Pinoy invents device that measures building’s structural integrity

Marje Pelayo   •   August 23, 2019   •   2843

Dr. Francis Aldrine-Uy

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).

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)

Hero dog in Porac supermarket rescue passes away

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 14, 2019

Dog hero Farah, one of the rescue dogs that helped in the Porac supermarket rescue operation, passed away on Monday (November 12).

In a Facebook post, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) K-9 Corps announced his passing and said that they are grateful for the service given by Farah.

“Farah demonstrated obedience and willingness to work under the intense stress and pressure of deployment,” according to the post.

READ: Phivolcs explains why Pampanga was hit hardest by Luzon quake

During the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Luzon, Farah was among the rescue dogs who aided the operation after Porac supermarket in Pampanga collapsed.

The other rescue dogs include K9 Billy, K9 Chaplin, K9 Cody, K9 Chia, K9 Dumbo, K9 Thunder, K9 Ringo and K9 Lucy.—AAC

PH Navy deploys biggest vessel to aid Mindanao quake victims

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 7, 2019

The Philippine Navy deployed its biggest vessel, BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602), on Tuesday (November 5) to provide assistance in the ongoing humanitarian aid in Mindanao.

The BRP Davao del Sur carries around 56 tons of assorted cargoes and equipment including mobile kitchens, cargo trucks and towable water treatment trucks from 10th Infantry Division of Philippine Army, Manila Water and Maynilad.

Navy chief Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad issued his directive for the deployment of one of the largest naval assets in order to assist in the humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) to earthquake victims in Mindanao.

“It is a manifestation of the Philippine Navy being always ready and committed to provide prompt assistance to our disaster-stricken fellow Filipinos in order to alleviate them from their current ordeals,” the Philippine Navy said.—AAC

Local airlines offer free cargo space for Mindanao relief operations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 6, 2019

Local airlines are offering free cargo space for the relief operations in Mindanao following the series of earthquakes and aftershocks that hit the region.

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) announced they had an agreement with the representatives of Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, and Philippine AirAsia after a meeting on November 4.

READ: DOLE raises aid to P200-M for quake-hit workers in Mindanao

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said, “Those which can avail of the free cargo include agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs) already accredited with the three airlines.”

Meanwhile, Cebu Pacific and AirAsia also committed to providing limited free transportation for relief workers or medical personnel and volunteers certified by the DSWD or DOH and endorsed by CAB.—AAC

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