Prof. S.B.S. Abayakoon was awarded as a Fellow of the National Academy of Science, Sri Lanka (NASSL). Prof. Abayakoon is the third member from the Faculty who was admitted to this prestigious Academy, after Prof. M. Amaratunga and Prof. M.P. Ranaweera.
A half-day practice session on "Mindfulness Practice as a tool to transfer to the new normal life with COVID19" was held for the non-academic staff of the Department of Civil Engineering including members of the Department PG Unit on 04th February 2021 at DOII. The session was facilitated by three members of the Sati-Group-Kandy.
A Workshop on "Tools and FEeLS facilities for on-line exams" was held for the academic staff of the Department of Civil Engineering on 2nd February 2021 at CAD Lab. The session was conducted by Prof. Chalinda Beneragama of Faculty of Agriculture and Ms. Iroshini Ratnapala of Computing Centre, FoE.
Applications are called from those who
are interested to serve as Temporary
Instructors at the Department of Civil
Engineering. Applications can be
collected from the Department Office.
Duly completed application together with updated Curriculum Vitae, Academic Transcript and a photocopy of National identity card should be submitted to the Department Office by Monday, 01st of February 2021.
A Research seminar on "Non-structural Cracking of Concrete : Causes and Mitigation"
by Dr. H.D. Yapa will
be held on 27th January 2021, from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. at EOE Pereira Theatre, Faculty of
Engineering, University of Peradeniya
Concrete is an exceptional construction material. It is strong/stiff in compression, durable, economical, etc., however, is weak in tension. Consequently, reinforcement is required wherever in structural regions with tensile stresses. Even with the use of reinforcement, total prevention of concrete cracking is hard to achieve, so generally the objective of the designer is to control of cracking. Undoubtedly, cracking is undesirables for concrete in terms of serviceability, durability, and aesthetic perspectives. The causes for triggering tensile stresses (and cracking) in concrete structures are not only of external loads, but also of numerous non-structural roots (e.g. shrinkage, creep, thermal expansion) owing to heterogeneous characteristics of concrete. It is however common that structural cracking is only taken seriously by the designer and consequently the structures suffer with numerous non-structural cracking issues. In this light, the talk discussesinto the main causesof non-structural cracking of concrete and into potential meansof mitigation.
The scientific paper titled "Finite Element Modelling
of Damaged Dapped-end Beam Behaviour" authored by Eng. A.H.M.S.A. Abeysinghe
and Dr. H.D. Yapa from the Department of Civil Engineering, University
of Peradeniya has been selected as the Best Paper published in the "Modulus"
for the session 2020 by the Society of Structural Engineers Sri Lanka
(SSESL) and has been awarded the Access PLC Gold Medal 2020
Dr. H.D. Yapa
Eng. A.H.M.S.A. Abeysinghe
The paper "Nonlinear Numerical Simulation of the Seismic Response of the Kotmale Dam" authored by Eng. B H M M Herath Co-authored by Dr. K K Wijesundara, and Eng. A R M H B Amunugama presented at the Annual General Meeting held on 25th August 2020 has been selected as the Best Paper presented at the Annual Sessions 2020 from a three-staged evaluation Process and been entitled to the Raghu Chandrakeerty Gold Medal 2020
Dr. Kushan Kalmith Wijesundara
Eng. B H M M Herath
Eng. A R M H B Amunugama
The undergraduate research project on "Feasibility
of Using Geopolymers to Stabilize Expansive Soil" carried out by S.
Kanjana and S. Sajithithijan under the supervision of Dr. M.C.M Nasvi
won the "Joint first award" at the Sri Lankan Geotechnical Society (SLGS)
project day 2020 held on 23rd December 2020
Dr. M.C.M Nasvi
Ms. S. Kanjana
Mr. S. Sajithithijan
A Research seminar
(ONLINE) on "Role of Water Engineers in CKDu Affected Areas: A Research Perspective"
by Dr.(Mrs) K.G.N.
