Dissa
CH.QS. VIJITHA DISARATHNE
B.Sc. (QS) Hons, MBA (UK), RICS PM (Dip) (UK),
A.I.Q.S SL, MRICS, ACIArb, SEDA (UK)
Senior Lecturer
Department of Building Economics,
Faculty of Architecture,
University of Moratuwa,
Sri Lanka

Academic Qualifications

  • MBA in Construction and Real Estate with Merit from the University of Reading
  • Bachelor's Degree in Quantity Surveying from University of Moratuwa
  • RICS Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management
  • Completed 'Licentiate Part 1', 'Licentiate Part 2' and 'Professional Part 1' examinations conducted by 'The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka'
  • 'Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education' (CTHE) course, conducted by the University of Colombo SEDA Certification

Professional Qualification

  • Professional Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)
  • Associate member of the Institute of Quantity Surveyors Sri Lanka (AIQSSL)
  • Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb). 

Professional Activities

  • Industrial Training Coordinator
  • Level Coordinator for level III B.Sc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying and B.Sc (Hons) in Facilities Management degree programmes
  • Member of Board of QuantitSurveying Education & Training,Institute of QuantitSurveyors, Sri Lanka from January 2012 onwards.

Subject Areas

  • Accountancy and Management Accountancy
  • Post Contract Management and Contract Interpretation
  • Tendering and Estimating
  • Professional Practice
  • Contract Administration in MSc in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution Post Graduate programme.
  • Project Procurement and Marketing in MSc inProject Management Post Graduate programme

Research Interests

  • Project management
  • Alternativedispute resolution
  • Procurement-Bidding/ Risk
  • Contracts administration
  • Claims management
  • Strategic marketing
  • Maintenancemanagement
  • Workplace issues
  • Industrial training and trainee and employer expectations

Professional Activities

From December 2012 to date as Senior Lecturer and From May 2012 to December 2012 as Consultant, Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa;

  • Conducting lectures
  • Monitoring and advice on preparation of coursework and projectwork
  • Functioning as Industrial Training and Extension Programme Coordinator 
  • Functioning as Level III coordintor
  • Preparation of Examination Papers and involvement as Examiner and Moderator
  • Marking answer scripts 
  • Examination duty as Supervisor and Invigilator 
  • Supervision of Research Dissertations of students
  • Various other tasks as instructed by the Head, Department of building Economics, University of Moratuwa from time to time 

From January 2007 to January 2011 (as Client Quantity Surveyor);

  • Commercial management of various Consultancy Packages and Contracting Packages 
  • Commercial advice to RTA technical and managerial staff 
  • Management of digital payment processing system in coordination with Finance Department 
  • Preparation of monthly reports for the Contracts and Purchasing Department 
  • Review variations, claims of Consultants and Contractors 
  • Review and certification of Interim Valuations and Final Accounts 
  • Preparation of budgets and cash flow forecasts 
  • Contract correspondence and day to day correspondence 

From August 1995 to January 2007 (as Contractor's Quantity Surveyor) 

  • Preparation of Interim Valuations & Final Accounts 
  • Identification, evaluation and valuation of variations 
  • Management of subcontract works including preparation of enquiries for subcontract works and subcontract documents, payment certification, evaluation and agreement of subcontract variations 
  • Review and agreement of sub-contractor's Final Accounts and preparation of Final Account Statements 
  • Preparation of Management Accounts including cost monitoring and making necessary cost adjustments, forecasting of future costs and expected final costs for cost centres and predicting the final outcome of the projects 
  • Contract correspondence and day to day correspondence 
  • Preparation of Extension of Time Claims and Insurance Claims 
  • Evaluation of insurances and Guarantees of subcontractors for compliance 
  • Taking-off quantities from drawings, taking site measurements, recording Dayworks and other information for future claims 

From January 1994 to August 1995 (As Property Developer's Quantity Surveyor / Project co-ordinator) 

