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Prof. Ranjith Dissanayake

Head & Professor

Department of Civil Engineering

 

 
Office Address: 

Structures Laboratory, Department of Civil Engineering,
University of Peradeniya,
Peradeniya,20400,
Sri Lanka.

 Email: 
Personal: ranjith@fulbrightmail.org
  ranjith@civil.pdn.ac.lk
Official: headcivil@pdn.ac.lk
 
Telephone: 

+94-81-2393581

+94-77-7809895

 

Biography :

    Head & Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Prof. Dissanayake was a Fulbright Scholar in 2008 Columbia University, USA and Endeavour Fellow in 2008 Monash University Australia, JASSO Research Fellowship Ehime University, Japan in 2007. He was awarded Young Scientist Award 2007 for Excellence in Scientific Research by National Science and Technology Commission of Sri Lanka and Overseas Prize for the paper published in Institution of Civil Engineers, London, UK, 2007 titled “Lessons learnt from tsunami damage in Sri Lanka”. He has published over 140 papers. He was awarded Australia Alumni Excellence Award 2012. He has chaired FIVE international conferences on Mitigation of the Risk of Natural Hazards (ICMRNR) of IIIRR in 2007, Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE) in 2010, Structural Engineering, Construction and Management (ICSECM) in2011, Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE 2012) in 2012, Structural Engineering and Construction Management (ICSECM2013), which were held in Sri Lanka. He is a foundering member of the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka (GBCSL) and presently Vice President.

    He is Chairing of the International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment which will be held at Earl’s Regency Kandy Sri Lanka in 2014 (www.icsbe.org).

Educational Qualifications :

  • 1998 Doctor of Philosophy (Structural Eng.), Ehime University, Matsuyama, Japan
  • 1995 Master of Engineering (Structural Eng.), Ehime University, Matsuyama, Japan
  • 1991 Bachelor of Science (Civil Eng.), University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Professional Qualifications :

  • Fellow, Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL)
  • Fellow, the International Institute for infrastructure Renewal and Reconstruction (IIIRR)
  • Member, the Society of Structural Engineers Sri Lanka (SSE)
  • Member, Green Building Council of Sri Lanka (GBCSL)
  • Chartered Engineer.

Appointments (Selected) :

  • Head, Department of Civil Engineering University of Peradeniya
  • Director, Operations Technical Secretariat, HETC Project, University of Peradeniya
  • Professor of Civil Engineering, Dept. of Civil Eng., University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Chairman, Lego international (Pvt.) Ltd.
  • Chairman, Training and Education Green Building Council Sri Lanka
  • President, Engineers Without Boarders Sri Lanka
  • Chairman, International Centre for Sustainable Built Environment
  • 1999–2010: Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • 2003–2003: Research Fellow, Vanderplaats Research & Development, Colorado, USA.
  • 2001–2002: Director, Engineering Design and Consultancy Centre, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • 1998–1998: Research Fellow, University of Ehime, Matsuyama, Japan.

Visiting Appointments:

Memberships:

  • Fellow, Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL)
  • Fellow, Tthe International Institute for infrastructure Renewal and Reconstruction (IIIRR)
  • Member, The Society of Structural Engineers Sri Lanka (SSE)
  • Member, The American Concrete Institute (ACI)
  • Member, Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research Network (ProSPER.Net)
  • Member, Green Building Council of Sri Lanka (GBCSL)
  • Member, Toastmasters International
  • Member, Engineers Without Borders (EWB)– International
  • Member, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, (EERI)

Research Interests :

  • Disaster Mitigation; Evaluation and Seismic Retrofitting of Structures.
  • Structural Health Monitoring of Structures.
  • Structural Optimization.
  • Sustainable Built Environment.

Keynote Addresses :

  • International Conference on Science and Technology ICST2014, 21st-22nd Feb. 2014, Pune, India
  • International Conference on Green Building, 24th -26th Oct. 2013, Chennai, India
  • Conference on Sri Lanka-Japan Collaborative Research, Kandy Sri Lanka March 2013.
  • The 4th International Conference on Seismic Retrofitting, Tabriz, Iran, 02-04 May, 2012.
  • The International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction. 15-17th Dec. 2011.
  • The SAITM Research Symposium on Engineering Advancements (RSEA-2011), Malabe, Sri Lanka 2011.
  • The 3rd International Conference on Seismic Retrofitting, Tabriz, Iran, 20-22 October 2010.
  • Ehime University Research session, Japan in 2007

Invited Lectures :

Other Credentials :

