The Transport Engineering Division is an integral part of the Department of Civil Engineering. It is comprised of four academic staff members who have obtained post-graduate qualifications in different areas of transportation engineering that include traffic engineering, highway engineering and transport planning. It is a leading academics group of Transport & Highway Engineering in Sri Lanka . The Division is responsible for conducting lectures, practicals and research for civil engineering undergraduate students. The Division also conducts two postgraduate courses; MEng /PG Diploma in Highway & Traffic Engineering and MSc/PG Diploma in Transportation. The academic staff undertakes the supervision of full-time PhD/MPhil/MSc research students and around 8-10 research students work on different areas of research at a given time.
An increased Transportation Engineering component was introduced to the BSc Civil Engineering curricular in 1992 and subsequently revised in 2000 and 2009. Under the new curriculum, specialized transport courses are taught at second year and fourth year levels. The second year subject covers an introduction to transport and traffic engineering theory. The compulsory fourth year subject covers basics in highway geometry, material and design. The optional fourth year subjects impart theoretical knowledge of traffic engineering, intersection controls, traffic management, pavement design, Geometric design and road safety, highway construction and maintenance, transport systems planning & operations with project based assignments. Field work including Traffic impact assessments, safety audits, capacity design, signal design and advanced computer packages such as TransPlan, HDM4 and AutoCad AutoDesk Civil 3D are introduced and practical classes have been designed to provide experience in conducting basic traffic and transport surveys and studies.
In addition to conducting the undergraduate and postgraduate course of studies, the Division of Transportation Engineering has been carrying out a fully fledged research and consultancy programs. Emphasis has been on applied research and the determination of applications for Sri Lanka . Research is also carried out at different levels of the academic program in order to inculcate the principles and practice of research among the students. The TED also undertakes transport studies, traffic surveys, highway design, design of rigid and flexible pavements, feasibility studies, assessments and highway material testing. An emphasis is made on collaborative studies such as capacity building with private and state sector organizations. The division is also conducting Continuing Professional Development Programs (CPD) in all areas of transport. Transportation Engineering Division has two laboratories; highway engineering laboratory - a fully fledged testing laboratory with latest equipments and transportation engineering laboratory that is equipped with GIS and other software facilities and traffic survey equipments, and a resource center for transport related literature.
It is also has a Road Safety Laboratory located in the Civil Engineering Research Centre. Road Safety Audits and Training Programmes on Road Safety are being conducted through this Laboratory.
The Department has taken initiative to build two Laboratories: Bitumen Testing and Heavy Vehicle Testing for which a multi - storey building will be constructed shortly facing the Bolgoda Lake located behind the Civil Engineering Complex main building.