Prof. Alexis Fillone and Prof. Andy Oreta attended and presented papers at the 8th Civil Engineering Conference in the Asian Region (CECAR8) held on April 16-19, 2019 at Tokyo, Japan. CECAR is a major activity of ACECC (The Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council) held on a triennial basis, and started in 1998 (http://www.cecar8.jp/about/). ACECC (http://www.acecc-world.org/) was established in 1999 with the aim of promoting the acquisition and transfer of civil engineering knowledge for advancing the design and construction practices that ultimately improve the quality of life of all citizens from ACECC member countries. ACECC is currently comprised of member societies from 13 countries (Australia, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Indonesia, Japan, S. Korea, Mongolia, Pakistan, Philippines, Taiwan, USA, and Vietnam). Among the organizers of CECAR are the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE), Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE) and the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE). CECAR8 is organized by JSCE.
Prof. Fillone presented his paper on "The impact of truck lane on vehicular flow along an arterial road in Metro Manila". Prof. Oreta presented a paper co-authored with Kevin Lawrence Atienza, Carla Maria Gonzalez, Jorge Jason Juaquino and Maria Krisia Martinez on “Quantifying the Environmental Impacts of Structural Elements of Standard Bridge Design."
Some insights from the CECAR8:
"I have learned the future directions of civil engineering in the Asian Region. Among the topics emphasized in the sessions I attended are how civil engineering can address the Sustainable Development Goals. Another interesting topic is related to initiatives on recycling of construction and demolition waste. The exhibits also introduced me to new technologies such as the “floatless method” for reducing damage of utility holes due to liquefaction. Another exhitbit is on the Disaster Prevention Portal specifically designed for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The solar heat-blocking pavement is another product that may be appropriate in the Philippines." - AWC Oreta