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CSU Phil-LiDAR 1 and 2 Project Teams, ITSO Director attend Intellectual Property Workshop in UP Diliman

Engrs. Meriam Makinano-Santillan and Jojene R. Santillan (CSU Phil-LiDAR 1 Project Leader and Chief Science Research Specialist), Engr. Anna Marie Pondog (CSU Phil-LiDAR 2 OIC Project Leader), and Engr. Jeffrey T. Dellosa (CSU Innovation and Technology Support Office – ITSO Director) attended the one-day Phil-LiDAR 1 and 2 Program Intellectual Property (IP) Workshop last August 30, 2016 at the National Engineering Center Audio-Visual Room, University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.

The IP Workshop was held to gather Project Leaders and Researchers of various projects of the Phil-LiDAR 1 and 2 Programs that are implemented nationwide by 15 Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs), including representatives from IP Offices or ITSO Offices of each HEI. The Phil-LiDAR 1 and Phil-LiDAR 2 Programs (www.dream.upd.edu.ph) are Department of Science and Technology (DOST) initiatives that engage the University of the Philippines-Diliman and 15 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) throughout the country to produce detailed flood hazard and resource maps using LiDAR technology. Generation of the Programs’ LiDAR and LiDAR-derived datasets involves workflows shared between UP Diliman and partner HEIs. As such, the intellectual property (IP) rights of the partners and that of the two programs must be equally protected. Therefore, the workshop was aimed to produce IP/data sharing protocols and documents (e.g. EULA, MOA, etc.) that protect each party’s IP rights as well guide the users of the Program’s datasets.

The Workshop started with a message from Dr. Ariel C. Blanco, the Phil-LiDAR 2 Program Leader. It was followed by an overview of the goals of the workshop. After this, various principles of Technology Transfer including devolution, copyright, and Fairness Opinion Report (FOR) was discussed by Mr. Cedrik Ben Gayares, Invention Patent and Technology Management Officer of the Technology Transfer and Business Development Office (TTBDO) of the UP System. The discussion was followed by a presentation of the proposed Phil-LiDAR 1 and 2 IP Sharing Terms of Reference (TOR) by Dr. Luis G. Sison, Director of the TTBDO. Representatives from each HEIs and the resource persons discussed the roles and resources of each HEIs on the said TOR. Dr. Sison also led the participants in the examination, deliberation and evaluation of the generated draft IP Sharing Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), including the discussion of rights and royalties. The proposed End User License Agreement (EULA) that will form part of the data sharing mechanisms of the Phil-LiDAR 1 and 2 Programs was likewise discussed.

The two main resource persons in the IP Workshop: Dr. Luis G. Sison and Mr. Cedrik Ben Gayares, Director and Invention Patent and Technology Management Officer, respectively, of the Technology Transfer and Business Development Office (TTBDO) of the UP System.

The two main resource persons in the IP Workshop: Dr. Luis G. Sison and Mr. Cedrik Ben Gayares, Director and Invention Patent and Technology Management Officer, respectively, of the Technology Transfer and Business Development Office (TTBDO) of the UP System.

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CSU representatives to the IP Workshop (from left to right): Engr. Jeffrey T. Dellosa (ITSO Director), Engr. Anna Marie Pondog (CSU LiDAR 2 OIC Project Leader), Engr. Meriam Makinano-Santillan (CSU LiDAR Project Leader), and Engr. Jojene R. Santillan (CSU LiDAR 1 Chief SRS).

In the latter part of the workshop, Dr. Enrico Paringit discussed the templates of the various reports that will be jointly generated by the Phil-LiDAR 1 Program and Project Teams, and to be published and shared to the public later on.

Dr. Enrico C. Paringit, Phil-LiDAR 1 Program Leader, giving his closing remarks.

Dr. Enrico C. Paringit, Phil-LiDAR 1 Program Leader, giving his closing remarks.

The IP Workshop ended with a closing remark by Dr. Enrico C. Paringit.

