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  • 18 Nov 2015 10:37 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The  B.D Rampala Memorial Lecture  marking the 105th birth anniversary of Late Engineer Bamunusinghearachchige Don Rampala popularly called B.D.Rampala was held on Friday, 13th  November, 2015 at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the IESL. Eng. (Dr). Tilak Siyambalapitiya , Energy Consultant and former President of the Energy Manager’s Association, delivered the lecture on the theme ‘Electrified Railways: soon to be a Reality’ the synopsis of which follows.

    Synopsis: The Government has finally decided on the electrification and modernization of suburban railways, to serve the growing demand for efficient transportation. The Veyangoda-Panadura sector in the Western Province would be the first sector to be electrified, to operate a dedicated, fast, frequent, comfortable suburban service. The support of international financing agencies has been pledged already. The project is set to serve over half a million passengers per day from year 2020. Reforms in the way Sri Lankans build, manage and use the railway network would be essential to reap the benefits of this mode of transport, widely used for urban and long distance transportation worldwide.

    The IESL piously commemorates the birth anniversaries of engineering greats the country has produced whose names are etched in its rich engineering history. One such individual is B. D. Rampala who became the first native chief mechanical engineer in 1949, of the then Ceylon Government Railways and went on to become the General Manager during the period 1955 - 1970, in what is now Sri Lanka Railways. The improvements he brought about to the country’s railway are enjoyed by the people to this day.

    The Memorial Lecture was organized by the Mechanical Engineering Sectional Committee for the 2015 / 2016 session of the IESL under the chairmanship of Eng. Arjuna Manamperi. The lecture was preceded by the  lighting of the traditional oil lamp and the customary  garlanding of the portrait of the Late Engineer B.D.Rampala by the President of IESL, Eng. Wimalasena Gamage.  The lecture was richly attended  with Past  Presidents, Council Members, members  of the IESL and family members of the late engineer attending.

    Video of the Lecture : Click

    Lecture Material       : Slides of the lecture

  • 07 Nov 2015 11:38 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    Celebration of Success of 30th year of the Techno

    The awards ceremony connected with the recently concluded Techno Sri Lanka 2015 exhibition, the 30th exhibition since the inception of the Techno concept in 1985, was held in all its grandeur on Friday, 6th  November, 2015 at the Hotel Galadari, Colombo, from 7.00 pm onwards. The large gathering that participated comprised of stallholders, sponsors, distinguished guests, Council members, Past Presidents, members of the organizing committee and staff of the IESL Secretariat.

    Eng. (Prof.) Dayantha Wijesekera, Chancellor of UNIVOTEC and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa and the Open University of Sri Lanka graced the occasion as the Chief Guest while Eng. S.B. Wijekoon – President, IESL for the 2014 / 2015 Sessions delivered the Welcome Address.

    The event was livened up by performances by the ‘Chandana and the dancers’ guild’ troupe to the tune of the music provided by ‘ Music Engineers’, the All-IESL-Engineers band. It was an occasion for revelries associated with receiving of awards for the best displays, demonstrations, winnings in competitions, raffle draws, etc. connected with the exhibition.

    Eng. Wimalasena Gamage, President Elect 2014 / 2015 Sessions and Chairman – Techno Sri Lanka 2015 Organizing Committee proposed the Vote of Thanks for the event

    Awards were presented in the following categories:

    Winners of competitions organized by the Young Members Section:

    Hackathon Sytems Design & Development competition for Electrical, Electronics, Telecommunication and IT undergradauates  in which the 1st , 2nd and 3rd places were clinched by Team “Tracker”, Team “Envision” and Team “SAS Ninjas” all  from the University of Moratuwa

    Spaghetty Bridge Design competition for Civil Engineering undergraduates in which 1st and 2nd places were secured by Team “Spartanz” and Team “Spaghetti Compatitors” from the University of Ruhuna while the 3rd place went to the Team “LMN Bridge” from University of Peradeniya

    Cad Eager, Computer Aided Design competition for Mechanical Engineering undergraduates in which 1st, 2nd and 3rd places were all clinched by teams from University of Ruhuna

    The Members Raffle Draw were won by the following;

    1st Prize – Eng. S.M. Madwalagama (Samsung TAB)

    2nd Prize – Eng. Thivanka Gunawardena (Smart Phone)

    3rd Prize – Eng. S.M. Jayasundara (Week-end package for a couple at a star class hotel)

    The awards for the best university stalls were won as follows:

    Gold Award – University of Moratuwa

    Silver Award – University of Ruhuna

    Bronze Award – University of Peradeniya

    Awards for the stalls displaying the Most Innovative Local Product were won by the following:

    Gold Award – A & T Labs Private Ltd.

