Dr. R.U.Halwathura

B.Sc.Eng. (Moratuwa), Ph.D. (Moratuwa), C.Eng., MIESL, AMSSE,

Senior Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering,
University of Moratuwa


Contact Information:
 
Address:
Department of Civil Engineering,
University of Moratuwa,
Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
 
e mail: rangika@uom.lk

Telephone: +94-11-2650567-8 (Ext.2217)

Fax:           + 94-11-2651216

 

 
Academic and Professional Qualifications Awards
Computer Literacy Research Supervision
Academic and Professional Experience Consultancy Services undertaken
Publications in Refereed Journals and Proceedings of Conferences Short Courses
Presentations (on Seminars/ Workshops)

Academic and Professional Qualifications

Ph.D. in Structural and building services Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, 2008.

Charted Engineer- Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (2011)

B.Sc. Eng (First Class Honours), University of Moratuwa, 2004.

Elected as a Reviewer for Building and environment, Elsevier journal.

Worked as a reviewer for International postgraduate conference on Engineering, Design and Developing the built environment for sustainable wellbeing, Australia, 2011.

Followed a short course on "Computer Analysis and Structural Design of Tall Buildings", University of Moratuwa , 2004.

Followed a short course on "Structural Analysis of Large Structures", University of Moratuwa , 2006.

Followed a work shop on "Guidelines for Design and Installation of Building Services in Commercial Buildings", Institute for Construction Training and Development, 2007.

Followed a training programme on Cads RC/Rebar Cad in Cads Software, India.

Went on a training on curriculum delivery in University of Putra, Malaysia.

Completed a management training programme at University of Putra, Malaysia, 2011 October.

Member, Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, 2010.

Associated Member, Society of Structural Engineers, Sri Lanka , 2005.

Member Sri Lanka Association for advancement of Scinece, 2009.

 

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Computer Literacy
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Proficient with Windows Environment
Completed a Diploma in Computer Studies and has knowledge on hardware and networking.
Able to use following software for Civil Engineering applications.

-          Auto Cad

-          Architectural desktop

-          Revit

-          3D Max

-          Billest

-          Photoshop

-          Microsoft Visio

-          Grasp - for structural analysis

-          Sap 2000 - for advanced computer modelling of structures

-          Slide- for geotechnical modelling

-          Microsoft Project - for project planning

-          Primavera - for project planning and Enterprise Project planning

-          MS Project Server - Enterprise project management

-          DEROB LTH  - for thermal modelling of structures 

-          CADS RC - for structural analysis

-          A3D MAX - for structural analysis

-          Rebar CAD- Preparation of Detail Drawings

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Academic and Professional Experience

• Senior lecturer of Faculty of Engineering-University of Moratuwa from 2010.05.04 to date.

• Teaching undergraduate courses,
            (i) Cost Estimation
            (ii) Project planning
            (iii) Civil Engineering Skill Development
            (iv) Engineering Drawing 2D and 3D Computer Aided Drafting
            (v) Project Management.

Teaching postgraduate courses for the M.BA. in Project Management and MSc in Construction Project Management in the subject areas of Advance tools and Techniques in Project Management Computer Aided Project Planning and Monitoring using MS Project, Primavera and MS Project server

• Visiting lecturer - University of Sri Jayawardanapura for teaching postgraduate course for the M.BA- Year 2010 onwards.

• Visiting lecturer - University of Vocational Technology for teaching undergraduate- Year 2013 onwards

• Programme Coordinators and a developer for Construction Management, Edhat International Higher Diploma (EIHD), Edhat International Limited (UK), Northway House, 1379 High Road, Whetstone,London -Year 2011

• Moderator and marking examiner in the subject of Building Engineering for the City & Guilds Graduate Diploma examination for Year 2012

• Deputy secretary- University of Moratuwa Teachers Association, University of Moratuwa-2010/2011

• Executive president - University of Moratuwa Teachers Association, University of Moratuwa -2011/2012

• IESL Student Chapter - Student Advisor since 2011

• Visiting lecturer - city school of architecture - Year 2010 onwards.

• Lecturer of Faculty of Engineering-University of Moratuwa from 2009.02.16 to 2010.05.03.

