Building prototypes for a sustainable future
For the third year in a row, the De La Salle University hosted its Innovations and Technology Fair from Thursday, March 26 to Friday, March 27.
Exhibitors showcased prototypes using green technology, from disaster-resilient homes to Kinect-powered operating room assistants.
Matthew Ang reports:
MATTHEW ANG, REPORTING: From Kinect-powered operating room viewing tools…
to floating houses…
to earthquake-proofing heritage sites.
De La Salle University’s Innovation and Technology Fair whips up an impressive array of prototypes anchored on sustainable development.
It’s taking “innovation for nation building” to heart.
Architecture student Yna Dimaculangan developed models of low cost disaster-resilient homes for seaside communities.
YNA DIMACULANGAN, ARCHITECTURE STUDENT, DLSU-CSB: Basically it’s a house that floats when there’s a flood and also has wind louvers which act as windbreakers so it diminishes the amount of wind that goes inside the house. The house is made of local material like sawali, and to make this more strong I used reinforced welded wire to make it more tough.
Aside from typhoons, the Philippines is also vulnerable to earthquakes.
In 2013, a 7.2 magnitude quake shook the Visayas…
destroying heritage sites in the province of Bohol.
Shiela Fernandez’s group studied the seismic risk assessment for heritage center Vigan in Ilocos Sur.
SHEILA FERNANDEZ, STUDENT, DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY: We chose Vigan as our area of study because it has the same characteristics as Bohol’s structures.
Vigan is also located in an earthquake prone area. The group simulated seismic activity to identify failure points in Vigan heritage structures.
BEA SALENGA, STUDENT, DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY: We found out which structure will collapse, which would have the greatest damage. With that we could assess the economic losses Vigan could encounter if ever the structures would collapse.
Another DLSU innovator, Astrid Madrangca, finds another use for gaming device Kinect.
Her team developed a hands-free viewing tool for surgeons using the Kinect sensor.
ASTRID MADRANGCA, MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING STUDENT, DLSU: Our system is basically used in the operating room. It is a non-contact viewing system for medical images.
Truly proud of these young innovators from my alma mater!
Matthew Ang, Rappler, Manila