RDG Conference Report of Raniel M. Suiza

Write up about the Conference

The 10th International Conference on Urban Earthquake Engineering features state-of-the-art technical presentations on diverse topics relevant to Urban Earthquake Engineering, followed by a significant choice of theme-based parallel sessions (CUEE, 2013). The conference was held last March 1-2, 2013 at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, O-okayama Campus, Tokyo, Japan. This aims to gather different researchers from different countries for exchange of ideas on their respective studies and for discussion of the lessons learned from past disasters like the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

Feedback on paper presented

The inquiry after the presentation was if our research group was able to use other response spectra for the identification of the performance points as mentioned in the methodology.


Future directions of research presented

Further developments can be done in this study; in particular, other types of structures can be analyzed. Also, this type of research can be done for other hazards.

Potential foreign collaborators

There are other countries doing similar types of research such as Peru, Hungary, and Japan among others, and even international organizations such as the World Bank which can be potential collaborators in the future.

Other important contacts and insights

I learned that there is a wide range of research topics even only for Earthquake Engineering which is very interesting. These research topics can be undertaken in the country as well being part of the Pacific Ring of Fire which means that the country is prone to ground motions.

Short write-up of one’s participation (to be used to feature/publicize the grantee’s participation in the conference)

I presented a paper of our research group entitled Development of fragility curves of mid-rise reinforced concrete moment-resisting frame structures in the Greater Metro Manila Area, Philippines which is a collaborative work between the UPD-ICE, PHIVOLCS-DOST, PAGASA-DOST, and other organizations and agencies in the Philippines and in Australia. This study is under the Young Researchers Session for New Design Criteria and Methods, Earthquake Loss Estimation and Information and Computing Technology. I presented this paper together with three colleagues who presented three separate papers in other sessions.