Dr.(Mrs.) Nayanthara De Silva's profile

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DR. (MRS.) NAYANTHARA DE SILVA       
B.Sc. (Eng.) Hons, M.Sc. (Building), PhD, C. Eng., MIESL
Senior Lecturer
Department of Building Economics,
Faculty of Architecture,
University of Moratuwa,
Sri Lanka

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD , University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
  • M.Sc. (Building), National University of Singapore, Singapore.
  • B.Sc (Hons) Engineering (Civil) University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.

Professional Qualifications

  • Chartered Engineer, Member, Institute of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL).

Subject Areas

She conducts undergraduate teaching on Maintenance Management I and II, Building Surveying, Risk Management, FM project study II, III and IV. Postgraduate teaching on Introduction to Facilities Management, Occupational Safty and Health in Workplace Planning and Risk Management for M.Sc. in Occupational Safety and Health Management programme and Management of Projects and Facilities for Master of Urban Design programme.

Professional Activities

  • Chairperson-  Curriculum and Evaluation Committee - Faculty of  Architecture
  • Undergraduate Coordinator - B.Sc. Facilities Management (Honours) degree programme
  • Programme Coordinator - M.Sc. in Occupational Safety and Health Management degree programme
  • Faculty coordinator (Architecture) - HETC project - soft skills group
  • Advisor and Mentor -Instituteof Facilities Management, Sri Lanka.
  • Resource person - Safety lectures conducted by the Safety Division, Department ofLabour,2014
  • SRC grant for short term research - Relationally Integrated Value Networks (RIVANS) for Total Asset Management (TAM) - 2013 to present
  • SRC grant for short term research - Efficient Framework for Occupational Accidents Recording in Construction Sector - on going - 2013 to present
  • Book chapter on Occupational Safety and Health for Student Handbook of Bio Technology subject, GCE Advanced Level  

Research Interests

  • Maintainability of buildings
  • Safe access for maintenance
  • Occupational safetyandhealth
  • Construction industry performance

Publications : Books and Book Chapters

1
De Silva, N. (2015). Occupational Safety and Health for Student Handbook of Bio Technology subject, GCE Advanced Level, 2015, 1stEdition, Department of Publication, Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka.
2 Chew M.Y.L., De Silva N., Tan S.S. (2005) Wet Areas: Good Practices In Design, Construction And Maintenance, World Scientific Publishing Company Incorporated, ISBN- 9812560718, 9789812560711

Publications : International (Refereed) Journal Papers

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De Silva, N., Ranasinghe, M., De Silva, C. R. (2016). “Risk Analysis in Maintainability of High-Rise Buildings under Tropical Conditions Using Ensemble Neural Network”. Facilities, 34(1/2), pp.2-27.  

