Kanchana K.S. Perera

Kanchana K.S. Perera
University of Moratuwa | UoM · Department of Building Economics

Professor FRICS FAIQS FIQSSL CQS

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Introduction
Kanchana K.S. Perera currently works at the Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa as a Professor. In addition, she is a fellow member of Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Sri Lanka ( F.I.Q.S.SL), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, UK ( FRICS), and Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors ( FAIQS). Kanchana has published over hundred refereed papers in the areas of Risk Management, Construction Procurement, Construction Project Management, Quantity Surveying, Facilities Management and Property Development
Additional affiliations
September 2016 - present
University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Position
  • Professor
October 2003 - September 2016
University of Moratuwa
Position
  • Professor (Associate)

Publications

Publications (172)
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Bridging the existing gap in sustainability education among quantity surveyors in Sri Lanka, the study aimed to analyze how sustainability education could be incorporated into the curricula of quantity surveying degree programs conducted by the higher education institutions in the country. The study used a mixed-methods approach, which included sem...
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Aggregate base course is one of the most significant and bulky material used in road construction projects. Literature on the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that can be used to control the of aggregate base course waste generation during the construction phase of a road project, especially from the contractor's perspective, is scarce. Thus, the...
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Construction project costs frequently deviate from their estimated costs. Cost controlling techniques/tools (CCTTs) can be used to monitor these deviations. However, the effectiveness of these techniques and tools has to be evaluated. Thus, the aim of this study was to identify the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of CCTTs used in Asian, Middle Ea...
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The construction industry is becoming more circular by reducing waste, reusing building materials, and embracing regenerative solutions for energy generation and biodiversity conservation. The ramifications of circularity on building operations are complicated, necessitating a comprehensive assessment of the consequences before deciding on the best...
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Errors in construction documents and records can have serious impacts on construction projects. These impacts are manifested mostly during the construction and post-construction stages of the projects. The errors in documents and records significantly affect the performance of quantity surveyors (QSs) working for contractors. Thus, the aim of this...
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Progress monitoring of construction work is crucial to identify the discrepancies between the as-built product and as-planned design and take necessary action based on the results. Construction work is time consuming and labour intensive. However, the use of new technologies, such as computer vision (CV), in construction progress monitoring (CPM) c...
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Purpose Accelerating the influences of external stakeholders in any construction project is inevitable. Studies on external stakeholder influence on construction projects and literature on external stakeholder management in irrigation infrastructure projects executed with donor funds are scarce. Thus, this study aimed to investigate how to manage t...
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Purpose: Coastal Land Reclamation (CLR) projects have become an effective solution for population growth while creating new market areas and expanding revenue streams. Although a few studies have been conducted on risk management in CLR projects, they had very little prioritisation on financial and economic risk management. Thus, this study aimed a...
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Public policy system of the construction industry of a country will reflect the country's economic, political, social, and cultural status. In any country, especially in developing countries like Sri Lanka, the success of government policies depends on their effective implementation. Thus, the aim of this study was to explore how construction relat...
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Purpose The purpose of this study is to investigate the management of intragroup conflicts occurring in project design teams during pre-contract stages that affect the project deliverables of construction projects implemented in Sri Lanka. Design/methodology/approach A qualitative approach with a case study research strategy was used in the study....
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Public policy system of the construction industry of a country will reflect the country’s economic, political, social, and cultural status. In any country, especially in developing countries like Sri Lanka, the success of government policies depends on their effective implementation. Thus, the aim of this study was to explore how construction relat...
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More claims have emerged due to the challenges the construction industry has faced in recent years. When contractors submit claims in construction projects, they get either unpaid or paid less than the full amount owing to the ineffectiveness of the existing claim procedures. To obtain full compensation, claims have to be accurate. The study focuse...
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Purpose Guaranteed maximum price (GMP) contracts are becoming an increasingly popular contract solution; however, many projects experience higher levels of risk and exceed predetermined GMPs, failing to accomplish the main motive behind the concept. Thus, the study identified a risk management process for GMP projects. Design/methodology/approach...
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The research revealed three different bid/no bid decision-making processes that are currently used in Sri Lanka. Furthermore, the drawbacks of each existing approach were compared and contrasted. The most popular and least specious approach among identified approaches was used as the basis to propose the new hierarchical framework.
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Cyber–physical systems (CPS) enable the synergistic integration of virtual models with the physical environment. CPS are being increasingly recognized because of their ability to improve information management in construction projects, make project delivery efficient, and enhance facilities management. The use of virtual models in the construction...
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Construction managers are the drivers of project success. To perform well, they need to possess key competencies, such as knowledge, skills, and attitudes, all of which can be improved through proper training. However, despite the skill shortage that still exists in the construction industry, extant literature does not precisely reveal the training...
