Department of Civil Engineering



RESEARCH NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS

A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Effect of Ocean Bathymetry on Coastal Impact of Tsunami in Sri Lanka" by Prof. J. J. Wijetunge will be held on 04th August 2021, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.


(23/07/2021)

Faculty Research Awards 2018/2020 to SIX of members - Department of Civil Engineering

On July 14, 2021, the Faculty Board conferred the Distinguished Achievements of the following six Members and the Honors of the Department of Civil Engineering.


Prof. (Mrs) K G N Nanayakkara

Dr. K K Wijesundara

Dr. T K K Chamindu Deepagoda

Dr. C S Bandara

Dr. M C M Nasvi

Dr. S.K. Navaratnarajah


(20/07/2021)


A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Use of Recycled Rubber in the Construction of Rail Tracks" by Dr. S. K. Navaratnarajah will be held on 02nd June 2021, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.


(26/05/2021)

A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Fatigue Damage Assessment of Structures" by Dr. Chaminda S. Bandara will be held on 28th April 2021, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.


(13/04/2021)

A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Weather Forecasting and Their Engineering Applications" by Dr. Panduka Neluwala will be held on 31st March 2021, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.


(25/03/2021)


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

Full Time PhD Scholarship Opportunity Under RMIT-UOP Split PhD Programme:

Scholarship :
TITLE: Structural Corrosion Detection by High-resolution Image Processing using Deep Learning

(08/03/2021)

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

TITLE: Design of Geopolymer/Alkali Activated Concretes using advanced Machine Learning techniques

Brief Description:
The growing concern about global climate change and its adverse impacts on societies is putting severe pressure on the construction industry as one of the largest producers of greenhouse gases. Given the environmental issues associated with cement production, Geopolymer/Alkali Activated Concrete has emerged as a sustainable construction material. Many research studies have been conducted during recent years on the topic of geopolymer/alkali activated materials based on the engineering performance of the concrete although the commercialisation is limited. What has been missing is the combination of this research in a way that would provide a simple to use design tool for geopolymer/alkali activated concrete as a replacement to concrete based on Portland Cement. This research project will address this requirement by developing a standard mix design method and guideline for geopolymer and alkali activated concretes using Advanced machine learning techniques, namely Artificial Neural Network (ANN), Multivariate Adaptive Regression Spline (MARS) model and Support Vector Machine (SVM) techniques. Outcomes of this research will deliver significant benefits in terms of environmentally friendly concrete to the construction industry.

Supervisors:
  • Dr. David Law (RMIT University); A/Prof. Weena Lokuge (University of Southern Queensland); Dr. Chamila Gunasekara (RMIT University);

  • UOP supervisors: Dr. Kushan Wijesundara, Dr. (Ms.) D.S.K. Karunasinghe

Commencement date: May 2021


Features of the PhD:
      1] Duration of the PhD is 3-3.5 years on a full-time basis and the candidate will spend maximum period of one year at RMIT, Australia and the remaining time in Sri Lanka.
      2] The tuition fee is fully waived, and the selected candidate will get the standard scholarships for living stipend during the stay in Sri Lanka and Australia.
      3] There will be at least one principal supervisor each from RMIT and UOP.
      4] Degree will be awarded from both institutions acknowledging the joint supervision. You will get two separate degree certificates, one each from RMIT and UOP.
Successful candidates should have the following:
      1] BSc Engineering (Specializing in Civil Engineering) with Second Class Upper division or higher
      2] IELTS overall band of 6.5 with each band above 6.0

We are looking for a dynamic candidate who meets the above qualifications.

If you are interested in this project, apply through the following link on or before 16th March 2021

https://tinyurl.com/5db9rhus

Note: Only the shortlisted candidates will be called for the interview.

