Monthly Archives: June 2014

CSU’s Phil-LiDAR project teams attend Mindanao Cluster meeting in UP Mindanao

The Phil-LiDAR 1.2.14 and 2.2.14 project teams of Caraga State University (CSU) attended the pre-implementation meeting and orientation of all Mindanao Cluster projects under the DOST-GIA (Grant-in-Aids) Programs: Phil-LiDAR-1 and 2. Phil-LiDAR 1 and 2 are research programs that were directed by the Philippine Government to conduct nationwide researches on the utilization of LiDAR technology for hazard mapping and detailed resource assessment, respectively.

The event was conducted in UP Mindanao last June 18, 2014 and was organized by the DOST’s Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD). It aimed to gather and orient the project team members and administrative officials of universities and higher education institutes (HEIs) that are implementing the projects under Phil-LiDAR 1 and 2 programs: Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Caraga State University, Central Mindanao University, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, and UP Mindanao. It also became a venue for the discussion of the DOST Research and Development (R&D) Agenda and the DOST-GIA guidelines.

The Executive Director of DOST PCIEERD, Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, giving her opening remarks.

The Executive Director of DOST PCIEERD, Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, giving her opening remarks.

Dr. Sylvia B. Concepcion, Chancellor of UP Mindanao, and Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, the Executive Director of DOST PCIEERD, welcomed the attendees and gave inspirational messages. Also present during the event were representatives from  the DOST Central Office, DOST PCIEERD, and faculty members of the UP Training Center for Applied Geodesy and Photogrammetry (TCAGP) and the UP DREAM Program who presented overviews of Phil-LiDAR 1 and 2 and its component projects.  The CSU project teams were represented by Engr. Meriam M. Santillan (Project Leader of Phil-LiDAR 1.2.14) and Engr. Michelle V. Japitana (Project Leader of Phil LiDAR 2.2.14).

The Project Leader of Phil-LiDAR 1.2.14, Engr. Meriam M. Santillan, presenting project updates.

The Project Leader of Phil-LiDAR 1.2.14, Engr. Meriam M. Santillan, presenting project updates.

Each HEI was given a chance to introduce members of their project teams and provide updates about their respective projects. During the open forum, some issues and concerns related to project implementation were shared by HEIs and addressed to DOST PCIEERD. These include problems usually encountered in procurement, and scope of work of the implementing HEIs. On their part, DOST PCIEERD accommodated all the questions and issues raised. Ms. Maridon O. Sahagun (Chief of DOST Special Projects Division) adequately answered all questions related to procurement and project finances. On the other hand, Ms. Claire Reyes and Ms. Mary Joy Buitre, both from the Emerging Technology Division of DOST PCIEERD, provided explanations on matters related to project implementation.

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CSU administrative officials and the Phil-LiDAR 1.2.14 Team in UP Mindanao. From left to right: Engr. Alexander T. Demetillo (CEIT Dean), Dr. Armie Leila M. Mordeno (CSU BOR Secretary, and BAC Representative for the meeting), Engr. Linbert Cutamora (RA), Engr. Jerry Halibas (Project Staff), Engr. Ronald Makinano (RA), Ms. Francisse Mae Mordeno (PDO), Engr. Meriam M. Santillan (Project Leader), Engr. Jojene R. Santillan (CSRS), Ms. Anna Victoria T. Ducena (CSU Accountant), and Ma. Victoria M. Labisto (CSU Budget Officer). Not in picture: Engr. Arthur Amora (SSRS; the one who took the picture).

The event was very instrumental for Phil-LiDAR 1.2.14 in its finalization of project activities and workplans.

Phil-LiDAR 1.B.14 reviews recent accomplishments, conducts planning workshop

The Phil-LiDAR 1.2.14 Project Team conducted an out-of-town workshop last May 5-6, 2014 at Villa Paraiso Resort in Mambajao, Camiguin province. The workshop was primarily aimed to review the project’s Year 1 workplan, to discuss the current accomplishments, and to finalize the project activities for the June to October 2014 period.

Phil-LiDAR 1.2.14 Workshop in Camiguin

The Phil-LiDAR 1.2.14 Project Team during the workshop in Camiguin.

Our accomplishments so far

Since the start of its implementation in April 2014, the project has been able to accomplish a number of administrative-related and technical activities. Among the admin-related activities that have been accomplished are personnel recruitment and the preparation of all documents necessary for procurement of project equipment, software, office supplies and furniture. The procurement of project equipment has already passed the required pre-bidding procedures; the opening of bids has been scheduled on June 16.

In terms of technical-related activities, the project has accomplished the following:

Map showing the river systems within Caraga Region to be covered by Phil-LiDAR 1.2.14.

Map showing the river systems within Caraga Region to be covered by Phil-LiDAR 1.2.14. (Click to enlarge)

LiDAR Data Acquisition AOIs

Floodplains of the Year 1 project areas that will serve as AOIs for LiDAR data acquisition. (Click to enlarge)

  • validation and confirmation of river systems within Caraga Region that have been assigned to the project
  • listing of river systems for Year 1 and Year 2-3 implementation, with the Cabadbaran, Mainit-Tubay-Asiga, and Tago River Systems as priority areas for Year 1
  • delineation of upstream watersheds and floodplains in the Year 1 and Year 2-3 project areas
  • delineation of areas-of-interests (AOIs) for LiDAR data acquisition, and its submission to the UP DREAM LiDAR team for flight planning and actual acquisition
  • download of medium and high resolution satellite images of the Year 1 project areas from various sources
  • derivation of land-cover and parameter maps of the Year 1 project areas
  • automated compilation of archived and current hydrological data (rainfall, water level)

 Activities for June – October 2014

During the workshop, project activities for the June – October 2014 period were also reviewed and finalized. Some of these activities slated for implementation are:

  • conduct of courtesy meetings with the officials of the municipalities of Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur that are covered by the Year 1 project areas (to be conducted in mid-July)
  • preparation of field survey plans for LiDAR data validation, hydrographic surveys, and hydrological measurements (to be conducted this month of June)
  • conduct of LiDAR data processing and validation (to be started this July 2014 subject to availability of LiDAR data from the UP DREAM LiDAR team)
  • conduct of LiDAR data validation, hydrographic surveys, and hydrological measurements (to be started August 2014 subject to availability of equipment)
  • development of upstream hydrological models (HEC HMS) and floodplain hydraulic models (HEC RAS) that will consist the flood models of the Year 1 project areas (to be started this July)

The Phil-LiDAR 1.2.14 project is expected to come up with detailed flood hazard maps of the Year 1 project areas at the end of December 2014.