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  • 21 Nov 2016 11:12 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    Title:​IESL MESC holds Eng. B.D. Rampala memorial oration on Modernized Railway

    Date: ​​16/11/2016


    Topic: ​​Modernized Railway- Answer to Sri Lanka’s Transit Needs 

    Presenter: ​Eng./ Plnr. Nihal Somaweera, Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation ( IESL Profile: http://www.iesl.lk/Sys/PublicProfile/9964649/1517689 )

    Participants:  ​​165  

     

    IESL Mechanical Engineering Sectional Committee (MESC) organized its annual Eng. B.D. Rampala memorial oration under a timely topic, “Modernized Railway- Answer to Sri Lanka’s Transit Needs”. 




    The presenter was Eng./Plnr. Nihal Somaweera who is currently serving as the Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation. Even on a gloomy, rainy evening, IESL Wimalasurendra auditorium was full with all sectors of the society and it was heartwarming to see many young engineers and some children as they are the ones who should get inspired by role models like Eng. B D Rampala.





    Delivering the welcome speech, President of the IESL Eng. Jayawilal Meegoda  emphasized the reasons for IESL celebrating Eng. Ramapala's service to the nation with an annual memorial lecture and the importance of his charismatic leadership and service to be known among generations to come. Eng. Meegoda further elaborated Eng. Rampala's legendary professional career at then Ceylon Government Railways ( CGR ) as the Chief Mechanical Engineer and at the age of 45 as the General Manager of Railways (GMR), a position he was to hold for 14 years.  He was the first Sri Lankan to hold this nationally important position. 


    Eng./ Plnr Nihal Somaweera, the memorial oration presenter was introduced to the audience by the president. The President said that  Eng. Somaweera is a Fellow of IESL (Profile: http://www.iesl.lk/Sys/PublicProfile/9964649/1517689) and has over 35 years experience in the public sector and is the right speaker on the topic presented since he is the Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation.  



    At the end of welcome speech of the president, audience were presented with a documentary video created by a group of  engineers from Sri Lanka Railways on Eng. B.D. Rampala's contribution to Sri Lankan railway sector. 





    Eng. Somaweera started his oration by explaining the modernization of suburban railway transport in Rampala era. Dieselization of locomotive fleet, introduction of diesel hydraulic power coaches, establishment of colour light signalling system and introduction of centralized traffic control for suburban areas to highlight a few of his monumental initiatives. Further, Eng. Somaweera explained present status of public transportation in Sri Lanka. Issues related to Trade Union's actions and political influences in recruitment and season ticket discounts were mentions as major drawback in the railway sector according to the presenter's view. Railway electrification, improving tracks, signalling and railway stations as well as introducing multi-model hubs were explained by him as upcoming interventions projects.   




    Eng. Arjuna Manamperi, Chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Sectional Committee (MESC) delivered  the vote of thanks speech. He extended his sincere thanks to Rampala family for gracing this occasion. 




    In addition, Eng. Manamperi specifically named and acknowledged those who extended their invaluable support to create the promotional video clip on Eng. B.D. Rampala's contribution to Sri Lankan railway sector, authors who wrote public articles to news papers promoting the event     


    Articles

    English - Eng.Sunil Rajapakshe - Railway

    Tamil translation - Eng.Kokulananthan - Railway
    Tamil edit - Eng. Thivakaran Mahalingam

    Sinhala 01 - Mr. Nilupul Wickramage - Railway
    Sinhala 02 - Eng. Asela Pathirathna - Railway


    IESL Secretariat staff, engineers and other staff in the railway sector, university lecturers, past presidents and council members of IESL, eminent professionals from various fields and number of associate and corporate members of the institution who took part at the memorial lecture to appreciate Eng. B.D. Rampala's engineering service to the nation. 


    Full Lecture Video




    Video team
    Eng. Kasun Wijesundara - Railway
    Eng. Nalin Bandara - Railway
    Eng. Vajira Siriwardhana - Railway
    Eng. Prathapa Ariyasena - Railway

    Video visual
    Eng. P A B Ariyarathna - General Manager Railway
    Eng. M J D Fernando - Chief Engineer ( Motive Power)
    Mr. Ranjith Dissanayake - Author THE GOLDEN ERA OF B.D RAMPALA


    Event photo gallery Click


  • 16 Nov 2016 12:01 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The Accreditation Board of the IESL as part of  its obligation to support engineering education programmes in Sri Lanka conducted a full-day workshop on ‘ Designing Active Learning for Engineering Education’  on Tuesday, 15th November, 2016 at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the institution. Academic staff of engineering faculties of all state and private universities participated in the workshop for which Prof. Brian White of Queensland University, Australia was the resource person. While Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda, President of IESL opened the workshop with Opening Remarks the event closed with Closing Remarks by Eng. (Prof) B L Tennekoon, Chairman, IESL Accreditation Board.



