Dr Keerthi Ranasinghe

Dr Keerthi Ranasinghe BSc (Hons), PhD

Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering

Swansea

Tel: 01792 481361
E-mail: k.ranasinghe@uwtsd.ac.uk

Keerthi Ranasinghe

  • Programme Director in Civil Engineering
  • Programme Director in Quantity Surveying

I have been an academic for almost 10 years since graduation, before joining the industry. Having spent almost 12 years in the industry in the UK, I joined the University of Wales Trinity Saint David as a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering in November 2017. I continue to be active in the industry as a consultant and advisor.

  • Graduate Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers, UK
  • Committee Member of the Research Panel of the Institution of Structural Engineers, UK
  • Member of the Judging Panel at the Young researcher’s Conference of the Institution of Structural Engineers, UK
  • Editorial Committee Member of the Construction Materials Journal of the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Engineering Mathematics & Structures
  • Environmental technology
  • Procurement & Project Management
  • Project Cost Management
  • Structural Analysis
  • Structural Design
  • Engineered Wood Products
  • European Standardisation
  • Timber Composites
  • Timber Connections
  • Timber Engineering
  • Timber in Fire

Being a Structural Engineer and a Consultant in Timber Engineering I have been able to help the industry through research, training seminars, publications and consultancy work. 

Provided Timber Engineering related expert consultancy services to a host of external clients including:

  • AMEC
  • AND Designs
    Association of the Structural Engineers of the London Boroughs
  • Bovis lend Lease
  • Buckinghamshire County Council
  • Canal And River Trust (formerly British Waterways)
  • COED CYMRU
  • CTS Bridges
  • Custom Homes, James Jones and Sons Ltd
  • Devon County Council
  • Dorset County Council
  • Dundee City Council
  • Elements Europe
  • English Heritage Buildings
  • Exxon Mobil
  • Fosters and Partners
  • Gary Gabriel Associates
  • Goodson Associates
  • Highways Agency
  • ITW
  • Keepmoat Building Systems
  • London Borough of Ealing
  • Metsawood (formerly FinnForest)
  • Ministry of Defence
  • MiTek, Welsh Oak Frame Travis Perkins
  • MTech
  • National House-Building Council – NHBC
  • Network Rail
  • Nordic Engineered wood products
  • Pell Prischmann
  • Philipps P66
  • Sellafield Nuclear
  • Simpson Strong Tie
  • STREIF Building Systems
  • TATA Steel Projects

Book Contributions:

  • “Manual for the Design of Timber Building Structures to Eurocode 5”, TRADA/Institution of Structural Engineers, (2nd Edition, 2019), (Authors: 1st Edition: Page, A., 2nd Edition: Ranasinghe, K.), to be published in 2019.
  • “Eurocode 5 Span Tables, 4th Edition”, TRADA, Ranasinghe, K. 2014
  • “Timber Decking: The Professional’s Manual”, TRADA, 3rd Edition to be published in 2019, Chapter Contributions
  • “National Structural Timber Specification (NSTS)”, Reviewer for the second edition, TRADA, 2017

Software:

  • “TRADA Timber Connections Software”, published at trada.co.uk 2010
  • “TRADA Timber Sizer software”, published at trada.co.uk, 2009

Scientific Papers:

  • “Proposal for Reorganisation of the Connections Chapter of Eurocode 5”, Stepinac M., Cabrero J.M., Ranasinghe K., Kleiber M., Engineering Structures, September 2018.
  • “Practitioners’ Opinions about the EN 1995 – Results from a Comprehensive Online Survey”, Ranasinghe K., Stepinac M., Cabrero J.M., Kleiber M., World Conference in Timber Engineering, 2018
  • “Results from a Questionnaire for Practitioners about the Connections Chapter of Eurocode 5”, Cabrero J.M., Stepinac M., Ranasinghe K., Kleiber M., A state of the art report by COST Action FP1402, 2018
  • “Proposal for new Structure of the Connections Chapter”, Ranasinghe K., Cabrero J.M., Stepinac M., Kleiber M., A state of the art report by COST Action FP1402, 2018
  • “Summary of Selected Timber Research Projects Presented at INTER 2015”, Ranasinghe, K., TRADA, 2016
  • “Cross-laminated timber: experimental research”, Ranasinghe, K., TRADA, 2016.
  • “Summary of some research projects presented at INTER 2014”, Ranasinghe, K., TRADA, 2015
  • “Summary of selected timber research projects presented at IStructE Young Researchers’ Conference 2014”, Ranasinghe, K., TRADA, 2015