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Purpose Like in many other countries, in Sri Lanka, minimal attention is paid to the performance of a building after it has been taken over by its end-user. Hence, a gap often exists between the actual performance of the building and its predicted performance. This performance gap led to the origin of the Soft Landings (SL) framework by Building Se...
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Purpose Survival challenges compel construction firms to change their business thinking on adapting business models (BMs). Unlike in the other fields, in the construction field, it is still a novel concept, probably because BM adaptation in the industry has not been sufficiently studied. Hence, the purpose of this study is to set a roadmap for the...
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Flexible working hours can overcome the spread of diseases during a pandemic, enhance work-life balance of people, and reduce their work-stress. However, the applicability of the flexi-hour concept in construction organizations has not been researched sufficiently. Thus, the aim of this study was to identify the adaptability of the flexi-hour conce...
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ASHRAE Standard 55 sets the minimum requirements for thermal comfort in built environments. However, this standard is more appropriate to cold climates of the western countries than to hot climates of the tropical countries like Sri Lanka. This research was conducted to investigate the thermal comfort perceptions of the occupants of air-conditioned...
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Purpose The construction industry (CI) is known for heavy workloads and long working hours. Consequently, quantity surveyors (QSs) find it difficult to integrate work with life. Thus, the purpose of this study was to identify the causes and consequences of poor life management (LM) in both female and male QSs working for contractors at construction...
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The most salient issue faced in foreign funded (FF) projects is the project delays arising from procurement issues. Addressing these issues and finding strategies to overcome them will be helpful to FF project stakeholders. In this study, an extensive literature synthesis was conducted to identify the nature and significance of FF project procureme...
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Purpose The morphology of a building describes its outline and influences its architectural aesthetics and the cost directly. However, the literature on the impact of morphology on the aesthetics and cost of urban detached residential buildings is scarce. Thus, this study is significant because its aim was to identify the critical building morpholo...
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The management of Aggregate Base Course (ABC) wastage in road construction (RC) is an under researched area. Thus, the aim of this study was to develop a framework for ABC waste control in RC projects. The study used a mixed approach consisting of 15 expert interviews and a questionnaire survey conducted among 137 experts engaged in RC projects. Th...
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The construction industry is a risk-prone industry where projects are implemented in a dynamic environment with frequent exposure to various uncertainties. A construction contract is a document that allocates the risks associated with a construction project among the project stakeholders. Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) contracts have become popular...
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Teamwork and participatory management techniques, such as quality circles (QCs), have positive impacts on employee JS. Nevertheless, literature has ignored the use of QCs to enhance JS in the construction industry. Thus, this study aimed to explore the influence of QCs on the JS of employees working in the construction industry in Sri Lanka. The ex...
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The occupants of low-cost housing schemes (LCHS) make regular alterations to their units to suit their unique requirements. These alterations in LCHS adversely affect sustainable performance. This study aimed at investigating the impact on sustainability caused by frequent alterations in LCHS in Sri Lanka. This research used a mono method quantitat...
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The demand for land required for construction and development has been rapidly increasing over the past 30 years in the global context because of population growth, especially in coastal cities. Therefore, coastal land reclamation (CLR) has drawn attention both internationally and regionally. However, CLR projects are complex and costly and, theref...
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Industrial sector consumes a substantial portion of electrical energy. Building owners persistently believe that combining on-site renewable energy systems to buildings is not cost-effective in Sri Lanka. Therefore, this research aimed to evaluate the use of on-site renewable energy sources for industrial buildings in Sri Lanka. This research carri...
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A Business Model (BM) is fundamental to the success of any business because it creates and captures value. BMs are widely known in several disciplines where it has been given idiosyncratic definitions to suit the respective disciplines. Because definitions can bring clarity to the terms they define, this study attempted to define the BM relevant to...
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The literature on the impact of Total Quality Management (TQM) on Design and Build (D&B) projects is scarce and this study fulfills the research gap by assessing the impact of TQM and its elements on D&B projects. The study used a mixed approach comprising a series of expert interviews and a questionnaire survey. Manual content analysis was used to...
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The proactive management of a design can prevent design errors. Design changes can be mitigated by using Augmented Reality (AR) prototype digital models. However, the use of these models in construction is still in its infancy. Thus, this study assessed how AR could be used to overcome traditional pre-contract design communication related issues in...
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Although urbanization can increase the prosperity and development of the urbanized communities, the planning, management and governance of these areas is often a struggle resulting in incomplete infrastructure, precarious urban settlements and environmental issues. This study, therefore, was focused on exploring the economic implications of urban r...
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In most of the public construction projects in developing countries, a large number of 'variations' that result from the changes made to the original scopes of the projects urge the need of variation management by the parties to a contract. This study explores the ways of managing variations in public sector building projects executed in Sri Lanka...
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Purpose – