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6th Research for Industry (R4I) Webinar

6th session of the Research for Industry (R4I) webinar series organized by the Department-Industry Interaction Cell (DIIC) in collaboration with the Research Promotion Committee will be held on 03rd July 2024, 3:00 pm.

6th session of the Research for Industry (R4I) webinar series organized by DIIC

(26/06/2024)

A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Building Digital Solutions and Challenges in Scale-Up" by Dr. Kavinda Gunasekara (Chief Operating Officer, Global Water & Sanitation Center, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand) will be held on 27th May 2024, from 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm.

Building Digital Solutions and Challenges in Scale-Up

(28/05/2024)


SUSRED Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF)

SUSRED award from the National Science Foundation (NSF)

(26/04/2024)


A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Cyclic step formation in coastal/riverine environments" by Mr. D.D. Dias will be held on 29th April 2024, from 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm.

Cyclic step formation in coastal/riverine environments

(25/04/2024)


Full time PhD Scholarship under Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) - University of Peradeniya (UOP) Joint PhD Programme
Title: Integrated Delay Analysis for Accurate Travel Time Prediction on Arterial Roads

Integrated Delay Analysis for Accurate Travel Time Prediction on Arterial Roads

(25/04/2024)


Full time PhD Scholarship under Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) - University of Peradeniya (UOP) Joint PhD Programme
Title: Novel coating materials for preventing fat, oil and grease deposition in the sewer

Novel coating materials for preventing fat, oil and grease deposition in the sewer

(26/03/2024)


A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment" by Dr. (Mrs) G.M.P.R. Weerakoon will be held on 18th March 2024, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment

(12/03/2024)


Farewell Event for Prof. S.B.S. Abayakoon and Prof. K.D.W. Nandalal

Farewell Event for Prof. S.B.S. Abayakoon and Prof. K.D.W. Nandalal

A farewell event was held on 23rd January 2024 (Tuesday) from 4.30 to 6.30 pm at the EOE Pereira Theatre of Faculty of Engineering to bid farewell to two eminent academic staff members of the Department of Civil Engineering, Prof. S.B.S. Abayakoon and Prof. K.D.W. Nandalal, for their long and dedicated service to the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya. This event was graced by Mrs. Abayakoon, Dr (Mrs). Nandalal, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Heads of the Departments of the Faculty of Engineering, Academic Staff members of the Faculty of Engineering, Retired academic staff members of the Department of Civil Engineering, Senior Assistant Registrar/Engineering, Senior Assistant Bursar/Engineering, Senior Assistant Librarian/Engineering, and the non-academic staff members of the Department of Civil Engineering. First, the welcome address was delivered by Dr. M.C.M. Nasvi/Coordinator of the event. Then the addresses by the Head/Department of Civil Engineering and Dean/Faculty of Engineering highlighted the dedicated services of Prof. Abayakoon and Prof. Nandalal to the Department, Faculty and to the Engineering community at large. Subsequently, presentations were made by Dr. L.C. Kurukulasuriya and Prof. K.G.N. Nanayakkara highlighting the career highlights of Prof. Abayakoon and Prof. Nandalal respectively. Two senior academic staff members, Dr. K.R.B. Herath and Prof. S.B. Weerakoon, delivered speeches about Prof. Abayakoon and Prof. Nandalal respectively highlighting their personal and professional life achievements. Finally, Prof. Abayakoon and Prof. Nandalal addressed the gathering, and they thanked the Department and the Faculty for organizing this farewell event.


(12/02/2024)


POST OF TEMPORARY INSTRUCTOR

Applications are called for the post of Temporary Instructor in the Department of Civil Engineering.
Please fill-in the Application form and upload the Curriculum Vitae, Grade Report and a photocopy of the National Identity Card on or before Friday, 16th February 2024.


(07/02/2024)


A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Ballast Degradation and Performance Evaluation of Rail Tracks in Sri Lanka" by Dr. L.C. Kurukulasuriya will be held on 29th January 2024, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Ballast Degradation and Performance Evaluation of Rail Tracks in Sri Lanka

(16/01/2024)


A Glimpse of Ongoing Research

A Glimpse of Ongoing Research

(01/12/2023)


Visit of RMIT Delegates to the University of Peradeniya

Visit of RMIT Delegates to the University of Peradeniya

(01/12/2023)


FIELD VISIT TO THE CENTRAL EXPRESSWAY PROJECT BY E19 CIVIL ENGINEERING STUDENTS

Field Visit to the Central Expressway Project

(02/12/2023)


CE 317 – Irrigation Field Visit (Randenigala Dam, Rantambe Dam, Minipe Anicut)

CE 317 E18 Batch– Irrigation Field Visit

Final year Civil Engineering students (E 18 Batch) had a field excursion to some of the hydraulic structures along Mahaweli river, namely, Randenigala Dam, Rantambe Dam, Minipe Anicut and Aqueduct) on Sunday 3rd December 2023. Engineers of Mahaweli Authority, Eng. Ruwan Bandaranayake and Eng (Ms) Hanshinie Weerakoon at Randenigala, Rantambe Dams and Eng. Rajarathna at Minipe were very helpful and explained the operation and maintenance processes to the students very clearly. Students were able to get their queries clarified enthusiastically. Also, they had a very rare chance of watching spilling of Rantambe Dam. The field excursion was coordinated by Dr (Mrs) Prabha Weerakoon and several staff members also joined the visit.


