Chathurangi Eddussuriya tops the world and brings fame to University of Peradeniya with a massive investment prize

Chathurangi Edussuriya, a third year Computer Engineering undergraduate of University of Peradeniya has won the Construction Industry Solution Limited (COINS) Grand Challenge in undergraduate category which was held in Manchester on the 12th of June 2019.

The challenge consisted of two entry categories, professional (Open) and the student (Undergraduate), with shortlisted ideas ranging from carbon negative building materials to autonomous land surveying marking drones. Six finalists in each category were invited to the UK for the final competition in which she managed to secure the first place of the competition after competing with contestants from Edinburg, Chicago, St. Carlo and India. Her ‚ÄúSoil Analyzer‚ÄĚ with on location testing capability raised quite a few eye brows which eventually granted her with this great achievement. The winners were announced at a Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony held at the Imperial War Museum, North Salford Quays in Manchester UK.

Chathurangi’s product was a solution to the construction industry where field soil testing can be done in situ using sensors connected to a mobile device like a smart phone. The device measures the electrical resistance of a tabular soil sample taken in situ and the results are obtained instantaneously by the programmed mobile device. This invention saves enormous amount of time and expenditure in constructions industry. The massive investment prize money is given to develop the product ready for the market. Several leading UK construction companies have agreed to purchase her product and provide access to their lab facilities if she wishes.

It all started in a Hackerthorn(a software development competition) organized by Department of Computer Engineering, University of Peradeniya. The engineering idea is based on a research conducted by Mr. Janaka Priyantha , a postgraduate researcher under the guidance of Prof. S.B.S Abayakoon, Department of Civil Engineering.

Chathurangi wishes to thank the staff of the Geo-Technical Engineering laboratory who helped to conduct the experiments. She further thanked her Faculty-mates Madushan Subash, who encouraged her to apply for the competition and Kasun Vithanage, Namila Bandara, Rasika Maduranga who helped to complete the project. The huge lead and compassionate support given throughout the preparation by Dr. Dhammika Elkaduwa is specially remembered. The support given by Head of the Department Dr.Kamalanath Samarakoon, her advisor Dr. Manjula Sandirigama, Dr. Roshan Ragel, Dr. Isuru Nawinna, Dr. Janaka Alawathugoda, Dr.Asitha Bandaranayaka, Mr.Sampath Deegalla, Dr.Suneth Namal and all the other academic and non-academic staff is greatly appreciated.She thanked for the encouragement given by the Vice Chancellor, University of Peradeniya; Prof. Upul B. Dissanayake and the Dean, Faculty of Engineering; Prof. Gemunu Herath.

She also thanked her company of internship WSO2, her mentor Kasun Gajasinghe for the assistance and flexibility given to endure her mission. She finally wished to thank her mother, father and her sister who was, and always will, be there in all the ups and downs in her life.

Chaturangi’s Soil Analyzing method and the device are patent pending in Sri Lanka. Patent protection for other foreign jurisdictions is in progress through PCT (Patent Co-operation Treaty) administered by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization).
More information can be accessed through the COINS webpage