Pinoy invents device that measures building’s structural integrity
Marje Pelayo • August 23, 2019 • 2843
MANILA, Philippines – The stability of a structure is best tested during strong earthquakes.
However, inspections usually take days to determine if a building has damage or if it can be declared safe to use.
To help in the process, a Filipino inventor has created a device which can be installed to a structure to measure its strength.
It is called the universal structural health evaluation and recording system (USHER).
Dr. Francis Aldrine-Uy said with the device, a building’s structural condition can be assessed just a few hours after an earthquake.
The local government units (LGUs), meanwhile, can immediately direct orders even to the most affected areas right after the device’s assessment is seen.
“Makikita na natin kung nakapula yung mga building na iyon, ibig sabihin nag-suffer ng structural damage ang mga building na iyon after an earthquake (We can see if the buildings are in color red, it means that the building suffered structural damage after the earthquake,)” explained Dr. Uy, the President and CEO of USHER, the inventor of the device.
“Doon po natin i-concentrate ang tulong o ang response na pwede nating madala doon, (That’s where we may concentrate our response,)” he added.
The invention, which is in cooperation with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), can be installed in public facilities like bridges and railways of MRT and LRT.
The device can also measure the degree of intensity when an earthquake strikes.
Regarding the price, Uy said it is way cheaper than those made abroad.
“It could be at least 50% lower in cost,” Dr. Uy said.
“And of course, it will be more sustainable dahil nga ito ay gawang Pinoy at dito natin mina-manufacture (because it’s Filipino made and is locally manufactured),” he added.
Dr. Uy said the instrument can help in mitigating the impact of a strong quake like ‘the Big One’ which is expected to cause massive damages and loss of thousands of lives. – MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
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