Prof. E.O.E. Pereira Memorial Lecture 2019.

Prof. E.O.E. Pereira, considered the pioneer of tertiary engineering education in Sri Lanka was instrumental in the establishment of the first fully fledged Faculty of Engineering in a University in Sri Lanka. Relocated to Peradeniya from Colombo, the works of this visionary educationalist became the alma mater of thousands of prominent Engineers in Sri Lanka. His foundation has transformed it into a prestigious Engineering Institution in the world.

The annual Prof. EOE Pereira Memorial Lecture to commemorate the doyen of engineering education in Sri Lanka is arranged by the Civil Engineering Sectional Committee of the IESL. PEFAA Colombo Chapter has collaborated with the Civil Engineering Sectional Committee of the IESL from the year 2019 for organization of this prestigious event.

The Prof. EOE Pereira Memorial Lecture 2019 was delivered at a colourful ceremony by Eng. P. H. Sarath Gamini, retired Project Director, National Water Supply & Drainage Board titled “Cost Estimation is an Educated Guess” on 16.09.2019 at Wimalasurendra Auditorium, IESL. Prof. Eng. (Prof) T M Pallewatta, President – IESL paid tribute to the noble efforts of Prof. EOE Pereira by garlanding a photograph of Prof. E O E Pereira. Further, welcome address is delivered by the Prof. Eng. (Prof) T M Pallewatta.




Eng. P. H. Sarath Gamini shared his experiences on the importance of accuracy in cost estimation in projects and its impact, enriching the audience with his expertise in hadling Government Projects. Further, he shared his thoughts on the various challenges faced by Engineers in the current context such as variation of estimation throughout the project cycle. He also stressed the necessity for a cost database and guidelines.


The lecture was followed by a presentation of a Memento of Appreciation to the Guest Speaker by Prof. Eng. (Prof) T M Pallewatta, President of IESL. Then, Prof. Eng. Ranjith Dissanayake, President, Civil Engineering Sectional Committee delivered the Vote of Thanks. Eng.S.G.G.Rajkumar, President, PEFAA Colombo Chapter addressed the gathering and invited everyone for dinner and fellowship. The event successfully concluded with a lively entertainment session and dinner for Invitees and other participants at the Members’ Lounge.