4 Nazeer Fathima Sabrina and De Silva, N. TBPE scoring framework for tropical buildings, Built Environment Project and Asset Management, -accepted
5 De Silva, N., Ranasinghe, M., De Silva, C.R. Risk Analysis in Maintainability of High-Rise Buildings under Tropical Conditions Using Ensemble Neural Network, Facilities – accepted 
6 De Silva, N., Sampath, D.B.D and De Silva, C.R. (2015) “Maintainability of Condominiums Constructed for Low-Income Families in Sri Lanka”, Built-environment: Sri Lanka, 11(2), pp. 25-39.
7 De Silva, N., Darmicka, R. and Fernando, E. (2014) Impact of foreign workforce on productivity in foreign-funded infrastructure projects, Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction, 19(2), pp.168 – 183.
8 De Silva, N., Ranasinghe, M., De Silva, C.R. (2013) “Use of ANNs in Complex Risk Analysis Applications”, Built Environment Project and Asset Management,” 3(1), pp. 123 – 140.
9 De Silva, N. and Ranasinghe, M. and De Silva, C.R. (2012) “Risk Factors Affecting to Building Maintenance under Tropical Conditions,” Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction, 17(3), pp. 235-253.  
10 De Silva, N. and Wimalaratne, P.L.I. (2012) “OSH management framework for workers at construction sites in Sri Lanka,” Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 19 (4), pp. 
11 De Silva, N. (2011) “Promoting the facilities management profession in the project development phase of high-rise buildings in Sri Lanka”, Built Environment-Sri Lanka, 9-10(No 1-2), pp. 37- 44. 
12 De Silva, N. and Ranasinghe, M. (2010) “Maintainability of reinforced concrete flat roofs in Sri Lanka”, Structural Survey, 28(4), pp. 314 – 329.
13 De Silva, N. and Ranasinghe, M. (2010) “Maintainability risks of condominiums in Sri Lanka,” Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction, 15(1), pp. 41-60.
15 De Silva N. and Vithana S.B.K.H (2008) “Use of PC elements for waste minimization in Sri Lankan construction industry”, Structural Survey, 26(3), pp. 188-198. 
16 De Silva N., Ranasinghe M. and Rameezdeen R. (2008) “Maintainability risk factors of flat roofs in multi-storey buildings in Sri Lanka”, Engineer, Journal of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, 31(4), pp.22-31.
17 Chew, M.Y.L., De Silva, N., Tan P.P. and Das, S. (2006) “Grading of risk parameters for façade maintainability”, International Journal on Architectural Science, 7(3), pp. 77-87. 
18 De Silva N., Dulaimi M. F., Ling F. Y. Y. and Ofori G. (2004) “Improving the maintainability of buildings in Singapore,” Building Research & Information, 39(10), pp.1243-1251.
19 Chew M.Y.L. and De Silva N. (2004) “Factorial method for performance assessment of building façades,” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 130(4), pp.525-533. 
20 Chew M.Y.L., De Siva N. and Tan S.S. (2004) “Maintainability of wet areas of non-residential buildings,” Structural Survey, 22 (1), pp.39-52. 
21 Chew M.Y.L. and De Silva N. and Tan S.S. (2004) “A neural network approach to assessing building façade maintainability in the tropics,” Construction Management and Economics, 22(6), pp.581-594.
22 Chew M.Y.L., De Silva N. and Tan S.S. (2004) “Artificial neural network approach for grading of maintainability in wet areas of high-rise buildings,” Architectural Science Review, 47(1), pp.27-42.
23 Chew M.Y.L. and De Silva N. (2003) “Maintainability problems of wet areas in high-rise residential buildings,” Building Research and Information, 31(1), 60-69. 
24 Chew M.Y.L. and De Silva N. (2003) “Benchmarks to minimize water leakages in basements”, Structural Survey, 21(4), pp.131-145.
25 Dulaimi M. F., Ling F. Y. Y., Ofori G., and De Silva N. (2002) “Enhancing integration and innovation in construction,” Building Research & Information, 30(4), pp.237-247.
26 Chew M.Y.L. and De Silva N. (2002) “Factors affecting water-tightness in wet area of high-rise residential buildings,” Architectural Science Review, 45(4), pp.375-383.

 

Publications : Local Conference Papers

27 De Silva, N. and Ranasinghe, M. (2011) “Use of ANN in Risk Analysis” proceeding of the 17th Annual Research Symposium: Engineering Research Unit, 22nd December 2011, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, pp. 230-232. 
28 De Silva N. and Kumara, K.A.C.B. (2010) “Efficiency of condominium management modes in Sri Lanka” presented at Faculty of Architecture Research Unit (FARU) symposium 2009,
29 De Silva, N., Rathnayake, KGDP and Abeynayake, M. (2009) “Health and safety issues at construction sites in Sri Lanka” presented at Faculty of Architecture Research Unit (FARU) symposium 2008. 
30 De Silva, N. (2008) “Maintainability of buildings”, presented at Faculty of Architecture Research Unit (FARU) symposium 2007.