Industry Articles:

  • “Eurocodes Online|”, Expert commentator for BSI, ongoing
  • “A Case for a Class System?” Timber industry yearbook, 2018
  • “Moving towards a second generation of Eurocodes”, Timber industry yearbook, 2017
  • “The rise and rise of CLT buildings”, Ranasinghe, K., Architects Data File, 2016.
  • “Span tables: A look back and forward”, Ranasinghe, K., Timber Industry Yearbook, 2015
  • “Fastener capacity the easy way”, Ranasinghe, K., Timber Industry Yearbook, 2014
  • “Eurocode 5 and CE marking”, Ranasinghe, K., Timber Industry Yearbook, 2013
  • “Part A – falling behind?”, Mansfield-Williams, H., Ranasinghe, K., Building Regulations Yearbook, 2011
  • “EC5: Supply chain perspectives”, Ranasinghe, K., Timber Trades Journal Online 2010
  • “EC5: Are you prepared?”, Ranasinghe, K., TRADA Yearbook 2010
  • “Making the connection”, Ranasinghe, K., Timber in Construction, 2010

University Modules:

  • “Introduction to timber engineering design: Design life, design situations and load duration classes”, Ranasinghe, K., TRADA University Module, 2016.
  • “Introduction to timber engineering design: Limit State Design”, Ranasinghe, K., TRADA University Module, 2016.
  • “Introduction to timber engineering design: Characteristic vs. design material properties”, Ranasinghe, K., TRADA University Module, 2016.
  • “Introduction to timber engineering design: Structural detailing requirements”, Ranasinghe, K., TRADA University Module, 2016.
  • “Introduction to timber engineering design: Moisture and humidity”, Ranasinghe, K., TRADA University Module, 2016.
  • “Introduction to timber engineering design: The Eurocode system”, Ranasinghe, K., TRADA University Module, 2016.
  • “Introduction to timber engineering design: Bolted and dowelled connections”, Ranasinghe, K., TRADA University Module, 2016.
  • “Introduction to timber engineering design: Nailed Connections”, Ranasinghe, K., TRADA University Module, 2016.
  • “Introduction to timber engineering design: Multiple fastener joints”, Ranasinghe, K., TRADA University Module, 2016.
  • “Introduction to timber engineering design: Screw connections”, Ranasinghe, K., TRADA University Module, 2016.
  • “Further topics in timber engineering: Glued laminated timber (Glulam)”, Ranasinghe, K., TRADA University Module, 2016.
  • “Further topics in timber engineering: Eurocode 5 and supplementary standards”, Ranasinghe, K., TRADA University Module, 2016.
  • “Further topics in timber engineering: Wood-based panels”, Ranasinghe, K., TRADA University Module, 2016.
  • “Further topics in timber engineering: Glued joints”, Ranasinghe, K., TRADA University Module, 2016.
  • “Further topics in timber engineering: Moment resisting joints” Ranasinghe, K., TRADA University Module, 2016.
  • “Further topics in timber engineering: Creep” Ranasinghe, K., TRADA University Module, 2016.
  • “Further topics in timber engineering: Structural columns and buckling”, Ranasinghe, K., TRADA University Module, 2016.
  • “Further topics in timber engineering: Vibration”, Ranasinghe, K., TRADA University Module, 2016.
  • “Further topics in timber engineering: Structural timber sizes and permitted deviations”, Ranasinghe, K., TRADA University Module, 2016.
  • “Further topics in timber engineering: Splitting and tension perpendicular to grain”, Ranasinghe, K., TRADA University Module, 2016.
  • “Fire Resistance and Timber Buildings: Concepts and Considerations”, Ranasinghe, K., TRADA University Module 2013
  • “Fire Resistance and Timber Buildings: Regulatory Requirements”, Ranasinghe, K., TRADA University Module 2013
  • “Fire Resistance and Timber Buildings: Timber Materials and Products”, Ranasinghe, K., TRADA University Module 2013
  • “Fire Resistance and Timber Buildings: Building Design – Structural Beams and Columns”, Ranasinghe, K., TRADA University Module 2013
  • “Fire Resistance and Timber Buildings: Construction – Wall and Floor Systems”, Ranasinghe, K., TRADA University Module 2013
  • “Fire and Timber Buildings: Management”, Ranasinghe, K., TRADA University Module 2013