CSU LiDAR 1 participates in the ISPRS Congress 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic, presents 3 papers

Engr. Meriam Makinano-Santillan (Project Leader), Engr. Jojene R. Santillan (Chief Science Research Specialist), and Engr. Arthur M. Amora (Supervising Science Research Specialist) of the CSU Phil-LiDAR 1 project recently attended the XXIII International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Congress that was held in Prague, Czech Republic from July 12-19, 2016. The ISPRS Congress is a quadrennial event organized by ISPRS, a non-governmental organization devoted to the development of international cooperation for the advancement of photogrammetry and remote sensing and their applications. Prior to this event, the congress was last held in 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.

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Engrs. Meriam Makinano-Santillan, Jojene R. Santillan, and Arthur M. Amora attended and presented research papers in the XXIII ISPRS Congress 2016 held in Prague, Czech Republic.

This year’s congress was held in the Prague Congress Center, with the theme “From human history to the future with spatial information”. The program structure is split into several session types: Technical Sessions, Theme Sessions, Special sessions, Plenary Meetings, Exhibitor’s Showcase Sessions and Commercial Sessions.

Three (3) research papers discussing some of the major outputs of the CSU Phil-LiDAR 1 Project were presented in the three distinct technical sessions of the congress.

Engr. Arthur M. Amora presented the research paper entitled “Asessing the impacts of floodings caused by extreme rainfall events through a combined geospatial and numerical modeling approach” during the “VIII/Ths 2 – Operational Remote Sensing Application Services 3” technical session held in the afternoon of the second day of the Congress (July 13).

 Engr. Arthur Amora, Supervising Science Research Specialist, presented the research paper entitled "Asessing the impacts of floodings caused by extreme rainfall events through a combined geospatial and numerical modeling approach" during the "VIII/Ths 2 - Operational Remote Sensing Application Services 3" technical session of the XXIII ISPRS Congress 2016 at the Prague Congress Center in Prague, Czech Republic.

Engr. Arthur Amora presenting the research paper entitled “Asessing the impacts of floodings caused by extreme rainfall events through a combined geospatial and numerical modeling approach”.

Engr. Meriam Makinano-Santillan presented the research paper entitled “Academe-local government partnership towards effective application of geospatial technologies for smarter flood disaster management at the local level: an example from Mindanao, Philippines” in the “VIII/1 – Disaster and Risk Reduction 2” technical session during the 3rd day of the Congress (July 14).

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Engr. Meriam Makinano-Santillan presenting the research paper entitled “Academe-local government partnership towards effective application of geospatial technologies for smarter flood disaster management at the local level: an example from Mindanao, Philippines”.

Engr. Jojene R. Santillan  presented the research paper entitled “Vertical accuracy assessment of 30-m resolution ALOS, ASTER, and SRTM global DEMs over northeastern Mindanao, Philippines” in the “IV/3 – Global DEM Interoperability 2” technical session during the 4th day of the Congress (July 15)

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Engr. Jojene R. Santillan presenting the research paper entitled “Vertical accuracy assessment of 30-m resolution ALOS, ASTER, and SRTM global DEMs over northeastern Mindanao, Philippines”.

The full texts of the presented research papers have been published in the International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences (ISPRS Archives). The Archives is the series of peer-reviewed proceedings published by the ISPRS, and are listed in the ISI Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI) of the Web of Science, SCOPUS, and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). The papers of Engr. Makinano-Santillan and Arthur Amora are published in Volume XLI-B8, while that of Engr. Jojene Santillan was published in Volume XLI-B4.

CSU Phil-LiDAR 1’s participation in the said congress was financially-supported by the Philippines’ Department of Science and Technology (DOST). Engr. Michelle V. Japitana and Mr. Rudolf Joshua Candare of CSU Phil-LiDAR 2 as well as other Philippine-based researchers also attended and presented research papers in the congress.

