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  • The Newspaper of The Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka Vol. 52, No 03, May / June 2016 Registered at the GPO as a Newspaper No. QD/53/News/2016

    The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka

    120/15, Wijerama Mawatha Colombo 7, Sri Lanka

    Tel: 2685490,2698426, 2699210 Fax: 2699202 Website:

    in this issue

    •IESL Council 2015 / 2016......3 •CPD Course on Project Management Professional conducted in Trincomalee.......3 •Editorial...................................4 •Notice to Associate ...............4 Members •Site Visit to Green .............6&7 Electric Energy Park at Curtin University •Intel® Educate Future.............8 Scientist Workshop •Prevention of Flooding by ......9 the Kelani river •Food for Thought for Future Engineers ...................9 •Means of Escape Plan...10&11



    Contd. on page 3..

    During the month ofMarch-April, Engineershad bitter experience and faced heavy criticism from the general public, as well as politicians, due to island wide power cuts though our Engi- neers were able to restore power supply within a very short period. The failure of the power supply authority to maintain reli- able supply of electricity which Sri Lanka was proud of as one of the best in South Asia has been questioned by the citizens, politicians, industrialists and all those who are keen to forge ahead with the development agenda in the country.

    The government appointed a six-member probe team to investigate the reasons for such power cuts and it is re- vealed that, according to news reports, little or no mainte- nance work had been carried out.

    The IESL has given mandate to its Power Sector Commit- tee for the formulation of a set of recommendations to avoid such situations in the future with the knowledge and experience of our own engineers in the field and that gives opportunity to our members to come forward and put for- ward their thoughts to action.

    Further, that gives the very important message on the im- portance of maintenance of our infrastructures after con- struction. It is valid for all sectors; irrigation, roads, build- ings, water supply and all other sectors of engineering and it is a known fact that there is shortage of attention to periodical maintenance of infrastructures. The allocation of necessary funds for periodical maintenance is of vital importance and it is our duty to convince higher authorities the importance of maintenance of public properties as well as educate the general public that without public support engineers alone are not able to carry out sustainable main- tenance programs. Such sustainable maintenance program would cut down the massive cost of rehabilitation works and eliminate the heavy criticism by public on engineer’s works.

    Contd. on page 09....


    The ceremonial launch of the Techno Sri Lanka 2016 was held at a function atthe Hotel Galadari on Wednesday, 22nd June, 2016 from 6.00 pm onwards inthe presence of a large audience comprised of Council members, Past Presi- dents, sponsors, special invitees, guests, well-wishers, members of the organizing committee and IESL staff. Contd. on page 4....

    The worlds largest high school science& engineering competition, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2016, a program of the Society for Science & the Public, announced its top winners in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

    IESL/JIY finalists have won Grand award & two special awards respectively at the Grand Award ceremony & Special Award Ceremony which were held today in USA at their 8th ap- pearance (2016).

    Abishek S Gomes from Belvoir College Inter- national won the Grand award 3rd Place in cat- egory of “Embedded Systems” & Top Award


  • Sri Lanka Engineering News - May / June 2016 2 IESL NEWS

    IESL COUNCIL 2015 / 2016

    IESL - Annual Events Calendar 2015 / 2016

    Event Date Month Day Venue

    1.Techno Stall Holder Forum 09 September Friday IESL Auditorium/ 122

    2. Induction and Graduation 14 September Friday BMICH Ceremony (Committee

    Room B) (Committee Room E – Tea)

    3.Techno Exhibition 07,08,09 October Friday BMICH Saturday (SBMECentre) Sunday

    4. Inauguration of the 14 October Friday BMICH Annual Sessions (Main Hall)

    5. Annual Sessions Seminar 15 October Saturday BMICH (Mihilaka Medura)

    6. Annual Sessions Site 16 October Sunday - Visit

    7. Annual General Meeting 22 October Saturday IESL – Auditorium II

    8. Techno Awards 28 October Friday Galadari Ceremony

    Structural Design Institute Comprehensive Course on State-of-the-Art Com-

    puter-Aided Modelling Practices and Techniques with CSI ETABS for Structural Analysis of

    High-rise Buildings We are pleased to inform you that Structural Design Institute has organised a two-months Comprehensive Training Programme on “State-of-the-Art Com- puter-Aided Modelling Practices and Techniques with CSI ETABS in Structural Analysis of High-rise Buildings” starting from basics to an advanced level.

