- Published: 29 June 2014
On its 4th anniversary, the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) encourages investors, stakeholders, and every Juan and Juana to invest in R&D outputs. A forum entitled “Juana Invest? Reaping the Returns from R&D” which will feature selected presentations on starting a business, technology entrepreneur stories success stories and investment financing, and a portfolio of investment opportunities from its R&D projects will be conducted on the 27th of June, at the Edsa Shangrila Hotel, Ortigas Center
PCIEERD invited Resource Persons who will pave the way to investments based on their experiences. The guest of honor, Senator Cynthia Villar, is an accomplished entrepreneur who has also built livelihood opportunities for her constituents. She is also the Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology. To further enlighten everyone on the importance of investing in science and technology, Dr. Gonzalo C. Serafica, a DOST Balik Scientist, will be the guest speaker for the event. Dr. Serafica is an expert on Biocellulose technology and is currently working with a number of DOST agencies and other universities.
A lineup of technology investors and entrepreneurs will also share their success stories. On the other hand, topics like technology financing schemes as well as models for start-up business will complete the whole picture from investment to financing.
For the breakout sessions, distinguished experts and speakers from different sectors such as energy, food, minerals and materials and ICT will present their products and inventions. Some of the innovations to be presented are the ceramic water filter, natural dye, solar energy devices, probiotic feeds and others.
The PCIEERD 4th anniversary will be graced by the Undersecretary for S&T Services, Prof. Fortunato T. Dela Peña.(Janina Villapando)
- Published: 22 May 2014
- Published: 21 May 2014
The Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) 3D mapping project called Disaster Risk Assessment, Exposure and Mitigation-Light Ranging and Detection Technology (DREAM-LiDAR) won the prestigious Geospatial World Excellence in Policy Implementation Award for 2014.
DOST Secretary Mario Go Montejo and DREAM program leader Dr. Enrico Paringit received the award on May 8 in Geneva, Switzerland.
A component of the Nationwide Operational Assessment for Hazards (Project NOAH), the DREAM-LiDAR addresses and helps mitigate the effects of flooding disasters in the country. This is doesby collecting precise geospatial data with LiDAR to produce detailed topographic information that will enable the creation of more accurate flood inundation maps. Led by Dr. Eric Paringit, DREAM-LiDAR is by far the biggest single project that a research unit in the entire University of the Philippines system has ever undertaken.
The project’s main deliverable is an accurate national terrain elevation map to be used for creating flood plain indundation maps and for performing on-demand flood simulations. The digital terrain maps willcover all relevant river basins with one-meter horizontal resolution and 20-centimeter vertical accuracy.
The project has purchased three airborne LiDAR scanners and leased three small fixed-wing aircraft to survey 18 large river basins that total more than 100,000 square kilometers in area which is about one-third of the country. The project requires elaborate preparation and training of local staff to carry outvarious technically challenging tasks such as hardware installation, flight planning, LiDAR quality checking, data pre- and post-processing, and flood modeling, among others.
DREAM-LiDAR, considered as a unique role model for the region, offers the opportunity of acquiringequipment, training local staff, and educating the public, as well as adding excitement to many young Filipino researchers.
Creating technical expertise as it is implemented in an educational institution, DREAM-LiDAR is constantly training and self-educating the local staff. Upon completion of the project, it is expected to have created a pool of highly-skilled LiDAR and Flood Mapping experts. These experts can apply theirtechnical knowledge and skills in government agencies and commercial enterprises and get further value from the collected elevation data or innovate for novel 3D applications.
Aside from producing both product and expertise needed to exploit data at a much lower overall cost while also creating new tax-paying high-tech jobs across the Philippines, DREAM-LiDAR also hopes to inspire other nations in charting their own national mapping programs.
The DREAM-LiDAR project is housed at the National Engineering Center of the University of the Philippines Diliman in Quezon City. The project is monitored by DOST's Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD).
Meanwhile, the Geospatial World Magazine owned by Geospatial Media and Communications (formerly GIS Development) conferred the award to DREAM. (S&T Media Service)
(From left): Dr. Enrico Paringit, Associate Professor at UP Diliman, DREAM Project Leader, and DOST Sec. Mario Montejo received the Geospatial World Excellence in Policy Implementation Award last May 8, 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. With them are Mrs.Montejo, and Mrs. Cecilia Rebong, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations.