3.23.2010

BLOGGER'S RESUME




Engr. MELANIE CORTEZ - ABUEL
 +63-9175160785 / melanie.abuel@gmail.com


OBJECTIVE  Project Manager for GIS, GPS, Geodesy , Remote Sensing and Surveying fields

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT
2010 to present College of Engineering, University of the Philippines - Diliman
                              Master of Science in Geomatics Engineering, major in Geoinformatics
·         Consistent University Scholar standing, GWA=1.31
·         Scholar, ERDT (Engineering Research and Development for Technology)
2002 to 2009      College of Engineering, University of the Philippines - Diliman
                              Bachelor of Science in Geodetic Engineering
·         College scholar for 2 semesters
·         Consistent Geodetic Engineering Study Grant Scholar
1992 to 2002      San Agustin Elementary School and Novaliches High School
·         Elementary and High School Class Valedictorian
PROFESSIONAL ELIGIBILITY
Licensed Geodetic Engineer (Registration No. 8432)
9th placer in September 2009 Philippine Geodetic Engineering Licensure Exam

WORK EXPERIENCE

2011 to Present                Graduate Student at the University of thePhilippines, Diliman
                              THESIS: Synergistic Use of Geographic Information and Remote Sensing for the Hydrological Assessment of Impervious Surfaces in a Frequently-flooded Urban Environment
• Investigates on the effect of varying land uses a frequently flooded urban environment, differences in land used was characterized by variable degree of imperviousnesswithin and its relation to flooding.
• Major portion of the research has been dedicated for the accuracy assessment and generation of  a high-accuracy DEM extracted from LIDAR device. I have programmed the conversion from raw LIDAR data packets to a Binary LIDAR exchange format using Python and Matlab programming from scratch.

June 2009 to January 2012 Research Assistant for the Crustal Deformation Mapping of the Philippine Fault Project, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS)
• Handles the GPS data processing of all campaigns from 1995 to 2010 as well as continuous site data from local and international partners while making sure that all operations involved in data processing are well implemented and results fall within the standards set on a millimeter-level accuracy.
• Speeds up the processing workflow by creating macros, windows batchfiles and programs that will aide in the automation of the entire GPS processing scheme using Bernese 5.0.
• Executes final quality control and evaluation of preliminary project results by plotting and analysis of post processed GPS data in MATLAB and GMT.
• Works with very minimal supervision since project leader is always out for fieldwork and the first and only female to be a part of the GPS team.

June to September 2011 DATA DEPLOYMENT FOR GOVERNMENT OFFICES THROUGH WEBGIS USING OPEN SOURCE TOOLS: A CASE STUDY FOR PHIVOLCS HAZARD MAPS (Advanced GIS Class Project)
An assessment of the current GIS workflow of a government office as well as feasibility analysis for the use of free and open source WebGIS software as compared to commercial counterparts.

November 2010 to March 2011 CROP MANAGEMENT OPTION FOR THE MUNICIPALITY OF ILAGAN, ISABELA THROUGH LAND/SOIL RESOURCES EVALUATION, MAPPING AND VISUALIZATION (Geo visualization Class Project)
A geo visualization class project utilizing the Virtual Terrain Project, ArcScene and Google Earth that aims to create an initial database and interface in 3D that incorporates different layers of information that will identify crop suitability for certain locality. The database is designed to be populated and improved though participatory GIS and mapping. A comparative analysis of the different geoviz softwares has also been conducted in this project.

November 2010 to March 2011 CORRELATION OF GLOBAL SOLAR RADIATION WITH METEOROLOGICAL PARAMETERS OVER PAG-ASA SCIENCE GARDEN, QUEZON CITY
• Using statistical techniques, a regression analysis was conducted utilizing temperature, rainfall and relative humidity to identify its correlation with solar radiation. It was concluded that the most influential factors to predict solar radiation are mean temperature and solar duration. These two factors has a 94.4% capability to predict solar radiation.

June to September 2010 VERTICAL ACCURACY ASSESSMENT OF ASTER AND SRTM DEM OF THE PHILIPPINES USING GPS
An evaluation on the validity of published ASTER and SRTM DEMs in the Philippine setting. Discrepancies between different statistical measures of accuracy (RMSE, mean and standard deviation) are evaluated using differential GPS points as check points. Research proved that both ASTER and SRTM DEMs fall within specified published accuracies and SRTM is more accurate than ASTER DEM.
June to September 2010 CONSIDERING GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION IN THE DIAGNOSIS OF DISEASES (A case study of Dengue in Quezon City, Philippines from 2003-2010)
A geodatabase for dengue cases per barangay in Quezon City from 2003 to 2010 along with other five criteria for a weighted overlay in GIS created a final risk map for dengue. The study identified twenty-one barangays as dengue hotspots.