If you have any queries or needs any further information, please contact Dr. M.C.M. Nasvi, Coordinator of the split PhD Programme [Email:nasvimcm@eng.pdn.ac.lk]


Full time PhD Scholarship-RMIT and UOP- Design of Geopolymer/Alkali Activated Concretes using advanced Machine
Learning techniques

(03/03/2021)


A Research Seminar on "Geopolymers and Some of Their Applications" by Dr. M.C.M. Nasvi will be held on 24th February 2021, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. at EOE Pereira Theatre, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya


(12/02/2021)

1st Research Seminar of Full-Time Postgraduate Students

Civil Engineering Research Club (CERC) in Collaboration with Civil Engineering Research Sub-Committee of the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya Presents 1st Research Seminar of Full-Time Postgraduate Students

Civil Engineering 
            Research Club (CERC) 1st Research Seminar of Full-Time Postgraduate Students

(10/02/2021)


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


TITLE: Novel uses of Glass Recycling Technology for sustainable Civil Engineering Applications

Brief Description:
Over 100 milions tonnes of glass are produced annually in worldwide, but only 21% is recycled. Recycled glass has been used in the construction industry for several decades as construction material. However, there is an increasing need to reuse this waste material which have high economic value if utilized through novel recycling principles. A new technology was recently developed at RMIT using glass wastes and can be highly versatile with potential applications in various construction fields such as access covers, cladding systems, interior and exterior walls, retaining walls and road infrastructure products. The new technology that utilizes 65% of glass wastes has been proven to be structurally effective and this project will translate the technology to identify applications in retaining walls, acoustic panels and claddings. The project will utilize modelling and analytical tools in order to optimize the use of new glass recycling technology by proposing geometric and structural design requirements satisfying relevant building standards. The project outcomes will be commercialized by the industry partner through patents/IP protection that will add significant value to glass fines through application into sustainable civil engineering constructions.

Supervisors:
UOP supervisors: Dr. J.A.S.C.Jayasinghe and Dr. M.C.M.Nasvi
RMIT Supervisors: Dr. Dilan Robert and Dr.Long Shi
Commencement date: May 2021


Features of the PhD:
      1] Duration of the PhD is 3-3.5 years on a full-time basis and the candidate will spend maximum period of one year at RMIT, Australia and the remaining time in Sri Lanka.
      2] The tuition fee is fully waived, and the selected candidate will get the standard scholarships for living stipend during the stay in Sri Lanka and Australia.
      3] There will be at least one principal supervisor each from RMIT and UOP.
      4] Degree will be awarded from both institutions acknowledging the joint supervision. You will get two separate degree certificates, one each from RMIT and UOP.
Successful candidates should have the following:
      1] BSc Engineering (Specializing in Civil Engineering) with Second Class Upper division or higher
      2] IELTS overall band of 6.5 with each band above 6.0

We are looking for a dynamic candidate who meets the above qualifications.

If you are interested in this project, apply through the following link on or before 19th February 2021

https://tinyurl.com/yyd4pm9q

Note:
      1] Preference will be given to those who have prior experience in numerical modelling.
      2] Only the shortlisted candidates will be called for the interview.

If you have any queries or needs any further information, please contact Dr. M.C.M. Nasvi, Coordinator of the split PhD Programme [Email:nasvimcm@eng.pdn.ac.lk]


Full time PhD Scholarship-RMIT and UOP- Novel uses of Glass Recycling Technology for sustainable

(25/01/2021)



A Research Seminar on "Non-structural Cracking of Concrete : Causes and Mitigation" by Dr. H.D. Yapa

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.


Non-structural Cracking of Concrete : Causes and Mitigation

(13/01/2021)


A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Role of Water Engineers in CKDu Affected Areas: A Research Perspective" by Dr.(Mrs) K.G.N. Nanayakkara

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.


Role of Water Engineers in CKDu Affected Areas: A Research Perspective

(21/12/2020)



A Research Seminar on "Gas Migration in Differently-Characterized Porous Media: Applications on the Earth and Beyond" by Dr. Chamindu D.T.K.K.

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.

Applications on the Earth and Beyond

(14/11/2020)



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

Full Time PhD Scholarship Opportunity Under RMIT-UOP Split PhD Programme:

Scholarship:
TITLE: Lightweight concrete materials for prefabricated modular construction

(04/11/2020)



A Research Seminar on "Seismic Hazard Maps and Their Engineering Application" by Dr. K. K. Wijesundara

A Research seminar on “Seismic Hazard Maps and Their Engineering Application” by Dr. K. K. Wijesundara will be held on 28th October at EOE, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya


(18/10/2020)



A Research Seminar on “Saving Lakes - Case Study ; The Kandy Lake” by Prof. K.B.S.N Jinadasa

A Research seminar on “Saving Lakes - Case Study ; The Kandy Lake” by Prof. K.B.S.N Jinadasa was held on 30th September at Seminar room 1, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya

(16/09/2020)



Poster Presentation of the Department of Civil Engineering

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.


