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The Department of Quantity Surveying is dedicated to providing a high level of education in the field of Quantity Surveying. The creation of competent Quantity Surveying professionals in the areas of cost estimation, measurement, project management, Building Information Modelling (BIM), building economics, procurement, construction technology and contract administration are amalgamed with the departmental strategical approaches on delivering lectures and intriguing the undergraduates’ abilities to formulate pragmatic solutions to the contemporary issues.

Thus, our degree program equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the construction industry, and our commitment to research and collaboration with local and international industries ensures that our graduates are well-prepared for the challenges of the modern workplace. Our graduates leave the department as professionals, equipped with the skills and expertise to make a meaningful contribution to the field of Quantity Surveying and the construction industry at large.

Vision

To be a leader in Asia in Quantity Surveying education, research, and innovation.

Mission

To provide an advanced educational experience by ensuring a state-of-the-art learning environment in Quantity Surveying to produce graduates with strong analytical, problem solving and communication skills for sustainable development and to allow staff and students to perform research and development through national and international partnerships and by providing facility for industrial outreach.

Laboratories and Equipments

The Measurement lab is specially occupied by Quantity Surveying undergraduates to conduct lectures for Measurement modules as the prime competency area of the program, while taking-off quantities, abstracting, and preparing Bills of Quantities. Apart from that, owing to the spacious working units, this lab is utilized also as a drawing studio. Each student can use the large-widen tables resourcefully, engaging in both measurements and drawings sessions.

The computer lab consists of 30 units of high-end computers,  equipped with the latest licensed software, that supports the needs of future Quantity Surveyors. These lab sessions engage the students in developing skills in computerized model building and synthesizing several software with different platforms which have become an in-demand skill of current dynamic technology transformations within the industry.

Academic Staff

Mr. Tilanka Wijesinghe

Head | Department of Quantity Surveying
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Ms. Kumari Wijekoon

Senior Lecturer
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Ms. Chamari Allis

Senior Lecturer
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Ms. Priyanwada De Silva

Senior Lecturer
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Mr. Pramuditha Coomasaru

Lecturer
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Ms. Nishanthi Gunarathana

Lecturer
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Ms. Kavinya Perera

Lecturer
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Ms. Chanuri Kalugala

Instructor
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Ms. Sathya Jayasinghe

Instructor
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Mr. Pakeerathan Vaigunthan

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Administration Staff

Name Position Telephone E-mail
Mr. Anthony Martin Training Engineer +94 11 754 4308 anthony.m@sliit.lk
Mr. Kamal Amaraweera Training Engineer - kamal.a@sliit.lk
Ms. Mayanthi Sandanayake Manager-Administration +94 11 754 4330 mayanthi.s@sliit.lk
Ms. Sachini Hapangama Management Associate - Grade I +94 11 754 4302 sachini.h@sliit.lk
Ms. Hiruni Hansika Weerakkody Junior Executive  - Grade I - hiruni.w@sliit.lk
Ms. Yasara Lasandi Junior Executive (Grade II) - yasara.l@sliit.lk
Mr. Pathum Udawaththa Facility Management Executive - Grade II +94 11 754 4315 pathum.u@sliit.lk
Mr. Ananda Mahaarachchi Senior Executive /Laboratory Service - ME +94 11 754 4334 ananda.m@sliit.lk
Mr. Ariyasena Vindanepathirana Lab Technician - ME - ariyasena.v@sliit.lk

Research

Edirisinghe, V., Marsh, D., Borthwick, F., and Cotgrave, A.

2020

Disputes in construction projects affect not only delay in construction progress but also its cost and potentially its quality. Disputes in construction projects affect not only delay in construction progress but also its cost and potentially its quality. The construction industry of Sri Lanka contributes significantly to its economy and the cost of construction disputes can influence its economic welfare. It is important to understand the significant disputes in the Sri Lankan construction industry in order to mitigate this cost. A qualitative descriptive study has been conducted through semi-structured questionnaires analyzed using a thematic approach. The sample comprised of 10-construction industry professionals all involved in the dispute resolution process. The literature identified 7 main dispute causes as being owner related, contractor related, project related, design related, contract related, human behavior related and consultant related. The interviews identified sub themes from each, which were then ranked in order to identify those that were most significant. It was found that many of the sub themes were interrelated and that one cause could be the creation of another. The lack of appropriate communication between parties and lack of team spirit were identified as the genesis of disputes in the Sri Lankan construction industry.