  • Preparation of Tender Documents including Specifications, Conditions of Contract and BOQs etc 
  • Evaluation of Tenders and making recommendations for award 
  • Preparation of budget estimates 
  • Project coordination including coordination with Contractors, Clients, Consultants and other stakeholders and the organisation's head office and sites 
  • Liaison with in-house legal Department, Corporate Legal Department and external Lawyers, Representing the organisation in Courts 
  • Evaluation and agreement of variations 
  • Evaluation and certification of Interim and Final Applications for Payment 
  • Correspondence with Clients, Contractors, Consultants and Statutory Bodies 
  • Evaluation of Contractual and other claims and making recommendations, preparation of counter-claims 
  • Preparation of insurance claims 
  • Handling insurance bonds and bank guarantees including drafting of bond wording 
  • Preparation of cost reports and management accounts

Administrative and other Roles in the University

  • Industrial Training Coordinator from December 2013 to date
  • Level Coordinator for level III B.Sc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying and B.Sc (Hons) in Facilities Management degree programmes From December 2013 until August 2018 
  • Acted as a Member of several Technical Evaluation Committees upon appointment 
  • Act as a Member of Senate Sub Committee on Student appeals (Medical) from March 2017 
  • Course Director for MSc/PG Diploma in Project Management programme from 2016 to March 2020
  • Acting Head, Department of Building Economics from 14 August 2018 to 21 August 2018

Publications : Journal Papers

  • Disaratna, P. A. P. V. D. S. (2009). "Implementation of Knowledge Management Processes and Practices in Construction Industry" SLQS Journal, 3(September 2009),  35-39.
  • Sivakumar Abiramy, Vijitha Disaratna and Perera, B.A.K.S, (2018) Critical Investigation of Quantity Surveyors Functions with regard to Workplace Time Management, CIDA Journal Vol.: XV, ISSN: 2012 – 8509
  • Dissanayake, Nirmitha, Vidana Gamage Shanika, Vijitha Disarathne, and Balasooriya Arachchige Kanchana Shiromi Perera. 2020. "Adopting Environmentally Sustainable Practices in Interior Design in Sri Lanka". The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice 14 (1): 1-22. doi:10.18848/2325-162X/CGP/v14i01/1-22.