(03/12/2023)


Civil Engineering Research Club (CERC) in Collaboration with Civil Engineering Research Promotion Sub-Committee of the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya Presents 17th Research Seminar of Full-Time Postgraduate Students

A Research Seminar will be held on 18th December 2023, from 3.15 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Civil Engineering 
            Research Club (CERC) 17th Research Seminar of Full-Time Postgraduate Students

(14/12/2023)


A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Selected CFD Application in Water Sector" by Prof. S. B. Weerakoon will be held on 04th December 2023, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Selected CFD Applications in Water Sector

(29/11/2023)


Department-Industry Consultative Committee (DICC) meeting - 2023

DICC meeting 2023

(21/11/2023)


Civil Engineering Undergraduate Research Symposium (CEURS) - 2023

Civil Engineering Undergraduate Research Symposium (CEURS) - 2023

Civil Engineering Undergraduate Research Symposium (CEURS) - 2023 was held on 21st November 2023 with the participation of the industry. The symposium enabled final-year E17 undergraduates to share and disseminate their research findings with the aid of a poster presentation together with an extended abstract of the research. Proceedings of the symposium are to be published; further details at: https://eng.pdn.ac.lk/civil/research/ceurs2023.php


(21/11/2023)


The Department of Civil Engineering welcomed the E20 students

DCE welcomed the E20 students

The Department of Civil Engineering welcomed the E20 students on the 6th November 2023 at a formal event held in the EOE Pereira Theatre followed by a social event on the 15th November in Design Office-II organized by the Civil Engineering Society.


(15/11/2023)


Research for Industry - 5th Webinar
The Department-Industry Interaction Cell (DIIC) and the Research Promotion Committee of the Department of Civil Engineering kindly invite you to the 5th session of the Research for Industry (R4I) Webinar series which will be held on 09th November 2023 (Thursday) at 3:00 pm on the zoom platform.

Research for Industry - 5th Webinar

(09/11/2023)


President of IESL for the session 2023/24

President of IESL for the session 2023/24

Congratulations to Prof. PBR Dissanayke on his election as President of Institution of Engineers,Sri Lanka for the session 2023/24.


(06/11/2023)


Session on Postgraduate Opportunities
A session on local and overseas postgraduate opportunities targeting E17 and E18 final year students will be held on 7th November, 2023 from 4 to 5 pm in Seminar Room 1.
Session on Postgraduate Opportunities

(03/11/2023)


Merit Promotion to the Post of Professor - Dr HD Yapa

Merit promotion to the Post of Professor - Dr HD Yapa

(16/10/2023)


Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya Award- ICE,UK

Navaratnarajah, S. K. won - Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya Award- ICE,UK >

The paper titled “Advances in ground improvement using waste materials for transportation infrastructure” authored by Indraratna, B., Qi, Y., Tawk, M., Heitor, A., Rujikiatkamjorn, C., & Navaratnarajah, S. K. won the ‘Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya’ award for best two overseas papers by Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), UK. The award was presented at ICE Awards Ceremony in London on 13th October 2023.


(13/10/2023)


A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Earned Value Management System" by Dr. P.B.G. Dissanayake will be held on 30th October 2023, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Earned value management system

(10/10/2023)


Merit Promotion to the Post of Professor - Dr CS Bandara

Merit promotion to the Post of Professor - Dr CS Bandara

(09/10/2023)


Civil Engineering Research Club (CERC) in Collaboration with Civil Engineering Research Promotion Sub-Committee of the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya Presents 16th Research Seminar of Full-Time Postgraduate Students

A Research Seminar will be held on 16th October 2023, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Civil Engineering 
            Research Club (CERC) 16th Research Seminar of Full-Time Postgraduate Students

(09/10/2023)


The Migara Rathnatunga Trust Awards for Industrial Training 2021/2022
The Migara Rathnatunga Trust Awards for Industrial Training 2021/2022

Many congratulations to Mr. D.R.T. Niwunhella (E/16/260) of the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya for winning the award and certificate under the Civil Engineering category of “The Migara Rathnatunga Trust Awards for Industrial Training for University Undergraduates – 2021 / 2022” from among all engineering faculties in the country.
The award & certificate was presented at the IESL lnduction and Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, August 31st, 2023 at the Main Hall of the BMICH, Colombo.
We also congratulate Mr. R.A.Langappuli (E/16/206) for receiving merit certificate in the Civil Engineering category.

(06/10/2023)


ICE VLA Emerging Engineers Award - 1st Place
ICE VLA Emerging Engineers Award - 1st Place

Ms. Nawanjana Maheepala, Ph.D. candidate of the RMIT - University of Peradeniya joint PhD programme, supervised by Dr. M.C.M. Nasvi and Dr. L.C.Kurukulsuriya , has won the "ICE VLA Emerging Engineer Award - 1st Place" in recognition of the outstanding Victorian Engineering student presented by the Institute of Civil Engineers, Victorian Local Association (ICE VLA).