CSU LiDAR 1 Researchers attended and presented research papers in IGARSS 2016 in Beijing, China

Engr. Ronald M. Makinano and Engr. Linbert C. Cutamora, CSU Phil-LiDAR 1 Supervising Science Research Specialists, and Mr. Edsel Matt O. Morales, CSU Phil-LiDAR 1 Information Technology Officer I, attended and presented research papers at the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) 2016 held at China National Convention Center (CNCC), Beijing, China from July 10-15, 2016. IGARSS is annual remote sensing conference organized by the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) which provides the ideal forum for scientist, practitioners, and industries, as well as decision makers. The main theme of IGARSS 2016 is “Advancing the understanding of our living planet”. The technical program covers all remote sensing related areas including advances in analysis techniques, applications to land, oceans, atmosphere, environmental sensing, sensors and platforms, data management/education and policy as well as special topics of this year, such as natural hazards and environment pollution, global change, big data in geoscience and interdisciplinary topics.

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Opening program of IGARSS 2016.

One of the several parallel activities during the 5-day conference was a technical session on Digital Terrain Models. The session gathered several participants to present and discuss research papers related in assessing, evaluating and improving accuracy and quality of different derived-Digital Elevation Models (DEM).  During this session, Engr. Ronald M. Makinano presented research paper entitled “Vertical Accuracy Assessment of ALOS World 3D-30m Digital Elevation Model over Northeastern Mindanao, Philippines” which was outcome of the CSU Phil-LiDAR 1 project.

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Engr. Ronald M. Makinano doing a presentation during the ‘Digital Terrain Model’ technical session of IGARSS 2016.

On the last day of the conference in ‘Floods’ technical session in which tackled about different applications related in flooding, Mr. Edsel Matt O. Morales and Engr. Linbert C. Cutamora presented other two research papers which were also outcomes of CSU Phil-LiDAR 1 project. Mr. Edsel Matt O. Morales presented “Near-Real Time Simulation and Geo-Visualization of Flooding in the Philippines’ Deepest Lake”, while Engr. Linbert C. Cutamora presented “Integrating LiDAR and Flood Hazard Simulation Models in Determining Exposure and Vulnerability of Buildings to Extreme Rainfall-Induced Flood Hazards”.

Mr. Edsel Matt O. Morales doing a presentation during the ‘Floods’ technical session of IGARSS 2016.

Mr. Edsel Matt O. Morales doing a presentation during the ‘Floods’ technical session of IGARSS 2016.

Engr. Linbert C. Cutamora doing a presentation during the ‘Floods’ technical session of IGARSS 2016.

Engr. Linbert C. Cutamora doing a presentation during the ‘Floods’ technical session of IGARSS 2016.

The conference was successful, gathering together more than 1,800 participants from different countries and regions in which addressing and understanding related issues, exchange of ideas, obtaining the most-up-to-date information about science and technology of remote sensing.

Engr. Ronald M. Makinano, Engr. Linbert C. Cutamora, and Mr. Edsel Matt O. Morales’ participations to the conference were supported by the DOST through the CSU Phil-LiDAR 1 Project.

CSU Phil-LiDAR 1 participated in the Caraga ICT Council’s Exhibit and Culmination Program

The Phil-LiDAR 1 project of Caraga State University (CSU) participated in the exhibit and culmination program of Caraga ICT (Information and Communications Technology) Council in celebration of ICT month last June 30, 2016 at the Atrium of Robinson’s Place in Butuan City. The program goes with the theme “ICT, Susi sa Kinabukasan” which showcases digital solutions, technology advancement, software and mobile application development as the key for social and economic progress. It was attended by several schools and institutions within Caraga Region.

The project's banner/poster shown during the exhibit

The project’s banner/poster shown during the exhibit

Mr. Elbert S. Moyon pays attention to the student’s queries and answers them.

Mr. Elbert S. Moyon pays attention to the student’s queries and answers them.