• Lecturer (on contract) of Faculty of Engineering-University of Moratuwa from 2006.05.01 to 2009.02.15.

• Teaching undergraduate courses, (i) Cost Estimation (ii) Project planning (iii) Civil Engineering Skill Development (iv) Engineering Drawing 2D and 3D Computer Aided Drafting (v) Project Management.

• Teaching postgraduate courses for the M.BA. in Project Management and MSc in Construction Project Management in the subject areas of Advance tools and Techniques in Project Management Computer Aided Project Planning and Monitoring using MS Project, Primavera and MS Project server

• Visiting Lecturer at General Sir John Kotelawala Defense University from 2005.02.01 to 2009. 06.31. Subjects are Theory of Structures and Structural Design for final year Civil Engineering students)

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Publications in Refereed Journals & Proceedings of Conferences

• R.U. Halwatura , M.T.R. Jayasinghe, Strategies for improved micro-climates in high-density residential developments in tropical climates, Energy for Sustainable Development , (2007), Volume XI No. 4 (44-55).

• R. U. Halwatura, R.S. Mallawarachchi, M.T.R. Jayasinghe, Cyclone resistant insulated roof slabs, Proceedings of the International Conference on Mitigation of the Risk of Natural Disasters, 27-28, March 2007 University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

• R.U. Halwatura , M.T.R. Jayasinghe, Comparative study of performance of different roofing types for indoor thermal comfort in residential buildings, Proceedings of the International Collaborative Graduate Symposium Between Saitama University, Japan and University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka 28 January-02 February 2008 University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.

• R.U. Halwatura , M.T.R. Jayasinghe, Thermal performance of insulated roof slabs in tropical climates, Energy and Buildings 40 (2008) 1153-1160.

• R.U. Halwatura , M.T.R. Jayasinghe, Influence of insulated roof slabs on air conditioned spaces in tropical climatic conditions-A life cycle cost approach , Energy and Buildings 41 (2009) 678-686.

• R.U. Halwatura , A.A.D.A.J. Perera, Risk in the use of asbestos roofing sheets in Sri Lanka, Environmental Science and Policy, Proceedings of the Annual Symposium, Kothalawala Defence University, Sri Lanka, December 2009.

• Pathiranage, Y. L. and Halwatura, R. U., Factors Influencing the Duration of Road Construction Projects in Sri Lanka, ENGINEER Journal, Vol. XXXXIII, No. 04, pp 17-30, October 2010

• R.U. Halwatura, B.S.S.S. Dareeju, K.A. Deshappriya, J.N. Meegahage, Indoor thermal performance of turf roof slabs, Proceedings of the 16 th Annual symposium, Engineering research unit, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, November 2 nd ,2010.

• B.S.S.S. Dareeju, J.N. Meegahage, R.U. Halwatura ,Influence of Grass Cover on Flat Reinforced Concrete Slabs in a Tropical Climate Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE-2010),Kandy, 13-14 December 2010,Sri Lanka.

• S. N.Wijerathne, R.U.Halwatura, The Impact of Green Roofs on Urban Heat Island Effect, Proceedings of the International Conference on Building Resilience (ICBR 2011), 19 th - 21 th July 2011, Sri Lanka.

• Dareeju, B.S.S.S., Meegahage, J.N., Halwatura, R.U., 2011, Indoor Thermal Performance of Green Roof in a Tropical Climate:Sustainable housing, Proceedings of the International Conference on Building Resilience (ICBR 2011), 19 th - 21 th July 2011, Sri Lanka.

• B S S S Dareeju, J N Meegahage, R U Halwatura, Performance of Green Roof Against the Global warming, Annual Transactions of Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, pp. [297-302], 2011

• S Bandara, Dr. R. U. Halwathura, project control in multi-project environment in Sri Lanka, IESL-SSMS Joint International Symposium on Social Management Systems, 14th – 16th September, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2011.

• R.U Halwatura, K.C Tharanga, T.N Molagoda, R.M.P.N Rathnayaka, Effect of passive techniques in old buildings in Sri Lanka, , Proceedings of the International Conference Structural Engineering, Construction and Management, 16th - 18th December 2011, Sri Lanka.

