The first PASSIVE SEISMIC Conference was conducted by Wings Technology Enterprise, a 100- percent Filipino owned company, on November 21 at the New World Hotel in Makati City.
Fortunato dela Pena, Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology; Engineer Clement Christian Fajardo, consulting geologist and geotechnical engineer and geophysicist Jeremy Magnon were the speakers of the forum.
In his talk, dela Pena commended Wings Technology Enterprise for organizing the event stressing that it is a timely update for professionals since the country has been hit by several earthquakes in the past three months. More professionals are going to be needed in passive seismic technology that will be an open horizon to many Filipino professionals,he said.
Fajardo, meanwhile, said the usual way of this kind of work is quite expensive estimated at least P50 million. By introducing the Moho instruments such as Tromino, Soilspy and Suricat, the cost would be quite affordable to the user. He said these machines would be useful to structural engineers to get the seismic properties of the building by getting the actual data on a building.
He said the Moho instruments could help in building the date of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) to gather date and information on seismological trends in the country. “We will put up a structure to help our engineers to study the seismic characters of a land,” he said.
In his talk, Magnon explained the functions of the different machines for passive seismic studies. Moreover, he said the Philippines should study the Mexican experience because both countries have the conditions of seismic patterns.
Luis Harder, chief executive officer of Wings Technology, said the instruments Italy-based Moho Technologies will be useful for both government and private sector in their construction projects.
Wings Technology is the exclusive representative and distributor of Moho in the Philippines.