Publications : Conference Papers

  • Kanishka Gajaman, Vijitha Disaratna, Pavitra Ganeshu, and Fathima Sabrina Nazeer, (2019). "Conflict Avoidance in Construction Stage through Proper Practice in Pre Contract Stage". 9th Annual International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (pp. 2624-2635). Bangkok, Thailand, March 5-7, 2019
  • Rasanjali W.A., Disaratna V., Withanage K.T. (2019) "Integrating Enterprise Resource Planning System with Lean Concept to Minimise Waste in Sri Lankan Construction Industry - A theoritical Review" 12th FARU International Research Conference, Re-evaluating Space Accross Disciplines, Diyagama
  • Bandara S.G.D.K., Disaratna P.A.P.V.D.S., Indikatiya I.H.P.R. and Perera B.A.K.S., (2019). "Employee Satisfaction with the Welfare Facilities in Sri Lankan Hotel Industry". Proceedings of University of Vocational Technology International Research Symposium, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka, 13-14 December 2019, pp. 162-169.
  • Misbah A.S.M., Disaratna V., Ganeshu P., Nazeer F.S., (2019). "Analysis of Survival Factors of Subcontractors in economic recession". In Proceedings of the 8th World Construction Symposium, Towards a Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Built Environment (pp.66-76). Colombo: Ceylon Institute of Builders, Sri Lanka.
  • Kasuni Rubasinghe, Vijitha Disaratna, M.M.M.P. Mahinkanda, (2019). "Sustainability of Traditional Procurement System for Green Buildings in Sri Lanka". In Proceedings of the 8th World Construction Symposium, Towards a Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Built Environment (pp.547-555). Colombo: Ceylon Institute of Builders, Sri Lanka.
  • Wickramasinghe B.M.S.M, Disaratna V., (2018). “Impact of Schedule Compression on Successful Delivery of Sri Lankan Construction Projects”. 11th FARU International Research Symposium, Built Environment for People, Galle
  • Fathima Sabrina Nazeer, Vishvanathan Prasad, Vijitha Disaratna, Pavithra Ganeshu (2018). “Labour Productivity in Plastering Works in Sri Lankan Construction Industry”. 11th FARU International Research Symposium, Built Environment for People, Galle
  • Vidana Gamage  Shanika, Yashoda Dissanayake, Vijitha Disaratna (2018). “Competencies of Quantity Surveyors in a Developing Economy”. 11th FARU International Research Symposium, Built Environment for People, Galle
  • Abeykoon H.M.A.K., Disaratna P.A.P.V.D.S., Wijewickrama M.K.C.S.malasena N.N., Weerasinghe R.P.N.P., Uthpala Rathnayake, (2018). “A Study on Payment Issues Faced by Construction Consultants in Sri Lankan Construction Industry”. In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (pp.477-485). Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Silva K.G.G.D.V., Vijitha Disaratna, Dilakshan R., (2018). “Tendancy of Sri Lankan Construction Organisations in Adopting Enterprise Resource Planning Systems”. In Proceedings of the 7th World Construction Symposium, Built Asset Sustainability: Rethinking Design, Construction and Operations (pp.537-545). Colombo: Ceylon Institute of Builders, Sri Lanka.
  • Srimal N.A.J.N., Vijitha Disaratna, Ganeshu P., (2018). “Impact of Ineffective Tendering Process on Construction Projects”. In Proceedings of the 7th World Construction Symposium, Built Asset Sustainability: Rethinking Design, Construction and Operations (pp.298-305). Colombo: Ceylon Institute of Builders, Sri Lanka.
  • Vishnupriya G., Vijitha Disaratna, Wimalasena N.N., Weerasinghe R.P.N.P., Uthpala Rathnayake, (2017). “Work Stress of Facilities Managers in the Sri Lankan Context”. In Proceedings of the 6th World Construction Symposium, What’s New and What’s Next in the Built Environment Sustainability Agenda? (pp.495-504). Colombo: Ceylon Institute of Builders, Sri Lanka.
  • Chandrarathna B.A.S.W., Vijitha Disaratna, Anuruddika S.M.N., Wimalasena N.N., (2017). “Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) Model for Private Finance Initiatives for Large Scale Infrastructure Projects in Sri Lanka”. In Proceedings of the 6th World Construction Symposium, What’s New and What’s Next in the Built Environment Sustainability Agenda? (pp.417-430). Colombo: Ceylon Institute of Builders, Sri Lanka.
