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 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.