(25/09/2023)


Full time PhD Scholarship under Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) - University of Peradeniya (UOP) Joint PhD Programme

TITLE: Brine management technologies for the sustainable operation of RO and NF systems

Brief Description:
Applying advance water treatment technologies such as reverse osmosis (RO) and nano-filtration (NF) has become a very popular and a feasible strategy to overcome challenges in producing potable and clean industrial treated water. These high-pressure membrane technologies (desalination processes) are primarily used for softening and the reduction of TDS in water treatment. They are also capable of efficient removal of a broad array of micro level contaminants in raw water and secondary treated wastewater. In the recent past, a significant number of RO and NF water treatment facilities were installed in the dry zone of Sri Lanka. To operate RO and NF water treatment facilities sustainably, brine or concentrate management is considered as a critical process. The discharge of brine consisting of a complex array of minerals/salts from desalination processes poses a significant threat to the environment. Further, brine solutions produced from these systems are considered as a valuable source of resources which could attract a significant revenue to make these processes sustainable. In recent past, a several research groups across the world studied the potential of recovering the valuable salts/minerals from brine/concentrates from these high-pressure membrane plants. However, the suitable resource recovery technologies could be different depending on many factors such as the mineral/salt composition, production rate (quantity), location/region of the plant, etc. Therefore, this study focuses on the following: 1. Conduct a thorough literature review to gain the background knowledge on this research area and understand the possible technologies that could be applied in developing countries. 2. Carry out a comprehensive field survey to understand the status and the operating practices of RO and NF treatment facilities installed in Sri Lanka. 3. Design and operate a suitable cost-effective lab/pilot scale brine management process (Membrane Distillation) to investigate its sustainable operation. 4. Perform a life cycle (feasibility) analysis to find the applicability of the selected brine management technology for operating RO and NF treatment facilities installed in Sri Lanka sustainably.

Full time PhD Scholarship-RMIT and UOP- Brine management technologies for the sustainable operation ....

(08/09/2023)


A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Machine Learning Approaches in Structural Health Monitoring" by Dr. Sahan Bandara" will be held on 25th September 2023, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Machine Learning Approaches in Structural Health Monitoring

(07/09/2023)


Full time PhD Scholarship under Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) - University of Peradeniya (UOP) Joint PhD Programme

TITLE: Aging resistance of concrete incorporating calcined clay as supplementary cementitious material against marine exposure

Brief Description:
Adopting supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs) to reduce clinker usage in cement has been the most successful strategy to control greenhouse gas emission in building and construction sector to date. In recent years, the emergence of calcined clay and integration with other SCMs have further enhanced construction sustainability, due to the general availability of clay and high potential cement substitution rate. In particular, flash calcined clay, manufactured by flash calcination for only a few tenths of a second, can diminish up to 80% of energy required for Portland cement production. However, as a newer construction material in the market with strong implications on sustainability, understanding the long-term durability performance of calcined clay concrete manufactured using locally sourced clay is essential, yet an effective and systematic method is extremely lacking. Herein, focusing on marine exposure condition where combined deterioration mechanism may occur, the goal of this project is to develop a robust computational framework for assessing the aging resistance of calcined clay concrete, so as to promote optimal design using local source materials. In specific, four main objectives are: Mineralogical analyses on calcined clay concrete pre-mixed with chloride and sulfate salts; Physics-based reactive transportation analyses on calcined clay concrete under standalone deterioration mechanisms of progressive chloride ingress and sulphate attack; Durability assessment on calcined clay concrete under combined chloride-sulphate attack; and investigation on the influence of clay and blend compositions on the durability performance of calcined clay concrete against marine exposure.

Full time PhD Scholarship-RMIT and UOP- Aging resistance of concrete incorporating calcined clay ....

(07/09/2023)


Civil Engineering Research Club (CERC) in Collaboration with Civil Engineering Research Promotion Sub-Committee of the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya Presents 15th Research Seminar of Full-Time Postgraduate Students

A Research Seminar will be held on 06th September 2023, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Civil Engineering 
            Research Club (CERC) 15th Research Seminar of Full-Time Postgraduate Students

(22/08/2023)


A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "LEACHATE TREATMENT WITH STABILIZATION PONDS" by Prof. G.B.B. Herath will be held on 28thAugust 2023, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

LEACHATE TREATMENT WITH STABILIZATION PONDS

(21/08/2023)


A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Using Smartphone Sensors’ Data to Predict the Travel Mode" by Dr. Muhammad Awais Shafique will be held on 24thJuly 2023, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Using Smartphone Sensors’ Data to Predict the Travel Mode

(11/07/2023)


Prof. Nimal Seneviratne Awards for Best Civil Engineering projects - 2022
Prof. Nimal Seneviratne Awards for best final year research projects in 2022

Prof. Nimal Seneviratne Awards for best final year research projects in 2022 (E16) were presented at the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Event of the Civil Engineering Society (CES) held on 17th June. Balasooriya L.H.S.U. & Krishantha B.R.G.A. (for Materials and Structural Engineering), Chandrathilaka T.R.S.J. & Jayawickrama R.M.C.D. (for Water and Environmental Engineering), and Kowsikan K. & Jayalakshan S. (Geotechnical and Transportation Engineering for) received the awards.