Mr. Edsel Matt O. Morales explains Flood EViDEns as the participant listens

Mr. Edsel Matt O. Morales explains Flood EViDEns as the participant listens

The Project sent two personnel namely, Mr. Edsel Matt O. Morales and Mr. Elbert S. Moyon, to exhibit ICT related programs/applications of the project during the said event. They showcased Flood EViDEns (Flood Event Visualization and Damage Estimations) – a web-based application for flood disaster management, in the project’s booth.

Several other project teams of CSU also participated and exhibited in the said event such as the FARMS of the ICT Center and the CLAIMS-GIS and CSU Phil-LIDAR 2 Projects of the College of Engineering and Information Technology.

CSU Phil-LiDAR 1 attends the 36th ACRS

The 36th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (2015 ACRS) with the theme “ACRS 2015: Fostering Resilient Growth in Asia”, was held last October 19-23, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Ortigas Business District, Metro Manila, Philippines. The conference was jointly organized by Asian Association on Remote Sensing (AARS) General Secretary— Prof. Kohei Cho, ACRS 2015 Local Organizing Committee Chairman—Dr. Enric C. Paringit and the President of Philippine Geosciences and Remote Sensing Society (PhilGRSS)—Dr. Gay Jane Perez.

The conference aims to bring together students, researchers, scientists, engineers, policy makers, professionals and practitioners from all over Asia. The Conference is an avenue for the participants to discuss technical issues, present diverse array of research papers and studies, exchange ideas and a room for growth. The conference was centered in the discussion of various environmental problems and disasters that have been present in Asia for years. To address these problems, the conference highlighted how Remote Sensing can greatly contribute to the goal of building a resilient community and strengthen the capability of the developed and developing countries in Asia in adapting to change.

Throughout the conference, there were 926 participants and 638 papers presented during the plenary, sub-plenary and technical sessions. Among the participants of the conference were the technical team of CSU Phil-LiDAR 1—Engr. Meriam M. Santillan, Engr. Lorie Cris S. Asube, Engr Jojene R. Santillan, Engr. Arthur M. Amora, Engr. Linbert C. Cutamora, Engr. Ronald M. Makinano, Engr. Jesiree L. Serviano, Engr. Jennifer T. Marqueso, Mr. Edsel Matt O. Morales, Engr. Sherwin P. Pulido, Engr. Melfred Anthony Berdera and Engr. Jared P. Culdora. The following seven research papers of the CSU Phil-LiDAR 1 Team were chosen to be presented:

  • Analyzing the impacts of tropical Storm-Induced Flooding Through Numerical Model Simulations And Geospatial Data Analysis
  • Flood Hazard Mapping Of River Basins In Caraga Region, Mindanao, Philippines Through The CSU Phil-Lidar 1 Project
  • Flood EViDEns: A Web-Based Application For Near-Real Time Flood Event Visualization And Damage Estimations
  • Flood Hazard Mapping Of Mainit-Tubay River Basin, Mindanao, Philippines Using LiDAR And Numerical Models
  • Assessing The Impacts Of Flooding In Tago River Basin, Mindanao, Philippines Through Integration Of High Resolution Elevation Datasets, Landsat Image Analysis, And Numerical Modelling
  • 3D Building GIS Database Generation From LiDAR Data And Free Online Web Maps And Its Application For Flood Hazard Exposure Assessment
  • Near-Real Time Rainfall Monitoring In The Caraga Region, Mindanao, Philippines

Several 5th year BS Geodetic Engineering Students from Caraga State University attended and presented during the conference as well. Amongst these students were Amor L. Gingo, Janice G. Baay, Joy C. Casinginan, Melba Dominique Burdeos, Joymae Jadap, Clarvi May Moran, Alyssa Kaiser Roa, Alvar Sahipa, and Shiela Refamonte.

The conference ended with Engr. Jojene R. Santillan, Engr. Meriam M. Santillan and Mr. Edsel Matt O. Morales receiving the Bronze Award for their web application entitled “Flood EViDEns: A Web-Based Application for Near Real Time Flood Event Visualization and Damage Estimations” which was presented during the Web Contest 5 (WEBCON5). Another pride of Caraga State University was Ms. Joy Casinginan, who was a recipient of the award for Best Poster Presentation Student Award for her paper entitled ‘Combining LiDAR Data, Field Surveys and Hydrologic Modelling Techniques for Drainage System Assessment.”

