Monday, June 18, 2012


For those who attended the ASEP Summit 2012 (A.Concept3 + ACES2012) held on June 8-9, 2012, some of the handouts are ready for download at "Scribd". Just log-on to SCRIBD, then SEARCH for the following files:

KEYWORDS                                                                                       LINKS
Asep CHB Houses Phils               
Asep VSL Prestressed Concrete
Asep RC Building NSCP 2010               - 
Asep Concrete Bridges  
Asep Pushover Analysis                       - 
Asep Seismic Detailing                          - 
Asep Geotechnical Engineering      
Asep Modeling and Analysis SAP2000   - 
Asep Steel LRFD
Asep Geophysical Methods                  - 
ASEP Green Building Assessment   
ASEP Unchartered Faults NSCP 2010

Other topics will be posted as soon as available.

The above documents will be deleted from the SCRIBD site by July 2012.

-- RBM

Monday, May 28, 2012

ASEP A.CONCEPT Lecture: Design of Concrete Bridges

ASEP Summit 2012 invites you to an A.CONCEPT lecture on:
What: LEC-02: Design of RC Bridges
When: June 8, 2012
Time: 13:30-15:00
Where: La Breza Hotel, QC
Who: Resource Speaker – Alden Paul D. Balili
About the Lecture:

The National Structural Code of the Philippines (NSCP) 2011 Volume II Bridges, 3rd Edition is  updated to incorporate the latest bridge code provisions by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). This lecture intends to discuss the changes to key provisions in the Bridge code. Also, the concepts and principles behind the code provisions would also be discussed for a deeper understanding of the listener.
The lecture will be divided into two parts namely, (1) superstructure and the (2) substructure. The basic design steps for the superstructure will be discussed with emphasis on the allowable stress design checks for prestressed bridges, then the key code provisions and design concepts will be also be discussed but the emphasis will be on the seismic design for the substructure.

Keywords: Bridge Design, Seismic Analysis

About the Lecturer:

Alden Paul D. Balili obtained his MS in Civil Engineering major in Structural Engineering from the De La Salle University in 2009.  He is currently teaching at the DLSU Matrix Theory of Structures, Finite Element Method, Strength of Materials, Earthquake Engineering and Bridge Design since 2010.   His research specializes on optimization of structures and creating computer programs for Structural Engineering. He is experienced in the design of buildings, bridges and telecommunication structures and has designed structures for Philippine, American, New Zealand, European and Australian Structural Codes. He worked for seven years in Parsons Brinckerhoff before joining DLSU Manila and has 8 years of continuous design experience.

ASEP Continuing Education Lecture: Managing a Design Firm

ASEP Continuing Education Summit 2012 invites you to a lecture on:
What: CEL-01: Part B - Managing a Design Firm
When: June 9, 2012
Time:  9:15-10:00 AM
Where: La Breza Hotel, Quezon City
Who: Resource Speaker –  Engr. Anthony Vladimir C. Pimentel, P.P., F.ASEP

About the Lecture:

In this modern age of technology and fast track project, the role of the structural design engineer is crucial. The author will contribute to his experience how to handle such crisis. Managing a firm includes managing technology and best of all the clients. The author develops within his experience a new approach to better cope up with this on-going situation. A new direction is proposed to expand the role of the a new designer – structural artist as coined by David Billington as to the new development of modern architecture, its role and position in the Philippine construction industry.

About the Lecturer:

Engr. Anthony Vladimir C. Pimentel, a BSCE, is the president of Pimentel & Associates Engineering Consultants. He received his B.S. Civil Structural Engineering from the University of the East in 1986 and Master of Structural Engineering (units only), from the Pamantasan Lungsod ng Maynila. He was elected twice as an ASEP Board of Director for the years 1999-2001.
His 15 years experience in Structural Engineering Consultancy moulded his expertise to work with complicated design structures both locally and internationally. He had worked as a Military Engineer Consultant in Setsubi  Kenkyusho, Japan for military projects. He had also worked with Empsco Engineering in Guam as an Independent Structural Consultant for low to high rise buildings.

