Bridge of success for aspiring engineers: ACES conducts IntenCEty Seminar 2021

By Juffer Joy Bayanin

With the theme “Intensifying the Civil Engineering Education Amidst the Pandemic,” the Association of Civil Engineering Students (ACES) under the NEU College of Engineering and Architecture (NEU-CEA) held IntenCEty Seminars 2021 on April 23, 2021.

“Resilience is one of the major characteristics an aspiring engineer should possess as it is the key in building earthquake-resistant structures,” said Engr. Angel Jaurigue, project management and construction engineering specialist of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) and an active life member of the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines (ASEP), PICE Quezon City Chapter, and American Concrete Institute (ACI-Philippine Chapter).

As a country in the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Philippines is prone to earthquakes. So, Engr. Angel discussed the importance of using the Richter scale in measuring the intensities and magnitudes of earthquakes. He also shared design and analysis software such as the STAAD Pro Connect, ETABS (Extended Three Dimensional Analysis of Building Systems), SAP 2000, and MIDAS.

Engr. Zmel Grabillo, an active internal auditor of Integrated Management System (IMS) and business area spokesperson of Maynilad Water Services Inc. served as the second resource speaker for the topic, “Reduction of Non-Revenue Water: Maynilad Way.” He explained the Non-Revenue Water (NRW) and its common problems, the DMA Automation, the equipment for leak prevention, and more about saving water and other natural resources. “[Once you] have the license and enough knowledge to help someone in need, you can share the learnings and don’t hesitate to extend a hand on them,” he said.

Dr. Luzale Henson, director of University Research Center in the NEU-CEA, and Mathematics coordinator, discussed the essence of a research paper, its components, and effective methods to make a paper presentable. She also differentiated the scientific method from the engineering design process and shared several sampling techniques for future research studies.

Engr. Darius Vigan, a water supply engineer at the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) Central Office and part-time NEU-CEA faculty member, talked about water resources engineering software and survey tools’ future developments. Engr. Darius elaborated on water resource engineering, which includes water supply and distribution, drainage and flood control, hydroelectric power, and coastal engineering. He also mentioned some water-related software that engineers use, such as Hec Hms, Hec Ras, Weap, Ribasim, Epanet, WaterGem, and WaterCad.