CSU LiDAR 1 Conducts Planning and Workshop for Year 3

The CSU LiDAR 1 Project conducted a one-day planning and workshop for its 3rd Year of implementation last October 8, 2015 at Almont Inland Resort, Butuan City. The one-day event was centered on producing an updated workplan for the first and second year of implementation and a proposed workplan for the duration of January 2016 to March 2017.

Some of the outputs of the workshop and planning were the budgeting for the travels on the last year of implementation as well as other expenses for the continuation of the project. Furthermore, the workshop was an avenue to prepare for the documents needed for the request of the renewal of the project. At the end of the workshop, the project was able to accomplish all the expected outputs.

CSU Phil-LiDAR 1, DOST Caraga and Jabonga LGU discuss Smarter Jabonga project

Last October 16, 2015, the CSU Phil-LiDAR 1 Project was invited by the DOST Caraga Assistant Regional Director—Dr. Ricardo N. Varela—and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Jabonga for a meeting on a possible partnership for the Smarter Jabonga Project.

Dr. Varela gave a brief background about the Smarter Jabonga Project and emphasized that the Municipality of Jabonga was the pilot area of the project. On the other hand, representatives from the Jabonga LGU, headed by Ms. Georgette Monoy of the Municipality Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Office, shared their problems on flooding and other disasters experienced by the Municipality for the past years. They also imparted the courses of actions they are making such as preparing a spot map of the houses and other establishments of the municipality, and the likes. However, in order to take the municipality to the next level in the aspect of disaster risk, reduction and management, DOST proposed that the CSU Phil-LiDAR 1 project would be part of the Smarter Jabonga. After which, presentation of the Flood Hazard Maps, Jabonga LiDAR Data and Flood EViDEns were made by Engr Arthur M. Amora, Engr. Linbert C. Cutamora and Mr. Edsel Matt O Morales, respectively.

The meeting paved way for the CSU Phil-LiDAR 1 Project, DOST Caraga and Jabonga LGU to come up with a team structure, agree on outputs as well as define the roles of each office on the implementation of the project.  Furthermore, the Smarter Jabonga Project will not only help the Municipality of Jabonga but, this will also help the CSU PhilLiDAR 1 Project in the aspect of acquisition of data per household for the Flood EViDens. A scheduled visit to the municipality to see initial outputs on the maps made by the MDRRMO will be done on October 29, 2015.

The LiDAR Team, DOST and Jabonga LGU are all looking forward to the implementation of the project after the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement.

CSU Phil-LiDAR 1 Project Leader and Chief SRS attend GeoSmart Asia 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, present two research papers

Engr. Meriam Makinano-Santillan, CSU Phil-LiDAR 1 Project Leader and CEIT Faculty, together with Engr. Jojene R. Santillan, CSU Phil-LiDAR 1 Chief Science Research Specialist, attended and presented research papers at the GeoSmart Asia 2015 conference held at the Putra World Trade Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from September 29-October 1, 2015. GeoSmart Asia is an annual conference and exhibition organized by Geospatial Media and Communications Sdn Bhd for the Asia Pacific geospatial community. With the theme ‘Towards the Next Big Leap,’ GeoSmart Asia delved on how geospatial has become a significant tool in the hands of businesses and nation developers, paving a smarter way to develop, progress and sustain, and the impact that this technology can create for key industries that drive the economies.

