Ch.QS Dr.(Ms.)Thanuja Ramachandra's profile

 Thanuja
CH.QS.DR.(MS.) THANUJA RAMACHANDRA
B.Sc. (QS) Hons, MPhil (SL), PhD (NZ), A.I.Q.S SL
Director, Post Graduate Studies/Faculty of Architecture
Senior Lecturer
Department of Building Economics,
Faculty of Architecture,
University of Moratuwa,
Sri Lanka

Academic Qualifications 

  • PhD in Construction Management, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
  • M.Phil in Construction Economics, University of Moratuwa
  • B.Sc. (Hons) Quantity Surveying, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka        

Professional Qualification

  • Chartered Quantity Surveyor in the Institute of Quantity Surveying in Sri Lanka (IQSSL)

Professional Activities

  • Director, Postgraduate Studies, Faculty of Architecture since January 2016
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Building Economics, Faculty of Architecture, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka since July 2008
  • Lecturer (Contract), Department of Building Economics, Faculty of Architecture, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka since July 2005 to July 2008
  • Research Assistant, Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka since January 2002 to July 2005
  • Level Co-ordinator for level IV B.Sc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying and B.Sc (Hons) in Facilities Management degree programs since 2014
  • Dissertation Coordinator for level IV B.Sc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying and B.Sc (Hons) in Facilities Management degree programs since September 2015
  • Co-ordinator of Building Economics and Management Research Unit (BEMRU) since May 2014
  • Research Co-ordinator of the Department of Building Economics since September 2015 to January 2016
  • Member of the Curriculum Evaluation and Development Unit (CEDU) of the Department of Building Economics and responsible for developing modules in the Construction Economics stream
  • Examiner and Moderator for B.Sc (hons) in Quantity Surveying and B.Sc (hons) in Facilities Management programs, M.Sc./ PG Diploma in Project Management and M.Sc./ PG Diploma in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution.
  • Supervision of research dissertations for M.Sc. in Project Management and M.Sc. in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, B.Sc (hons) in Quantity Surveying and B.Sc (hons) in Facilities Management programmes
  • Member of Faculty Board of Architecture, University of Moratuwa since July 2008
  • Member of Board of Graduate Studies of University of Moratuwa since January 2016
  • Member of the Senate of University of Moratuwa since January 2016
  • Member of the Senate Higher Degrees Committee (Ex-officio) of University of Moratuwa since January 2016

Subject Areas

  • Construction Economics I and II, Project Appraisal, Professional Practice
  • Research Methodology
  • Micro and Macro Economics, Managerial Economics

Research Interests

  • Contract Administration: Cost Planning & Controlling, Payments, variations, claims, delays and disputes
  • Project Appraisal – Development appraisal, Whole life cycle cost modelling
  • Construction Productivity
  • Construction Innovation, ResearcandDevelopment

Publications : Peer-reviewed Journals 

1 Mathusha Francis, Thanuja Ramachandra and James Rotimi, Strategies to Minimise Delayed Payments Effects in Sri Lanka, Management, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Management, Procurement and Law (Paper Accepted for publication). 
2 Ramachandra, T. and Rotimi, J.O.B. (2015). The Construction Contracts Act and Its Implications for Payment Defaults in New Zealand. Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction. 
3 Jayasinghe, H.M. and Ramachandra, T. (2015). Adjudication Practice and Its Enforceability in the Sri Lankan Construction Industry. Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction.
4 Ramachandra, T. and Rotimi, J.O.B. (2015) Causes of Payment Problems in the New Zealand Construction Industry, Construction Economics and Building, 15(1), 43-55. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5130/ajceb.v15i1.4214.
5 Ramachandra, T. and Rotimi, J. (2014). Mitigating Payment Problems in the Construction Industry through Analysis of Construction Payment Disputes. Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction, 10.1061/ (ASCE) LA.1943-4170.0000156.
6 Ramachandra, T., Rotimi, J. O., & Rameezdeen, R. (2013) The direction of causal relationship between construction and the national economy of Sri Lanka, Journal of Construction in Developing Countries, 18 (1), 49-63.
7 Ramachandra, T., & Rotimi, J. O. (2012) Liquidation and its effect on construction trade creditors in New Zealand, Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction, 17(2), 166- 175.
8 Mouchi G., Rotimi J.O., and Ramachandra T. (2011) The skill sets required for managing complex construction projects, Business Education and Accreditation, 3(1), 89-100
9 Ramachandra, T., & Rotimi, J. O. (2011) The Nature of Payment Problems in the New Zealand Construction Industry. Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 11(2), 22- 33.
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Rameezdeen, R. and Ramachandra,T. (2008) Construction linkages in a developing economy: the case of Sri Lanka, Construction Management and Economics, 26(5) 499-506. 

11 Thanuja Ramachandra and Nisa Zainudeen, (2007) The relationship between  Sri Lankan economy and the property market, Journal of Built Environment Sri Lanka, 7(1) Colombo. 
12 Rameezdeen, R. and Ramachandra,T. (2006) Significance of construction in a developing Economy: The case of Sri Lanka, Journal of Building and Construction Management, (10) Hong  Kong. 
13 Thanuja Ramachandra and Raufdeen Rameezdeen, (2006) Study of the relationship between construction sector and the Sri Lankan economy, Journal of Built Environment Sri Lanka, 6(2)  Colombo. 
14 Rameezdeen, R., Zainudeen, N. and. Ramachandra, T. (2006) The Role of construction in a developing economy: An input-output analysis, Sri Lanka Economic Journal, 6(1&2) June and December, Colombo.

 

Publications : Peer-reviewed Coference

1 Madhavee Munasinghe and Thanuja Ramachandra, Study on Off-site Modern Methods of Constructions Used in Sri Lanka, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management 2015, Sri Lanka, Kandy, 11 - 14 December 2015. 
2 Budhwin Dahanayake and Thanuja Ramachandra, A Study on Defects in Building Construction in Sri Lanka, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management 2015, Sri Lanka, Kandy, 11 - 14 December 2015. 
3 Balasundaram Krishok,Thanuja Ramachandra and James Olabode Rotimi (8-10 July, 2015). Insurance policies applicable to Sri Lankan construction industry: The extent it serves the intended purposes, Proceedings of the annual RICS COBRA conference 2015, Sydney Australia. 
4 Ramachandra, T., Rotimi, J O., and Gunaratne, S (2014) Reasons for contractors’ delay claims failures in Sri Lanka In: Raiden, A B and Aboagye-Nimo, E (Eds) Procs 30th Annual ARCOM Conference, 1-3 September 2014, Portsmouth, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 475-484.
5 Jayawardena, N., Ramachandra and Rotimi, J. (3-7 November 2014) Cause and effects of variations on construction projects In: Suanpaga, W., Yazdani, S., Vimonsatit, V., Singh, A., and Chantawarangul, K. Second Australasia and South East Asia Conference in Structural Engineering and Construction (ASEA-SEC2), Bangkok, Thailand. 
6 Satchithanantharajah, P., and Ramachandra, T. (7-10 June, 2014). An investigation of required skills for a dispute management specialist, Proceedings of The 18th Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Congress 2014, Langham Place Hotel, Mongkok, Hong Kong.
7 Ramachandra, T., Rotimi, J.O. & Kanageswaran, R. (20-22 November, 2013). Analysis of contractors’ head office overhead on compensable delay events, Proceedings of the 38th  Annual Australasian Universities Building Education Association (AUBEA) Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.  
8 Ramachandra, T. & Rotimi, J.O. (2013, 10-12 September). Evaluating the effectiveness of construction payment provisions in New Zealand, Presented at the annual RICS COBRA conference 2013, New Delhi India.
9 Ramachandra, T. & Rotimi, J.O. (2012, 24-26 September). Construction payment delays and losses: Perceptions of New Zealand. Presented at the annual conference 2012 on Faces and facets of project management Project Management Institute New Zealand (PMINZ), Wellington, New Zealand.  
10 Ramachandra, T., & Rotimi, J. (2011, 21-26 June). Legal and contractual provisions: Implications on constructors' solvency. Presented at the International Conference of the Modern Methods and Advances in Structural Engineering and Construction, Zurich, Switzerland.
11 Ramachandra, T., & Rotimi, J. O. B. (2010, 3-5 December).Construction liquidation and payment losses: A review of New Zealand construction industry. Presented at the International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management Brisbane Australia.
12 Ramachandra, T. & Rotimi, J.O. (2010, 18-19 June) Review of methods for mitigating payment risks in construction: The case of New Zealand, Presented at International Research Conference on Sustainability in Built Environment, Colombo Sri Lanka.
13 Choi, D., Abeysekera, V., & Ramachandra, T. (2010, 10-13 May). Security of Final Account Payments: The Case of New Zealand. In P. Barrett, D. Amaratunga, R. Haigh, K. Keraminiyage, & C. Pathirage (Chair), Routledge. Presented at the CIB World Congress 2010, Salford Quays, United Kingdom.
14 Ramachandra T., Rameezdeen, R. and Suthan, S. (2008), “Construction Industry and Its Image among Public”, Proceedings of the International Research Conference on Management and Finance (IRCMF), Colombo, Sri Lanka, 11th December, Pp 271-280. 

Research Activities

  • Scientific Committee Co-Chair of The Fifth World Construction Symposium 2016, jointly organized by Ceylon Institute of Builders (CIOB), International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) and Building Economics and Management Research Unit, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka to be held on 29-31 July 2016 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Scientific Committee member of The Fourth World Construction Symposium 2015, jointly organized by Ceylon Institute of Builders (CIOB), International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) and Building Economics and Management Research Unit, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka on 12-14 June 2015 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Reviewer of research papers for leading journals and conference:
    • Construction Management and Economics Journal
    • International Journal of Construction Supply Chain Management
    • International Journal of Strategic Property Management
    • Built Environment Project and Asset Management
    • Annual symposium - The World Construction Symposium 

Awards

  • Outstanding Research Performance Award for year 2015 awarded by University of Moratuwa
  • Auckland University of Technology scholarship to pursue PhD in 2009

Consultancy Services offered Outside University

  • Assessor of National Diploma in Quantity Surveying (NDQS) conducted by University of Vocational Technology for the equivalency with NVQ level 5 and 6
  • Independent Reviewer for the review the Preliminary Cost Estimates for Harbor Projects
  • Visiting Lecturer at the National Institute of Education (On invitation) to educate agriculture teachers on how to prepare BOQs and Estimates for Farm Houses and Green Houses since 2015
  • MemberofBoardofManagementforCollegeofQuantitySurveying, Sri LankasinceJanuary2014
  • Assessor of Assessment of Professional Competency panel for Institute of Quantity Surveyors Sri Lanka (IQSSL) in 2014
  • Visiting Lecturer, College of Quantity Surveying, Institute of Quantity Surveyors Sri Lanka (IQSSL) since 2008
  • Visiting Lecturer at the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects (SLIA) during 2008 -2009.
  • Administrative Assistant of the Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Sri Lanka (Voluntary Service) during 2003-2005
  • Member of Consultants’ team appointed for assessment of current trends in commercial property market in Sri Lanka (2006)
  • Member of Consultants’ team appointed for preparation of estimates for Proposed Renovation and Refurbishment of National and Navodya Schools Project in Sri Lanka (2005),
  • Member of Consultants’ team appointed for assessment of Tsunami Damages to Health Facilities in Sri Lanka (2005).
  • Research Assistant for the market survey and feasibility study for identification of suitable development for Park Street, Colombo and analysis of consumer traffic and behaviour patterns at an up market shopping complex in Sri Lanka.