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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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/
Date - 23rd February 2022
Time - 11.00 am – 12.30 pm
Mode - Online
|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|
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.
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.
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.
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
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.