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The Universidad Piloto de Colombia, is a private, national, coeducational, research university, located primarily in Bogotá, Colombia. It offers academic programs in undergraduate, specializations, masters and doctorates. Its president is Patricia Piedrahíta Castillo. Wikipedia.

Carmona L.G.,Pilot University of Colombia | Correa F.,Mansarovar Energy Colombia Ltd. | Perdomo K.,Mansarovar Energy Colombia Ltd.
Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility

Companies involved in water and forest resource extraction in Colombia are obliged to compensate for any resulting impacts stemming from their activities, as agreed with the environmental authorities. Compensation usually relates to reforestation or the development of public service infrastructure. However, these initiatives should be more relevant to the local community and ensure that the protection of biodiversity is efficiently undertaken and optimized to support the greatest number of benefits to fauna and flora and the provision of ecosystem services. This paper shows how a partnership between Mansarovar Energy Colombia Ltd., a heavy oil extraction company, and the national and local environmental authorities, resulted in the establishment of buffer zones to support the conservation of the Regional Natural Park "Serranía de las Quinchas". In total one thousand hectares were added to the already existing 21,000 ha that legally constitute the park. This synergy led to a greater impact within the local community, compared to when each entity worked separately. Copyright 2016, Society of Petroleum Engineers. Source

Between 1930 and 1950, Chilean architectonic culture debated about the meaning and applications of the word plan. Using journals as the main source and taking the debate on the housing plan as the major case study, the article reveals the arguments used. As part of the historical narrative level, sociopolitical modernization processes and transformation in the discipline, the hypothesis formulated is that given its alleged capacity to anticipate collective lifestyles, the plan was understood as a strategic tool for the startup of a social engineering project which, at the same time, enriched the project instruments of architecture. Source

Camargo Sierra A.P.,Pilot University of Colombia | Hurtado Tarazona A.,University of Los Andes, Colombia
Revista INVI

The informal land market in Bogotá is a phenomenon that cannot be easily measured, given that the nature of data is either vague or inaccessible. This paper analyzes primary and secondary data retrieved from different sources to identify the production of informal urban space (magnitude and growth, agents and supply, demand and State intervention philosophies, resultant space). Findings suggest that the informal urbanization phenomenon still has great incidence in the production of urban space in Bogotá, transcending the city limits. Such a circumstance also allows agents of supply to take advantage of the effective State intervention (legalization) to perpetuate the illegal occupation of land and thus capture added land value, especially given that demand is focused on the informal housing market. This phenomenon will continue unless structural reforms are made to housing policies aimed at low-income families. Source

Lozano-Rivas W.A.,Pilot University of Colombia | Whiting K.E.,EAN University | Gomez-Lahoz C.,University of Malaga | Rodriguez-Maroto J.M.,University of Malaga
International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology

The laboratory tests for the use of sapogenic amphiphilic glycosides as a coagulation–flocculation aid are presented in this paper. These amphiphilic glycosides were obtained, through a natural fermentation process, of the juice, of fique (Furcraea sp.) leaves. Decantation allows for the separation of a supernatant denominated “supernatant fique juice” and a decanted fraction denominated “decanted fique juice.” The latter contains most of the sapogenic amphiphilic glycosides and was mixed with the chemical coagulant ferric chloride hexahydrate, at varying doses. Ferric chloride hexahydrate was also used as a control to ascertain the removal efficiency of persistent contaminants from samples of a textile industry effluent. The parameters of interest were typical indicators of water quality such as color, turbidity, chemical oxygen demand, pH and conductivity. The results indicate that the decanted fique juice, when used as a coagulation–flocculation aid, and upon comparison with the chemical coagulant alone, causes an additional color and turbidity reduction of 31 and 17 %, respectively. No significant differences were noted in the chemical oxygen demand values (α = 0.05; P < 0.001). Thus, there is a scope for further research about the commercial feasibility of DFJ as an industrial water treatment agent, which reduces the toxicity of raw fique juice and its detrimental environmental effects. © 2016, Islamic Azad University (IAU). Source

Castro J.A.O.,University of Caldas | Casilimas W.A.G.,Logistics and Traceability Research Group | Ramirez M.M.H.,Pilot University of Colombia
2015 Workshop on Engineering Applications - International Congress on Engineering, WEA 2015

Food safety policies have aim to promote and develop feeding and nutrition in society. This paper presents a system dynamics model that studies the dynamic behavior between transport infrastructure and the food supply chain in the city of Bogotá. The results show that an adequate transport infrastructure is more effective to improve the service to the customer in the food supply chain. The system dynamics model allows analyze the behavior of transport infrastructure and supply chains of fruits and vegetables, groceries, meat and dairy. The study has gone some way towards enhancing our understanding of food security impact, food supply chain and transport infrastructure. © 2015 IEEE. Source

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