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Prof. Saman Thilakasiri

Dean/Engineering & Senior Professor

Faculty of Engineering | Civil Engineering

Career Summary

Professor/Dean Faculty of Engineering, SLIIT 2015 March todate

Professor/ Head, Department of Civil Engineering, SLIIT 2014 June to 2015 February

Professor/ Department of Civil Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka 2009 October to June 2014

Senior Lecturer/  Department of Civil Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka 1997 August October to September 2009

Research Assistant / Department of Civil and Enviorenmental Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA 1993 September to August 1997

 

 

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

Ph.D. (Civil Engineering) –       University of South Florida, USA, 1996.

MSc(Soil Mechanics) –          Imperial College of Science Technology and   

                                               Medicine, University of London, UK, 1993.

Diploma of Imperial College (DIC) - Imperial College of Science Technology

                                                         and Medicine, University of London, UK,

                                                         1993.

B.Sc. Engineering (Hons.) ? University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, 1990.

HONOURS AND AWARDS

First class honors for B. Sc Engineering degree from the University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, 1990.

Award for the best student in the Geotechnical Engineering stream of subjects from University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, 1990.

Distinction for M. Sc in Soil Mechanics from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London., 1993.

Commonwealth Academic Scholarship for postgraduate studies at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London, 1992.

· President’s research award for year 2000, Sri Lanka.

· Commonwealth Fellowship for Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London, 2008.

· Outstanding Research Achievement Award, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, 2007.

· Endeavour Fellowship Award, Government of Australia, 2008.

·Outstanding Research Achievement Award, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, 2008.

·Outstanding Research Achievement Award, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, 2009.

· Outstanding Research Achievement Award, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, 2010.

Outstanding Research Achievement Award, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, 2011.

Research Interests and Memberships

Research Interests

·         Properties of soft organic soils

·         Ground improvement techniques

·         Construction quality controlling of piles

·         Dynamic and static load testing of piles

·         Integrity testing of piles

·         Dynamic capacity estimation of piles

·         Interpretation of plate load test results

         Use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for geotechnical engineering

Memberships

Chartered Engineer of Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka 2004.

Fellow, Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, 2009.

International Professional Engineer, Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, 2007

Sri Lanka Geotechnical Society

International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering

Ongoing Research

Characteristics of Sri Lankan peaty soils

Soft soil improvement and assessment of degree of improvement of soft soils

Carrying capacity of rock socketed end bearing bored piles

Laterally loaded bored and cast in-stu, and driven precast concrete piles

Pullout capacity of shallow foundations

 

My Publications

Books

  • H. S. Thilakasiri  " Testing of Piles." Colombo,  Sarasavi Publishers,  2009,  Edition 1st,    
  • H. S. Thilakasiri  " Integrity Testing of Piles." Colombo,    2009,  Edition 1st,    