URL: https://doi.org/10.29007/vbwk

Namarathna, C. P. and Gunarathna, N.

2022

During COVID’19 crisis, small and medium-scale businesses suffer the most and are the least prepared among all companies as per the previous studies done in other parts of the world. The majority of the small-scale construction firms in Sri Lanka act as subcontractors and generate job opportunities for a considerable number of people and are able to create a multiplier effect on the whole economy. However, it was observed that they are more vulnerable to the adverse impact of the pandemic. Thus, the principal goal of this research is to explore possible survival strategies to overcome critical financial issues of small-scale construction companies during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Sri Lanka. A mixed method approach was adopted to gather the data for the study. The data for this study was gathered using semi-structured interviews and a comprehensive questionnaire survey with small scale construction company owners and construction industry professionals. The findings highlighted the key financial issues faced by the small-scale construction companies due to the pandemic including delays in client payments, supply chain management issues, frequent price escalation of construction materials, and inability to repay loans. The respondents suggested creating partnerships with financially strong companies, reduction of unwanted expenses, modifying supply chain channels and agreements, and ensuring business continuity plans as the strategies to be used to overcome the financial burden that occurred due to the pandemic.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.31705/WCS.2022.32

Available from: https://ciobwcs.com/2022-papers/

Perera, P. N. R., Wijesinghe T. and Perera, B. K. C.,

2022

Due to numerous financial difficulties governments move towards Collaborative procurement methods to secure infrastructure projects with participation of private sector. Sri Lanka is still lagging in implementing proper collaborative partnerships in infrastructure developments. Sri Lankan energy sector highly depends on hydro and expensive diesel power plants. Because of that, in dry season Sri Lanka is facing huge generation gap in meeting demand. To overcome these challenges Sri Lanka urgently needs to implement new power plants with more economical power sources. Therefore, the aim of the study is set to identify suitable collaborative procurement methods and develop the framework for processing those new projects. Barriers to implement collaborative energy sector projects were identified through literature review and expert interviews. Explored barriers were categorized into Social, Economic, Political and Regulatory discipline and key measures were proposed to overcome such. The suitable procurement routes for each energy project were brought to the new knowledge considering power generation capacity of power plants and prevailing regulations. Finally, the framework was developed to adopt proper implementation of identified procurement methods in Sri Lankan energy sector.

URL: http://dl.lib.uom.lk/handle/123/19887

Gammanage, S. H. and Gunarathna, N.

2022

COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in almost every construction project getting delayed or disrupted. This research aims to determine the factors that caused delays and disruptions in large scale construction projects in Sri Lanka due to pandemic. The overall impact of the global pandemic on construction projects in both local and international platforms were identified through a comprehensive literature review. Additionally, the impact on the local domain in terms of delay and disruption was assessed based on exploratory interviews and survey questionnaire disseminated among industry experts. The findings also paved the way to recognize innovative mitigation strategies to control the adverse impact on on-going construction projects. Analysis of the responses concluded that, delay in project kick-off, delays in material delivery, shortage of material, project suspension, reduction in the workforce productivity, health and safety concerns, regular price escalations as the key elements attributed to impact the project progress. The study has identified the present mitigating controls over delays or disruption are barely sufficient to address the concern and thus emphasised the need to resort to more effective techniques to remedy the issue.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.31705/WCS.2022.27

Available from: https://ciobwcs.com/2022-papers/

Cooray, N. K. V. and Commasaru, P.

2022

3D construction could boost construction efficiency and effectiveness, but it has been still a failure to incorporate this technology into Sri Lanka's construction industry. This research is aimed to identify the ways of incorporating 3D printing technology in the construction industry. Experts were surveyed regularly to identify obstacles and facilitators of 3D construction.  "Unprepared workforce," "lack of norms or rules for 3D printing technology," and "expensive investment requirements" were the top three impediments. Top enablers were design flexibility, cost reductions, and time savings. In conclusion, three strategies were identified as the best potential enables on adoption of 3D printing in Sri Lanka: "Conduct training for industry personnel on how to engage with 3D printing," "enable the collaborative approach (partnering)," and "Construction industry to build a new set of standards, norms, rules and laws relevant to adaption of 3D printing into construction industry."

