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DLSU CE PhD student won best presentation at 20th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering

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At the 20th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ICSMGE 2018) held in Osaka, Japan last March 29 to 30, Engr. Erica Elice S. Uy was awarded “Best Presentation” for her paper entitled “Full-Field Estimation of Cyclic Threshold Shear Strain.” Engr. Uy is a PhD student of the Civil Engineering department and a scholar of the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT). She is currently at Nagoya University for her Sandwich Program which is also funded by the 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.

The ICSMGE 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.

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World Water Day 2018 at DLSU

DLSU World Water Day 2018


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.

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 posted photos or selfies online using WWD’s official hashtags.

A seminar on the second day of the World Water Day celebration 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.

Engr. Morrish-Hale, discussed the technologies behind land reclamation. He started the talk by asking the audience about what they know about the sea level rise, and expounded on the process behind reclamation and the challenges 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.

Civil Engineering Faculty at the PICE NCR 14th Regional Technical Conference



Prof. Andres Winston C. Oreta delivered a lecture on “Learning Seismic Retrofitting Methods and Practices from Japan” at the 14th Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) NCR Regional Technical Conference held on Oct. 6-7, 2017 at the AVR, Valenzuela City Hall, Vallenzuela City. The conference, hosted by the PICE North MM Chapter with Prof. Dr. Victor Macam, Jr as president had a theme, “Civil Engineers: Serving the Nation & Sustaining Development.”

Engr. Frederick Sison, CE Dept. Professional Lecturer and past president of Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines (ASEP) also delivered a lecture on “Updates on the National Structural Code of the Philippines.

The conference was attended by PICE members from various MM chapters – Manila, Makati, Quezin City and East and North Metro Manila. There were 15 lectures on various topics – CPD, BIM, Codes, Retrofitting, Construction Management, Pile Dynamics, Gender Sensitivity, Transportation Engineering, Fire Technology Occupational Safety and Water Resources.

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DLSU CE and MEM Students take part in 2015 Tokyo Technology Student Exchange Program

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DLSU Students and Faculty (Photo/Jason Ongpeng)

Last April 29 to May 8, 2015, students from De La Salle University’s Civil Engineering (CE) and Manufacturing Engineering and Management (MEM) programs were invited by the Tokyo Institute of Technology to a ten-day socio-cultural exchange program.

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The program is aimed at exposing students to the technological developments of Japan, its academic culture, as well as foster closer ties with students and faculty of the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Aside from the technology and academic immersion, DLSU students also experienced the rich cultural heritage of Japan as well as an opportunity to visit landmarks such as the Miraikan Museum, Rainbow Bridge, and the Tokyo Skytree.

Readers who are interested in learning more about the students’ experiences in Japan can visit animoCIVnews.

Cerbis: Making Civil Engineering Research Relevant

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CERBIS or Civil Engineering Research-Based Initiatives & Services is a community service and engagement activity of the DLSU Civil Engineering Department where undergraduate and graduate research works address civil engineering (CE) related problems within communities and local government units. Among the challenges and issues that have been addressed in recent years, CERBIS has pursued studies on traffic management, transportation planning, disaster risk assessment, seismic, wind, and flood risk assessments, supporting LGUs in the preservation of heritage buildings, and promotion of safe schools.

These research studies are conducted either by the DLSU students and faculty or are conducted in collaboration with other schools or LGUs. For example, in Iloilo City where most of these projects took place, the DLSU CE Department collaborated with local educational institutions, such as Central Philippine University and University of the Philipppines Visayas, and local government units to solve CE related issues in both Iloilo City and Guimaras Province. These research initiatives focused on (a) preserving the Heritage site/buildings of Iloilo City, (b) Traffic and transport management through sustainable transport scenario modelling in Iloilo City and (c) Analysis of tourists for job creation and economic growth.

Summarized below are the various studies conducted under CERBIS:

CERBIS AY 2010-2011 
1.  A Qualitative Analysis For Flood Risk Indexing in Malabon City
2.  Corrosion Assessment of a Reinforced Concrete Structure Exposed to Coastal Environment in Mariveles, Bataan
3.  Urban Transport Planning of General Santos City
4.  Promoting Reuse of Mining Wastes through Studies on Geotechnical Properties of Mine Tailings from Selected Mining Sites

CERBIS AY 2011-2012
1.  Parking facilities location and design for the Heritage Site in Iloilo City
2.  Traffic Management of the Circulation System of the Old Calle Real in Iloilo City
3.  Proposed Scheduling Scheme for Public transport System in Iloilo
4.  Flood Assessment of SSS Subdivision North Fairview
5.  Assessing the Crop Yield of Irrigated Paddy Rice in Gapan, Nueva Ecija as influenced by Climate Change

CERBIS AY2012-13
1.  Understanding transport mode choices of inter-island passenger travel from Iloilo City to Negros Occidental to improve transport service
2.  Analysis of Tourist behaviour in Guimaras Province
3.  Improving inter-island terminal utilization in Jordan Wharf, Guimaras
4.  Development of seismic hazard risk assessment to promote safe schools
5.  Flood risk assessment study of water distribution in Surigao City
6.  Study on the effects of land use changes in urban hydrology in Tarlac City, Tarlac

CERBIS AY2013-14 
1.  Supporting local initiatives in preserving heritage buildings in Iloilo city through muti-hazard risk assessments
2.  Flood Risk Assessment of the City of Malolos
3.  Evaluation of Existing Resettlement Site in Tacloban City, Based on Safety and Accessibility

CERBIS AY2014-15 
1.   Pedestrianization of the Heritage Site in Iloilo City
2.  Understanding the transport choice behaviour of commuters in Iloilo City for the improvement of the City transport system
3.  Quantifying the Environmental Impact of Structural Design of DPWH Bridges

Prof. Hikaru Nakamura at DLSU as Guest Lecturer for Disaster Risk Reduction and Infrastructure Seminar

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Prof. Hikaru Nakamura, chair of the Civil Engineering Department of Nagoya University, Japan was a guest lecturer in the recently concluded Graduate Seminar on Disaster Risk Reduction and Infrastructure Development held at De La Salle University. The seminar is a course offered to DLSU students taking up masteral and doctoral degree in Civil Engineering and is a forum in which resource speakers are invited to deliver lectures based on their areas of expertise. Prof. Nakamura delivered focused on “Damage Evaluation Analysis and Repair/Strengthening Method of Concrete Members due to Earthquakes.”  In his lecture, Prof. Nakamura discussed seismic damage assessment and showed the importance of the damage evaluation of concrete structures before an earthquake takes place. He also presented the use of nonlinear analysis for damage evaluation and some rapid repair/strengthening methods that were developed for restoration of damaged structures.

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Engr. Ongpeng (left) and Dr. Garciano presenting Prof. Nakamura (center) with a certificate of appreciation.

This course was facilitated by two faculty members Dr. Andres Oreta and Dr. Lessandro Garciano. Several professors from the Civil Engineering Department were also present including Dr. Renan Tanhueco, Engr. Alden Balili, and Engr. Jason Ongpeng, Chairman of the Civil Engineering Department.

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