Nanayakkara will be held on 30th December 2020, from 2.00 pm
to 3.00 pm.
Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology (CKDu) has been affecting Sri Lanka since 1990s and the affected area is ever increasing. The disease mainly affects the health of the people, but creates more socio-economic problems, leaving otherwise productive people helpless. Although the exact reason behind the disease is yet to be identified, the strongest hypothesis is the deteriorating quality of drinking water. The responsible organizations have been seeking for solutions and a substantial amount of research have been conducted in the country on CKDu. Providing good quality drinking water by using membrane-based treatment plants is one of the measures taken by various authorities. However, there are many issues related to the operation of such community based plants. In our research, we have monitored water treatment plants situated in CKDu affected areas for their performance and associated problems. Alternative water sources such as rainwater was also investigated. The people residing in areas fed by treated pipe-borne water supply also showing concerns in consuming treated water, making the situation even worse. The thorough investigation of the surface and groundwater sources, treatment plants and alternative water sources unveil new fundamental research ideas, leading to conducting basic research to provide better quality water. The presentation will cover the findings of applied and basic research, emphasizing the need of immediate research inputs from water engineers to ease the situation.
CES Talk on Introduction of New Kalani Bridge Project & Construction Techniques by Eng. (Mrs) Darshika Jayasekera is scheduled for 27th November 2020 (Friday) from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM via ZOOM. Please find the attached poster herewith.
A Research seminar on "Gas Migration
in Differently-Characterized Porous Media: Applications on the Earth and
Beyond" by Dr. Chamindu
D.T.K.K. will be held on 25th November at EOE Pereira Theatre,
Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya
Accurate characterization of gas migration in soils and other porous systems is an important prerequisite to understand provisional (e.g., plant growth) and regulatory (e.g., public safety, climate change) services of different ecosystems. In this research seminar, experimental and numerical studies conducted in a wide range of soils including agricultural soil, pasture soils, landfills, urban soils, Arctic soils will be presented. An experimental and numerical insight on gas transport in selected porous substrates for space-based applications (for example to grow plants in Space Stations) will also be presented.
After the recent collapse of the building in Boowelikada, Kandy Hon. Governor of the Central Province Mr. Lalith U. Gamage appointed an expert committee to inspect and assess the vulnerability of existing buildings and ongoing constructions within Kandy city limit and to submit an independent technical report with recommendations. The expert committee submitted its report on 12th October 2020. The committee focused on 20 buildings during a short period of three weeks as they were found to be risky.
Among the members of the expert committee were Professor S.B.S. Abeykoon, Dr. L.C. Kurukulasuriya, Dr. S.K. Navaratnarajah, Dr. K.K. Wijesundara, and Dr. H.A.D. Samith Buddika representing the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya.
Amidst the pandemic, the department is continuing the undergraduate and postgraduate academic activities using Faculty Learning Management System (FEeLS) and ZOOM video conferencing via LEARN from 12th October
A Research seminar on “Saving Lakes - Case Study ; The Kandy Lake” by Prof. K.B.S.N Jinadasa Prof. K.B.S.N Jinadasa was held on 30th September at Seminar room 1, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya
Quality Assurance Workshop for Academic Staff members of Department of Civil Engineering was held on 27th August 2020
The annual poster presentation of the Department of Civil Engineering was held at the Faculty of Engineering on 20th August, 2020 with the participation of the department’s academic staff and invited guests from the faculty as well as the Civil Engineering industry. The opening ceremony was held at the EOE Pereira Theater of the Faculty which also symbolized the launching of the proceedings of the undergraduate research symposium held in 2018. The event provided a valuable opportunity for the undergraduate students (E/14 batch) who shared the outcomes of their final-year research with the participants and received useful insights to direct their future research efforts towards industrial applications. This annual landmark event of the Department is co-organized by the Civil Engineering Society (CES) of the Department and is sponsored by the Tokyo Cement Group.