Oreta, Dr. Renan Tanhueco and Dr. Marla Redillas attended and presented papers the International Symposium on Disaster Resilience & Sustainable Development (DRSD2019) hed on March 7-8, 2019 at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. Read related article at CESDR DRU blog.

Dr. Tanhueco presented a paper on "Developing teaching and learning modules for a disaster readiness and risk reduction subject. Ths paper is co-authored by a team of DLSU faculty who developed the DR&RR modules for the senior high school students.

Dr. Oreta presented the paper on "Identifying research interventions on resilience building using the ten essentials for “making cities resilient” global campaign."  This paper is co-authored by members of the URCO RPW on Building Resilient Cities & Communities.

Dr. Redillas presented her paper co-authored with students on "Investigation on the potential of LID in urban land uses in the Philippines."

The CE Faculty represented the DLSU CESDR Disaster Resilience Unit and joining them as presentors were Dr. Mutuc (IE Dept) and Dr. Lawrence Materum (ECE Dept).

CESDR DRU Presentors
After the symposium, the team had a lab tour of the Wind Tunnel of AIT and Thamassat University.  The research staff of AIT Consulting facilitated the tour.

Briefing about the wind Tunnel at AIT Consulting Office

3D-printed models tested at the wind tunnel

3D-Printned models on display at the AIT-Consulting Office

Sunday, March 10, 2019

A Megawide Expedition

On February 23, 2019, Students taking up BS CIV-CTM and BS CIV-STE went on a field trip entitled “Megawide Expeditions: A Site Visit to Megawide Precast Plant”. The field trip was quite a fun and informative experience for us undergraduate students as it was a first time experience for most of us to visit a Precast Plant. What a new experience it was as we had a glimpse in an actual plant that who knows? maybe in a few years we will be working for the same large and successful pioneering construction company like Megawide.
The field trip began with a short orientation led by Mr. Christopher Ganotice and Mr. Emelito Durano Jr. The group of 55 student participants in the field trip were split into two groups with the two facilitators at that point and for the rest of the field trip as to have a smoother program flow. The orientation focused on a little bit of history on the establishment of the Precast Plant and on the various sections we are to visit in the plant. Once we set out to the main part of the tour, we were told that photos were restricted especially for the machines.
Our facilitator Mr Ganotice who is the Senior Planner for the site, was able to explain quite eloquently the use of each sections of the plant and how each of the sections of the plant were crucial to the manufacturing of precast concrete. We were able to visit the Warehouse, Stockyard and the two factories of the plant. It was really interesting to see their methodology and observe first hand as it really gave light to how some of the things we study like concrete is applied in real life.
Overall, it was a very new and exciting experience for all of us and personally, it the trip gave me goosebumps of excitement to get right on down to the field once I pass my boards. I personally would like to thank the CE department together with all the faculties involved, and CES together with all the student leaders that also helped and all the people that made this field trip possible, I hope this field trip can also be experienced by the next batches as it really made me feel one step closer to my dream.

By: Edward Inciong

Sunday, March 3, 2019

DLSU's Civil Engineering participates in SofTech Workshop 2019 at Tokyo, Japan

The Consortium for SOcio-Functional Continuity Technology (SOFTech) held its first workshop for young researchers last February 22 and 23, 2019 at Suzukakedai campus of Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Yokohama, Japan. The consortium was launched in 2017 and aims to develop technology to ensure continuity of essential functions performed in high-rise buildings and other urban structures following a major disaster.

Participants: SOFTech Workshop for Young Researchers 2019 at Tokyo Institute of Technology
Around 21 researchers from different universities in Japan, China, and Philippines attended the workshop. The workshop aims to bring together young researchers around Asia to present, share, and discuss their researches related to urban disaster prevention which are categorized into 5 areas: (1) ensuring structural safety, (2) safety verification of seismic device, (3) maintaining functionality, (4) quantification of safety and functionality, and (5) ensuring peace of mind.

Day 1: Presentation of research studies

Day 2: Site visit at Tokyo Tech
 Day 1 was an exchange through presentation of research studies about application of concept of resiliency and various innovations in earthquake engineering technology, analysis, and testing.

