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  • 20 Sep 2016 3:17 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka  held its annual Induction and Graduation Ceremony for the year, 2016 on Wednesday, 14th October, 2016 at the Main Hall of the BMICH from 3.00 pm onwards. Vidyajyothi (Prof.) Rezvi Sheriff, Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo and Former Director of the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.  Eng. Newton Wickremasuriya Director / Chief Executive O­fficer, Central  Industries PLC, Past President , Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka was the Guest of Honour at the event.

    The induction of 400 Associate Members of the IESL in to the corporate membership as Chartered Engineers was the largest in a year since the incorporation of the IESL in 1968 as the professional body to award Chartered Engineer status in Sri Lanka. The event also saw 82 students of the IESL Engineering Course receiving their certificates having successfully completed the course.

    Junior Inventor of the Year (JIY) Competition – 2015 Scholarship Winners also received their scholarships at the event. Pioneered by the IESL  with the purpose of inculcating creativity and invention among school  children, many of the JIY winners have gone on to win at the national level competition ‘Sri Lanka Science and Engineering Fair’ and therafter  proved their ability to compete  and win event at the Intel international Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest international pre-college science competition held annually in the USA.  Winners of  Special Memorial Awards  too received their awards

  • 29 Aug 2016 3:32 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The IESL held its 3rd  National Engineering Conference on Friday, 19th August, 2016 from 9.00 a.m. onwards at the Waters Edge. Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Hon. Minister for Special Assignments graced the occasion as Chief Guest.

    This year’s theme for the event was “National Policies - Voice of Engineers”.

    Welcoming the capacity audience to the conference Eng. Wimalsena Gamage,  President of IESL , emphasized the appropriateness and relevance of this year’s theme to the current times and trends in the country’s development

    The Chief Guest, Hon.  Minister, Dr. Amunugama in his speech stressed on the need for engineers

    During the sessions the presentation on “ Megapolis Development “ by Eng. Patalee Champika  Ranwaka, the Hon. Minister  of Megapolis and Western Region Development was the star attraction.

    The other high profile presenters and the titles of their presentations at the conference were as follows:

    Mr. Gamini Gunawardena, Managing Director ,Saga Management Consultant
     -  “Engineers Role in National Policy Making”

    Mr. Sunil Wijesinghe, Chairman, United Motors, Lanka PLC and Watawala Plantations PLC

     - “A National Policy for Productivity Improvement: The role of the Engineer “

    Mr. Ranjith Pandithage, Chairman & Managing Director,Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC

     -  “ Future Growth Opportunities in Sri Lanka “

    Eng. (Prof.) Amal Kumarage, Senior Professor at University of Moratuwa,

    -  “ Developing a Culture of Policy led Development Practices in Sri Lanka: Intervention in the Transport Sector “

    Eng. Mangala Yapa, Managing Director (designate), Agency for Development Strategy under The Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade

     -  “ Economic Development Strategies”

    Vice-Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa, Prof. Ananda Jayawardane,   and the well-known Energy Consultant , Eng. (Dr.) Tilak Siyambalapitiya performed the  difficult but well done task of moderators for the panel discussions during the morning and afternoon sessions.

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  • 24 Aug 2016 8:12 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The photograph of Eng. (Dr.) S.B. Wijekoon, Immediate Past President  of IESL   joined the portraits of all the Past Presidents of the IESL along the hallowed walls of the Council Room of the institution when it was ceremonially unveiled on Friday, 5th August, 2016.


    Eng. (Dr.) S.B. Wijekoon  became the  109th President of IESL  in October 2014 and his presidency was marked by  consolidation and refinement of achievements of earlier sessions and improving decision making and quality and standard of the activities of the IESL  during  the 2014/2015 sessions. Service Excellence at IESL Secretariat, ICT for Productivity Enhancement of IESL and IESL Outreach Drive were the three special thrust areas he focused on during his tenure.


    Eng. (Dr.) Wijekoon served the Council of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka representing Members in 1989 and later on served the Council as a Representative of Fellows, as a Vice President and the President Elect before becoming the President of the current sessions.