One of the many parallel activities during the 3-day conference was a technical session on Geospatial Technology in Disaster Management & Climate Change. The session gathered several researchers, scientists, decision-makers, and people from various disciplines to present and discuss research papers and projects with the aim to create awareness about the role of geospatial information in addressing various issues related to disaster management and climate change, to strengthen threat preparedness and mitigate losses. During this session, Engr. Meriam Makinano-Santillan and Engr. Jojene R. Santillan individually presented two research papers which were outcomes of the CSU Phil-LiDAR 1 project. Engr. Meriam Makinano-Santillan presented “Flood Hazard Exposure Assessment of Buildings through Combined Use of LiDAR Data and Flood Simulation Models”, while Engr. Jojene R. Santillan presented “Flood EViDEns: Near-real Time Flood Event Visualization and Damage Estimations for Geospatially-informed Decision Making in Times of Flooding”.

Engr. Meriam Makinano-Santillan doing a presentation during the ‘Geospatial Technology in Disaster Management & Climate Change’ technical session of GeoSmart Asia 2015.

Engr. Meriam Makinano-Santillan doing a presentation during the ‘Geospatial Technology in Disaster Management & Climate Change’ technical session of GeoSmart Asia 2015.

Engr. Jojene R. Santillan doing a presentation during the ‘Geospatial Technology in Disaster Management & Climate Change’ technical session of GeoSmart Asia 2015.

Engr. Jojene R. Santillan doing a presentation during the ‘Geospatial Technology in Disaster Management & Climate Change’ technical session of GeoSmart Asia 2015.

The conference brought together more than 800 participants from the geospatial community to address the evolution, changes and innovation of geospatial technology and how the same can contribute towards sustainable development of Asia Pacific.

Engr. Meriam Makinano-Santillan and Engr. Jojene R. Santillan’s participations to the conference were supported by the CSU Phil-LiDAR 1 project.

Ceremonial Turnover of Preliminary Flood Maps by DOST Secretary Montejo to Jabonga Local Government Unit

On May 28, 2015 as a continuation of DOST’s 3-day Science Nation Tour in Caraga Region, the CSU LiDAR 1 team went to Jabonga, Agusan del Norte for the Showcasing of the Smarter Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) project of DOST. As part of the program, DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo, together with Usec. Carol M. Yorobe, Asec. Raymund E. Liboro, Asec. Rommell M. Reyes, DOST Caraga Director Dominga D. Mallonga, CSU President Anthony M.  Penaso, and CSU LiDAR 1 Project Leader Engr. Meriam M. Santillan did the ceremonial turnover of the preliminary flood maps generated by CSU LiDAR 1 to Jabonga Mayor Jasmin F. Monton of the Jabonga Local Government Unit. The maps can be used by the LGU’s Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office for planning and preparation for future flooding events.

CEREMONIAL TURNOVER OF PRELIMINARY FLOOD MAPS BY DOST SECRETARY MONTEJO TO JABONGA LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNIT

(Text by: Ms. Francise Mae M. Mordeno; Photo-documentation by: Mr. Stanley Estrada; Edited by: Engr. Jojene R. Santillan and Engr. Meriam M. Santillan)

DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo Visited CSU Phil-LiDAR 1 Project office

On May 27, 2015, the DOST Officials headed by Secretary Mario G. Montejo visited Caraga State University. The officials which also included Usec. Carol Yorobe, Asec. Raymund E. Liboro, Asec. Rommell M. Reyes and DOST Caraga Director Dominga Mallonga, were welcomed by Dr. Anthony M. Penano (CSU President) and Dr. Rowena Varela (VP for RDE) in the Villares Hall. During a short program and interaction with CSU officials and researchers, Sec. Montejo stated that he was inspired with the outputs that the DOST-funded researches have produced.

The CSU LiDAR 1 team together with Sec. Montejo and company then headed to the CSU LiDAR 1 office for the openhouse. The team discussed to Sec. Montejo the whole process being done by the team in order to come up with the flood models and other deliverables. They also had an intensive dialogue on what other possible outputs that LiDAR Projects can do or expound on. Furthermore, the project showcased their recent achievements which were highly praised and cited as “world class” outputs by Sec. Montejo.

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(Text by Francise Mae M. Mordeno; Photo-documentation by: Ms. Sheila B. Refamonte; Edited by: Engr. Jojene R. Santillan and Engr. Meriam M. Santillan)