• S. N.Wijerathne, R.U.Halwatura, Amplification of comfort and the air quality with green roof in cities, Proceedings of the International Conference Structural Engineering, Construction and Management, 16th - 18th December 2011, Sri Lanka.

• A.W.L.H. Ranasinghe, R.U. Halwatura, User comfort on urban roads, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Advances in Civil and Environmental Engineering Practices for Sustainable Development (ACEPS), 19th March 2012, Sri Lanka.

• A.W.L.H. Ranasinghe, A.A.D.A.J. Perera, R.U. Halwatura, Occupant Satisfaction on Indoor Comfort in a Green Building, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Advances in Civil and Environmental Engineering Practices for Sustainable Development (ACEPS), 19th March 2012, Sri Lanka.

• R.U.Halwatura, G.H.E.Silva, H.A.D.Mahanama, P.M.S.Jayamanna, A.G.T.N.Jayaweera, Ecological Design Considerations in High-rise Buildings With References to CO2 Levels, Annual Transactions of Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, pp. [104-111], 2012

• S.N.Wijerathne, R U Halwatura, Mitigating the Scale of Urban Heat Island Effect in Cities with Implementation of Green Roofs, Annual Transactions of Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, pp. [120-126], 2012

• W. D. A Perera, R U Halwatura, Causes and effects of delays in construction of medium scale drinking water supply projects in Sri Lanka, Annual Transactions of Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, pp. [151-159], 2012

• R. K. P. S. Gunatilake, R U Halwatura, Socio-Economic Impacts of Rural Electrification, Annual Transactions of Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, pp. [224-233], 2012


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Awards

•  Hiran Tillekeratne Research award, University Grant Commission for the research carried out during the period from     2007 to 2009.

•  Sir Lanka Associate for the Advancement of Science- Postgraduate Research Merit Award- 2009

•  University of Moratuwa Award for the Best Civil Engineering Graduand in Construction Engineering & Management

•  University of Moratuwa Award for the Best Civil Engineering Graduand in Building & Structural Engineering

•  University of Moratuwa Award for the Best Civil Engineering Graduand in Transportation & Geotechnical Engineering.

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Presentations (on Seminars / Workshops)

  • Technology Transfer Seminar on Cement Based Products in Kegalle, Industrial Development Board of Ceylon, April 2006
  • Technology Transfer Seminar on Cement Based Products in Kandy, Industrial Development Board of Ceylon, November 2006 
  • "Thermal and Sound Insulation of the Envelope and the Arrest of the Heat Transfer" Continuing Professional Developing Programme, session 2009-2010, Sri Lanka Institute of Architects, February 2010.


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Research Supervision

• MSc - "A Study of the effectiveness of hand pump maintenance system in Sri Lanka - Special reference to Southern Province" done by C.C.H.C Fernando, Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration, Sri Lanka in 2008.

• MSc - "Causes and effects of delays in construction of water supply projects" done by Perera W. D.A., University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2010.

• MSc - "Factors influencing the duration of road construction projects in Sri Lanka" done by Pathiranage Y.L., University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2010.

•  MSc - "Labour productivity in building construction industry" done by Gunawardana P. D.H.D., University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2011.

• MSc - "Management of Projects with beneficiary participation: Case study - Rehabilitation internal estate roads" done by Ekanayakage S.V., University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2011.

• MSc - "Cost monitoring and controlling practices of construction companies in Sri Lanka" done by Weerasinghe S.B., University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2012.

•  MSc- "Effectiveness of software applications in construction project management" done by G. L. Manorathna, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, 2013

• MBA- "Cost effectiveness of non revenue water reduction" done by Ranasinghe C.J, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2010.

• MBA - "Sri Lanka software export industry : an evaluation using the software export success model" done by Dharmawardhana H. M. S. N, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2010.

• MBA- "Evaluating risk factors affecting financing of mini hydro power projects in Sri Lanka" done by Rathnaweera P.H.S.B, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2010.

• MBA - "Improve the profitability of monocrop agriculture projects by developing as a integrated agriculture projects in Sri Lanka" done by Rajakaruna J.M.C.K, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2010.

