Thursday, December 17, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Applications for the Masters in Earthquake Engineering and/or Engineering Seismology (MEEES), approved and financially supported by the European Commission under the framework of the Erasmus Mundus II programme, have just opened, with a deadline of 31st of December 2009.
The Masters is organised by a consortium of European University/Research Institutions, led by the Centre for Post-Graduate Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology (ROSE School, www.roseschool.it) and featuring also the participation of the University of Patras (Greece), the University of Grenoble Joseph Fourier (France) and the Middle East Technical University of Ankara (Turkey).
The MEEES programme is an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course, that aims to provide higher-level education in the field of Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology. Graduate students involved in this Erasmus Mundus Masters course have the possibility of following a 18-month MSc programmes on either Earthquake Engineering or Engineering Seismology. In addition, the proposed EM Masters course envisages also the possibility of students following a 18-month study programme that leads to the attainment of a Masters degree on Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology.
A relatively large number of scholarships, ranging from 15000 to 38000 Euro, are available to applicants from all nationalities.
Full details on the programme, as well as online application procedure, can be found on its website: http://www.meees.org/
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
- The Philippines was even worse than military-ruled Burma (Myanmar) in coping with natural calamities
- Studies projected a massive destruction of Philippine rice crops in a little over a decade owing to climate change, and severe flooding in Metro Manila affecting 2.5 million people by the year 2080.
- The Philippines ranked 12th among 200 countries at risk from tropical, cyclones, floods, earthquakes and landslides.
- In coping capacity to disasters, the Philippines ranks seventh among the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), just behind Laos, Malaysia and Burma.
- The coping capacity refers to a country’s capacity for hazard evaluation, structural defenses, early warning, emergency response, insurance and disaster funds, and reconstruction and rehabilitation planning.
- The “deadly trio” that worsen natural disasters were “poor urban government, unstable rural livelihood, and ecosystem decline.” So it’s not God who is doing it. It’s man who is at fault.
- A single event cannot be attributed to climate change because the climate system is in constant state of flux and has always exhibited natural fluctuations and extreme conditions.
- With the signing into law of the Philippine Climate Change Act of 2009, hopes are high that the new law’s focus on strong government-wide coordination, high-level leadership, links to science, and local level action, will be necessary ingredients to ensure immediate, comprehensive and sustained action by the Philippines in the face of this climate crisis. It is one of the most comprehensive and the most integrated legislation so far in the region. We now wait with breathless anticipation.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
(a) Building reuse - instead of demolition, the building structure or shell is reused.
(b) Construction waste management - diverting construction and demolition waste from ladfill into other uses
(c) Materials reuse - a portion of the materials of the project must be salvaged or recycled
(d) Recycled content - use of materials with "recyled content"
(e) Regional materials - use of local materials will reduce transport and energy cost
Structural engineers should design building which are adaptable to provide for ease of alteration or amendment in use. Buildings which consists of elements that can easily be deconstructed are preferrable for possible reuse. By proper planning and efficient design and knowledgeable of sustainability concepts, green buildings can be successfully built.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
The situation in Asia is not that different from the rest of the world. People turn to online degrees for various reasons, the most significant of them being time. When it comes to a graduate program like MS or a doctoral degree like PhD, most of us prefer to earn them online because it allows us to continue with our work and study during our free time. The schedules are flexible enough to allow us to multitask with efficiency. We don’t need to take time off work and we get our regular salary as well. Besides, some employers are willing to sponsor their employees’ education, so this means you gain knowledge and are in a position to climb up the career ladder, all at no extra cost.
Various universities across Asia offer online MS and PhD programs, and some of the more prominent ones are The Open University of Hong Kong (China), University Sains Malaysia(Malaysia), University of the Philippines (Philippines), and the Indira Gandhi National Open University (India). While most of them do not require on-campus residency, some do mandate the same for a short period, either a few months or 15 to 20 days.
When you choose to study online, consider the discipline and the university rather than just the degree itself. For example, even a master’s degree from a prestigious university may hold more value than a doctoral degree from an unaccredited one. Or, a degree in a field that offers various job opportunities is infinitely more useful than one that is difficult or more interesting. Also, check the accreditation of the college you’re applying to and verify its credentials before you enroll. It’s best to talk to alumni of the college and discuss their experience before you decide that this is the university for you.