Membership of Committees:

Project Team Member for the Revision of the Connections Chapter of European Standard EN1995-1-1 (Timber Design)

  • Committee Member of the European Standards Committees; CEN/TC250/SC5 (Timber Engineering),
  • CEN/TC250/SC5/WG5 (Timber Connections)

Committee Member of the British Standards Committees;

  • B/525/5 (Timber Engineering),
  • B/525/1 (Loading)

Advisory Committee Member: Timber Research And Development Association (TRADA)

Active member of the Cost Action FP 1402: From Research to Standards

Invited Lectures:

  • “Eurocode 5: Timber Design Essentials”, at the Institution of Structural Engineers South Eastern Counties Region, Croydon, November 2018
  • Eurocode 5: Timber Design Essentials”, at the Force Protection Engineers, Professional Engineering Wing, Brompton Barracks, September 2018
  • “Proposal for the reorganisation of the connections chapter of Eurocode 5 (2020)”, Timber Engineering Symposium, Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands, January 2018
  • “Facades Workshop – Fire safe use of bio-based building products for facades – Challenges and limitations, detailing and testing”, invited industry expert and discussion panel member, COST Action FP1404, Barcelona, Spain, November 2017
  • “Eurocode 5: Connection in fire – Standardisation considerations for 2020”, at the invited experts meeting of the COST Action FP1404, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016
  • “Timber Connections”, at the Institution of Structural Engineers, Peterborough Regional Group, 2016
  • “Timber Connections”, at the Institution of Structural Engineers, East Midlands Regional Group, 2016
  • “Eurocode 5: Connections – Problems faced by practicing engineers and a proposal for reorganising chapter 8”, at the 2nd technical meeting of the COST Action FP1402, Pamplona, Spain, 2015
  • “Eurocodes: Basis of Structural Design and Actions”, at the Institution of Structural Engineers, North Thames Regional Group. 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
  • “Eurocode 5: A Training Seminar”, at the Institution of Structural Engineers, North Thames Regional Group. 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
  • “Use of Cross Laminated Timber & Recent Developments in Timber Engineering”, Institution of Structural Engineers, Technical Lecture Series, London 2013
  • “Eurocode 5 and CE Marking”, Timber Expo, 2012
  • “Use of Mathcad in designing to Eurocodes”, Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC) Technology Forum, UK, 2011
  • “Eurocode 5: the Supply Chain Perspective”, Ecobuild, London, 2010
  • “Eurocode 5: A SWOT Analysis”, In touch with timber conference, London, 2010
  • “Eurocode 5: Training Seminars”, at Highland College, Jersey, 2010
  • “Eurocode 5: Training Seminars”, at the invitation of the University of Cape town, in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape town, South Africa, 2010
  • “Designing with Timber: Has anything changed?” at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff, 2009
  • “Timber Design to Eurocode 5”, Association of Structural Engineers of London Boroughs, Autumn Seminar 2009