Department of Civil Engineering



Dr. M.C.M.Nasvi

Senior Lecturer


Office Address:

Department of Civil Engineering,

University of Peradeniya,

Peradeniya, 20400,

Sri Lanka.

nasvimcm@eng.pdn.ac.lk; nasvimcm@pdn.ac.lk

+94-81-2393516, +94-76-6007240

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Dr. M. C. M. Nasvi is currently working as Senior Lecturer at Department of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He completed his BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering degree (First Class Honours with three awards) from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 2009 and PhD degree in Geotechnical Engineering from Monash University in 2014. His PhD thesis title was on the topic of "Geopolymer as well cement for geological sequestration of carbon dioxide", where he studied the possibility of using fly ash based geopolymer as a novel bore hole well cement material for carbon capture and storage (CCS), and oil and gas well projects. After the PhD, he worked as casual research officer at Monash University from October 2013 to March 2014. From April 2014 to December 2014, he worked as Head of the Department of Civil Engineering at CINEC Maritime Campus, Malabe, Sri Lanka. His research interests include wellbore integrity of CCS wells, well cementing, flow and mechanical behaviour of geopolymers, Ground improvement (Chemical stabilization and mechanical methods) and adaptability of Eurocode 7 for geotechnical design. He has published many technical papers (Journals and Conference papers) in the field of Energy, Geotechnical Engineering and Concrete. His teaching commitments include Geotechnical Engineering, Foundation Engineering, Geotechnical Design using Eurocode 7, Problematic Soils and Ground Improvement and Slope Stability.
  • PhD : Monash University, Australia (2014)
  • BSc Eng (First Class Honours): University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (2009)
  • MGS and FEIPRS scholarships - Awarded by Monash University, Australia for Doctoral Degree.
  • E.O.E. Pereira prize for structures (Second year) - Presented by the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka at the General Convocation held in February, 2010.
  • E.O.E. Pereira prize for structures (Third year) - Presented by the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka at the General Convocation held in February, 2010.
  • M. Amaratunga prize for strength of materials - Presented by the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka at the General Convocation held in February, 2010.
  • Associate Member, the Institute of Engineers, Sri Lanka (AM IESL)
  • Member, Sri Lankan Geotechnical Society

Full-time Appointments:

  • Nov 2016 - To date: Senior Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • May 2015 - Oct 2016: Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Jan 2015 - Apr 2015: Temporary Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Mar 2014 - Nov 2014: Senior Lecturer, Colombo International Nautical and Engineering College (CINEC) campus, Malabe, Sri Lanka
  • Sep 2009 - Aug 2010: Temporary Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Casual/Visiting Appointments

  • Jan 2021 - to date: Visiting Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka
  • Sep 2015 - To date: Visiting Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Oluvil, Sri Lanka
  • Oct 2013 - Feb 2014: Casual Research Officer, Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University, VIC, Australia
  • Feb 2011 - Sep 2013: Teaching Associate, Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University, VIC, Australia
  • Industrial grant from Tokyo Cement Company (Lanka) PLC for the PhD project "Feasibility of adapting different geopolymeric binders for sustainable concrete in Sri Lanka", 2021 (One million LKR)
  • Department of Civil Engineering Full-time MSc Scholarship for the project "Feasibility of using blended fly ash, rice husk ash and lime treated marginal soil for road construction in Sri Lanka", 2021 - 2022 (1.4 Million LKR)
  • Flow and mechanical behaviour of well cement
  • Geopolymers for well cementing applications
  • Alkali activated geopolymer concrete
  • Geopolymers as soil stabilizers
  • mechanical method of ground improvement
  • Adaptability of Eurocode 7 for geotechnical design

On-going PhD Projects:

  • Principal Supervisor: Feasibility of Adapting Different Geopolymeric Binders for Sustainable Concrete in Sri Lanka, K.S.D.M. Fernando [Dec 2018 - To Date], A PhD project under the Joint PhD Programme between Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia and Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya (UOP), Sri Lanka
  • Co-Supervisor: Improving the Accuracy of Degradation Prediction for Road Infrastructure in Sri Lanka, J.A.N.N. Jayakodi [March 2020 - To Date], A PhD project under the Joint PhD Programme between Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia and Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya (UOP), Sri Lanka
  • Coordinator: Joint PhD Programme between Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia and University of Peradeniya (UOP), Sri Lanka
  • Supervisor: PhD Projects under the Joint PhD Programme between RMIT, Australia and UOP, Sri Lanka
    Category: Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Fernando K.S.D.M, Nasvi M.C.M, Gunasekara C, Law D.W, Setunge S, Dissanayake P.B.R, Systematic Review on Alkali Activated Binders blended with Rice Husk Ash 2021, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, Accepted.
  • 23) Zimar, AMZ, Nasvi MCM, Jayakody S. Geotechnical Characterization of Peats in Muthurajawela Region in the Western Coast of Sri Lanka, Geotechnical and Geological Engineering 2020, 38(6): 6679-6693.
  • Thirumakal P, Nasvi MCM, Sinthulan K, Comparison of mechanical behaviour of geopolymer and OPC‑based well cement cured in saline water, SN Applied Sciences 2020,2:1346
  • Haakeel MSS, Ramzi MZM, Nasvi MCM, Compressibility Behaviour of Peat Reinforced with Single and Multiple Deep Soil Mixing (DSM) Columns, Engineer: Journal of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka 2019, 52(3): 1-9.
  • Nasvi MCM, Krishnya S, Stability analysis of Colombo-Katunayake Expressway (CKE) using finite element and limit equilibrium methods, Indian Geotechnical Journal 2019; 49: 620-634.
  • Gimhan P. G. S, Disanayake J. P. B, Nasvi M. C. M, Geotechnical Engineering Properties of Fly Ash and Bottom Ash: Use as Civil Engineering Construction Material, Engineer: Journal of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka 2018, Vol. LI: 49-57.
  • Balinee B, Disanth P, Nasvi MCM, Comparison of salinity dependent mechanical behavior of geopolymer and OPC: An application to CCS and Oil/Gas wells, Engineer: Journal of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka 2018, Vol. LI: 13-20.
  • Gowthaman S, Nasvi MCM, Three-dimensional Numerical Simulation and Validation of Load-Settlement Behaviour of a Pile Group under Compressive Loading, Engineer: Journal of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka 2018, Vol. LI: 9-21.
  • Gowthaman S, Nasvi MCM, 2D and 3D Numerical Simulation of Load-Settlement Behaviour of Axially Loaded Pile Foundations, American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture, 2017, Vol 05(05): 187-195.
  • Gowthaman S, Nasvi MCM, Krishnya S, Numerical Study and Comparison of the Settlement Behaviours of Axially Loaded Piles using Different Material Models, Engineer: Journal of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka 2017, Vol. L - 02: 01-10.
  • Venuja S, Mathiluxsan S, Nasvi MCM, Geotechnical Engineering Properties of Peat, Stabilized with a Combination of Fly Ash and Well Graded Sand, Engineer: Journal of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka 2017, Vol. L-02: 21-27.
  • Dissanayake TBCH, Senanayake SMCU, Nasvi MCM, Comparison of the stabilization behaviour of fly ash and bottom ash treated expansive soil, IESL 2017, Vol. L - 01: 11-19.
  • Subaha A, Aarany V, Nasvi MCM, The combined effect of temperature and salinity on the mechanical behaviour of well cement, Engineer: Journal of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka 2017, Vol. L - 01: 1-10.
  • Gowthaman S, Krishnya S, Nasvi MCM, Effect of salinity on mechanical behaviour of well cement: Application to carbon capture and storage wells, Engineer: Journal of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka 2016, Vol. XLIX - 01: 21-29.
  • Perera MSA, Rathnaweera TD, Ranjith PG, Wanniarachchi WAM, Nasvi MCM, Abdulagatov IM, Haque A, Laboratory measurement of deformation-induced hydro-mechanical properties of reservoir rock in deep saline aquifers: An experimental study of Hawkesbury formation, Marine and Petroleum Geology 2016, 77: 640-652.
  • Nasvi MCM, Rathnaweera TD, Padmanabhan E, Geopolymer as well cement and its mechanical integrity under deep down-hole stress conditions: Application for carbon capture and storage wells, Geomechanics and Geophysics for Geo-energy and Geo-Resources 2016, 02: 245-256.
  • Nasvi MCM, Ranjith PG, Sanjayan J, Haque A. A numerical study of triaxial mechanical behavior of geopolymer at different curing temperatures: An application for geological sequestration wells, Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering 2015; 26: 1148-1160.
  • Nasvi MCM, Ranjith PG, Sanjayan J, Haque A. A numerical study of CO2 flow through geopolymer under down-hole stress conditions: Application for CO2 sequestration wells, Journal of Unconventional oil and gas resources 2014; 7: 61-70.
  • Nasvi MCM, Ranjith PG, Sanjayan J, Haque A. Mechanical behavior of wellbore materials saturated in brine water with different salinity levels, Energy 2014; 66: 239-249.
  • Nasvi MCM, Ranjith PG, Sanjayan J, Haque A. Effect of temperature on permeability of fly ash based geopolymer: Suitability as primary sealant in injection wells for geological sequestration of carbon dioxide, Fuel 2014; 117A; 354-363.
  • Nasvi MCM, Ranjith PG, Sanjayan J, Haque A. Effect of different mix composition on apparent carbon dioxide permeability: Suitability as well cement for CO2 sequestration wells, Applied Energy 2014; 114: 939-948.
  • Nasvi MCM, Ranjith PG, Sanjayan J, Haque A. Sub and super critical carbon dioxide permeability of wellbore materials under geological sequestration conditions: An experimental study, Energy 2013; 54: 231-239.
  • Nasvi MCM, Ranjith PG, Sanjayan J. The permeability of geopolymer at down-hole stress conditions: Application for carbon dioxide sequestration wells, Applied Energy 2013;102:1391-1398
  • Nasvi MCM, Ranjith PG, Sanjayan J. Geopolymer as well cement and variation of its mechanical behavior with curing temperature, Greenhouse gases Science and technology 2012;2:46-58