    (Dr.) S.B. Wijekoon  is a product of Menikdiwela Primary School and  Dharmaraja College Kandy. he obtained his B.Sc  (Hons) degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Peradeniya.  He also holds a Masters of Engineering in Construction Management earned from the University of Moratuwa and a Master of Business Administration in Technology Management from Deakin University, Australia. He is also  a Diploma Holder in Commercial Arbitration. He obtained his Doctorate in Technology from the Deakin University, Australia.


    Upon his graduation, Eng. (Dr.) Wijekoon joined the State Development and Construction Corporation as a Site Engineer attached to   its Kothmale Road Development Project and was later promoted as a Project Manager. In 1988, he joined the Road Construction and Development Company as a Civil Engineer to be in charge of Bridges and was subsequently promoted to the posts of Senior Engineering Manager and   Deputy General Manager, Central Zone and Bridges. From December 1995 he worked in Mainroads Western Australia until 1997 when he decided to return to the country to join the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya as a Senior Lecturer in charge of Industrial Training. In 2004 he worked as the Team Leader of Project Management Unit of ADB funded Road Network improvement Project of the Road Development Authority and later on took up the position of National Project Director of the JBIC funded Provincial Road Improvement Project of the Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils which post he held till October 2006.  During this period he also served as the Chairman of the State Development and Construction Corporation.

    In January 2007 he joined Gossnells City Council in Perth Australia as a Project Manager in charge of Major Projects and in July 2007 joined VICROADS in Melbourne Australia as a Project Co- Coordinator for the Monash Freeway Improvement Project. He returned to the country in March 2008 to resume work at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya as the Senior Lecturer. He served as   the Chief Resident Engineer of the Provincial Road Improvement Project for eight months in 2009.


    Eng. (Dr.) S.B. Wijekoon , Mrs. Wijekoon and their son Malinda Wijekoon were in attendance at the unveiling event which was attended by Past Presidents , Council members and staff of IESL. While Eng. (Dr.) Jagath Peiris, CEO / ES of IESL read out the citation and conducted the event Eng. Wimalasena Gamage, President of IESL 2015 / 2016 delivered the special oration. Eng. (Dr.) Wijekoon thanked the IESL and its membership for the  trust they had placed on him to be their president and for cooperation extended to him during that session.

  • 26 Jul 2016 9:40 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    Generation Options For a Reliable and an Economic Power Supply 

    20th June, 2016

     Seminar Proceedings 


  • 15 Jul 2016 4:34 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    ACM Student Chapter of the University of Moratuwa organized a discussion with Eng. Arjuna Manamperi, an eminent speaker and a Council Member from The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL). The discussion under the topic “How engineering undergraduates can work with IESL for professional development was held on the 16th of June, 2016 at the Seminar Room of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Moratuwa.

    Eng. Manamperi started the session by reflecting upon his past industrial experiences and the passion he had for Production Engineering. As a fresh graduate from University of Peradeniya, he had joined the state sector for a brief six-month period, before joining Walker Sons & Co. Ltd. where he obtained the IESL Charter. Sharing over three decades of experiences in Sri Lanka and USA, Eng. Manamperi explained the value of taking calculated risks to define his career and the variety of roles he played in  organizations as a transformational leader.

    The next part of the session was conducted in an interactive manner where Eng. Manamperi explained about the past heroes of IESL such as Eng. B. D. Rampala, Eng. (Dr) A. N. S. Kulasinghe, and Eng. D.J. Wimalasurendra. He asked for the opinion of students about their future ambitions. Most of the students had the idea of joining the industry. A few had the idea of continuing their career as Academics. He gave a broader career vision and explained the mission critical importance of Solving Sri Lanka's problems and doing value added work delivering products, services, and intellectual properties to global markets earning foreign exchange.” Eng. Manamperi elaborated on the difficult economic challenges Sri Lanka is facing and the duty of young professionals to serve their country. 

    Eng. Manamperi explained the benefits of becoming an IESL member and the importance of working with IESL for the betterment of the Engineering profession and our country. During this part of the session, he show cased many of the digital resources ( IESL newspaper SLEN, Engineer Journal, Videos, Public Lecture live streaming, etc.) that are accessible to the public through IESL website (, IESL FaceBook Page and IESL Twitter (@iesllanka and @iesl_mesc) and encouraged the gathering to make the best use of them and promote them within the University community. He was very emphatic about university students contributing to IESL publications, participating in IESL public lecturers, and utilizing IESL physical resources in collaborative efforts that would supplement students’ educational experiences.