(28/06/2023)


Final Year (E17) Research Proposal Evaluations


The departmental level evaluations of the final year (E17) research project proposals were carried out on 27th June 2023 in the Department of Civil Engineering. The evaluations of 74 research proposals were conducted in several different venues by eight panels, each comprising four academic staff members. The partial funding for final year projects is provided by Tokyo Cement Company (Lanka) PLC.




(26/06/2023)


Golden Jubilee of Civil Engineering Society, University of Peradeniya


The Civil Engineering Society (CES) of the University of Peradeniya commemorated its 50th anniversary with a grand ceremony on 17th June 2023 held at the Prof. E.O.E. Pereira Theatre of the Faculty of Engineering with a full-day programme comprising invited speeches, recognition of student achievements, seismic resilient building design challenge and awards presentations.

Prof. M.D. Lamawansa, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Peradeniya graced the event with his presence and delivered a speech highlighting the opportunities and challenges for the engineering graduates and the industry. Dr U.I. Dissanayake, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Prof. J.J. Wijetunge, the Head of the Department of Civil Engineering also addressed the gathering and Prof. K.K. Wijesundara, President of the society delivered the welcome speech. Prof. S.B.S. Abayakoon and Eng. N. Abeysuriya delivered insightful keynote speeches in a session moderated by Prof. K.D.W. Nandalal.

Founded in 1973, Civil Engineering Society of the University of Peradeniya is one of the oldest and the largest societies in the university system in the country. The main objective of the Civil Engineering society is to bring the staff, the students and the industry to a common platform, and to achieve that goal, the society organizes various activities, for example, industry visits, talks series, seminars, design challenges, field visits, community service, social events, and many more. Further, having both the academic staff and the students as members is one of the unique features of this society.

Prof. Nimal Seneviratne Awards for the Best Civil Engineering Undergraduate Projects in 2022 were also presented on this occasion, with financial assistance for the projects provided by Tokyo Cement Company (Lanka) PLC.

Another highlight of the event was the participation of over 50 representatives of the Civil Engineering Societies of the University of Moratuwa, University of Ruhuna, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, University of Sri Jayewardenepura and the Open University, who also took part in the inter-university earthquake resistant building model design and testing challenge.


Photo credit: Engineering Students’ Publication Society, University of Peradeniya




(26/06/2023)


Three Minutes (3MT) Thesis Competition- Bronze Medal
Ms. S. Venuja, a Ph.D. candidate of DCE, won the Three Minutes (3MT) Thesis Competition- Bronze Medal

Ms. S. Venuja, a Ph.D. candidate of DCE, won the Bronze medal (2nd runner-up) in the prestigious “Three Minutes Thesis” (3MT) competition held on 20/06/2023, organized by the Young Scientists' Association of the National Institute of Fundamental Studies (NIFS). The study is being carried out under a grant from AHEAD.

(25/06/2023)


A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Remote Sensing in Civil Engineering" by Dr. (Mrs) H. K. Nandalal will be held on 26thJune 2023, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Remote Sensing in Civil Engineering

(16/06/2023)


The 4th session of the Research for Industry (R4I) webinar
4th Research for Industry (R4I) Webinar

The 4th session of the Research for Industry (R4I) webinar series organized by the Department-Industry Interaction Cell (DIIC) in collaboration with the Research Promotion Committee was held on 15th June 2023, 3 - 4.15 pm.

(16/06/2023)


Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya Award- ICE,UK
Navaratnarajah, S. K. won - Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya Award- ICE,UK

The Paper titled “Advances in ground improvement using waste materials for transportation infrastructure” Authored by Indraratna, B., Qi, Y., Tawk, M., Heitor, A., Rujikiatkamjorn, C., & Navaratnarajah, S. K. won the ‘Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya’ award for best two Overseas papers by Institution of Civil Engineers, UK. The award will be presented at ICE Awards Ceremony in London.

