Sunday, 15 July 2018


Lord Buddha once said “The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.” Civil Engineering is felt when we take the construction to our own hands. The Civil Engineering Society of UOM organized ‘Piyaman’ in order to support building a new Aranya in Horana by Isipathana Aranya Senasanaya near Horana Hagallawatta spiritual health care hospital. The project was to help the construction process with our engineering skills and labor. From site clearance, to erecting structural piles we aided the construction process.

Our first step (Phase 01) was on 9th March with the participation of about 25 undergraduates. Our main task was the preliminary site clearance processes. Boulders were dug up and large rocks were broken down. Then the broken rocks and boulders were transported to the site of construction in wheel barrows. Each step of the project brought us closer to buddhism and to ourselves. Wrapping up the phase one of “Piyaman” for the day the undergraduates returned to University both accomplished and exhausted. Sometimes a little effort can get you closer to peace.

Prof. Wasantha Mampearachchi, being our mentor for the program coordinated the second phase for the project. 60 students and 3 of non-academic staffs took part in this day.
The Chief Thero was very cooperative and engaging throughout the day. On that day, concrete piers were installed; pits were excavated; stone borders were built; rafters were brought to the working place; wooden fence were made; the chamber area was cleaned around; boulders were carried; the roof sheets of “Budu Madura” were renewed and   concrete was mixed. With the increased work force, our contribution was very obliging. The experience got interesting with the female undergraduates preparing lunch for the working crowd.

“How blissful it is, for one who has nothing. Attainers-of-wisdom are people with nothing. See him suffering, one who has something, a person bound in mind with people.” The Chief Thero taught us the importance of mindfulness and practiced “Anapanasathi meditation” with us. All the exhaustion of the day vanished in to twilight with the peace in mind we achieved.

Being a 3rd time lucky, in the evening of 26th April we departed toward the 3rd Phase of “Piyaman” with five students from level four and some non-academic staffs members. When we reached the site, nuns and young monks were already working. We joined the labor and worked with them. The villagers provided evening refreshment with tea and biscuits.  

Since Vesak Festival is only a couple of days away, we had to cut down some trees for tents. Then we lifted sand bags up to the place of construction to make their work easier. Dinner and transportation back to the university were provided to us since it was around 10 pm when we wound up for the night.

Buddha once said, “Those which are produced from causes are not produced. They do not have an inherent nature of production. Those which depend on causes are said to be empty; those who know emptiness are aware.”
We believe that “Piyaman” would bring us closer to that awareness. With the guidance of Prof. Wasantha Mampearachchi, and the help of the non-academic staff the 3 phases were an utter success.

Monday, 25 June 2018


“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” The Civil Engineering Research Symposium creates an ideal platform for the undergraduates to grow beyond their scope and widen their horizons. 
The 2018 symposium unfolded in the Civil Engineering auditorium 21 st of June with the participation of the final year undergraduates, Department academic staff with the fresh graduates expounding their final year researches on stage.

As all good things start with a sprinkle of religious blessings, the traditional oil lamp was lighted at the inception of the event followed by the welcome speech by the Head of the Department Prof. J.M.S.J. Bandara. The renowned academic staff of the department, Prof. Dias W.P.S, Prof. Jayasinghe M.T.R, Prof. Kulatilake S.A.S., Prof. Perera A.A.D.A.J, Dr. Jayasinghe C. (Mrs.), Prof. Mampearachchi W. K., Dr. Hettiarachchi M. T. P. ( Mrs. ) , Dr. Nanayakkara D. (Mrs.), Dr. Nawagamuwa U. P. , Dr. Baskaran K., Dr. De Silva L. I. N., Dr.  Halwathura R. U., Dr. Rajapakse R. L. H. L. , Dr. Mallikarachchi H. M. Y. C., Dr. Gunawardana W. B. (Ms.), Dr. Lewangamage C. S. Dr. Ekanayake L. L. , Dr. Kasun De Silva , Dr. De Silva L.I.N. and Industrial training director and senior lecturer Eng. Wijewickrama N.A. were all there eagerly participating the symposium. The event was sponsored by “Lanwa – Sanstha wane”. Ceylon Steel Corporation Limited, with its brand presence as “Lanwa Sanstha Wane”, is the foremost steel manufacturer that has won the trust of a discerning clientele for generation for its quality, standards and affordability.