  • Chanudha R.A.C., Vijitha Disaratna, Anuruddika S.M.N., Ariyachandra M.R.M.F., (2017). “Procurement System Selection Model for the Sri Lankan Construction Industry”. In Proceedings of the 6th World Construction Symposium, What’s New and What’s Next in the Built Environment Sustainability Agenda? (pp.327-349). Colombo: Ceylon Institute of Builders, Sri Lanka.
  • Siriwardhana S.M.W.L., Vijitha Disaratna, Anuruddika S.M.N., Wimalasena N.N., (2017). “Opporuinities and Challenges Faced by the Sri Lankan Construction Companies in the Stock Market”. In Proceedings of the 6th World Construction Symposium, What’s New and What’s Next in the Built Environment Sustainability Agenda? (pp.316-325). Colombo: Ceylon Institute of Builders, Sri Lanka.
  • Udayangani K.D.M.S., Vijitha Disaratna, Wimalasena N.N., Udara Ranasinghe, N.M. Pilanawithana, (2017). “Gaps in Existing Apartment Ownership Law of Sri Lanka”. In Proceedings of the 6th World Construction Symposium, What’s New and What’s Next in the Built Environment Sustainability Agenda? (pp.226-231). Colombo: Ceylon Institute of Builders, Sri Lanka.
  • Sivakumar Abiramy,Vijitha Disaratna, Nishadi Anuruddika, (2016). “Strategies for Tactful Time Management for Quantity Surveyors”. In Proceedings of the 5th World Construction Symposium, Green Environment, Eco-Innovations & Entrepreneurship (pp.467-478). Colombo: Ceylon Institute of Builders, Sri Lanka.
  • Udani S.H.M.I., Disaratna, P. A. P. V. D. S., Weerasinghe R.P.N.P., Madhusanka H.W.N., (2016). “Developing a Framework to Ensure Safety of Maintenance Workers in Sri Lankan Commercial Buildings”. In Proceedings of the 5th World Construction Symposium, Green Environment, Eco-Innovations & Entrepreneurship (pp.141-152). Colombo: Ceylon Institute of Builders, Sri Lanka.
  • Sendanayake H. D., Disaratna, P. A. P. V. D. S., Francis M., (2015). “Mitigating Claims through Conflict Avoidance in Construction Industry”. In Proceedings of the 4th World Construction Symposium, Sustainable Development in Built Environment: Green Growth & Innovative Directions (pp.374-381). Colombo: Ceylon Institute of Builders, Sri Lanka.
  • Sampath H. N. A., Disaratna, P. A. P. V. D. S., Francis M., (2015). “Minimising Variations in Lump Sum Contracts”. In Proceedings of the 4th World Construction Symposium, Sustainable Development in Built Environment: Green Growth & Innovative Directions(pp.361-373). Colombo: Ceylon Institute of Builders, Sri Lanka.
  • Jayasinghe D. P. S. D., Disaratna, P. A. P. V. D. S., Weerasinghe R. P. N. P., (2015). “Framework for Ensuring Effectiveness of Maintenance in Building Services”. In Proceedings of the 4th World Construction Symposium, Sustainable Development in Built Environment: Green Growth & Innovative Directions(pp.270-281). Colombo: Ceylon Institute of Builders, Sri Lanka.
  • Ganeshu P., Disaratna, P. A. P. V. D. S., Francis M., (2015). “Comprehensive Study about Sri Lankan Contractors’ Estimation Practice”. In Proceedings of the 4th World Construction Symposium, Sustainable Development in Built Environment: Green Growth & Innovative Directions (pp.181-191). Colombo: Ceylon Institute of Builders, Sri Lanka.
  • Akalya Shanmuganathan, Vijitha Disaratna, Mathusha Francis (2014). “A Study of Procurement Selection for Bridge Construction”. In Proceedings of the 7th FARU International Research Symposium, Practice Based Research: Exploring Built Environment through Research (pp.112-121).
  • Rasanthi, H. L. S., Disaratna, P. A. P. V. D. S., Perera B. A. K. S., and Perera K. T. P. K. (2014). “Risk of using Bidding Strategies for a Contractor”. In Proceedings of the 3rd World Construction Symposium, Sustainability and Development in Built Environment (pp.490-502). Colombo: Ceylon Institute of Builders, Sri Lanka
  • Samarajiwa, E. J., Dissaratna, P. A. P. V. D. S., and Francis, M. (2014). “Key challenges in conducting development appraisals in Sri Lanka”. In Proceedings of the Third world construction symposium 2014: Sustainability and Development in Built Environment (pp. 330-343). Colombo: Ceylon Institute of Builders, Sri Lanka.
  • Dilshani,L. D. T., Disaratna, P. A. P. V. D. S. (2014). “A Review of ICTAD Standard Bidding Document 02 (2007) for Major Contracts”. In Proceedings of the Third world construction symposium 2014: Sustainability and Development in Built Environment (pp.36-46). Colombo: Ceylon Institute of Builders, Sri Lanka.