  • 01 Nov 2016 3:07 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The  Techno Sri Lanka 2016 exhibition which was held during the 7th, 8th and 9th October, 2016 celebrated its success  with the Techno Sri Lanka Awards 2016  Ceremony on Friday, 28th October, 2016 at the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Galadari. Hon. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Minister of Power and Renewable Energy graced the vent as Chief Guest while Eng. B.R.O. Fernando, Past President of IESL was the Guest of Honour. 


    Among the large audience were representatives of stall holders and sponsors from private sector  and public sector organizations, universities and other higher education institutions, sectional committees and provincial chapters of the IESL. There were also winners of the Undergraduate Inventor of the Year  (UIY) and Junior Inventor of the Year (JIY) competitions,  winners of the Computer Assisted Design (CAD Eager) competition for Mechanical Engineering Undergraduates and Spaghetti Bridge  Design competition for Civil Engineering Undergraduates organized by the Young Members Section of the IESL, Winners of Raffle Draws from among members of the IESL who visited the exhibition.


  • 28 Oct 2016 11:59 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The 97th birth anniversary commemoration of Deshabandu Eng. (Dr.) A.N.S. Kulasinghe  by the IESL was held on Wednesday, 26th October, 2016 at the Wimalsurendra Auditorium of the IESL 


    Eng. Aravinda Perera, Chairman, Siyapatha Finance Ltd., Former Managing Director Sampath Bank delivered  this year’s memorial lecture which was on “Technology and Innovation In Banking Industry”. The lighting of the traditional Oil Lamp and garlanding of the late engineer’s photograph by the President of the IESL preceded the lecture. This time the IESL had joined hands with the Central Engineering Construction Bureau (CECB) in publishing a newspaper supplement  to mark the event. The event was attended by a capacity crowd from many engineering  organizations in addition to Past Presidents and Council  Members of the IESL.


  • 21 Oct 2016 9:58 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    Technical Paper Presentations for the 110th Annual Sessions of the IESL saw a total of 59 papers being presented during two days, Monday, 17th and Tuesday, 18th October at the IESL Head Office in parallel sessions.  Members of all categories attended in large numbers to listen to and participate in the discussion that followed each presentation. The Call for Papers advertised in February, 2016, inviting  papers under two categories; Engineering theory / research (academic)  oriented technical papers and technical papers based on Engineering practice / design / projects / techniques, attracted more than 100 abstracts which filtered down to 81 Full Papers of which only 59 papers were finally accepted  after peer review for the presentations.. Eng. Prof. T.M. Pallewatte, Eng. (Dr.) S.U. Adikari, Eng. (Prof.) K.K.Y.W. Perera, Eng. (Prof.) H.S.C. Perera, Eng. (Mrs.) Badra Kamaladasa and Eng. B.S. Samarasiri chaired the different sessions.

     

    All presenters were issued certificates at a certificates awarding ceremony at the end of the presentations in each session. Eng. Meegoda, President of the IESL for 2016 / 2017 session, Eng. (Prof.) Mrs. Niranjanie Ratnayake, President Elect of IESL FOR 2016 / 2017 session and Dr. Jagath Peiris, CEO / Executive Secretary of IESL distributed the certificates at the different  presentation sessions





  • 21 Oct 2016 9:57 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    Technical Conference of Young Members of the  110th Annual Sessions of the IESL was held on Wednesday, 19th October, 2016 at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the institution. The conference provides all young members  of the institution a forum to present their technical papers and discuss engineering related topics with industry professionals. It is also aimed at promoting interaction among the young members of the profession providing a platform for broad basing their knowledge on specific subject matters. All  Associate Members below 35 years of age and all  Student Members are eligible to submit papers. The Panel of Judges for the conference consisted of Eng. (Dr.) U.P.  Nawagamuwa – Chairman, Eng. V.B. Wijekoon, Eng. B.S. Samarasiri and Eng. L.G. Samarawickrema.


    All presenters were issued certificates at a certificates awarding ceremony at the end of the presentations  session. Eng. Meegoda, President of the IESL for 2016 / 2017 session distributed the certificates.




  • 17 Oct 2016 7:18 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The FEISCA Regional Seminar on the theme “Sustainable Development in Water Sector to Ensure Potable Water and Water for Food Security despite Climate Change – Challenges and Solutions’ was held by IESL in association with Federation of Engineering Institutions of South and Central Asia at the Mihilaka Medura, BMICH on Saturday - October 15, 2016 commencing at 09.00 a.m. Country presentations from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal were interspersed with presentations by the Irrigation Department, Greater Kandy Water Supply Project  and Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka. It is noteworthy that Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda who was inducted as President of IESL at the inauguration of its 110th sessions the previous day now also concurrently holds the Presidency of the FEISCA, to which post he was unanimously elected at the 14th General Assembly of the FEISCA held on 18th February, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal.


    The lighting of the traditional oil lamp and national anthem was followed by the Welcome address by Eng. Wimalasena Gamage, President of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka.


    The Keynote address on ‘Sustainable development in water sector despite  climate challenge’ was delivered by Dr. Kalanidi Vairmoorthy, Applied Research and Knowledge Transfer, International Water Management Institute (IWMI).