Day 2 was allotted to a site visit of a model 20-story building designed to resist strong earthquakes through the combined use of base isolation and dampers. Participants were allowed to witness a seismic-resistant technology comprised of combination of base isolation and dampers applied to an actual building. They entered the basement of J2-building in Tokyo Tech campus in Suzukakedai to witness the technology.

Engr. De Jesus as one of the representatives of DLSU at SOFTech Workshop 2019

Engr. Lucero as one of the representatives of DLSU at SOFTech Workshop 2019

De La Salle University Civil Engineering, represented by Engr. Richard De Jesus and Engr. Paolo Ian Lucero, participated in the workshop. Engr. De Jesus presented his paper about quantification of resiliency of local water distribution networks whereas Engr. Lucero presented his paper about transport engineering resiliency with NAIA as case study.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

DLSU CE at the Eighth International Conference on Geotechnique, Construction Materials and Environment (GEOMATE 2018) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

GEOMATE International Society in coordination with Monash University, Malaysia, Mie University Research Center for Environmental Load Reduction, Useful Plant Spread Society, Glorious International, AOI Engineering, HOJUN, JCK, CosmoWinds and Beppu Construction, Japan organized the Eighth International Conference on Geotechnique, Construction Materials and Environment, from 20 to 22 November 2018 at Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The conference aims to provide an opportunity to share researches on geo-engineering, construction materials, environmental issues, water resources, and earthquake and tsunami disasters.   

DLSU delegates at Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Civil Engineering Department Faculty members Dr. Mary Ann Q. Adajar, Dr. Lessandro Estelito Garciano Dr. Bernardo A. Lejano and Dr. Erica Elice S. Uy, Academic Service Faculty Engr. Joenel G. Galupino, Graduate students Engr. Alvin Quizon and Engr. Stephen John C. Clemente and DLSU Alumni Dr. Gilford B. Estores, Engr. Rainier Lawrence A. Valdez and John Carlo R. Samarita went to the conference to present their respective researches. 

Papers presented are the following:
Compressed Earth Blocks with Powdered Green Mussel Shell as Partial Binder and Pig Hair as Fiber Reinforcement
Bernardo A. Lejano, Ram Julian Gabaldon, Patrick Jason Go, Carlos Gabriel Juan, and Michael Wong
Investigation of The Flexural Strength of Cold-Formed Steel C-Sections Using Computational and Experimental Method
Bernardo A. Lejano and Eyen James D. Ledesma
Volume Change Behavior of Sea Water Exposed Coal Ash Using Hyperbolic Model
Erica Elice S. Uy, Jonathan R. Dungca and Mary Ann Q. Adajar
Regression Modeling of Breakout Strength of An Expansion Anchor Bolt as Influenced By Concrete Aggregates
Gilford B. Estores, Wyndell A. Almenor and Charity Hope A. Gayatin
Investigating The Effect of Geotextile as Reinforcement on The Bearing Capacity of Granular Soil
John Carlo R. Samarita, and Mary Ann Q. Adajar
A Comparative Study on The Use of Woven Geotextile for Settlement Reduction of Spread Footing on Granular Soil
Mary Ann Adajar, Maricris Gudes and Lillibelle Tan
Reliability Assessment of Wooden Trusses of A Historical School
Alvin Quizon and Lessandro Estelito Garciano
Back Propagation Artificial Neural Network Modeling of Flexural and Compressive Strength of Concrete Reinforced with Polypropylene Fibers
Stephen John C. Clemente, Edward Caezar D.C. Alimorong and Nolan C. Concha
Investigating The Effectiveness Of Rice Husk Ash as Stabilizing Agent of Expansive Soil
Mary Ann Q. Adajar, Christian James P. Aquino and Joselito D. Dela Cruz II
Quezon City Soil Profile Reference
Joenel G. Galupino and Jonathan R. Dungca
Efficient Repair Scheduling Strategy of A Multiple-Source Lifeline Network Using Constrained Spanning Forest (CSF)
Lessandro Estelito Garciano, Agnes Garciano, Mark Tolentino and Abraham Matthew Carandang
Seismic Reliability Analysis of Lifeline: A Case Study on The Water Network System of BiƱan City, Laguna
Rainier Lawrence A. Valdez, Lessandro Estelito O. Garciano and Takeshi Koike