This guest article was written by Adrienne Carlson, who regularly writes on the topic of engineering degrees online. Adrienne welcomes your comments and questions at her email address: email@example.com
Monday, August 31, 2009
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Indeed, the advancements and innovations in computers have changed our ways of computing and data prcessing. In my case, I experienced using some of the computing tools shown in the image above. I still remember when I was a kid, my father taught me how to use the abacus. During my high school days, we were taught how to use the slide rule in our chemistry class. Then the scientific calculator was born just before I graduated in high school. During my college years, we used computer cards in our computer programming classes using the FORTRAN language. Then I also used a programmable calculator using BASIC language. My first computer was an Apple Computer whose memory is in kB. Today, we have computers which are fast and with almost unlimited memory space in terabytes.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
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Monday, April 27, 2009
Hangeneering by J.P. Sy and D. Baluyot. Based on the game, "Hangman", this is a game to test the student’s mastery on solving reactions in statically determinate beams. There is a time limit which varies from 30 seconds to 90 seconds depending on the level of difficulty. The program chooses randomly the figure and the beam parameters. There is a formula for getting the score of the player. The game will be over when the user answered incorrectly three times or when the time has run out. This game can be played in the Engineering Mechanics (Statics) or Strength of Materials class.
Jeopardeng by C. Fabie and R. Masa: This is an adaptation of the famous American game Jeopardy. The game has four different categories that cover various topics about civil engineering. Each category has four objective questions. There is a data base of questions which are selected randomly. The user answers all questions under the four categories in any order, aiming to bag a high score. After all questions have been answered within the time limit, the user is prompted to the “Final JeopardENG Round”; wherein a computational question will be asked to the user worth 5000 points.
This game can be played in class to review the students about civil engineering terms, concepts and definitions. A competition among students can be done with the student having the highest score declared as the winner.
You may play some games at http://mysite.dlsu.edu.ph/faculty/oretaa.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Beam Deflection Application: This is a software application for solving the elastic deflection and slope of a beam. The inputs to the program are the cross-section dimension and properties of the I-section and the beam loadings and lengths. The outputs include the moment of inertia of the I-section, the beam deflection and slope at specified point X from the left end. This application may be used in the course on Mechanics of Materials or Structural Analysis to demonstrate the effect of section properties, beam loading and lengths on the elastic deflection and slope of a beam. By computing the deflection of the beam at different values of X, the shape of the elastic curve can be drawn.
Open Channel Flow: This software application determines the normal depth of an open channel using Manning’s Equation. In this program, the user first selects the shape of the cross-section: (a ) rectangle, (b) trapezoid, or (c) triangle. The system of units have to be chosen also. The inputs to the program are the dimensions of the cross-section and Manning equation parameters, S, n and Q. The output of the program is the normal depth of flow. This software application can be used in the courses, Fluid Mechanics or Hydraulics. The values of the various parameters, such as dimensions of the cross-section, slope of channel bed, coefficient of roughness or flow rate, maybe varied to study the effect on the normal depth of flow.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Here is a YouTube video of Mangamahu network arch bridge - the first of its type in New Zealand.
Monday, March 23, 2009
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Saturday, March 7, 2009
I know there are new and better textbooks like those written by R.C. Hibbeler. I usually use Mechanics of Materials and Structural Analysis by R.C. Hibbeler as my main textbooks in my two courses in structural analysis. And usually I recommend the latest edition. However, I observed that these books have become scarce. Even if I inform the local distributor to make the textbooks available, the situation remains the same – NO TEXTBOOKS. Why should I recommend a textbook which is NOT available for the students to purchase?