(14/06/2023)


Civil Engineering Research Club (CERC) in Collaboration with Civil Engineering Research Promotion Sub-Committee of the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya Presents 14th Research Seminar of Full-Time Postgraduate Students

A Research Seminar (ONLINE) will be held on 19th June 2023, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Civil Engineering 
            Research Club (CERC) 14th Research Seminar of Full-Time Postgraduate Students

(12/06/2023)


A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Engineering the Human Body" by Dr. (Mrs.) S. R. Herath will be held on 22ndMay 2023, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Engineering the Human Body

(16/05/2023)


Visit of Head of the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, QUT

Visit of Head of the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, QUT

(25/04/2023)


Civil Engineering Research Club (CERC) in Collaboration with Civil Engineering Research Promotion Sub-Committee of the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya Presents 13th Research Seminar of Full-Time Postgraduate Students

A Research Seminar (ONLINE) will be held on 24th April 2023, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Civil Engineering 
            Research Club (CERC) 13th Research Seminar of Full-Time Postgraduate Students

(10/04/2023)


A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Water resource development planning around tank cascade systems" by Prof. K. D. W. Nandalal will be held on 04th April 2023, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Water resource development planning around tank cascade systems

(03/04/2023)


Volume 02 First Issue of "Insight" Research Magazine Released


Volume 02 First Issue of Insight Research Magazine Released

The DCE is pleased to announce the volume 02 first issue of the "Insight" Research Magazine providing a glimpse of the department's wide array of high quality research by the academic staff and students. The e-magazine is available at:https://eng.pdn.ac.lk/civil/resources/insight.php


(24/03/2023)


Post of Temporary Instructors

Applications are called for the post of Temporary Instructor in the Department of Civil Engineering. Please hand over the following documents to the Office of the Department of Civil Engineering on or before 9th March 2023.

1. Application form (Available in the office of the Department of Civil Engineering)
2. Grade Report
3. Curriculum vitae

As only a limited number of vacancies are available, those who have a GPA of 3.30 or above are encouraged to apply.
Shortlisted applicants will be called for interviews.
The interviews will be conducted on 10th March 2023 through Zoom.


(24/02/2023)


A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Story of Ambalm" by Dr. A.G.H.J. Edirisinghe will be held on 27th February 2023, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Story of Ambalm

(21/02/2023)


Merit promotion to the Post of Professor - Dr. K.K. Wijesundara

Merit promotion to the Post of Professor - Dr. K.K. Wijesundara

(03/02/2023)


IABMAS Spaghetti Bridge Competition

IABMAS Spaghetti Bridge Competition

(19/01/2023)


CES Talk Series - Towards Amine-Based CO2 Capture in Concrete

CES Talk Series

(19/01/2023)


CES Field visit to Anuradhapura Ancient Structures

CES Field visit to Anuradhapura Ancient Structures

(19/01/2023)


A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Concrete Cancer! Is it killing the concrete structure?" by Dr. (Mrs) C.K. Pathirana will be held on 23rd January 2023, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Concrete Cancer! Is it killing the concrete structure?

(19/01/2023)


Civil Engineering Research Club (CERC) in Collaboration with Civil Engineering Research Promotion Sub-Committee of the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya Presents 12th Research Seminar of Full-Time Postgraduate Students

A Research Seminar (ONLINE) will be held on 16th January 2023, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Civil Engineering 
            Research Club (CERC) 12th Research Seminar of Full-Time Postgraduate Students

(10/01/2023)


Award for the Best Paper Presented at Annual Sessions - 2022 of the Society of Structural Engineers, Sri Lanka
Award for the Best Paper Presented at the Annual Secessions - 2022 of the Society of Structural Engineers - Sri Lanka

The paper titled “Effective Supplementation of Biochar in Alkali-activated Slag Production” authored by Ms. Harshani Egodagmage (UoP-RMIT PhD student), Dr. Hiran Yapa, Dr. Samith Buddika, Dr. Kate Nguyen (RMIT), Dr. Sathees Kumar Navarathnam (RMIT) won the Professor S.R. De S. Chandrakeerthy Award for the “Best Paper” presented at the Annual Sessions-2022 of Society of Structural Engineers, Sri Lanka.

The formal presentation of the Gold Medal and certificates took place on 13th December 2022 at the Cimnnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo.


(22/12/2022)


Post of Temporary Instructors

Applications are called for the post of Temporary Instructors of the Department of Civil Engineering.

Please fill the Application form and upload the updated Curriculum Vitae, Grade Report and a photocopy of the National Identity Card on or before Friday, 23rd December 2022. Shortlisted applicants will be called for interviews.


(19/12/2022)


3rd Research for Industry (R4I) Webinar
3rd Research for Industry (R4I) Webinar

The 3rd session of the Research for Industry (R4I) webinar series organized by the Department-Industry Interaction Cell (DIIC) in collaboration with the Research Promotion Committee was held on 30th November 2022, 3 - 4.15 pm.


(02/12/2022)


Continued Financial Support from Tokyo Cement Company (Lanka) PLC for Final Year Research Projects
Continued Financial Support from Tokyo Cement Company (Lanka) PLC

The Department of Civil Engineering appreciates Tokyo Cement Company (Lanka) PLC for continued financial assistance for Final Year Research Projects with an increased grant amount this year.


(29/11/2022)


A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Digitalisation of the Water Sector - Challenges and Opportunities" by Prof. Harsha Ratnaweera will be held on 28th November 2022, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Digitalisation of the Water Sector - Challenges and Opportunities

(23/11/2022)


Faculty Research Excellence Award/ Certificates of Commendation for Research Excellence
Faculty Research Excellence Award/ Certificates of Commendation

Eight academic staff members of DCE received ‘Faculty Research Excellence Award'/ 'Certificates of Commendation for Research Excellence' at the Research Excellence Awards Ceremony for 2018, 2020 and 2022 held on 11th November at the EOE Pereira Theatre.


