Researcher Profile Kasun Gunasekara

 

Kasun Gunasekara
Doctoral Research Candidate

Centre for Smart Modern Construction
School of Computing, Engineering & Mathematics

Research Topic

Methodology to predict contractors’ performance using price and non-price measures

Biography

Kasun Gunasekara is a PhD research scholar at Centre for Smart Modern Construction (c4SMC) at Western Sydney University. He is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor having over five years’ experience as a Project Quantity Surveyor at State Engineering Corporation of Sri Lanka who has handled a wide variety of construction projects. He has also been involved in several committees related to advancements in construction documentation and education. He has won the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) –Iwata Foundation Essay Competition, among other notable achievements, within a short period since obtaining his Bachelor’s degree with a first class honours. With a sound academic background set through high achieving qualifications in Quantity Surveying, Civil Engineering and Construction Law, along with the work experience, he is well equipped to cater for the research requirements of smart and modern construction industry.

Education

  • BSc (Honours) in Quantity Surveying (First Class) – University of Moratuwa
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution – University of Moratuwa
  • Graduate Diploma in Civil Engineering – Engineering Council, United Kingdom

Honours / Awards / Grants

  • Centre for Smart Modern Construction Postgraduate Research Scholarship
  • Winner of Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors – Iwata Foundation Essay Competition 2015
  • Highly commended certificate for Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors – Iwata Foundation Essay Competition 2016

Professional Affiliations

  • Associate member of Institute of Quantity Surveyors Sri Lanka (IQSSL)

Research Interests

  • Performance measurement
  • Efficiency and effectiveness in construction

Research and Publications

Conference Publication

  • Gunasekara, K., & Jayasena, H. (2013). Identification of a technological framework for implementing building information modelling in Sri Lanka. In Proceedings of 2nd World Construction Symposium – Socio-economic sustainability in construction: Practice, Policy and Research (pp.244-252). Colombo, Sri Lanka: Ceylon Institute of Builders.

Dissertation and Articles

  • Gunasekara, K., 2013, “Technological Framework for Implementing Building Information Modelling in Sri Lanka”, Unpublished B.Sc. (Quantity Surveying) final year Dissertation, Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa.
  • “Living together with the nature – contribution to the sustainable world” for PAQS-Iwata Foundation 2015 Travelling Scholarship Essay Competition
  • “Building for the future – A global dilemma” for PAQS-Iwata Foundation 2016 Travelling Scholarship Essay Competition
  • “Green development: The new era” for PAQS-Iwata Foundation 2017 Travelling Scholarship Essay Competition

Professional Experience

Full time employment

  • Quantity Surveyor – State Engineering Corporation of Sri Lanka (January 2014-June 2018)

Other voluntary services

  • Resource Person – Revision of National Competency Standards for the Occupational Sector of Quantity Surveying at National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority, Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training
  • Resource Person – Validation of Curricular for the Occupational Sector of Quantity Surveying at National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority.
  • Committee Member – Preparing guidelines for Engineering Estimate & Cost Database at Construction Industry Development Authority (CIDA)
  • Committee Member – Revising of Construction Building Schedule of Rates (BSR) 2017 at Department of Buildings
  • Graduate Membership Representative 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 – Represented the graduate membership of IQSSL and participated as an Observer in IQSSL council meetings
  • Assessor – Graduate Membership Qualifying Examination Viva (2017) at College of Quantity Surveying, IQSSL
  • Assessor – Industrial Training Viva (2017) at Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa

Contact

Email:

k.gunasekara@westernsydney.edu.au

Phone:

(02) 47360436  Ext 2053

Location:

c4SMC, Room Y.3.14  Penrith (Kingswood)

Google Scholar:

https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=KUjMALMAAAAJ&hl=en

ORCiD:

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8457-1809

LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kasun-geethanga-gunasekara-93504956/