Future engineers, Mega Cebu brainstorm to address Cebu’s infra issues

The 5th year civil engineering students of the University of San Carlos (USC) and University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) and Mega Cebu have conducted brainstorming sessions to choose project studies that will address the infrastructure problems in local government units from Carcar City to Danao City.

Mega Cebu is the platform and vision advocated by the Metro Cebu Development Coordinating Board (MCDCB), the coordinating and policy-making body of 13 contiguous cities and municipalities, national government agencies and the private sector. MCDCB’s main aim is to formulate development strategies and policies that, among others, promote the integrated infrastructure development of Mega Cebu.

One of Mega Cebu’s programs is a Government-Academe-Private Sector (GAP) partnership that let students engage in projects that will help in the development of Mega Cebu.

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USJR Civil Eng’g Class 2013-2014 and MCDCB/Mega Cebu project study brainstorming session (Aug. 9, 2014)

The brainstorming sessions and project studies will not be done to merely fulfill an academic requirement. It will be a detailed study, about 100 to 300 pages long, that will contain survey data, engineering laboratory results, engineering calculations/analysis and computerized output. It will be done over two consecutive semesters of a period of about eight months.

Each group of three students will be assigned an adviser from the faculty or civil engineers/professionals from the private sector or government. The completed project study will be defended by the student group in front of a panel of three professionals or experts who will do the grading of the study a month before graduation. Local planning or engineering departments of cities and municipalities and national infrastructure agencies can implement projects based on these studies.

Among the topics mutually decided upon are specific infrastructure problems that need to be addressed in Mega Cebu are: traffic, drainage/flooding, solid/liquid waste disposal, water supply, recycling, urban planning, environmental protection, transportation systems and metropolitan management.

The Computer Engineering Departments of USC and USJR are currently developing a computer program to post the results of the studies on the Internet. It can then be easily accessed by local/national government infrastructure offices and the general public. The project studies will be pinned to locations in an interactive Mega Cebu map similar to the convenience offered by Google Earth. The pin will correspond to the location of the project study. When the pin is clicked, it will lead to a link containing the full contents of the project study. Links to a YouTube clip of a study may be included and posted to make it easier for a layman to understand the solutions proposed in the study.

This GAP Partnership started with USC producing an output of seven project study outputs in 2013. It grew to 17 project studies in 2014. About 30 project studies are expected to be completed in 2015.

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USC Civil Eng’g Class 2012-2013, Section 1 and Mega Cebu project study brainstorming session (August 2013)

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USJR Civil Eng’g Class 2012-2013 Section 2 and Mega Cebu project study brainstorming session (August 2013)

The University of San Carlos has already produced 24 Project Studies over two years as shown in the table below.

  Mega Cebu Project Study Category

USC Civil Engineering Class, 2012-2013

1 Effects of Sidewalks &Pocket Lanes on Traffic Flow at Gov. Cuenco Ave. St. fr. Paradise Int. to Univ. of San Carlos Traffic & Mobility
2 An Assessment Study on United Nations Avenue-Plaridel Street Intersection Traffic
3 Travel Time and Delay Analysis of Juan Luna Avenue, Cebu City Traffic
4 An Investigative study of Gov. M. Cuenco – E. Minoza Street, Talamban, Cebu City Traffic
5 Design of an Open Channel – A drainage system for J. Panis Road, St. Michael Road and Paradise Village Drainage
6 A Proposed Possible Drainage Routes for Cabancalan Wetland Drainage
7 Design of a Drainage System At L.H. Prime Medical Center Area, A.S. Fortuna Street Drainage

USC Civil Engineering Class, 2013-2014

8 Right of Way (ROW) Problems and its effect on Mega Cebu Infrastructure Development Planning
9 Site Selection for an Alt. Sanitary Landfill Site in Cebu City using Geographic Info System & Analytic Hierarchy Proc. Solid Waste
10 Feasibility Study of Recycled Concrete as Coarse Aggregate for Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) Recycling
11 An investigative study on the effects of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) to new Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) Recycling
12 Design work for the improvement of Gov. M. Cuenco Avenue – E. Minoza St Intersection, Talamban, Cebu City Traffic
13 Geometric Redesign of Gorordo Avenue – Archbishop Reyes Avenue Intersection Traffic
14 Intersection Design of Juan Luna Avenue – F. Cabahug Street, Cebu City Traffic
15 Investigation of flooding in M.C. Briones Street, Mandaue City, Cebu Drainage
16 Improvement of Tejero Creek– A pilot for Mega Cebu Major Open Channel System Drainage
17 Investigation of Flood in Barangay T. Padilla, Cebu City Drainage
18 Investigation and Probable Solution of Preventing/Minimizing Flood in SM City Cebu Vicinity Drainage
19 An investigation on the drainage system of Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City Drainage
20 Assessment Study on UN Ave. – Plaridel St. Int. (Ph 2): Alt. Sol’n to the Prop. UN Ave. – Plaridel St. Int. Tri-Level Flyover Traffic
21 Ferry Boat Service as an alternative mode of Transportation between mainland Cebu and Mactan island Transportation
22 Evaluation of Soriano Avenue connecting to Plaridel St., Cabahug St., and Briones St. Traffic
23 Design of Water Dist. System for the Bajau Int. Area Dev. Proj. at Mambaling, Cebu City using EPANET Software Water Supply
24 The Role of Trees in the Infrastructure Development of Mega Cebu– Issues, Problems, and Solutions Planning

Other universities and their colleges or departments in Cebu are invited to join the GAP Partnership. All college courses can contribute and can have a role in the development of Mega Cebu through many ways and opportunities.

For civil engineering, please email Engr. Jun Sanchez, Chair of Mega Cebu Subcom on Infrastructure and Utilities at fortunatosanchezjr@yahoo.com. For others in the academe willing to participate in the GAP Partnership program of Mega Cebu, please contact magnolia.joboco@rafi.org.ph. Inquiries will be forwarded to an appropriate Mega Cebu subcommittee or committee.


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