Saturday, April 25, 2020

DRRID2020 Graduate Forum held online


The Graduate Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction and Infrastructure Development (DRRID 2020) was conducted online via AnomoSpace (Canvas) Conference on 25 April 2020. The forum was facilitated by the course professor, Dr. Andres Oreta. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jojo Mutuc of the IE Department delivered an online keynote presentation on " Disaster Data Visualization and Analytics in a Pandemic using the System Dynamics Approach." The keynote presentation " illustrates the SD  approach in analyzing the well-known pandemic curve and the campaign for levelling the curve. It uses a generic contagious disease model that spreads in a community and presents its analysis thru parameter variations and graphical outputs. It also presents some simulations resulting from the implementation of government efforts to control the pandemic and compares their impact on the number of infected people and deaths. Finally, it presents some scenarios on the lifting of government interventions to control the pandemic."

The Graduate Forum on DRRID is the culminating activity of the course where each student presents his/her own seminar paper. The seminar paper on a selected topic  addresses issues of development and disasters in relation to the role of civil engineers in DRR and resilience building. The papers aim to assess the student’s ability to conduct library and internet research, to develop a concept paper for a future research or to apply tools and concepts discussed in class and learned from lectures and readings. The students are expected show an ability to communicate orally and in written form using DRRID as the theme. The DRRID2020 Proceedings and Book of Abstracts can be viewed and downloaded here:

The online forum was attended by 18 graduate student paper presentors and 11 invited guests - the DRRID  resource lecturers and members of the CESDR DR unit.

The Graduate Seminar on Disaster Risk Reduction and Infrastructure Development (DRRID) is one of the integration courses in the graduate program in civil engineering. In this course, graduate students in civil engineering from various specializations and other allied programs apply their knowledge and skills to address the impact of natural hazards on the built environment, to explore ways of reducing the adverse effects of the natural hazards and to improve and build infrastructure and community resilience. Enrolled students in the course consist of five PhD students and MSCE and MEP students.

Dr. Oreta, at home, facilitating the online DRRID2020 Graduate Forum

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