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

DLSU CIV Paper won at the Fourth International Conference on Science, Engineering & Environment (SEE 2018) in Nagoya, Japan

The Fourth International Conference on Science, Engineering & Environment (SEE) was organized by the Mie University Research Center for Environmental Load Reduction, The GEOMATE International Society, Useful Plant Spread Society, Glorious International, AOI Engineering, HOJUN, JCK, CosmoWinds and Beppu Construction, Japan. It aims to provide with great opportunities to share common interests and ideal academic platform for researchers, scientists, engineers and practitioners to present their latest research results, ideas, developments and applications in all areas of Engineering, Natural Sciences and Environment. It was held last Nov.12-14, 2018 at the Meitetsu New Grand Hotel, Nagoya, Japan.

Civil Engineering Department Faculty members Dr. Jonathan R. Dungca, Engr. Cheryl Lyne C. Roxas, Engr. Richard M. De Jesus and Dr. Erica Elice S. Uy, Phd Candidate Engr. Nolan C. Concha, Graduate student Engr. Jenes P. Borais, Undergraduate students Carmela Denise C. Isberto, Krystoffer Lloyd D. Labra and Jan Marielle B. Landicho went to the conference to present their respective researches.

The paper of Engr. Richard M. De Jesus together with his undergraduate , Anthony Tang and Alvin Cunanan, entitled “Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Concrete with Treated Recycled Concrete Aggregates” was chosen to receive the best paper award.

Best Paper Plaque

DLSU delegates at Meitetsu New Grand Hotel, Nagoya, Japan

Papers presented are the following:

Non-Contact Estimation of Strain Parameter-Triggering Liquefaction
Erica Elice Saloma Uy, Toshihiro Noda, Kentaro Nakai and Jonathan Rivera Dungca

Optimized Preparation of Rice Husk Ash (RHA) as a Supplementary Cementitious Material
Carmela Denise C. Isberto, Krystoffer Lloyd D. Labra, Jan Marielle B. Landicho, and
Richard M. De Jesus

Assessment of Out-Of-Plane Failure of Non-Engineered Masonry Wall Due to Typhoon Haiyan-Induced Storm Surges
Jenes P. Borais, and Richard De Jesus

Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Concrete with Treated Recycled Concrete Aggregates
Richard De Jesus, Anthony Tang and Alvin Cunanan

Bond Strength Prediction Model of Corroded Reinforcement in Concrete using Neural Network
Nolan C. Concha and Andres Winston C. Oreta

An Artificial Neural Network Model for the Corrosion Current Density of Steel in Mortar Mixed with Seawater
Cheryl Lyne C. Roxas and Bernardo A. Lejano

Synthesis of One-Part Geopolymer using D-Optimal Mixture Design for Soil Stabilization
April Anne S. Tigue, Jonathan R. Dungca, and Michael Angelo B. Promentilla

Use of Dry Mixing Method in Fly Ash Based Geopolymer as a Stabilizer for Dredged Soil
Jonathan R. Dungca, Kimberly D. Ang, Aila Mae L. Isaac, John Joshua R. Joven and Ma.
Beatrice T. Sollano

Radial Flow Permeameter: A Proposed Apparatus to Measure Horizontal Hydraulic Gradient of Fly-Ash Based Geopolymer-Soil Mix
Jonathan R. Dungca, Winchell Dunley T. Lao, Matthew Lim, Wilson D. Lu and Juan Carlos P. Redelicia

Vertical Permeability of Dredged Soil Stabilized with Fly-Ash Based Geopolymer for Road Embankment
Jonathan R. Dungca, Winchell Dunley T. Lao, Matthew Lim, Wilson D. Lu and Juan Carlos P. Redelicia

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