    Silver Award – FLATORB XEITIEX Private Ltd.

    Awards for the stalls displaying the Products with the Highest Social Impact were won by the following:

    Gold Award – Mobitel Pvt. Ltd

    Silver Award - A & T Labs Pvt. Ltd.

    Bronze Award – Oklan Marketing Services (Pvt.) Ltd. 

    Awards for the stalls with the best display of  Local Products

    Gold Award – Brown & Company PLC.

    Silver Award – Pubudu Engineering (Pvt.) Ltd.

    Bronze Award – ACL Cables and Magline Switchboards (Pvt.) Ltd.

    Awards for the stalls with the best display of Imported Products

    Gold Award – Dockyard General Engineering Services (Pvt.) Ltd.

    Silver Award – J Lanka Technologies

    Bronze Award – Green Engineering Systems (Pvt.) Ltd.

    Awards for the stalls with the best display of Engineering Services were won by the following:

    Gold Award – J Lanka Technologies

    Silver Award – Pubudul Engineering (Pvt.) Ltd. 

    Bronze Award – Coolman Refrigerators (Pvt.) Ltd. and Techmast Automation (Pvt.) Ltd.

    Awards for the Stalls with the Best Demonstration

    Gold Award – Mobitel (Pvt.) Ltd.

    Silver Award – Dockyard General Engineering Services (Pvt.) Ltd.

    Bronze Award – Brown & Company PLC

    Awards for the Best Sectional Committee - IESL were won by the following:

    Gold Award – Building Services Engineering Sectional Committee – IESL

    Silver Award – Civil Engineering Sectional Committee – IESL

    Bronze Award – Mechanical Engineering Sectional Committee – IESL

    Awards for the         Best Provincial Chapter – IESL were won by the following:

    Gold Award – Uva Chapter – IESL

    Silver Award – Wayamba Chapter – IESL

    Bronze Award – Kandurata Chapter – IESL

    The event also saw tokens of appreciation being presented to sponsors for the Techno Sri Lanka 2015

    Principal Sponsors -  Sri Lanka Telecom PLC and Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel

    Platinum Sponsor – Dockyard General Engineering Services Ltd.

    Gold Sponsor – Brown & Company PLC

    Silver Sponsor – Access Engineering PLC

    Event Sponsor – Siemens Ltd.

    Co-sponsor – Yunica Design Engineers & Consultants

    Official Hotel – Galadari Hotel

    Print Media Sponsor – Associated Newspapers Ceylon Ltd.

    Electronic Media Sponsor – Derana TV

    Tokens in Special Appreciations of contribution towards Techno Sri Lanka 2015 & for the past several years were presented to Eng. Mangala Silva, Eng. (Ms.) P.M.P. Wijeratne and Eng. Progeeth Pathmendra

    Tokens of Appreciation were also presented to the Panel of the Techno Sri Lanka 2015

    Last Updated 9th November 2015
  • 30 Oct 2015 9:41 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The  Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) held its 109th Annual General Meeting on Saturday, 24th October, 2015 at the BMICH. Eng. Wimalasena Gamage who took over the reins of the presidency at the event will step on to the very important milestone of 110th year of existence of the IESL in January this year. His ceremonial induction in to the presidency took place earlier at the  inauguration of the Annual Sessions held, also at the BMICH, on Friday 16th October, 2015.with Hon. Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, Patali Champika Ranawaka, himself an engineer, gracing the occasion as the Chief Guest.

    In his inaugural address Eng. Gamage stressed the importance of engineers merging their knowledge and skills, both within and outside the engineering profession, with the country’s drive towards sustainable development under the concept of people-participatory-good-governance ensuring people’s right to information. Engineering having its impact on every aspect of peoples’ lives,  engineers should make the people aware of the vital role that engineers play in the welfare of the people and win their hearts and mind he stated. The full text of his inaugural speech could be accessed by Clicking Here.