I would like to call the attention of book publishers and distributors in the Philippines to make their textbooks in Engineering Mechanics (Statics & Dynamics), Mechanics of Materials, Structural Analysis and Structural Design (Reinforced Concrete and Steel) available in commercial and university bookstores so that the faculty can choose their main textbooks in their courses. I raised this problem also to the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) - Technical Panel in CE during their evaluation visit at our university. Well the CHEd representative doesn’t have an answer to this ..... Ironically CHEd requires a minimum number of books and references per subject - what are they going to do about this ? Your guess is as good as mine.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
The second bridge (Bridge 16) by Jefron Gaw, Allan Mariano and Lex Alviar was withdrawn from the competition because its depth D exceeds the limit, making it impossible to test the bridge using two point loads. The bridge has an arch shape. The bridge is quite heavy W=1425 g. It is a well designed bridge and it may have performed well in the competition, if it only passed the specifications. The bridge was actually tested upto failure using the UTM and observe the failure mode - a bending failure at midspan.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
In the recently concluded 5th DLSU-CES Bridge Building Competition last 7 Feb 2009, the bridges made from popsicle sticks competed for the Best Bridge Design based on the following criteria:
- Creativity and Innovativeness in the design and form: 30%
- Application of bridge design principles: 30%
- Practicality and implementability: 20%
- Neat and well-polished bridge: 20%
Four judges examined and evaluated the bridges. After about an hour of evluation, the scores were tabulated. It was a tight race for the winner. The winning bridge from Don Honorio Ventura College of Arts and Trades (DHVCAT) won by a hairline against the bridge entry from the Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP), Manila. The 3rd placer is the bridge from the Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP), Quezon City. Building popsicle-stick bridges using glue takes a lot of planning, patience and ingenuity. Cutting the popsicle sticks to fit the form of the bridge, gluing the sticks and polishing involves a lot of time. In general, the popsicle-stick bridges submitted were impressive. Many of the bridges were unique and may serve as models for future bridges. The students have demonstrated their skills and understanding about bridge construction.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
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Deadline of Submission of Abstracts: 14 February 2009
Send abstracts to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
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Sunday, January 4, 2009
The negative impact of infrastructures on the environment aggravates especially when natural disasters occur. Natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, typhoons, tsunamis and landslides spoil both the built and natural environment. Aside from causing numerous deaths and injuries to people, natural disasters had caused the destruction of important infrastructures such as buildings, bridges and roads and devastation of nature which contributed to environmental degradation. The 1999 Chi-Chi earthquake in Taiwan caused 2,415 deaths, 1,441 severely wounded, US$9.2 billion worth of damage, 44,338 houses completely destroyed and 41,336 houses severely damaged. The 2001 Gujarat earthquake in India was the most devastating earthquake in India in recent history. The quake destroyed 90 percent of the homes in Bhuj, several schools, and flattened a hospital. Gujarat's commercial capital and a city of 4.5 million, as many as 50 multistory buildings collapsed and several hundred people were killed. In the July 16, 1990 earthquake in the Philippines, damage to buildings, infrastructures, and properties amounted to at least P 10B. The Hyogo-ken Nanbu earthquake in Japan which hit the city of Kobe and surrounding areas in Hyogo prefecture on January 17, 1995 cause the collapse of nearly 55,000 houses in the city of Kobe. The cost of reconstruction of buildings alone was roughly estimated at between US $61-70 billion.
As a consequence of the destruction brought about by natural disasters, the natural resources, materials and energy that have been utilized in constructing these infrastructures have been put to waste. Moreover, the large amount of disaster-caused waste and debris poses another environmental problem. The most severe natural disasters generate debris in quantities that can overwhelm existing solid waste management facilities or force communities to use disposal options that otherwise would not be acceptable.
How may structural and civil engineers contribute towards the reduction of these negative impacts in a region where natural disasters like earthquakes, typhoons, tsunamis and landslides are prevalent? Structural and civil engineers have significantly contributed towards the protection and conservation of the natural environment especially when we consider the impact of natural disasters. on infrastructures and the environment. Civil and structural engineers, when they properly design structures and foundations for safety and stability, are actually contributing significantly to the preservation of the natural environment. Proper analysis, design and construction of structures will minimize damage or collapse. Refined modeling, testing and analysis of soil may prevent foundation failures. Strengthening and improvement of unstable slopes will control the occurrence of landslides. When structures are strengthened or retrofitted, the usable life of the structure is extended reducing end-of-life waste. These primary responsibilities of structural and civil engineers regarding safety and stability, in the end, leads to the reduction of non-renewable natural resources consumption and minimizing the accumulation of construction waste and disaster-caused debris waste. The responsibility of structural and civil engineers in designing for safety and stability and the role they play concerning the maintenance of environment especially in disaster-prone countries must be appreciated by everyone including the so-called “environmentalists.”