Message from the Head of Division

The Water Group of the Department of Civil Engineering is extremely proud of its achievements to date, including the introducing of the first postgraduate program in the University of Moratuwa. The establishment of the UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Centre of South Asia Water Management (UMCSAWM) is another milestone in the history line.

The biggest strength of the Water Group is its well-versed staff equally qualified with academic credentials and field expertise covering vast arena of water and related fields including surface and groundwater hydrology, hydraulics, irrigation, water resources management, coastal and engineering and estuarine modelling, water related GIS and remote sensing applications, and hydrodynamic modelling and applications, etc.

The staff is involved in teaching and pioneering research in water resources management, irrigation practices, coastal wave dynamics and various other themes of timely importance, and industry based research and applications while serving in various departmental, faculty and university committees and various other for a of national and international recognition.

The fully equipped hydraulic engineering laboratory has the apparatus and computer facilities required for studying hydraulic engineering problems of practical interest. These include, channel flow simulators and hydraulic flumes, pipe friction and hydraulic machinery, hydraulic benches for multiple test platforms, etc. Computer aided exercises are also carried out for the students to acquaint themselves with the use of computer packages used in the industry.

The newest additions to the group’s strengths are the UNESCO Water Centre and the international postgraduate program conducted by the Department of Civil Engineering in collaboration with the South Asia Foundation (SAF-India).

With all these facilities, strengths and expertise available, the Water Group is even more determined to serve the Department, University, nation and the region in the years to come.

Mr. A.H.R. Ratnasooriya

Head, Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering Division