    Eng. Wimalasena Gamage is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka. He has had 34 years of service with the Irrigation Department and the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Management prior to his retirement as Director of Irrigation (Regional Development and Construction) in 2011. He is currently a free-lance Consultant Engineer.

    Product of Uda Peradeniya  Vidyalaya, Peradeniya  Maha  Vidyalaya  and Kingswood  College Kandy, he obtained his B.Sc Engioneering  degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Engineering Hydrology from the International Institute of Hydraulic & Environmental Engineering IHE  DA Delft, The Netherlands and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Open University of Sri Lanka.

    He joined the IESL as an Associate Member in 1977, entering the  Corporate class of membership in 1980 and a Fellow of the Institution in 2006.   Eng. Wimalasena Gamage served the Council of the Institution of Engineers , Sri Lanka continuously for the past 15 years representing Members in 1999 and later on served the Council as a Representative of Fellows, as a Vice President and finally as the President Elect.

  • 28 Oct 2015 1:21 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The Annual Deshabandu Vidya Jyothi Eng. A.N.S. Kulasinghe Memorial Lecture organized by the IESL was held on Friday, 23rd October, 2015 at the Wimalsurendra Auditorium of the institution. Born on October 26, 1919, Late Eng. (Dr.) A.N.S Kulasinghe is one of the greatest engineers that Sri Lanka has produced. He was a strong advocate of the use of indigenous human resources for the country's developments and firmly believed that Sri Lankan engineers are second to none in their talents and capabilities to undertake projects of any complexity. He himself had trail blazed the use of many new technologies in the many projects he had to his credit.

    The IESL as the apex body for the engineering profession piously commemorates the birth anniversaries of engineering greats the country has produced and whose names are etched in its rich engineering history. This year’s lecture was delivered by Eng. Malith Mendis – Chairman, Mendis Cobain Consultants and the subject was on ‘Dispute Boards and their Dispute Avoidance Role’.

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    Video strip of the event telecast on MTV NEWS

  • 21 Oct 2015 3:36 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    Music Engineers of IESL Performed at TECHNO  2015 - 30th Anniversary

    For the first time in the history of IESL and TECHNO, the music band formed with only Engineers who are members of IESL, performed at the TECHNO exhibition premises on 10th and 11th of October 2015 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. There were about 20 items comprising instrumentals, Sinhala, Hindi, English classicals and Baila session towards the end as well. It was a real entertainment for the audience who rated the event as one of the best. Most who watched the event till end said that ‘the performance was no second to any professional band’.

    It was noted that all band players brought their own instruments for the practice sessions at IESL. Specially Eng Dharshana more than acting as a band leader brought his own keyboard, amplifiers, speakers and Eng Ganegoda his own set of bongo and Eng Chandana, Eng Dhanuka, Eng Suresh brought their own guitars, microphones, mini amplifiers etc. Eng Iranga travelled all the way from Kandy for the practice sessions. Their dedication and commitment in this endeavor was highly appreciated by IESL President, all council members and many others. Eng. Darshana Perera, Eng Prabodha Jinasena,  Eng Surendra Perea, Eng Shantha Fernando, Eng Neil Jayasekara, Eng Thushani Shashikala, Eng Keerthi Gunawardhana, Eng Sarathchandra kumara, Eng. Chandana Dalugoda, Eng. Suresh Gunasekara, Eng. Ranga Kumarasinghe contributed in singing and Eng Tharindu Weerasighe, Eng Gayathri Alahakoon, Eng Athula Kumara and Eng Sajeevi Pumika contributed in announcing.

    The IESL music band was formed with the concept of Eng Prabodha Jinasena, Chairman- Civil Engineering Sectional Committee of IESL and all coordination work of the Music Band was done by Eng Champika Ranasinghe of CESC.