(20/08/2020)



Applications for 2021 intake of the Postgraduate Programme are now open


Post graduate programmes in Civil Engineering
  • Environmental and Water Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Highway and Traffic Engineering
  • Structure Engineering
  • Sustainable Built Environment

(15/08/2020)



Research Grant for " Strengthening University-Enterprise Collaboration for Resilient Communities in Asia (SECRA)”

Prof. Ranjith Dissanayake and the team received the research grant for “Strengthening University-Enterprise Collaboration for Resilient Communities in Asia (SECRA)” from the European Commission through the Erasmus+ program Capacity Building in Higher Education

The overarching aim of SECRA is to contribute to more resilient communities in Asia through institutionalized, systematic, monitored, innovative, and inclusive university–enterprise collaboration (UEC) in climate change action and disaster resilience (DR). The main problem targeted by SECRA is the ad hoc, episodic quality of UEC in the field of DR in many Asian countries, which are disproportionately affected by consequences of climate change. We are aware that there is no simple answer to the wickedness of climate change consequences or resilience; we are claiming, however, that facilitating systematic, institutionalized, inclusive (in terms of gender parity) and monitored UEC is part of a solution. High quality, entrepreneurial collaborative activities between universities and industry facilitate the exchange of scientific knowledge, practical skills and good practices, which otherwise remain siloed.

SECRA deals with the problem at hand in a sequential fashion. The project’s contribution to more resilient communities is through increasing the capacity of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to initiate, manage, maintain, and benefit from UEC. The institutionalization and systematization of UEC are addressed in WPs 1, 2, and 3, innovation in WP4, and monitoring in WP5. SECRA will produce, inter alia, material towards eventual change of policies governing collaborative activities in partner countries; a relation framework to understand UEC; an online platform for a Community of Practice (CoP) consisting of HEIs, public sector and enterprise actors; a corporate start-up lab and networking activities in partner HEIs, and a monitoring tool to assess the quality of UEC that can be broadly contextualized for use in HEIs worldwide.

(09/08/2020)



Research grant from Erasmus+ for "CC WATER- Graduates for Climate Change adapted water management"

Prof. S.B. Weerakoon and the team received the research grant for CCWater the project from Erasmus+ which was submitted by Prof. Harsha Ratnaweera from NMBU as the Project Manager. The CCWater project addresses 'knowledge building' to address water scarcity and water management in 3 partner countries in Asia. It will strengthen the local capacities to cope with Climate Change adaptation through 3 universities from Sri Lanka, 3 from China, and 2 from Mongolia. 3 program countries, Norway, Germany and Poland, with 3 universities with broad and diverse experience in climate-resilient water management will build a knowledge-sharing partnership with the 8 universities in 3 partner countries.

The universities, as the key stakeholders preparing tomorrow's leaders, engineers, and scientists, have a key role to play when educating the graduates in the water sector. The participating units of the universities have teaching responsibilities related to water resources, water supply and wastewater management, which are the focus of the CCWater project.

The CC Water project aims to strengthen the water-related higher education in 3 partner countries to increase the resilience against climate change impacts. This is achieved by developing HEI’s competences and skills with modern technology and teaching resources. The international collaboration, which is a unified strategic priority of all participating HEIs, will be strengthened together with improved gender and ethnic diversity and inclusion.

The main objectives is designed to achieve with five focus areas with five concrete results: (1) enhancing climate resilience and sustainability of water resources and infrastructures in the Partner Countries (2) modernising water related higher education with climate change issues and internationalise HEIs from the Partner Countries (3) improving the level of competences and skills in HEIs from the Partner Countries (4) strengthening relations of HEIs in the Partner Countries with the wider economic and social environment, and enhance their innovation capacity and (5) improving diversity and inclusion of higher education in the Partner Countries.

(05/08/2020)



Research grant from Asia Pacific Network (APN) to investigate Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Paddy Ecosystems

Dr. Chamindu Deepagoda awarded an international research grant from Asia Pacific Network (APN) to investigate Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Paddy Ecosystems. This is a project involving multiple countries (Sri Lanka, India, Philippines, Japan, New Zealand, Denmark, USA) which is planned to be a two-year project with overall research funding of 71,000 USD.

(01/08/2020)



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