Journal Publications

  • 1. Thilakasiri, H. S, Gunaratne, M, Mullins, G, Stinnette, P., and Kuo, C.  " Implementation Aid for Dynamic Replacement of Organic Soils with Sand "        2001,        
  • 2. Thilakasiri, H. S, Gunaratne, M, Mullins, G, Stinnette, P., and Jory B  " Analytical and Experimental Investigation of Dynamic Compaction Induced Stresses "        1996,        
  • 3. Gunaratne, M, Maringanthi, R., Thilakasiri, H. S, Mullins, G, Stinnette, P.  " Study of Pore Pressure Induced in Laboratory dynamic Consolidation "        1997,        
  • Gray Mullins, Manjeriker Gunaratne, Pamela Stinnett and Saman Thilakasiri,  " Prediction of Dynamic Compaction Founder Penetration "  Soils and Foundations,  vol.40,  Issue 05,  2000,        
  • Thilakasiri, H. S  " Qualitative Interpretation of Load-Settlement Curves of Bored Piles "  Engineer, J. of Inst. of Engineers,  vol.40,  Issue 04,  2007,  pp.61-68,      
  • Thilakasiri, H. S. and Silva, H. M.  " Interpretation of Compressibility Properties of Soil Surrounding Bored Piles from Pile Load Test Results "  Engineer, J. of Inst. of Engineers,  vol.40,  Issue 04,  2007,  pp.69 76,      
  • Thilakasiri, H. S.  " Use of Osterburg Cell Load Testing as a Post Construction Quality control Test for Bored and Cast In-situ Concrete Piles in Sri Lanka "  Geotechnical Journal, J. of the Sri Lankan Geotechnical Society,  vol.04,    2009,        
  • Thilakasiri, H. S., Potts, D. M., Kontoe, S., and Zdravkovic, L.  " Earthquake Induced Kinematic Forces on Pile Foundations in Layered Medium "  Engineer, J. of Inst. of Engineers,  vol.42,  Issue 04,  2009,  pp.56 64,      
  • Thilakasiri, H. S., Jayaweera, R.  " Investigation of the Accuracy of the Dynamic methods of Capacity Estimation of Piles "  Engineer, J. of Inst. of Engineers,  vol.42,  Issue 04,  2009,  pp.75 85,      
  • Thilakasiri, H. S., Priyantha, S. M.  " A Study on the Extrapolation Techniques of Plate Load Test Results "  Engineer, J. of Inst. of Engineers,  vol.42,  Issue 04,  2009,  pp.65 74,      
  • Thilakasiri, H. S  " Kinematic and inertial effects of earthquakes on rock socketed single piles in a two-layered medium "  Engineer, J. of Inst. of Engineers,  vol.43,  Issue 03,  2010,        
  • Thavasuthan, T. and Thilakasiri, H. S  " Empirical Correlations for Sri Lankan Peaty Soils "  Geotechnical Journal, J. of the Sri Lankan Geotechnical Society,  vol.05,  Issue 01,  2011,        
  • Thilakasiri, H. S., Abeyasinghe, R. K., and Tennakoon, B. L.  " A study of ultimate carrying capacity estimation of driven piles using pile driving equations and the wave equation method "  Annual sessions of Institution of Engineers,      2003,  pp.86 92,      
  • Thilakasiri, H. S  " A Review of the Design Practices of Bored and Cast In-situ Piles in Sri Lanka "  Annual sessions of Institution of Engineers,      2006,  pp.96 - 102,      
  • Thilakasiri, H. S.  " Quality Control Measures During Construction of Bored and Cast In-Situ Concrete Piles and Post Construction Testing "  ICTAD Quality Journal,  vol.03,    2005,  pp.20 30,      
  • Thilakasiri, H. S  " Evaluation of the Design and Construction Practices of Pile Foundation in Sri Lanka "  ICTAD Quality Journal,  vol.04,    2006,  pp.37 44,      
  • Thilakasiri, H. S  " Investigation of the Construction Practices of Bored Piles in Sri Lanka "  ICTAD Quality Journal,  vol.05,    2007,        
  • Thilakasiri, H. S  " Construction of road embankments on soft grounds using vacuum consolidation "  ICTAD Quality Journal,    Issue 07,  2009,        