Friday, May 25, 2012

ASEP Continuing Education Lecture: Design of Structural Steel Members using LRFD

ASEP Continuing Education Summit 2012 invites you to a lecture on:
What: CEL-04: Design of Structural Steel Members using LRFD
When: June 9, 2012
Time: 11:00 – 12:30
Where: La Breza Hotel, QC
Who: Resource Speaker – Alfredo B. Juinio, Jr., F.ASEP

About the Lecture:
The main objective of structural engineering design is to produce a safe and economical structure that will serve its intended purpose.  Safety in this context is primarily provided by ensuring that the structure’s strength is sufficient to resist the maximum load actions that may act during the life of the structure.  However, the determination of strength of the structure and values of the loads are at best only estimates.  Because of uncertainties in the strength and load actions, design specifications generally prescribe a generally accepted design methodology to ensure that the probability of the strength being less than the load actions is small.

Historically, the Working Stress Design Method (WSD) was the most prevalent.  In the past few decades, this has been supplanted by the Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) Method.   In the current National Code of the Philippines (NSCP 2010 Volume I, Buildings, Towers and other Vertical Structures, 6th Edition), the provisions of the 2005 specifications of the American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc (AISC) were adopted for Chapter 5 on Structural Steel.  These specifications prescribe the use of the LRFD and the Allowable Strength Design (ASD) Methods.

The lecture will cover discussions on uncertainties in the determination of strengths and load actions, margin of safety, load factors and load combinations, strength reduction factors, and the concept of limit states.  Limit states are conditions beyond which the structure or structural component ceases to fulfill its intended function.  Aside from the use of partial factors for loads and strength, as opposed to a single factor of safety in the WSD, the adoption of the limit state design philosophy into the LRFD is probably the most important improvement of the LRFD.  A qualitative overview of the limit states and codal provisions for structural steel members in tension, compression and flexure shall also be presented.

About the Lecturer:

Alfredo B. Juinio Jr., FASEP, is a Professor, Institute of Civil Engineering of the University of the Philippines Diliman.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

ASEP Continuing Education Lecture: Effects of Unchartered Faults of the NSCP 2010

ASEP Continuing Education Summit 2012 invites you to a lecture on:
What: CEL-08, Part A: Effects of Unchartered Faults of the NSCP 2010
When: June 9, 2012
Time: 16:00-16:40
Where: La Breza Hotel, QC
Who: Resource Speaker – Engr. Carlos M. Villaraza, F.ASEP

About the Lecture:

Earthquake Engineering is both an art and a science that is in continuous evolution. As new data from research and observations of structural performance during actual earthquakes are gathered, existing parameter may either be reinforced or revised. The Philippines has an extensive earthquake data that need to be classified to be of use to the current knowledge in earthquake engineering. These historical non-instrumental data extends from 1589 until 1901 when instrumental records became available. The first Building Code to require seismic analysis was in 1966. Since then, country’s National Structural Code of the Philippines (NSCP) has been updated 8 times to conform to the present state of the art in earthquake resistance design.

Until the 5th Edition of the National Structural Code of the Philippines, it has adopted in its entirety the Uniform Building Code of the United States. Lately, more studies were conducted regarding the seismicity of the country. In the absence of Strong Ground Motion data, simulations were made to come up with its own seismic acceleration map applicable to the country. Although it is still cross-referenced to the International Building Code of the United States, experiences from recent earthquake events in Japan last 11 March 2011 and the February 2011 event in New Zealand has been studied for correlation purposes.

About the Lecturer:
Carlos M. Villaraza is a Structural-Earthquake Engineering Consultant. He has over thirty five years of extensive experience in structural engineering design, seismic design parameter studies and seismic risk analyses. He has been involved in the review of the earthquake provisions of the National Structural Code of the Philippines since 1987 and Chairman of the NSCP 2010 General Requirements and Loads & Actions, a member of the APEC Informal Network on earthquake provisions for the Harmonization of Building Codes in the APEC Region and the review of ISO provisions covering lateral loads and general loading conditions.
A graduate of B.S. Civil Engineering from the University of Santo Tomas – Manila (1976), he received his Post Graduate Diploma in Earthquake from the International Institute for Seismology and Earthquake Engineering in Japan (1986).