Publications : International (Refereed) Conference Papers

31 Madhusanka H.W.N and De Silva, N. (2015) “Developing a customer satisfaction assessment model for the Immigration and Emigration service in Sri Lanka”, Proceedings of 4th World Construction Symposium 2015: Sustainability and Development in Built Environment, 12th-14th June 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
32 De Silva, N., Ranadewa, K.A.T.O., Kumaraswamy, M. and Ranasinghe, M. (2014) “Better values and characteristics in relationally integrated value networks to enhance total asset management”, Proceedings of CIOB World Construction Symposium 2014, June 20th-22th, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka 
32 Nazeer Fathima Sabrina and De Silva, N. (2014) “Developing a TBPE scoring framework for assessing total building performance”, Proceedings of CIOB World Construction Symposium 2014, June 20th-22th, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka (awarded as the best paper of the CIOB conference)
33 Chathuranga, D.A.K., De Silva, N., Dahanayake, K.W.D.K.C. and Ranasinghe, M. (2014) “Impact of aesthetic appearance to facilitate corporate business objectives in organisations”, Proceedings of CIOB World Construction Symposium 2014, June 20th-22th, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka 
34 Manjula, N.H.C. and De Silva, N. (2014) “Factors affecting safety behaviours of construction workers”, Proceedings of CIOB World Construction Symposium 2014, June 20th-22th, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka
35 Rajapakshe, I. and De Silva, N. (2014) “ Contracting approach for improving performance of infrastructure development projects”, Proceedings of CIOB World Construction Symposium 2014, June 20th-22th, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka
36 De Silva, N. and Nawarathna, R.A.G. (2014) “Reporting procedure of construction accidents in Sri Lanka”, CIOB World Construction Symposium 2014, June 20th-22th, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
37 Rathnayake, U., De Silva, N. and Nawarathna, A. (2014) “Under-Reporting of Construction Accidents in Sri Lanka”, FARU Journal, 06 (01), pp. 80-87, 2014.
38 Weerasinghe, R. P. N. P. and De Silva. N. (2014) “Potential Brokerages in Relationally Integrated Value Networks (RIVANS) for Total Facilities Management: Literature Findings”, FARU Journal, 06 (01), pp. 167-177.
39 Manjula, N.H.C. and De Silva N., (2013) ‘A Study on the Factors Affecting Construction Workers’ Safety Behaviours’, FARU International Research Symposium, 13-14th December, 2013, Hambantota, Sri Lanka.
40 Manjula, N.H.C. and De Silva, N. (2013) “Strengthening the Safety Culture for Organizational Sustainability,” CIOB Second World Construction Conference 2013, 14-15th June, 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
41 Fernando, S., De Silva, N. and Dhanayake, K. (2013) “Developing a Maintenance Strategy Plan to Improve Energy Efficiency of HVAC System,” CIOB Second World Construction Conference 2013, 14-15th June 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
42 Weerapperuma, C., De Silva, N., Kumaraswamy, M. and Ranasinghe, M. (2013) “Relationally Integrated Value Networks for Sustainable Procurement,” CIOB Second World Construction Conference 2013, 14-15th June 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
43 Siriwardana, M.R., De Silva, N. and Nawarathna, R.A.G. (2013) “Impact of Maintenance Management Procedures on Energy Efficiency of Chillers,” CIOB Second World Construction Conference 2013, 14-15th June 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
44 De Silva, N., Ranasinghe, M., De Silva, C.R. (2012) “Maintainability Approach for Lean Maintenance”, CIOB World Construction Conference 2012, June 28th-30th, 2012, Colombo, Sri  Lanka. 
45 De Silva, N., Ranasinghe, M., De Silva, C.R. and Thurairajah, N. (2012) “Architecture of Ensemble Neural Networks for Risk Analysis”, ASC 48th Annual International Conference held in conjunction with the CIB Workgroup 89 - April 11-14, 2012 at Birmingham City University,  England. 
46 Wiratunga, I.V.H. and De Silva, N. (2010) “A concept of weather window (WW) in managing the rain risks in construction projects of Sri Lanka”, International Research Conference on Sustainability in Built Environment, 18th -19th June 2010, Colombo, Sri Lanka, pp. 266-272.
47 De Silva N., Rajakaruna, R. W. D. W. C. A. B. and Bandara K. A. T. N.  (2008), “Challenges faced by the construction industry in Sri Lanka,” CIB W89: International Conference in Building Education and Research, Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka 11 - 15th February 2008, pp. 158-169.
48 Chew M.Y.L., Das S., De Silva N. and Yee F. F. (2008), “Grading maintainability parameters for sanitary-plumbing system for high-rise residential buildings,” CIB W89: International Conference in Building Education and Research, Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka 11 - 15th February 2008, pp. 887-900.
49 Chew M.Y.L., De Silva N. and Tan S.S. (2003) “Designing for maintainability,” 2nd International Symposium on Building Pathology, Durability and Rehabilitation, Lisba, Portugal.
50 De Silva N, De Silva C., Leong C.,  and Ranasinghe M, (2003) “RBF model for contingency allocation to construction project costs,” CIB International Symposium on Knowledge Construction, Singapore.
51 Chew M.Y.L., De Silva N. and Tan P.P. (2003), “Maintainability of facades in the tropics,” Conference for Facade Design and Procurement, Center for Window and Cladding Technology, University of Bath, UK. 
52 Chew M.Y.L., De Silva N., Tan S.S. (2003) “Maintainability of buildings in the tropics,” CIB International Workshop on Management of Durability in the Building Process, Politecnico di Milano, Italy.
53 Dulaimi M.F., Ling F.Y.Y, Ofori G., and De Silva N. (2001), “Building a world class construction industry in Singapore,” Proceedings of CIB Building Congress, Wellington, New Zealand.

 

Awards

  • HighlyCommended Paper Award byEmerald Group Publishing Limited LiteratiNetwork,BEPAM Journal forthe paper titled Useof ANNs inaComplex Risk AnalysisApplications”
  • BEPAM Best Paper Award for thepaper titledDevelopingaTBPE scringframewrk forAssessingTotalBuilding Performanceat the3rd World Construction symposium, Colombo, Sri Lanka awarded by Emerald GroupPublishing Limite