The 22nd Chapter of the Sarasavi Gee Sisila

The 22nd chapter of the annual musical event ‘Sarasavi Gee Sisila’, organised by the Moratuwa University’s Building Economics Students’ Society was held on 03rd August 2017 from 6.00 pm onward at the University premises. The event exclusively focuses on providing financial assistance for students by awarding scholarships, facilitating printing books which are very essential for academic purposes, and encouraging extra-curricular activities within the student community.

This musical concert featured Visharadh. Victor Rathnayake, Visharadh. Sunil Edirisinghe, Visharadh. Edward Jayakody, Visharadh. Amarasisi Pieris, Visharadh. Nirosha Virajini and Mr. Kasun Kalhara. Mr. Wasantha Rohana anchored the show while Mr. Susil Amarasinghe directed the music.

Visitation from Liverpool John Moores University

Dr. Mohan Siriwardena, a senior lecturer attached to Liverpool John Moores University, visited the Department of Building Economics on 27th July 2017. A lecture on "Research Methodology: Research Philosophy" was arranged during the visitation, for the benefit of the junior academic staff members and the research students of the Department of Building Economics. Dr. Siriwardena discussed the history and gradual evolution of different research philosophies during the session.

Visitation from University of Louisville, USA

Dr. Robert Jacobs, a professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at the School of Public Health and Information Sciences (SPHIS), University of Louisville, USA, visited the Department of Building Economics on 16th and 26th May 2017. Accordingly, a meeting with Prof. Jacobs was held on 16th May 2017 at the Architecture Faculty boardroom to seek research opportunities between the two Universities. Prof. Priyan Dias, Director of Research at the University of Moratuwa, Prof.(Mrs.) Dilika Dias, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Moratuwa, Prof. Lalith De Silva, Dean, Faculty of Architecture, Dr. (Mrs.) Yasangika Sandanayake, Head of the Department, Department of Building Economics, and Dr. (Mrs.) Nayanthara De Silva, Senior Lecturer, Department of Building Economics, participated in the meeting.  

Prof. Jacobs also conducted two guest lectures for the Facilities Management undergraduates of  Level IV, and the postgraduates following the degree programme M.Sc. in Occupational Safety and Health Management on topics ‘How to conduct a health audit’ and ‘Cotton dust, endotoxin, occupational health and organic dust’ respectively, on 26th May 2017.

The 6th World Construction Symposium 2017

The 6th World Construction Symposium 2017 on “What’s New and What’s Next in the Built- Environment Sustainability Agenda?” was held from 30th June - 02nd July 2017 at Galadari Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The symposium was jointly organised by the Building Economics Management and Research Unit (BEMRU) of the Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa and the Ceylon Institute of Builders (CIOB). The Associate Partners of the Symposium were Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Centre for Innovation in Construction and Infrastructure Development (CICID), The University of Hong Kong, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras), Northumbria University, UK, Robert Gordon University, UK, Western Sydney University, Australia, CIB-W122: Public Private Partnerships and Colombo School of Construction Technology, Sri Lanka (CSCT).

The External Examiners Visitation 2017 

The External Examiners Visitation of the Department of Building Economics was held from 24th to 26th of May 2017, to review the B.Sc. (Hons) in Quantity Surveying and B.Sc. (Hons) in Facilities Management degree programmes. The review panel comprised of Professor Melvyn Lees, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment, Birmingham City University, United Kingdom, Ch.QS. Shantha Fernando, Director, Woodbridge Consultants, and, Mr. Elmo Fernando, General Manager (Projects), Overseas Realty Ceylon PLC, Sri Lanka.