(16/11/2022)


IESL AWARD - 2022 for Best Paper - in the Journal "Engineer" during the session 2021/22
IESL AWARD - 2022 for Best Paper - during the session 2021/22

A paper titled "Comparative Study of the Wind Codes: An Application to Forty-Six Storied Wall-Frame Structure" by Eng B Kiriparan, Eng (Dr) J A S C Jayasinghe, and Eng (Dr) U I Dissanayake received the IESL AWARD - 2022 for Best Paper by a Corporate Member - in the Journal "Engineer" during the session 2021/22.

It was awarded in the Inauguration Ceremony of the 116th Annual Sessions held on 14-10-2022.


(09/11/2022)


Civil Engineering Research Club (CERC) in Collaboration with Civil Engineering Research Promotion Sub-Committee of the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya Presents 11th Research Seminar of Full-Time Postgraduate Students

A Research Seminar (ONLINE) will be held on 14th November 2022, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Civil Engineering 
            Research Club (CERC) 11th Research Seminar of Full-Time Postgraduate Students

(08/11/2022)


Civil Engineering Student Handbook 2022-2023, Department of Civil Engineering
Civil Engineering Student Handbook 2022-2023, Department of Civil Engineering

The CE-Student Handbook was released on 27th September by the DCE. The handbook comprises comprehensive information regarding the CE degree programme, resources and opportunities offered through the department, and helpful information to students.


(08/11/2022)


A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Gaps in Pedestrian Crossing Studies" by Dr. W.M.V.S.K. Wickramasinghe will be held on 31st October 2022, from 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm.

Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Cementitious Materials

(27/10/2022)


A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Cementitious Materials" by Dr. Chathurani Chandrasiri will be held on 29th September 2022, from 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm.

Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Cementitious Materials

(20/09/2022)


Civil Engineering Research Club (CERC) in Collaboration with Civil Engineering Research Promotion Sub-Committee of the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya Presents 10th Research Seminar of Full-Time Postgraduate Students

A Research Seminar (ONLINE) will be held on 19th September 2022, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Civil Engineering 
            Research Club (CERC) 10th Research Seminar of Full-Time Postgraduate Students

(07/09/2022)


Invited talk on “Experience of Engagement in International Grants - Acquiring and Execution” by Prof SB Weerakoon

Experience of Engagement in International Grants - Acquiring and Execution

Prof. SB Weerakoon delivered a session on "Experience of Engagement in International Grants - Acquiring and Execution" on 23rd August 2022 to the Department staff via Zoom platform.
The session was organised by the Research Promotion and Collaboration Committee.


(31/08/2022)


A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Soil Stabilization in Unsealed Road Pavements" by Dr. Dilan Robert will be held on 29th August 2022, from 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm.

Soil Stabilization in Unsealed Road Pavements

(26/08/2022)


Launching of Web Interface - Student Welfare, Counselling and Career Guidance, DCE


Launching of Web Interface - Student Welfare, Counselling and Career Guidance, DCE

A web interface for Student Welfare, Counselling and Career Guidance activities of the Department of Civil Engineering was launched on 1st August.

"This web interface hosted on FEeLS is a part of the initiatives and steps being taken by the Department of Civil Engineering to further strengthen the departmental level student welfare, counselling and career guidance particularly in view of the ongoing challenging conditions", said Dr MCM Nasvi, Coordinator of the Department's Student Welfare, Counselling and Career Guidance Committee.

(26/08/2022)


Second Issue of "Insight" Research Magazine Launched


Second Issue of Insight Research Magazine Launched

The DCE is pleased to announce the second issue of the "Insight" Research Magazine providing a glimpse of the department's wide array of high quality research by the academic staff and students. The e-magazine is available at:https://eng.pdn.ac.lk/civil/resources/insight.php


(01/08/2022)


AutoCAD Workshop for Technical Officers

A series of hands-on training sessions on AutoCAD organized by the Staff Welfare & Capacity Building Committee of the department was held on the 12th, 19th & 26th of July 2022 at the CAD laboratory of the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya.

Mr. Channa Jayawardane (Technical Officer, DCE) delivered the session as the resource person and Ms. Achini Dassanaya moderated the session. This workshop provided hands-on experience on computer-aided drawings starting from the elements of drawings to the preparation of a building layout using AutoCAD software.

Participants were provided with computer facilities to get essential hands-on experience within the session.

AutoCAD Workshop for Technical Officers

(28/07/2022)


Invited talk on “How to manage and reduce stress”

An invited talk on the topic"මානසික ආතතිය අවම කර ගනිමු" was delivered by Dr W.A.L. Wickremasinghe (Former Consultant Psychiatrist at National Hospital - Kandy) to the non-academic staff members of the Department of Civil Engineering as well as other departments of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya on 19th July 2022.

This event was organised by the Staff Welfare and Professional Development Committee of the Department of Civil Engineering.

