Civil Engineering Society

Society Introduction

Civil Engineering Society of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (CES-KDU) was established in 2017, under the guidance of former Dean, Dr. WCDK Fernando and former Head, Department of Civil Engineering, Dr. TMWRMB Samarakoon with the students of Intake 31.

Since then it has been adding vivid experiences to the student life and a greater platform for the undergraduates by organizing guest lectures, workshops, competitions, social outreach activities, industrial day and exhibitions with the blessings of the university. These activities increase creativity and soft skills of the students and facilitates the development of a Civil Engineer responsible to the society.

Currently the 3rd CES-KDU is functioning with the fullest cooperation of the undergraduates of the Department, guided by its advisors, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Dr. TMWRMB Samarakoon, Head, Department of Civil Engineering, Dr. NK Gunasekara, and Dr. DDTK Kulathunga, Senior Lecturer, with timely advises of all academic staff of the department.


Any student enrolled in the programme BSc in Engineering, specializing in Civil Engineering at KDU are eligible for membership of the society. An eligible can become a member by going through an application process.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Society at the start of each academic year, and serves a one-year term.

The executive committee-2018
  • President- Thisara Rathnapala (Intake 32)
  • Secretary- Melanka de Silva (Intake 32)
  • Vice President- Nimmi Kurukulasuriya (Intake 32)
  • Assistant Secretary- Thamal Rukshan (Intake 34)
  • Treasurer- Chamith Deshapriya (Intake 32)
  • Assistant Treasurer-Hiran Banagala (34)
  • Public Relation Officers- DB Jayasundara (Intake 33), Theekshana Jayasinghe (Intake 34)
  • Committee Members- Yuhan Sandeepa (Intake 32), Rasanjaya (Intake 33), Kawshika Wedaarachchi (Intake 34)
  • Editors- Samitha Pelawaththa (Intake 32), Weerakkodi (Intake 33), Shalini Kumararathna (Intake 34)
  The Activities of CES-KDU-2018   Workshop on Spaghetti Bridges

Workshop on “How to make Spaghetti Bridges” conducted by Eng. Lt. (CE) RMKS Karunarathne was held on 28th February 2018 at 2.30 p.m. at Faculty of Engineering. The objective of this workshop was to give knowledge and experience in construction of spaghetti bridges to participate in competitions. Also, students were able to gain knowledge about types of bridges, load transfer mechanisms from this workshop. Civil Engineering students from intakes 32, 33, 34 participated for the event.

Spaghetti Bridge Competition

Spaghetti Bridge Competition 2018 organized by CES-KDU was held on 04th and 05th of April at Faculty of Engineering. The competition was organized as an intra university competition and 7 teams were competed.

Construction of bridges were done in the 1st day of the competition and competitors were given a period of 5 hours to complete the task. Evaluation and prize giving of the competition was held in the 2nd day. Evaluation of the bridges were done by the judges Dr. NK Gunasekara, Dr. Thanuja Kulathunga, Mr. Pubudu Damsara and Miss Nadeesha Abeysinghe. Out of the 7 groups, 1st ,2nd and 3rd places were selected. Then the prize giving was held with the participation of honourable chief guest Deputy Vice Chancellor Defence and Administration Maj. Gen. IP Ranasinghe RWP RSP ndu psc, Dean of faculty of the Defence and Strategic Studies Col. WTWG Ihalage RWP RSP psc, Dean of the faculty of Engineering Dr. WCDK Fernando, Head of Department of Electrical, Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering Capt. JU Gunaseela USP psc, Head of Department of Civil Engineering Dr. NK Gunasekara, other senior lecturers and instructors.

Guest Lecture – Bridge Design

A guest lecture on “Bridge Design” organized by CES-KDU was held on the 12 th of July 2018 at Faculty of Engineering. The lecture was conducted by Eng. Yasela Sumanasighe Charted Structural and Bridge Engineer.

In this lecture, bridge designing procedures and concepts as well as construction techniques were discussed. The lecture was held with the presence of Dr. NK Gunasekara, Dr. DDTK Kulathunga and Eng. B.H.J. Pushpakumara. Civil Engineering students from intakes 32 and 34 were participated for the evet.

Open Day 2018

Open Day 2018 organized by KDU was held in 08th of September 2018 at KDU premises. In this event, Department of Civil Engineering arranged an exhibition of models of structures in structural, highway, hydraulic and environmental fields, practical presentation in surveying, soil mechanics,hydraulics and environmental engineering and a quiz competition.

Athwela Outreach Project

“Athwela 2018” is an outreach project was organized by the Civil Engineering Society of KDU to provide aid for the Mugunumulla KV, Kotapola, Matara. Main objective of this project was to give financial assistance needed to increase the standard of the classrooms of the school by providing the classrooms with partitions required. The financial assistance was provided for this purpose with the supervision of the divisional educational office in the area as well.  Furthermore, the students were donated with stationary needed for their education. This outreach project was held on the 18th of October 2018 with the participation of students and members of the department.

All donations including financial and stationary items were collected from KDU students, KDU staff members and other volunteers. A talent show also had been organized by the students of Mugunumulla KV on that day to add more colour to the event.