    Band composition is:

    •     Eng. Darshana Perera (Band Leader) – keyboard
    •     Eng. Chandana Dalugoda - Rhythm Guitar
    •     Eng. Suresh Gunasekara – Lead Guitar
    •     Eng. Dhanuka Madushanka – Bass Guitar
    •     Eng. Iranga Fonseka - Drums
    •     Eng. Thusitha Ganegoda – Bongo
    •     Eng. Harsha Wickramasinghe - Bass Guitar
    •     Eng. Kalindu Wijesundara – Rhythm Guitar
    •     Eng. Ranga Kumarasinghe – Lead Guitar

  • 19 Oct 2015 11:55 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The Technical Paper Presentations in connection with the 109th Annual Sessions of the IESL were held at the IESL head office with a strong show of participation by its members who had submitted abstracts and full papers in record numbers so that 68 papers were presented during the two days of presentation beginning, Monday, 19th October and continued to the next day. This was followed on Wednesday, 21st October, 2015 by the Presentations for the Young Members Conference.

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  • 19 Oct 2015 11:52 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The Annual Seminar organized by the IESL in connection with the inauguration of its 109th Annual Sessions was held on Saturday, 17th October, 2015 from 9.00AM onwards at the Mihilaka Medura, BMICH. The  theme this year was “ Sustainable Infrastructure Construction in Developing Countries” and the keynote address was delivered Eng. Ranjith Gunatileke – Managing Director, Sankaen Lanka. Pvt Ltd.

    Other presentations made were as follows:

    Country presentation on “Sustainable Infrastructure Construction in Pakistan and Developing Countries” by Eng.Sohail Bashir – Chairman International Affairs Committee of the Institution of Engineers, Pakistan

    Country presentation on “Build Back Nepal(Presentation prepared in context of the Disastrous Earthquake in 2015)” by Eng.Bindu Shrestha – Treasurer of Nepal Engineers ‘Association (NEA)

    Country presentation on  Road Pavement construction in Bangladesh – Using of brick as alternative to aggregate base by Eng.Anil  Perea – Team Leader I Roads Project RDA (Southern Province).

    Presentation on “Adaptation of sustainable construction in Sri Lanka" by Eng.(Prof.)Ranjith Dissanayake - Head of Civil Engineering, the University of Pereadeniya

    Presentation on Sustainable Construction inside out.”  By Eng.U.S.Karunarathe -Additional General Manager (EPC Works) CECB

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  • 18 Oct 2015 3:31 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    School children who won Gold Medals under various categories of the Junior Inventor of the Year 2015 competition were presented their awards at the inauguration of the 109th Annual Sessions of the IESL held at the BMICH on Friday, 16th October, 2015. They received their gold medals, certificates and cash prizes from the Chief Guest, Hon. Minister of Metropolis and Western Development, Eng. Patali Champika Ranawaka.and President of the IESL, Eng. (Dr.) S.B.Wijekoon

    Master T.D. Chamindu Jayashanka from Rajasinghe Central College, Hanwella won in the Efficiency Improvements category for his invention: Modified Crutches. Master Abishek S Gomas of Belvior College International, Colombo won for his invention: Glove for Hand Signs in the category; Appliances that help work simpler and efficient  while Master L.N.Kavishka Silva of De Mazanod College, Kandana won for his invention Multitask Screenless Computer in the same category.

    Miss Sanju Subodha Sewwandi from Bomiriya  Central College received her awards amidst grand ovation for having won a Grand Award in the Engineering Mechanics category at the Grand Award Ceremony, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in USA last May for her unique project titled ‘Supporting Rod To Climb Stair Case’. The opportunity to participate in the international competition arose when she won the Gold Award at the ‘Junior Inventor of the Year-2014’ (JIY-2014) competition, conducted by the IESL. The teacher in-charge at Bomiriya Central College, Mr. Yaswardana Saman Kumara was also felicitated for grooming this star student inventor from the college.

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  • 18 Oct 2015 10:43 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The 109th Annual Sessions of the IESL was ceremonially inaugurated on  Friday 16th October, 2015 at the BMICH from 9.00 AM onwards in the presence of a capacity crowd consisted of Council Members, Past Presidents, Corporate Members,  spouses, awardees, special invitees and guests. Hon. Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Eng. Patali Champika Ranawaka graced the occasion as the Chief Guest while Senior Professor and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa, Prof. Malik Ranasinghe was the Guest of Honour. The Keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Srikantha Herath, Academic Director - Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, United Nations University. Guests from professional bodies from India, Pakistan and Nepal also attended

    The event also saw the ceremonial induction of Eng. Wimalsena Gamage as the President of the IESL for the 2015 / 2016 Session which will begin when the incumbent President, Eng. (Dr.) S.B.Wijekoon will officially handover the mantle of presidency to his successor.