June to September 2010 MY NEW TOY v1.0 – AN IMAGE PROCESSING SOFTWARE USING OBJECT-ORIENTED JAVA PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE
                An image processing software with man-machine interface was written using JAVA.Histogram equalization, High pass, low pass, Butterworth, Maximum, Mean, Median, MMSE and Rank Filtering, Gaussian Blur, Grey mapping, Laplace transform and Sobel Filtering are some image processing options available in the application.

2008 GEOID MODELING OF UP DILIMAN BY DIFFERENTIAL GPS AND SPIRIT LEVELING 
Tasks include triangulation network planning , field reconnaissance using Garmin GPS, establishment and densification of GPS control point by Differential GPS using Epoch receiver ,GPS data processing using Ashtec Software and GNSS Studio and comparison of GPS heights with that of orthometric heights obtained by spirit leveling. Final mapping of UP Geoid Model using Surfer8.

2008 MAPPING OF UPCAT POPULATION - IDENTIFYING TRENDS AND CRITICAL REGIONS USING THE GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Leads the group in data gathering, encoding, mapping and analysis of 2004-2008 UPCAT results and identified regions of interest based on a 15-parameter test executed in ArcGIS 9.1.

SIGNIFICANT TRAININGS
                “The Inventive Engineer: Patents and Commercialization” The 1st Engineering and Research for Technology Congress, Philippine International Convention Center, February 24, 2012

Short Course on Basic and Advanced GPS Data Analysis and Modeling for Scientific and Practical Applications”. November 28-December 2, 2011, National Engineering Center at UP Diliman.  
   
                “Sustainability through ERDT: Towards a Carbon-Neutral Economy” -Engineering Research and Development for Technology 7th Conference, Manila Hotel, September 16, 2011

“InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar) Technical Training- 2011 Sentinel Asia Success Story in the Philippines” September 5-6, 2011, PHIVOLCS Auditorium

"ENHANCEMENT OF EARTHQUAKE AND VOLCANO MONITORING AND EFFECTIVE UTILIZATION OF DISASTER MITIGATION INFORMATION IN THE PHILIPPINES"
• March 8, 2011- 2nd Workshop and Joint Coordination Committee Meeting
February 23-24, 2010 - Kick-off Workshop and the 1st Joint Coordination Committee Meeting of Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) , Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), National Research Institute of Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED)

“ADDRESSING THE GRAND CHALLENGES THROUGH ENGINEERING INNOVATIONS” - The 6th ERDT Conference “- February 18, 2011, Diamond Hotel, Manila

“PHILIPPINE COMPETITIVENESS THROUGH ENGINEERING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR TECHNOLOGY – The 5th ERDT Conference ”September 10, 2010 – Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.

“ACTIVE FAULT DEFORMATION MAPPING OF THE PHILIPPINE FAULT (Masbate Segment) PHIVOLCS GPS-GIA Project Fieldwork: September 12-24, 2009 - Assigned on setting up and operating Trimble 5700 and 4000 SSi receivers, recording field data and in conducting reference point mapping of newly established GPS campaign stations. Post processing and analysis was conducted after the field work.

“Web GIS, ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND MULTI-AGENT SYSTEM CRASH COURSE”February 18, 2009 (Remote sensing and Image Analysis Laboratory, UP Diliman).

SOFTWARES and PLATFORMS
GIS – ArcGIS 10.0, QGIS,
GeoVisualization - Virtual Terrain Project, Google Sketch-up, Terragen, ArcScene
Remote Sensing – ENVI, SIGMA-SAR
Photogrammetry – LISA
Surveying – Autodesk Land Desktop, Trimble Geomantics Office, Bernese 5.0, Ashtec Software, Surfer 8.0, Generic Mapping Tools (GMT), Matlab 2009
Programming – J2SE on Netbeans IDE, C language on Dev C++ compiler or gcc on Linux, Python, Matlab
Statistical Analysis - Minitab, Design Expert












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