Next followed a research presentation by Prof. Mampearachchi on Development of non-expensive clay as internal curing concrete aggregate. The knowledge imparted by him was a spot-on example for growing beyond what you have already mastered. The event was boosted through snacks and lunch in between three sessions of research presentations. The first session had 8 presenters coming through with their researches before the mid-day break for lunch. The session was led by Dr. (Mrs.) Hettiarachchi with (Mrs.) Sachithra as the time keeper. Second session with 6 research presentations lead by Prof. Ashoka with Dr. Kasun as the time keeper, Third and final session after evening tea with 4 presenters on stage with Prof Kulathilake at the lead and Dr. (Mrs.) Ashani as time keeper, enlightened the eager final years absorbing every ounce of knowledge with back to back questions after every presentation.

The symposium wrapped up with twilight illuminating the young minds on research possibilities and advancements of current researches of the field of Civil Engineering. Vote of thanks for the day was presented by Amaya Kahaduwa, one of the final year undergraduates“Knowledge has a beginning but no end.” The Civil Engineering Research Symposium has always been an open platform for new notions and creativity. Though the sun sets for the symposium today, next year it will rise again with a novel set of minds to discover the beyond of what we master. 

Supervised by
Session 01: Chair – Dr.(Mrs.) M.T.P. Hettiarachchi, Co-chair – Mrs. Sachithra Imbulana
Development of geo-polymer concrete with coal fired boiler ash
Prof. S.M.A. Nanayakkara
D.M.S.P. Dassanayake
Investigation of properties of cellular light weight concrete blocks
Prof. S.M.A. Nanayakkara
S.U. Hendawitharana
Application of Eurocode to bolted timber joints
Dr.(Mrs.) M.T.P. Hettiarachchi
P. Sakithiyan
Modelling of corrosion induced cover cracking in reinforced concrete
Dr. H.M.Y.C. Mallikarachchi
Prof. S.M.A. Nanayakkara
Prof. Priyan Dias
Re construction of 3D surface/model with optic based measurements
Dr. H.M.Y.C. Mallikarachchi
O.P.C. Randil
Design of porous concrete mixtures for drainage cover slabs in pedestrian walkways
Prof. W.K. Mampearachchi
I.M.H. Perera
Framework to integrate multiple economic analysis methods for transportation infrastructure project feasibility assessment
Dr. H.R. Pasindu
C.S. Wijenayake
Investigation of durability of open graded friction courses
Prof. W.K. Mampearachchi
Session 02: Chair – Prof. A.A.D.A.J. Perera, Co-chair – Dr. Kasun de Silva
Design for accommodating intermediate stops for busses on southern expressway
Dr. G.L.D.I. de Silva
B.H.A. Mendis
Applicability of mackintosh probe test in evaluating the degree of compaction and engineering characteristics of compacted backfills
Dr. L.I.N. de Silva
P.A.M. Gomes
Investigation on the applicability of plate bearing tests in extrapolating the bearing capacity of large raft foundations
Dr. L.I.N. de Silva
O.M. Muthuhewa
Secondary consolidation characteristics of peaty clay
Prof. S.A.S. Kulathilake
J.P.D.C.M. Karunarathne
The cost estimating errors to contractors.
Prof. A.A.D.A.J. Perera
H.M.I. Herath
Assessment of embodied energy in alternative materials manufactured using construction waste
Prof. (Mrs.) C. Jayasinghe
P.P.U. Panamgama
Session 02: Chair – Prof. S.A.S. Kulathilake, Co-chair – Dr.(Mrs.) A.S. Ranathunga
Soil stabilization using alkaline activation of fly ash/bottom as for self-compacting mud concrete construction
Prof. R.U. Halwathura
A.V.R.D. Lakmini
A study on suitability of the four parameter “abcd” hydrologic model to stimulate rainfall runoff in selected small watersheds in Sri Lanka
Dr. R.L.H.L. Rajapakse
P.W.H. Sasanka
A study on use of daily and monthly lumped parameter hydrologic ,models for surface and ground water resource analysis in small watersheds
Dr. R.L.H.L. Rajapakse
G.M.C.A. Perera
Investigation on Energy losses in pipes
Mr. A.H.R. Rathnasooriya
P.R. Nalaka