  • Category: Conference Papers
  • Gimhan PGS, Disanayaka JPB, Nasvi MCM, Suitability of fly ash produced at Lakwijaya coal power plant as a light weight embankment material, 8th International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management, 2017 (ICSECM 2017), Kandy, Sri Lanka, ISBN: 978-955-589-210-0.
  • Balinee B, Disaanth P, Nasvi MCM, Salinity dependent mechanical behaviour of well cement: An experimental study, 8th International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management, 2017 (ICSECM 2017), Kandy, Sri Lanka, ISBN: 978-955-589-210-0.
  • Nitharshan R, Nithurshan M, Nasvi MCM, Effect of fly ash on the compressibility behaviour of peat: An experimental study, 8th International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management, 2017 (ICSECM 2017), Kandy, Sri Lanka, ISBN: 978-955-589-210-0.
  • Mathiluxsan S, Venuja S, Nasvi MCM, Krishinya S. Compressibility behaviour of peat stabilized with low calcium fly ash: An experimental study, The 7th International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE) December 2016, Kandy, Srilanka, ISBN: 978-955-589-192-9.
  • Dissanayaka TBCH, Senanayaka SMCU, Nasvi MCM, Effect of low calcium fly ash (ASTM Class F) on the stabilization behaviour of expansive soil, The 7th International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE) December 2016, Kandy, Srilanka, ISBN: 978-955-589-192-9.
  • Subaha A, Aarany V, Nasvi MCM, Effect of temperature on mechanical behaviour of well cement, The 7th International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE) December 2016, Kandy, Sri Lanka, ISBN: 978-955-589-192-9.
  • Gowthaman S, Nasvi MCM, Krishinya S. Numerical simulation of settlement behaviour of axially loaded piles used for high-rise building, The 7th International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE) December 2016, Kandy, Sri Lanka, ISBN: 978-955-589-192-9.
  • Nasvi MCM, Ranjith PG, Sanjayan J. Mechanical integrity of geopolymers under down-hole stress conditions: Application as well cement for CO2 sequestration wells, International Conference on Geo-Mechanics, Geo-Energy and Geo-Resources – IC3G 2016, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, September 2016, ISBN: 978-0-9953929-0-8.
  • Kajarathan S, Karthikan S, Nasvi MCM, Geopolymer as well cement and its mechanical behaviour with curing temperature, 6th International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management (ICSECM), December 2015, Kandy, Sri Lanka, ISBN: 978-955-589-210-0.
  • Nasvi MCM, Ranjith PG, Sanjayan J. Mechanical properties of geopolymer cement in brine: Its suitability as well cement for geological sequestration of carbon dioxide, 7th Asian rock mechanics symposium (ARMS 2012), Seoul, Korea, October 2012: ARMA 12-232.
  • Nasvi MCM, Ranjith PG, Sanjayan J. Comparison of mechanical behaviors of geopolymer and class G cement as well cement at different curing temperatures for geological sequestration of carbon dioxide, 46th US rock mechanics/geomechanics symposium, Chicago, Illinois, USA, June 2012: ARMA 12-232.
Jan 2021 - To Date:
Department of Civil Engineering, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka
CVX9416 - Geotechnical Design and Soil Structure Interaction [Postgraduate Level]

Sep 2015 - To Date:
Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Oluvil, Sri Lanka
CE 53006 - Soil mechanics & Engineering Geology II [Undergraduate Level]
CE 73004 - Geotechnical Engineering Design [Undergraduate Level]

Jan 2015 - To date:
Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
CE 310 - Geotechnical Engineering [Undergraduate Level]
CE 522 - Foundation Engineering [Undergraduate level]
CE 646 - Foundation Engineering [Postgraduate level]
CE 656 - Problematic Soil & Ground Improvement [Postgraduate Level]

Nov 2020 - to date: Lecturer In-charge (LIC), Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

June 2016 - to date: Coordinator, Faculty Quality Assurance Cell (FQAC)

Jan 2016 - Oct 2020: Coordinator, Postgraduate Programme in Geotechnical Engineering




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