URL: http://dl.lib.uom.lk/handle/123/19899

Message from the Head of the Department

Quantity Surveyors play a vital role in the dynamic and ever-challenging construction industry. The Continuous degradation of global natural resources, increasing emphasis on sustainability, and focus on value for money have resulted in the requirement for comprehensive multidimensional commercial insights expanding the demand for Quantity Surveyors who are more adaptable.

The department offers a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Quantity Surveying, in collaboration with Liverpool John Moores University which is one of the highly-ranked universities in the world. Our undergraduate students are provided with well-equipped lecture rooms and laboratories for conducting lectures, workshops and practicals, in a student-friendly learning environment, and a dedicated group of academic staff who deliver the program. The program combines theoretical knowledge with practical experience through site visits and industry-related work activities. Our state-of-the-art computer labs, measurement labs, and workshops allow students to apply what they have learned in a practical setting, giving them the ability to synchronize theoretical knowledge to practical applications to gain better understanding.

Program modules are delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, and project-based work. In recognition of the fast-paced changes in the construction industry, the program is designed to be adaptable and stay on par with the industry needs. Our program is designed in such a way to promptly accommodate such changes to provide our graduates the best competitive advantage.

The curriculum progresses from fundamental theoretical concepts to more advanced topics, ensuring that students build a strong foundation of knowledge and professional skills. Further, it is ensured that, the curriculum meets standards set by local and international professionals and accreditation bodies in the discipline. Apart from that, our delivery is reinforced with a rich blend of highly qualified academics and professionals to bring valuable industry exposure to the lecture room. And it’s been further strengthened with high caliber visiting staff consisting of leading academics from the state sector universities and highly regarded industry professionals.

Our dedicated academic staff members are highly talented and resourceful in undertaking and supervising research project works of the students from existing impediments to prolific utilizations. They help students overcome any obstacles and utilize their potential to the fullest. Through a majority of conducted research, scientific knowledge on contemporary challenges has been already disseminated in both local and foreign forums and platforms.

We all live in a highly challenging and problematic environment. In this backdrop, we are focused on producing graduates who are capable of becoming the solutions or advocating solutions to the problems rather than being a further problem to a problem or articulating more problems. Through our innovative research programs and cutting-edge curriculum, we aim to empower our graduates to make a meaningful impact in society and to its progression.

Mr. Tilanka Wijesinghe

Head | Department of Quantity Surveying

Research

Research Details

Staff and students of the department are actively contributing to research and development in Electrical and Electronic Engineering related areas. The table below shows the current areas of research and the leading staff member.

Area Leader
Computer Vision/Industrial Automation Prof. Chulantha Kulasekere
Human Gait Analysis and Indoor Navigation Dr. Nimsiri Abhayasinghe
Renewable Energy Dr. Sujeewa Hettiwatte
Computer Vision Based Automation Dr. Lasantha Seneviratne
Distributed optimization and optimal decision theory Dr. Minhua Ding
Remote Healthcare and Assistive Technology Dr. Lakmini Malasinghe
Smart-Grid Technologies Dr. Anton Hettiarachchige Don

 

Research Grants

Training Hub for Renewable Energy Technologies in Sri Lanka (ThreeLanka) Project

THREE LANKA project is an EU Erasmus + funded project worth of approximately 1 million Euros that addresses multiple key challenges for achieving renewable energy supply targets for Sri Lanka. The project runs for three years from 2021. The Faculty of Engineering of SLIIT is a partner of the project and holds a share of approximately 100,000 Euros. Dr. Nimsiri Abhayasinghe, Dr. Sujeewa Hettiwatte, Dr. Anton Hettiarachchige-Don and Ms. Hasini de Silva are contributors from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

https://threelanka.com/about-THREE-Lanka

Internal funding

The department was able to secure several SLIIT research grants worth of LKR 400,000 each. In the year 2021, Dr. Lakmini Malasinghe was able to secure a grant for the research “Contactless Heart Rate and Heart Rate Variability monitoring using feature extraction”. In 2022, Dr. Sujeewa Hettiwatte was able to secure another grant for the research “Sky Imager for Short Term Solar Forecasting”.