    Resource Persons :Eng. Dilina Hettiarachchi

    Eng. Tharanga Pradeep, Eng. Balraj Kiriparan

    Duration :Two-months

    Time :Eight consecutive Saturdays (9.30am-12.30pm)

    Course Outline: Fundamentals of Finite Element Analysis Element Types, their Properties and Applications Global Coordinates and Local Coordinates System Introduction to ETABS, Modeling and Analyzing a Simple Four-storied Building. Modeling and analyzing a 10 to 15 storied building – meshing techniques,

    diaphragms Importing an architectural CAD plan Transfer Floor, deflections;interpretation of analysis results for walls. Modelling and analysis of steel buildings Assessment of Dynamic Response of a Building: P-Delta Effect for Wind Loads,

    Time History Analysis and Response Spectrum Analysis Design Options and Reporting Facilities Interpretation of Results and Validation of Computer Models Analysis of 30-storied building- Response Spectrum, Story Drifts, Base Shear,

    Time History.

    Course Fee : Rs. 20,000/= per month Venue : No. 01, 33rd Lane, Bagatale Road, Colombo 03. Pre-requisite : Recommended to bring a laptop computer with ETABS

    installed A set of comprehensive notes and a participation certificate shall be awarded for the course participants. Limited seats available,reservation shall be on first come first serve basis. For more details contact:,

    Structural Design Institute The Knowledge Base in Structural Engineering

    Eng. Jaliya Bandara Representative Member Member - MIE(Sri Lanka)

    Eng. (Dr.) Sanjeewa Wickremaratne Representative Member Member - MIE(Sri Lanka)

    Eng. P A Samira Anuradha Representative Member Member - MIE(Sri Lanka)

    Eng. Ranjith Gunawardana Chairman - Board of Trustees

    AWAIT... IESL Induction and

    Graduation Ceremony 2016 to be held on 14th September,

    2016 at the BMICH

  • Sri Lanka Engineering News - May / June 2016 3IESL NEWS

    CPD Course on "Project Management Professional", conducted in Trincomalee

    The IESL EasternChapter conducted afive days CPD course on "Project Management Professional – PMP" in Trincomalee at P/Buildings Department, conference hall on 04th, 05th, 11th , 12th & 19th of June, 2016 with the participation of thirty (30) participants from different disciplines. The day of the inauguration on 04th June 2016, the CPD Committee Chairman, Dr. Kamal Laksiri, Eng. Madhawa Herath CPD Committee member and

    other officials from PMI Colombo Sri Lanka Chapter President Mr. Ganesh Wijenayaka and Executive Vice President Mr. Shanaka de Silva were present. Eng. S. Rajagopalasingam, Provincial Deputy Director of Irrigation was invited for this event as a Guest of Honour. Following the welcome addressed by Eng. L. Subhaharan, Co- chairman IESL Eastern Chapter, CPD Committee Chairman Dr. Kamal Laksiri delivered a speech to the participants. He mentioned that, this is the first time that IESL has conduct such a long term programme out of Colombo and he appreciated the committee members of the IESL Eastern Province Chapter for the efforts taken to conduct the

    programme. He also, mentioned, the efforts taken by the Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda, IESL President (Elect) and Eng. Madhawa Herath who took the initiative to conduct this programme in Trincomalee. Further, he invited to organize similar

    programmes for the enhancement of the knowledge and skills of young engineers to meet the requirements in the competitive world. Thereafter the Guest of Honour, Eng. S. Rajagopalasingam delivered the key note address. The technical sessions commenced on 04th and 05th with Mr. Shanaka De Silva cond