• MBA- "Socio-Economic impacts of rural electrification in western region of Sri Lanka" done by Gunatilake P. S., University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2012

•MBA - "Parent's satisfaction on effective daycare centres" done by Samantha M.P.M.G.W, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2012

• MBA - "trends of causes for variation orders in road construction projects in Sri Lanka" done by Ranasinghe N P P P , University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2012

•  MSc -" Performance of green roofs in tropical climatic conditions" done by S N Wijerathne , University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2012

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Consultancy Services undertaken

 •  Structural Engineer, New Resource Centre Building for the Faculty of Medicine, University of Sri Jayawardanapura, January 2006.

•  Structural Engineer, New Community Centre and Equipment Programme for Tsunami Affected Communities in Hambanthota, Architecture for Humanity, Bozeman , United State, March 2006.

•  Team member, Final bill evaluation for re-structuring of Lanka filling Stations, Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, January 2007.

•  Team Member, Investigation on formation of fungus on inside walls of the district secretariat building at Nuwara Eliya, State Engineering Corporation, Sri Lanka , February 2007.

•  Team Member, Rectification of Leakages at Vault area of the Central Bank New Extension Building, Central Bank, Sri Lanka , March 2007.

•  Team Member, Design of Buildings for Tower of Knowledge and Learning Star for schools in Sri Lanka , Finance Commission, April 2007.

•  Team member, Tsunami Housing Evaluation, Lanka Evangelical Alliance Development Service, July 2007.

•  Team Member, Design of five story office building for LEADS, Lanka Evangelical Alliance Development Service, October 2007.

•  Team Member, Risk assessment of Asbestos roofing sheets in Sri Lanka , UNHCR, December 2007.

•  Team leader, Technical evaluation Community Concern Society tsunami housing projects, March 2008.

•  Team member, Structural Design check of the existing factory building, Mass holdings, Rathmalana. Year 2008.

•  Team member, Project Management of Restructuring of Lanka Filling Stations from Year 2008 to date.

•  Team Memebr, Structural design of proposed office complex for Ministry of fisheries, Putlam, Year 2009.

•  Team member, Structural stability check of the Lanka bell tower site building, Mount Lavinia, Year 2009.

•  Team member, Investigation on Collapse of Air craft Hanger at China bay, Trincomalle. Year 2009.

•  Project Manager for the construction of office building for LEADS, Lanka Evangelical Alliance Development Service, 2009

•  Team member for Investigation damages to nearby buildings and structures of Ratmalana -Moratuwa and Ja-Ela - Ekala sewer construction project. Year 2010.

•  Interior designer and advisor for remodelling of office space at Kothalawala Defence University-Year 2010

•  Team member, Structural Design check of the existing factory building for the new machinery arrangement, Mass holdings, Rathmalana. Year 2010.

•  Team member for Investigation damages Flood damages to the construction of head works in Pelatiyawa water supply scheme-Polonnaruwa, Year 2011

•  Team member for investigation foundation failure of the Union chemist building at Wattala, year 2011

•  Team member for investigation of damages to buildings due to rock blustering in Dodangoda, Kalutara, Year 2012

•  Team member for investigation of damages to Tank improvement project at Akkarayankulam - Damages in December 2011 due to heavy floods, Year 2012

 

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Short Courses
  • Resource person, Short course on Time and Cost Management using MS Project conducted by University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka and Maldives from 2006 to up to date.
  • Resource person, Short course on Computer Aided Project Management conducted by University of Moratuwa, 2007.
  • Resource person, Short course on Enterprise Project Management, conducted by University of Moratuwa, 2009
  • Resource person, Short course on Civil Engineering Drawings, conducted by University of Moratuwa, 2009.
  • Resource person, training programme for project management applications, conducted by University of Moratuwa and University of Putra, Malaysia, 2010.
  • Resource person, Training programme for MS project application for Kaluganga water supply project staff, 2011
  • Resource person, Short course on Project management with Primavera 6, Colombo school of construction technology (Pvt) Ltd. 2011
  • Resource person, training programme on MS Project for Cost and Time Planning and Monitoring, for Thudawe brothers (Pvt) Ltd. 2013

     

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