Conference Proceedings

  • Thilakasiri, H. S., Abeyasinghe, R. K., and Tennakoon, B. L.   Dynamic Testing of End Bearing Bored Piles in Sri Lanka    year 2006,    pp.85 - 95,  Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka,      
  • Thilakasiri, H. S   Interpretation of Pile Integrity Test (PIT) Results  in Annual sessions of Institution of Engineers,  year 2006,    pp.78 - 84,  Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka,      
  • Thilakasiri, H. S   Analysis of the load settlement curves obtained from static load testing of bored and cast in-situ concrete piles in Sri Lanka  in The Sri Lankan Geotechnical Societys First International Conference on Soil and Rock Engineering,  year 2007,      The Sri Lankan Geotechnical Society,      
  • Thilakasiri, H. S   Use of geographical information systems (GIS) in construction quality controlling of pile foundations  in The Sri Lankan Geotechnical Societys First International Conference on Soil and Rock Engineering,  year 2007,      The Sri Lankan Geotechnical Society,      
  • Thilakasiri, H. S. and Silva, H. M.   Interpretation of the End Bearing Condition of Bored and Cast In-situ Concrete Piles using Static Pile Load Test Results  in 13th Asian Regional Conference of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering,  year 2007,  Kolkata,  pp.304 - 308.,        
  • Thilakasiri, H. S   Reliability of Statnamic Load Testing of Rock Socketed End Bearing Bored Piles  in 17th Int. Conf. on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering,  year 2020,    pp.1185 1188,  M. Hamza et al. (Ed), IOS Press,,      
  • Ariyarathna, P. R. C., Thilakasiri, H. S., and Karunawardane, W.   Vacuum consolidation of Sri Lankan peaty soils  in Annual sessions of Institution of Engineers,  year 2010,    pp.27 38,  Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka,      
  • Ariyarathna, P. R. C., and Thilakasiri, H. S   Improvement of Sri Lankan peaty soil by vacuum consolidation  in 14th Asian Regional Conference of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering,  year 2011,            
  • Premalal, R. P. D. S., Jayasinghe, T. W. A. S. L, Indrachapa, K. R. T, and Thilakasiri, H. S   Use of the observational approach for embankment construction on organic Soil deposits in Sri Lanka  in 3rd Int. Conf, on sustainable Built Environment, Kandy,  year 2012,            
  • Maduranga, H. R., De Silva, P. H. K., Balasooriya, R. M. B. K., and Thilakasiri, H. S   Stability and seepage analyses for the rehabilitation of Semmanikulam Tank  in Ann. NBRO Sym. on Engineering in Disaster Resilience,  year 2020,    pp.31-37,  NBRO,      
  • Maduranga, Suranga Karunadasa, M. D., H. R., De Silva, P. H. K., and Thilakasiri, H. S   Municipal Solid Waste Slope Failure at Meethotamulla Disposal Site  in 5th Ann. NBRO Sym. on Engineering in Disaster Resilience, ,  year 2013,    pp.43-48,        
  • Thilakasiri, H. S., Abeyasinghe, R. M., and Peiris, T. A   Optimization of the designing of bored and cast in-situ piles in Sri Lanka  in Int. Conf. on Geotechnical Engineering, Sri Lanka Geotechnical Society,  year 2015,      Sri Lanka Geotechnical Society,      
  • Thilakasiri, H. S., and Abeyasinghe, R. M   Carrying capacity of bored and cast in-situ piles in soil mediums based on field measurements  in Annual sessions of Institution of Engineers,  year 2016,      Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka,      
  • Thilakasiri, H. S. and Abeyasinghe, R. M.   Investigation of Carrying Capacity of the Socketed Region of the Bored and Cast In-Situ Piles in Sri Lanka  in 10th Int. Con. on Stress Wave Theory and Testing Methods for Deep Foundations, ASTM,  year 2018,      ASTM,      
  • Kodithuwakku, T., Thilakasiri, H. S. and Abeyasinghe, R. M.   Use of Transient Dynamic Response Method of Low Strain Pile Integrity Testing for Rock Socketed End Bearing Bored Piles  in 10th Int. Con. on Stress Wave Theory and Testing Methods for Deep Foundations, ASTM,  year 2018,  Santiago,    ASTM,      
  • Wijelath Arachchi, W. A. D. L, Pallegama, L. N. and Thilakasiri, H. S.   Prediction of the Behaviour of Laterally Loaded Piles Installed in Geological Formation in Srilanka  in Annual sessions of Institution of Engineers,  year 2019,      Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka,      
  • Alwis, De. A. D, Kiriparan, B., Fernando, W. J. B. S, Thilakasiri, H. S., Hettiarachchi, D. S   Determination of Pile capacities for piles socketed on fractured rock with field test data and empirical formulae  in Annual sessions of Institution of Engineers,  year 2019,      Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka,      
  • Thilakasiri, H. S   Improvement of organic soil by dynamic replacement  in Conference on ground improvement techniques,  year 2002,      Sri Lankan Geotechnical Society,      
  • Thilakasiri, H. S   Use of GIS for Business  in Seminar on Geoinformatics, Organised by the ICGAT,  year 2003,      University of Moratuwa,      
  • Thilakasiri, H. S   Seminar of piling techniques  in Seminar of piling techniques,  year 2005,      Society of Structural Engineers (SSE),      
  • Thilakasiri, H. S   Development of Negative Skin Friction on Piles Installed through Soft Compressible Soils  in Conference on Geotechnical Engineering under Difficult Ground Conditions,  year 2006,      Sri Lanka Geotechnical Society,      
  • Thilakasiri, H. S   The Role of a Geotechnical Engineer in the Piling Industry  in Annual Seminar, Organised by Sri Lankan Geotechnical Society,  year 2009,      Sri Lankan Geotechnical Society,      
  • Thilakasiri, H. S   Use of the observational approach in design and construction of road embankment on soft grounds  in Annual Seminar, Sri Lankan Geotechnical Society,  year 2011,      Sri Lanka Geotechnical Society,      

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