MARCH 03, 2016



A Reaction Paper on Seminar: Geosynthetic v2.0 innovate artificial, elevate conventional
The seminar which was held this February 15, 2016 at University of the East Caloocan
multi-purpose hall, made possible by Engr. Michael Baylon, is entitled “Geosynthetic v2.0
Innovate Artificial, Elevate Conventional”. This activity gave us the chance to experience being a
part of such event as an organizer rather than a spectator. Being behind the scenes is so much
different than what a person sitting and attending a certain seminar could expect. We should be
well coordinated and focused on the task we were given. The seminar is well planned by our
adviser. The groups are given their own task to fulfil in order for the seminar to be successful.
Three speakers became a part of the seminar. They are Engr. Dindo M. Macabante, Engr. Djon
Mar Ellyz M. Santiago and Engr. Joven Ganancial. The last speaker is our very own, Engr.
Michael B. Baylon who discussed a video presentation about installation in foundation
engineering sent by Geoconsult.
The first two speakers are from Department of Public Works and Highways. They talked
about geotechnical investigations and jet grouting. Jet grouting caught my attention because I am
not familiar with the term. The mechanism is so fascinating. I’ve never thought that there is such
a machine that could optimize the use of water and incorporate it with water dynamics to create
such method in strengthening the soil and can be used even if there is already an infrastructure.
The other Department of Public Works and Highway representative talked about subsurface
exploration. He started from the history of the topic. He then stated some earthquake events
which are familiar because it was already discussed in our earthquake and foundation
engineering subject which is facilitated by Engr Michael B. Baylon. The new thing in his

The seminar tackled geosynthetics in different dimensions. All in all this topic is another element of geosynthetics. he presented some of their successful projects. Engr. He discussed about the installation of a boring machine. Closing his presentation. Modern sanitary waste containment is also one of his topics. The speaker also explained how their machineries work and the processes involved in manufacturing. This kind of activity has so much impact in preparing us for our future. We may know what certain geosynthetic equipment can offer but we do not know how these things are assembled. Michael B. I am amazed when I saw their facilities for production of geosynthetic materials. The last Speaker is our professor. vertical structures and culverts. In some part of the video we can notice the lack of control in terms of safety. Being in another point of perspective is an . retaining walls. experience of a lifetime. Baylon. The first two topics are very informative and it gave a glimpse for lower year civil engineering students on what they can expect in Earthquake and Foundation engineering subjects. I am surprised of the number and how massive the projects were.presentation is the in-depth explanations of the process in subsurface explorations. They have gigantic machineries. requirements for bridge projects. The presentation is informative. roads/highways. He explained how it was done and what geosynthetic materials are used. The workers improvised by using ropes as steps above the equipment and the use of cut tires to tighten the hoses. The third speaker is from Infratex© who focused on the topic about engineered environmental containment solutions.