AHEAD world bank project

As a co-investigator for an AHEAD world bank project, Dr. Lasantha Seneviratne was able to secure LKR 400,000 worth of funding for the research “Development of a Culturally Sensitive Autism Assessment Tool (towards detecting repetitive behaviors of children)”.

Collaboration with third party organisations

The department is continuously working closely with the industry to enrich the curriculum and the student experience. EEE department has few industry collaborations: Dialog-SLIIT 5G Innovation Centre with Dialog Axiata, partnerships with Sri Lanka Army, ACL Cables, Lalan Rubber and MAS to name few. In addition, the department always encourage students to grab industry project as their final year project.

Members of the Department Industry Consultative Board

 No. Name Designation Organization
1 Ch. QS Prof. (Mrs) B. A. K. S. Perera Professor Department of Building Economics, Faculty of Architecture, University of Moratuwa
2 Ch. QS Upul Shantha Director Cost Management Services (Pvt) Ltd
3 Ch. QS D.M. Hasitha Gunasekara Director ARQS Consultants (Pvt) Ltd
4 Ch. QS. Duleesha Wijesinghe Assistant General Manager (Estimation and Contracts) Sanken Overseas (Pvt) Ltd
5 Ch. QS Majith Rasila Kodithwakku Deputy General Manager - Contracts and Estimates  International Construction Consortium (Pvt) Ltd
6 Ch. QS. Danushka Lakshan De Silva Contracts Manager International Construction Consortium (Pvt) Ltd
7 Ch. QS Hemantha Aponso Director Savisevana (Pvt) Ltd
8 Ch. QS Nandun Fernando Director Feguma International Professionals
9 Ch. QS Jagath Basnayake Freelance Quantity Surveying Practitioner -
10 Ch. QS Prasanna Gunarathna Deputy General Manager Contract Management, (Project Management Division III), Access Engineering PLC

Research Grants

Name Title of the Project Industry Partner/Stakeholder Value/Grant (Rs.) & Period of the Project
Prof. Malika perera Vehicle comfort and durability analysis Bentley Motors Ltd, UK 66,550,000
LTL Pawandanavi Wind Turbine Bolt Failure Analysis LTL Holdings 350,000
Sailboat Boom Bending Analysis Southern Spars International (Pvt) Ltd 250,000
Fibre temperature controller for Carbon fibre Southern Spars International (Pvt) Ltd 375,000
Elastomeric Modifications for Tyre Endurance Machine Finite Element Analysis & Simulations Center 360,000
Elastomeric Engineering - Blank Design for Hollowmatic Tyr Finite Element Analysis & Simulations Center 465,600
Delivering a short course on finite Elements Finite Element Analysis & Simulations Center 589,305
Rubber Extrusion Process Modelling for Hollowmatic Tyre Elastomeric Engineering Co Ltd 240,000
Development of a next generation agriculture radial tyre Global Rubber Industries (Pvt) Ltd 1,200,000
Steam Air compressor Feasibility Check Teejay Lanka PLC 250,000
Conducting a short course in Engineering Noise Camso LoadStar (Pvt) Ltd 400,000
130 KVA Generator Noise and Vibrations Measurements CLEF Consultants Pvt Ltd 150,000
Design Verification for Stretcher No 2 Camso LoadStar (Pvt) Ltd 1,038,500
Conducting a training course on CBM Plastics and Rubber Institute Sri Lanka 80,000
Investigating the Possibilities of Developing a Hydro Bush for Vibration Isolation of a Helicopter Seat National Research Council, Canada 1,500,000
Data collection – Autonomous driving in unstructured driving environment Loughborough University, UK 2,000,000
Design Verification for Stretcher MPR072 at MTD Camso LoadStar (Pvt) Ltd 685,000
Reduction of Boundary Noise Level at CED Camso LoadStar (Pvt) Lt 1,315,500
Prof. Rahula Attalage

Prof. Migara Liyanage

Prof. Shiromi Karunaratne

Prof. Sujeewa Hettiwatte

Mr. Madhawa Herath

Ms. Gayashika Fernando

Three Lanka Project In Collaboration with European and Local Universities External Foreign Grants – Erasmus plus funding

100,000 Euros

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