    It was also an occasion for presentation of awards and certificates to Honorary Life Members, those inducted as Fellows and International Professional Engineers, winners of Water Resources Development Competitions sponsored by the International Water Management Institute and St. Anthony’s Group, E.O.E. Pereira Award for the Best Paper presented at the Annual Sessions 2014, IESL Award for the best Paper by a Corporate Member published in the “Engineer” Journal during the Sessions 2014 / 2015 and the SD & CC Award for the best Paper by an Associate Member published in the “Engineer” Journal during the Sessions 2014 / 2015.

    The event saw long serving staff of the IESL also being awarded in appreciation and recognition of dedicated service of over 25 years at the IESL. The inauguration ceremonies concluded around 12.00 noon.

    The IESL Council members, foreign guests and Secretariat staff therafter attended a special dinner party held at the recently refurbished Members Lounge at the IESL for fellowship and socializing. They were entertained by music provided by their very own ‘ Music Engineers ‘ formed by a group of musically talented engineers.

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    “My long term vision is to transform Sri Lanka into a ‘smart, soft and super country” -  Minister of Metropolis & Western Development at inauguration of 109th IESL Annual Sessions.

    Speaking at the  inauguration of the 109th Annual Sessions of the IESL held on Friday, 16th October, 2015 at the BMICH, Minister of Metropolis & Western Development, Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka who was the Chief Guest stated that his long term vision is for transforming Sri Lanka into a “smart, soft and super" country. In realization of that dream we need to build smart systems, soft people and super infrastructure for our future generations to live happily, peacefully and prosperously, he added.

    He also stated that arrangements are underway to establish the “Engineering Council” to regulate the professional practice of engineering in Sri Lanka and that approval for the Final Draft Bill is being sought from the cabinet and that  the  Final Draft Bill will soon thereafter be presented to the Parliament for its approval.

    For full text of the speech Click Here

    Minister's Speech telecast on MTV NEWS Click Here

    Full Text of speech delivered by Prof. Malik Ranasinghe, Guest of Honour  Click Here

  • 18 Oct 2015 9:30 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The national engineering and technology exhibition Techno Sri Lanka 2015, organized by the IESL successfully for the 30th consecutive year was held at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre on 09th, 10th and 11th October, 2015. It was declared open on the first day by Chairman, Sri Lanka Telecom, Mr P.G. Kumarasingha while State Minister of University Education – Hon. Mohan Lal Grero and Secretary to the Ministry of Defence – Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi did the honours on the second and third days respectively of the exhibition.

    The exhibition has the farthest reach, both locally and internationally, into and among the industry, policy makers, planners & designers, research & development as much as general public and has the reputation as the best forum for showcasing cutting edge technology from around the world through the more than 200 stalls taken up by international trade giants, their local agents, engineering institutions this year.


    Sectional Committees of the IESL representing the different disciplines of engineering and IESL Chapters from the provinces operated stalls demonstrating engineering features unique to them and of  special interest to the public. Engineering Faculties of all state universities and other higher education institutions that offered engineering education operated stalls demonstrating technical acumen of engineering undergraduates and students. .


    Special features that have become unique to this exhibition like the Building Clinic which offers free advice to those engaged in building a house of their own  and daily seminars on topics of relevance to the public were ever so popular this time too. The novel feature that got added this time was the Car Clinic where your hybrid or electric car can be tested, all three days adjacent to the ticket gate.


    Competitions organized by the Young Members Section like the Sphagetti Bridge, Hackathon and Cad Eager competitions had very enthusiastic participation from under graduates adding fun to the event giving encouragement for creativity among the student generation the top 20 inventions at the Junior Inventor of the Year (JIY) 2015 competition, conducted by the IESL for school children from schools all  over the island were given the opportunity to exhibit their inventions at the event.

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