    The discussion concluded with a brief question and answer session.

  • 06 Jul 2016 12:08 PM | IESL (Administrator)






    Engineers warn electricity costs to increase up to 50%, blackouts by 2018


    Sampur coal power projects should proceed without delay, competitive bidding essential for wind and solar, and development of LNG, including the terminal requires careful study.



    The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) is the premier Engineering institution in the country involved in promoting and advancing the Science and practice of Engineering. The Power and Energy committee of IESL recently organized a Seminar on “Generation Options - Sri Lanka for a Reliable and an Economical Power Supply” on at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the Institution. A large number of eminent engineers who are well experienced in planning and operation of power systems made several presentations at this well attended seminar.


    It was highlighted that immediate action is necessary to expedite the implementation of the Coal Power project in Sampur. The country is in danger of going back to the era of power cuts coupled with higher prices of electricity. The growth in electricity sales has recovered from the low 1% in 2013 to reach 7% in 2015; growth indications for 2016 are even higher. In this backdrop, it is concerned that currently there are no major power plants being built, to meet the growing demand. It was revealed that the 500 MW Sampur coal power plant, which is vital to meet the growing demand has been suspended. This project should have been completed in 2016, but has already been delayed for various reasons and then targeted for completion in 2020.


    The summary decision by the Government to change its fuel to LNG, can cause inevitable delays. This change would result in the carrying out of fresh feasibility studies, preparation of  bankable project documents, obtaining necessary approval and re-negotiating agreements. Change of fuel to LNG would cause electricity production costs to increase by 40-50%. This is the reality. The delay of the Sampur coal power plant is already dragging the country to a power crisis, possible blackouts and heavy costs of electricity to follow. This would result in the loss of confidence among investors leading to economic paralysis of the country.


    It was also observed that the competitive bidding round for two wind power plants, scheduled to close in April 2016, has been repeatedly extended and now effectively suspended owing to the Government intervention, with no plausible reason given. With the investor confidence shattered, that move undermines the competitive processes to purchase electricity, established by the Electricity Act. Sri Lanka reportedly pays a very high price for electricity produced from wind power plants developed by the private sector. For solar power too, Sri Lanka pays a very high price of Rs.23.00 per unit. Recent reductions in prices of both wind and solar equipment internationally, availability of sites with better wind regimes, and the favourable terms of investment, would enable wind and solar power to be produced up to 50% below the prices paid at present. Price discovery can only be achieved through competitive bidding.


    Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) prices have recently declined, owing to surplus in production and the depressed oil prices, to which most LNG contracts are linked. Recent contracts to supply LNG have been reported to be as low as 8.5 USD/million BTU. This is considered to be a temporary phenomenon. The Power sector Engineers call upon the Government to carefully scrutinize historic prices and pricing formulae, and forecast quantities required, through expert studies, before rushing into conclusions to build large LNG terminals. Such terminals require significant investments exceeding USD 500 million. In any case, they should be located where prospective customers for gas are already present. Such large investments cannot be made in haste, and will require 5-8 years to study, design, secure approvals, finance and build. In any case, it would not relieve Sri Lanka from the grave power crisis expected by 2018.


    The process of making decisions on power plants, and the responsibility to build such capacity on time, legally remains with the CEB, the Transmission Licensee under the Act, subject to approval by the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL). PUCSL is responsible to ensure that the Transmission Licensee adheres to least cost principles and competitive bidding requirements stipulated in the Electricity Act.


    The Engineers calls upon the Government to follow the procedures laid down in the Electricity Act and   reiterate the need to commence the construction of the Sampur coal power plant without further delay. Procurement of power from private wind and solar developers should be carried out strictly on a competitive basis. It is predicted that the cost of electricity production would otherwise increase by about 50%. With Sri Lanka’s electricity prices being already high compared with other countries in the region, any further price increases resulting from higher production costs, will have a crippling effect on the economy and the people.


    The above facts were revealed from the presentations of expert Engineers who are well experienced in planning and operation of power systems. These presentations and the seminar proceedings can be downloaded from here.

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