Saturday, 9 June 2018

CIVIL TALKS  2018 (Phase 02)

Enlightening the technical knowledge scope of Civil engineering students of the department, a guest lecture on design, detailing and installation of structural decking as composite slabs was organized by Civil Engineering Society on 31st May 2018 at 11.15 am at the Civil auditorium. The lecture focussing the final year undergraduates, was conducted by Engineer E. Suresh while the undergraduates from other levels were welcome to join in.

Prof M.T.R. Jayasinghe and Dr. (Mrs.) M.T.P. Hettiarachchi participated representing the academic staff and the welcome address was given by final year undergraduate Heraji Hansika.
Eng. Suresh explained about the importance of steel structures and specified about the benefits of TATA steel, the main sponsor for the event.  TATA Steel in fact is an economical, sustainable and green construction that would match the modern engineering requirements. He also mentioned that TATA Steel was used for constructions of warehouses and office buildings etc.

The sample product he brought with him was able to provide a visual understanding of the product. He described about their structural decking system which has excellent spanning capacities ensuring great strength and less deflection. He enhanced our knowledge regarding usage of steel structures and the structural decking system for safe and better construction.

The participants were provided with leaflets of “Lysaght” which consisted of their roofing and wall cladding products and specifications along with tender specification details. Refreshments were accompanied with a video about the ‘TATA Bluescope’ steel and its application.

Finally, Suraj Wickramasinghe, a CES Executive committee member, concluded the lecture at 12.30 pm after presenting a token of appreciation to Eng. E. Suresh and with the vote of thanks.   

Thursday, 31 May 2018


“If you want to learn, join Civil Engineering. If you want to earn, join Civil Engineering. Even if you want to quit Engineering, join Civil Engineering.”

A special motivational program to kick up the enthusiasm on Civil Engineering a notch was organized by the Civil Engineering Society of the University of Moratuwa on 23rd of May from 4.30 p.m. to 6.00p.m. at the Civil Auditorium. The aim of the program was to inspire the students to do better in their lives and career with a boost of motivation.

Eng. Ranil Sugathadasa was the motivational speaker on the day. He is an engineering graduate, motivational trainer, management trainer, leadership trainer and a life coach. With more than 16 years of experience in multinational and local companies as an engineer, manager and a consultant, he has trained and coached over 160,000 employees in 150 key companies and organizations. He has become a very successful person with a very short time.  He is a senior lecturer at the University of Moratuwa as well.

Eng. Ranil Sugathadasa had his own way of opening the session. He started the event by pushing the ones who were sitting in the back rows to go forward and fill the front seats. He encouraged us to lead the team and not to become a follower. He was very enthusiastic and drove all our attention to his speech with his charming speaking style. It was interesting to hear him speak in our language using “thermodynamics” and “finite elements” as examples. He shared us his experience of how he managed to get ‘A’ for Thermodynamics in which he was very weak. Whatever mistakes we do today will not define our future. He made us understand that even the last minute is enough to make a difference. Hard work will always repay in the end.
He spoke about his work experiences, success and failure and how he managed every situation to become a successful person as in present day. Since his advices were from his own experiences and life, it felt very real and practical. His story was not about a fairy tale conquest where you get success served on a silver platter. He spoke the reality.
He made us realize how often we would blame ourselves for our mistakes and how rare we would thank ourselves for doing well. He also gave another important advice, which is to love ourselves to become a better version of ourselves. He asked us to treat ourselves with more love and passion. He asked us to think about our bad habits and good habits. Finally, he asked us to clap 28 times because all cycles take 28 times to kill the bad face of ours with the positive face to create our own better version. 

Subsequently, he completed his speech with that special moment of feeling our better personality. The motivational program was concluded at 6.00 p.m. by giving a token of appreciation to Eng. Ranil Sugathadasa and with delivering the vote of thanks by vice president of Civil Engineering Society Sadish Madhushan.