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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 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 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.

CSU LiDAR 1 now on its Year 2; conducts project orientations in Surigao del Sur

The Phil-LiDAR 1.2.14 Project of Caraga State University, also called the CSU LiDAR 1 project, is now on its second year of implementation. CSU LiDAR 1 is one of several projects under the “Phil-LiDAR-1. Hazard Mapping of the Philippines using LiDAR” program funded by the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development – Department of Science and Technology (PCIEERD-DOST). Projects under this program are being implemented nationwide by several state universities and colleges (SUCs) and higher education institutions (HEIs). CSU LiDAR 1 in particular will generate flood hazard maps of the river basins and watershed of Caraga Region (except the Agusan River Basin which has been covered by the UP DREAM program).

This 2015, the project will cover the river basins of Tandag, Hubo-Otieza, Hinatuan, and Bislig, all in the province of Surigao del Sur. As its first major activity for the year, the CSU Phil LiDAR  1 Project conducted project orientation and courtesy visits to four (4) municipalities and two (2) cities of Surigao del Sur which are covered by the Year 2 river basins. The visits were conducted last January 28-29, 2015. On the 28th, the municipality of San Agustin and the city of Tandag were visited while the municipalities of Barobo, Tagbina, Hinatuan and the city of Bislig were visited on the following day.

During the conduct of the project orientation, the project team was able to meet the local government officials and staff of the Mayor’s office, local planning and development office and the disaster risk reduction management office. The conduct of the activity also served as an avenue for the project team to request from the Municipal Mayors or representatives for a focal person whom the project members will be contacting if and when the project will be conducting a fieldwork within the city/municipality. Each municipality and city were provided with printed maps of Digital Surface Models (DSMs) as tokens of appreciation for welcoming and accommodating the project team. Year2_LGU_Visits_photos_1Year2_LGU_Visits_photos_2

 (Text and photo-documentation by Francisse Mae M. Mordeno; Edited by JR Santillan)

Long-term Deployment of Sensors in Mainit-Tubay River Basin

The Phil-LiDAR 1.2.14 team deployed datalogging sensors in the Mainit-Tubay River Basin last November 12, 2014. The sensors consisted of a rain gauge, a water level logger, and 2D velocity meter. The deployment has the same purpose to the deployment that have been conducted earlier in Cabadbaran River Basin which is to collect long-term hydrological data (rainfall depth, water level, and water velocity) that will be utilized to calibrate and validate the HEC HMS-based hydrologic models of the river basin. The HEC HMS models consist a major component of the flood models that will be produced by the project.

The rain gauge was deployed on the rooftop of Jabonga Municipal Hall while the water level logger and 2D velocity meter were deployed in Calinawan Bridge, Brgy. Colorado, Agusan del Norte (near the outlet of the Lake Mainit).

The deployment was supervised by Engr. Arthur M. Amora (Senior SRS) together with Engr. Ronald Makinano (Research Associate) and was supported by personnel from the Jabonga Municipal Hall and by the locals.

Long-term Deployment of Sensors in Cabadbaran River Basin

Last November 10, 2014, the Phil-LiDAR 1.2.14 team deployed datalogging sensors in the Cabadbaran River Basin. The sensors consisted of a rain gauge, a water level logger, and 2D velocity meter. The purpose of the deployment is to collect long-term hydrological data (rainfall depth, water level, and water velocity) that will be utilized to calibrate and validate the HEC HMS-based hydrologic models of the river basin. The HEC HMS models consist a major component of the flood models that will be produced by the project.

The rain gauge was deployed on the rooftop of Cabadbaran City Hall while the water level logger and 2D velocity meter were deployed in Cabadbaran Bridge (near the outlet of the Cabadbaran River Basin).

The deployment was supervised by Engr. Meriam M. Makinano (Project Leader) together with Engr. Jojene R. Santillan (Chief SRS), Engr. Arthur M. Amora (Senior SRS), and Engr. Ronald Makinano (Research Associate) and was supported by personnel from the Cabadbaran City Hall and by the locals.

Phil-LiDAR 1.B.14 visits 12 LGUs in Agusan del Norte and Surigao provinces

The Phil-LiDAR 1.2.14 team conducted a marathon of project orientation in cities and municipalities of Agusan del Norte (ADN), Surigao del Norte (SDN) and Surigao del Sur (SDS) that are within the boundaries of the three river basins (Cabadabaran, Mainit-Tubay, and Tago) covered by the project for its Year 1 implementation.

From August 11-15, 2014, the project team was able to meet local government officials and staff of local planning and disaster management offices in Cabadabaran City (ADN), Tubay (ADN), Jabonga (ADN), Santiago (ADN), Kitcharao (ADN), Alegria (SDN), Tubod (SDN),  Mainit (SDN), Tago (SDS), Lanuza, (SDS), Tandag City (SDS) and San Miguel (SDS).

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.

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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)

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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.