  • Associate Editor for the International Journal of Structural Health Monitoring. (http://shm.sagepub.com/ )
  • Chairman, Lego International (Pvt.) Ltd. Leading Construction and Consultancy Company in Sri Lanka.
  • Chairman. International Centre for Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE)
  • President, Engineers Without Boarder Sri Lanka (EWBSL)
  • Director, Engineering Design and Consultancy Centre (ED&CC)
  • President, Ando Club of Sri Lanka (ACSL)
  • Vice President, Green Building Council Sri Lanka and Chairman, Education and Training of Green Building Council Sri Lanka
  • Coordinator for University of Peradeniya, for ProSPER.Net
  • Awarded Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB) from Toastmaster International, USA.
  • Overseas Prize for the paper published in ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers, London, UK, 2007 titled “Lessons Learnt from Tsunami Damage in Sri Lanka”.
  • JASSO Research Fellowship in Japan 2007 (Japan Student Service Organization).
  • SD&CC Award-2008, IESL, Paper on “Cost and Reliability Interaction in Bridge Maintenance”, awarded on 17th October, 2008.
  • 2nd Place of Nimal Chandrasena Award-2006, IESL, Paper on “Artificial Neural Networks for Prediction of Service Life of the Masonry Arch Bridges”, awarded on 20th October, 2006.
  • The President’s Research Bonus-1999 for the Authorship of the following citation: Int. J. Num. Methods in engineering, 45: 195-214, 1999, awarded on 30th June, 2001.
  • President's award for attending research in foreign country in 2003-2004.
  • Received an AusAID Research Grant 2005.
  • E.O.E. Pereira Studentship 1988. Ceylon Oils and Facts Corporation Studentship 1988.
  • University Student Invitation Program 1988.
  • Invited from Osaka Foundation of International Exchange to follow Program for Short-term Overseas Trainees in Architecture and Arts, October 7 to November 5, 1999.

Some of consultancy project are listed below :

  • Structural assessment of the existing packing house building for increasing its capacity, Holcim Lanka Ltd., Galle, 2013
  • Structural design for the Satalite Earthstation structure for Supreme Sat Pvt. Ltd., Pallekele, 2013
  • Acceleration monitoring of the turbine chambers of the Laxapana Powerstation (with the Engineering Design Center of the University of Peradeniya), 2013
  • Pull-out Tests for Pre-heater Structure at Holcim Cement Factory, Puttalam, 2013
  • Assessment of the Structural Integrity of the Gantry Yard and Material Storage Structure at Holcim Cement Factory, Puttalam, 2013
  • Structural designs for MEP supports for Mercuy International Electro Mechanical Contracting Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2012.
  • Condition assessment and retrofitting design for 6th floor of flour mixing plant, Prima Mill, Trincomalee (for Nawaloka Construction), 2013
  • Vibration monitoring of the HSBC Headquarters building, Colombo, 2012
  • Condition Assessment of Labour Secretariat Building at Narahenpita, 2012
  • Assessment of Pre-cast Concrete Beams of the Foot Bridge at Nachchaduwa Dam, 2012
  • Assessment of Structural Integrity of the Vocational Training Authority Building, Peradeniya, 2012
  • Proposed a total solution for the Trincomalee Holcim Coal Yard, 2012
  • Assessment of Structural Integrity of Cement Silos at Holcim Cement Factory, Galle, 2012
  • Infrastructure Development Plan for 100 welfare Centers in Disaster Prone areas by DMC, 2012.
  • 16 Training Programmes on Disaster Resilient Building designs targeting construction sector practitioners By DMC, 2012.
  • Proposal for the initial environmental examination report for the water supply scheme for un-served areas of the Ampara Distric, 2012.
  • Design and Retrofitting of a Railway Bridge for Holcim Lanka Limited, 2011
  • Vibration Monitoring of the Ministry of Labor Building, 2011
  • Structural Engineering Expert Witness for Arbitration of STDP for RDA, 2011.
  • Structural appraisal of railway bridges at Holcim Lanka, Puttalam, 2010
  • Stability check for construction of the existing adjacent building for CECE 2010
  • Structural Health Monitoring of Crescat Resident, Colombo, 2010
  • Formulating Infrastructure Development Plans for Disaster Vulnerable School and Hospital of Batticaloa District for UNDP 2010
  • Formulating Infrastructure Development Plans for Disaster Vulnerable School and Hospital of Trincomalee District for UNDP 2010
  • Formulating Infrastructure Development Plans for Disaster Vulnerable School and Hospital of Ampara District for UNDP 2010
  • Design and construction supervision projects for World Vision 2011
  • Bridge Retrofitting NY USA 2008
  • Design Check for Cable Stabled Bridge for Engineer Without Border German, 2008
  • Seismic evaluation and retrofitting works in Japan 2007
  • Structural Stability of the Asian Paint Building at Colombo 2007
  • Investigation of failure of telecommunication tower, Belliatta, 2005
  • Investigation of the collapse of the roof trusses of the auditorium building , National Institute of Co-operative Development, Polgolla, 2005
  • Strain Measurements at AES Kelanitissa Power Plant, 2005
  • Condition Assessment of the Dutch Warehouse at Galle Fort, 2005
  • Investigation of Cracks on RCC Surfaces in Polonnaruwa Water Supply Project for SAIKEN 2010
  • Design of Fresh water Fish Health Laboratory Complex at University of Peradeniya 2004.
  • Determination of the current state of the Maligakanda old reservoir wall of National Water Supply and Drainage Board, 2003
  • Load testing of column being repaired at Gall face Hotel Colombo, 2003
  • Determination of current state of sluice gate of Udawalawe Reservoir based on strain measurements, 2003
  • Investigation of Cracks on foundations of Galvanized Steel Structures at Biyagama Switching Station 2003
  • Structural appraisal of railway bridge over Kelani river, Colombo, 2000
  • Performance analysis of PC Plates used in bridge deck construction in Gampola and Muwagama Bridge, Contractor: Kumagai Gumi Co Ltd, Japan, 2003,
  • Determination of optimized numerical analysis procedure for pre-stressed concrete beam bridges (span less than seventeen meters) in Sri Lanka, 2002.
  • Redesign of University Swimming Pool, 2000.