    The Guest Speech on ‘History of Japanese Water Works and Lessons for South Region’ was jointly presented by Mr. Ken-Ichi TOGARI, Mr. Jun MATSUI, Mr. Makoto MATSUSHITA and Mr. Takahiro YAMAGUCHI, Japanese Experts from JICA.


    The presentation on ‘Irrigation Water Management to Ensure Food Security by Irrigation Department despite to the Climate’ was by Eng. S S L Weerasinghe, Director General of Irrigation.


    The presentation on ‘Water Conservation through Regulatory Measures and Proper Plumbing Practice’ was by Eng. P H Sarath Gamini,  Project Director, Greater Kandy Water Supply Project.


    Presentation on ‘Water Management in Mahaweli Area’ by Eng. Sadun Galappaththi, Civil Engineer, Water Management Secretariat, Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka


    The country presentation by Er. G.P. Gorkhaly,  the Institution of Engineers, Nepal was on ‘Sustainable Development In Water Sector To Ensure Potable Water And Food Security Despite Of Climate Change’.


    The country presentation on Sustainable Development in Water Sector to Ensure Water & Food Security, Challenges & Solutions’ was by Dr. Izharul Haq, Institution of Engineers, Pakistan.


    Country presentation on ‘Water Use and Scarcity for Ensuring Food Security in the Context of Climate Change’ by Prof. Dr. Engr. M. Habibur Rahman, Engineering Institution of Bangladesh.


    The Morning Session was chaired by Eng. (Prof.) D.A.R. Dolage. The afternoon sessions which commenced after Lunch Break was chaired by Eng. (Prof.) Niranjanie Ratnayake, President Elect of the IESL.


    The seminar ended with Vote of thanks proposed  by Eng  Neil Abeysekera, Director (Membership) IESL.




  • 15 Oct 2016 3:50 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The 110th Annual Sessions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka was ceremonially inaugurated on Friday, 14th October 2016, at the Main Hall, BMICH in the presence of a large gathering of over a thousand participants.


    Hon. Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremasinghe  graced the occasion as the Chief Guest while Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development was the Special Guest. Mr. Khoo Teng. Chye, Executive Director, Centre for Liveable Cities, Ministry of National Development (MND), Singapore  was the Guest of Honour. Foreign delegates from sister organizations in India,    Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal also participated in the event.


    Speaking at the event the Chief Guest, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe while appreciating the role played by engineers also laid out the country’s wider expectations of its engineers for its sustainable development. He mentioned the country’s choice of a knowledge based economy and the need to widen the scope for teaching technology so that students of the arts stream too would have  the choice of selecting science / mathematics as a subject. He expressed his support for a single body to regulate the practice of the engineering profession through the Engineering Council Bill currently with parliament and said that he wants the engineers produced by the country to be second class to none. 


    Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development in his speech stressed on the technological advancement sought through the  knowledge based development aspect of the ministry’s programme. 


    Mr. Khoo Teng Chye, the Guest of Honuor, in his speech related the Singaporean experience of sustainable development and the contribution Singapore is making towards urban development in Sri Lanka. 


    The highlight of the inauguration of annual sessions held in October of each year is the handing over of the mantle of presidency to the incoming president by the outgoing president after a reign of I year as president from October of the previous year.


    Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda, was inducted this year as President of IESL for 2016 / 2017 sessions. In his inaugural presidential address at the event he laid out his plans for rapidly advancing on the institutions stated missions towards achieving its vision.


    Eng. Wimalasena Gamage, the outgoing President in his speech while describing the achievements of his session also stressed on the need for a paradigm shift in the role of the engineer from control of nature to participation with nature in the engineering works undertaken by them. 


    The Vote of Thanks was proposed by Eng. (Prof.) Mrs. Niranjanie Ratnayake, the President Elect for 2016 / 2017 sessions.


  • 12 Oct 2016 4:35 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    Techno Sri Lanka 2016, the National Engineering and Technology Exhibition organized by the apex body for the engineering profession the country, the IESL, for the 31st consecutive year, concluded on Sunday, 9th October, 2016 after  three days of exposition of innovative and cutting edge engineering  products and services. Eng. Nihal Rupasinghe, Secrertary to the  Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development declared open  the exhibition on the first day while Hon. Patalai Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development himself did the honour on the second day of the exhibition. Hon. Ajith  P. Perera,  Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy opened it on the third and final day


    The exhibition lived up to the expectations of the large number of visitors from all walks of like including school children. Leading manufacturers and service providers of international brands  represented by local agents, private sector and public sector organizations were very innovative in their displays of novel engineering products and services.


    Universities and other higher education institutions, sectional committees and provincial chapters of the IESL displayed their talents and depictions of engineering related development activities in their respective disciplines and regions The “Building Clinic” giving free advice to visitors engaged in building of their own house and the “Car Clinic” both of which have become permanent features of the exhibition were as usual were a big draw.  So was the Free Seminar Sessions offered by the Civil Engineering Sectional Committee.


    The Members Lounge where members of the  IESL and their families visiting the exhibition are entertained  proved to be an enormous success as it did in the previous years.





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