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

ASEP Continuing Education Lecture: LEED Assessment for Green Buildings

ASEP Continuing Education Summit 2012 invites you to a lecture on:
What: CEL-07: LEED Assessment for Green Buildings
When: June 9, 2012
Time: 16:00-17:30 PM
Where: La Breza Hotel, QC
Who: Resource Speaker –  Liza Morales-Crespo, AIA, LEED AP

About the Lecture:

Objectives: To give participants a basic overview of the LEED Rating system. Various LEED categories will be defined and compared together with a detailed point by point description of the criteria under LEED NC 2009.
I.         Background on LEED
II.        LEED Rating System Categories
III.       Process
IV.       LEED NC Criteria/Checklist
A.          Sustainable Sites
B.           Water Efficiency
C.           Energy and Atmosphere
D.          Materials and Resources
E.           Indoor Environmental Quality
F.            Innovation in Design
G.          Regional Priority

About the Lecturer:

Arch. Liza Morales-Crespo LEED AP, AIA, UAP,  is presently the owner & Associate of Philippine GeoGreen, Inc., a provider of sustainable design solutions for the construction industry; a Professor at De La Salle University, College of St. Benilde, School of Design and The Arts, Architecture; and a sustainable design consultant for commercial and residential projects.   One of her current projects include the 12 story office tower for Public Safety Savings and Loan Association Inc., a green office building located on EDSA. As a sustainable design consultant for over ten years, she has worked on 5 star hotel projects and luxury residential developments all over the world as an associate at the award winning New York City firm, Brennan Beer Gorman Architects. In 2008, she was certified as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional by the U.S. Green Building Council.   With two masters degrees under her belt (MS Architecture & Urban Design from Columbia University and Master in Infrastructure Planning from the New Jersey Institute of Technology), she shows an insatiable passion for learning as she continues to pursue her Certificate in Green Building Design from the Cooper Union. Among many accolades, she graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines College of Architecture in 1995 and ranked 6th place in the PRC Licensure Exam for Architecture. Active in the lecture circuit, she has given talks to the Philippine Concrete Industry Association, design schools and various multinational corporations.


Sunday, May 20, 2012

ASEP Continuing Education Lecture: Geophysical Methods in Civil Engineering – Practical Applications

ASEP Continuing Education Summit 2012 invites you to a lecture on:
What: CEL-06: Geophysical Methods in Civil Engineering – Practical Applications
When: June 9, 2012
Time: 13:30 – 15:00
Where: La Breza Hotel, QC
Who: Resource Speaker – Emilio M. Morales, CE, MSCE, F.PICE. F.ASCE, F.ASEP

About the Lecture:

Geophysical methods are generally noninvasive or nondestructive methods long used in the construction industry for investigation of the subsurface. Principally, these are used for the detection of geologic anomalies such as cavities and voids, detection of buried pipes and other utilities, detection of water bearing aquifers for well development, exploitation of quarries and in determining soil stratification or layering. In addition, the methods provide a means for verifying as constructed pavement thicknesses in a continuous unbroken image of the pavement structural configuration or determining rebar embedment and layout non-destructively.

The use of geophysical methods confers advantages as they generally speed up the process of investigation, provide continuous streams of information not otherwise available in discrete sampling or invasive procedures and give advance information on what to expect for a given locality before a more detailed and costly soil exploration is even planned. Thus geophysical methods are a force multiplier for the engineer and allow the user to identify potential problem areas or target areas even before the start of a detailed Soil Exploration program.

Geophysical methods are not a replacement to a detailed soil exploration program; rather they augment these programs to yield more meaningful and area extensive but more intensive information at the fraction of the time and cost.

The Paper discusses three general methods which have been employed by the authors in various projects. Case histories are discussed to highlight successful deployment of these methods in the Construction Industry.

About the Lecturer:

Emilio M. Morales CE, MSCE, F.PICE. F.ASCE, F.ASEP, is the Principal of EM2A Partners & Co., Master of Science in Civil Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Pa., and a PhD Candidate at the  Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok Thailand.  He is formerly Senior Lecturer, UP Graduate Division, School of Civil Engineering, Diliman, Quezon City.  For more details, please visit the website:

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