Invited talk on How to manage and reduce stress

(25/07/2022)


A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Socio-hydrology in Disaster Risk Management" by Dr. (Mrs) M. M. G. T. De Silva will be held on 25th July 2022, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Socio-hydrology in Disaster Risk Management

(21/07/2022)


An invited talk on ‘An Introduction to Mental Health and Counseling Students'

An invited talk on ‘An Introduction to Mental Health and Counseling Students’ was delivered by Dr Sayuri Perera, Consultant Psychiatrist and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya for the academic staff members of the Department of Civil Engineering on 11th July 2022.

An invited talk on ‘An Introduction to Mental Health and Counseling Students’

(15/07/2022)


A Coffee Table Book on Road Use by Dr. Jayalath Edirisinghe

We are pleased to announce the publication of a coffee table book titled 'අවදානමට පෙර අවධානයට ' by Dr. Jayalath Edirisinghe, Senior Lecturer of the Department, drawing our attention to different forms of danger present on our roads. This is an attractively composed 100-page book written in Sinhala, very effectively passing many important messages to the readers. This publication has been sponsored by HNB General Insurance.

A Coffee Table Book on Road Use by Dr. Jayalath Edirisinghe

(08/07/2022)


Civil Engineering Research Club (CERC) in Collaboration with Civil Engineering Research Promotion Sub-Committee of the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya Presents 9th Research Seminar of Full-Time Postgraduate Students

A Research Seminar (ONLINE) will be held on 11th July 2022, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Civil Engineering 
            Research Club (CERC) 9th Research Seminar of Full-Time Postgraduate Students

(30/06/2022)

2nd Research for Industry (R4I) Webinar

2nd session of the Research for Industry (R4I) webinar series organized by the Department-Industry Interaction Cell (DIIC) in collaboration with the Research Promotion Committee will be held on 30th June 2022, 3 - 4 pm.

2nd session of the Research for Industry (R4I) webinar series organized by DIIC

(29/06/2022)

A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Damping and Natural Period Evaluation of Tall RC Buildings using Ambient Wind Vibration Data" by Dr. H. A. D. Samith Buddika will be held on 27th June 2022, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Damping and Natural Period Evaluation of Tall RC Buildings using Ambient Wind Vibration Data

(27/06/2022)

A session on "Role of Engineers in Application of Water Safety Plans" organized by the Civil Engineering Society (CES) of the University of Peradeniya was successfully conducted at the Joint Research and Demonstration Center (JRDC) for water technology on the 8th of June at 5.00 pm with the participation of members of the CES.


CES Talk on Role of Engineers in Application of Water Safety Plans

(08/06/2022)

A session on "How to get the best out of Industrial training" organized by the Civil Engineering Society (CES) in collaboration with the Industrial Training and Career Guidance Unit (ITCGU)


(21/05/2022)

Ceremonial opening of the 'A. Thurairajah Conference Room' at Geotechnical Laboratory and Large-Scale Dynamic Actuator testing facility


(02/05/2022)

A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Time Discounting Concept for Route Choice Decisions" by Dr. Samal Dharmarathna will be held on 30th May 2022, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.


(17/05/2022)

Civil Engineering Research Club (CERC) in Collaboration with Civil Engineering Research Promotion Sub-Committee of the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya Presents 8th Research Seminar of Full-Time Postgraduate Students

A Research Seminar (ONLINE) will be held on 09th May 2022, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

(26/04/2022)

A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Urban Stormwater Management and Pathways of Contaminants to Surface Water" by Dr. (Mrs) W.C.T.K. Gunawardana will be held on 25th April 2022, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.


(21/04/2022)

The Migara Rathnathunga Trust Awards for Industrial Training

Many congratulations to Mr NWAR Yasintha (E/15/409) of the Department of Civil Engineering for winning the award and certificate under the Civil Engineering category of The Migara Rathnatunga Trust Awards for Industrial Training for university undergraduates -2020/21 from among all engineering faculties in the country. The award will be presented at the forthcoming IESL Induction Ceremony to be held at the BMICH. We also wish to congratulate Miss SRMAKD Rajapaksha (E/15/414) and Miss AAD Sandamali (E/15/322) of the department for receiving merit certificates in the civil engineering category.


The Migara Rathnathunga Trust Awards for Industrial Training

(01/04/2022)

4-Day Training Programme for 25 Engineers of Irrigation Department

A 4-Day Training Programme was conducted on finite element modelling of concrete gravity dams for 25 engineers of the Irrigation Department during 28th -31st March, 2022 in the CAD Laboratory of the Department of Civil Engineering. The programme comprised an overview of the theoretical aspects in the mornings and hands-on sessions in the afternoons and included structural as well as hydraulics and geotechnical aspects in the design of such dams. Dr Kushan Wijesundara, Dr Rasika Athapaththu and Dr Panduka Neluwala contributed as resource persons. The programme was coordinated by Dr Kushan Wijesundara together with Engineering Design Centre (EDC).


4-Day Training Programme for 25 Engineers of Irrigation Department

(01/04/2022)

Consultation with Industry Leaders

The Department-Industry Consultative Committee (DICC) meeting was held on 24th March 2022 from 2 pm to 5 pm on zoom with 25 leaders of the industry and senior engineers from both governmental and leading private sector organizations participating and providing their suggestions and feedback during the discussion session subsequent to the departmental presentations.


Consultation with Industry Leaders

(28/03/2022)

Inaugural Issue of "Insight" Research Magazine Launched

The DCE is pleased to announce the launch of the inaugural issue of the "Insight" Research Magazine providing a glimpse of the department's wide array of high quality research by the academic staff and students. The e-magazine is available at: https://eng.pdn.ac.lk/civil/resources/Research_Magazine/


Inaugural Issue of 'Insight' Research Magazine Launched

(18/03/2022)

A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Experimental Modal Identification and Its Applications in Civil Engineering" by Dr. Dammika Abeykoon will be held on 28th March 2022, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.


(11/03/2022)

Civil Engineering Research Club (CERC) in Collaboration with Civil Engineering Research Promotion Sub-Committee of the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya Presents 7th Research Seminar of Full-Time Postgraduate Students

A Research Seminar (ONLINE) will be held on 14th March 2022, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

(28/02/2022)

Knowledge Sharing Session on Writing ILOs & ILO-PO Mapping organized by the Department Accreditation Subcommittee was held for the department staff members

Date - 23rd February 2022
Time - 11.00 am – 12.30 pm
Mode - Online

Agenda

11.00 – 11.05 Opening remarks by Head, Department of Civil Engineering
11.05 – 11.50 Presentation on ILO Writing & ILO-PO Mapping by Dr. Deepthi Udakara, QA Cell, Department of Civil Engineering
11.50 – 12.30 Discussion
12.30 End of the session

(23/02/2022)

Student event with University of Waterloo and University of Peradeniya

A student interactive session with University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and University of Waterloo, Canada was held on 18th February 2022 via online with the primary objective of facilitating interactions between students from both schools and identifying mutual areas of research interest specially with respect to water sector. Five students from the department joined the event. Opening remarks for the event was delivered by International Student Office representatives from both universities following the student activities of introducing the participants and discussing their research interests. The Canadian participants were especially enthusiastic about the ancient water management system in Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan students were excited with their hands on experience in some water related issues in the world.


Student event with University of Waterloo and University of Peradeniya

(18/02/2022)

A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Sustainable Urban Mobility: Challenges in Planning and Formulation of Policies – a tale of three cities" by Dr. I.M.S. Sathyaprasad will be held on 22nd February 2022, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.


(14/02/2022)

Establishment of Department - Industry Interaction Cell (DIIC) & Launching of Research for Industry (R4I) webinar series

The DIIC was established on 1st Feb 2022 to strengthen the relationship between the Department of Civil Engineering and the Industry leading to a mutually beneficial partnership.
Research for Industry (R4I) webinar series was launched on 10th Feb 2022 with active participation of eminent industry personnel, engineers and researchers.


Industry Interaction Cell (DIIC) & Launching of Research for Industry (R4I) webinar series

(01/02/2022)

A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Use of multi-scale tools for understanding of complex biological wastewater treatment processes" by Dr. Lashitha Rathnayake will be held on 25th January 2022, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.


(23/01/2022)

Field Visit to Dimbulagala Bikkhu Hostel Complex

At the request of District Secretary - Polonnaruwa, a team of experts from the Department of Civil Engineering volunteered to look into reported structural problems in the first floor slab of Dimbulagala Bikkhu Hostel Complex, as part of Department's outreach to the society.


Field to Dimbulagala Bikkhu Hostel Complex

(22/01/2022)

Post of Temporary Instructors


Applications are called for the post of Temporary Instructors of the Department of Civil Engineering.

Please fill the Application form and upload the Curriculum Vitae, Grade Report and a photocopy of National Identity Card on or before Tuesday, 08th February 2022


(22/01/2022)

A recent field-scale research study by Dr. Chamindu Deepagoda was published by American Geophysical Union as a "postcard"


GREETINGS FROM SRI LANKA !

Emission of greenhouse gases (GHG) from aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems inevitably has a major impact on global climate. Major efforts on monitoring and quantifying GHG fluxes are based on the measurements with eddy covariance and closed chamber techniques. The measured data are then used to calibrate the models that estimate global GHG budgets.

However, the measurements of GHG emissions are largely concentrated only in one part of the world, mostly in North America and Europe, whilst the low and middle-income countries in the Global South, including South-East Asia, remain largely underrepresented. Unfortunately, these countries have emerging environmental problems with increasing population and rapid changes in land-use patterns. Lack of funding for research, technical and technological incompetency, and political uncertainties are among the major factors leading to very limited measurements in these underrepresented countries. Consequently, the specific role of GHG emissions from these regions has been considerably downplayed in the global GHG budget.

field-scale research study by Dr. Chamindu Deepagoda- published by American Geophysical
             Union as a postcard

(05/01/2022)




Department of Civil Engineering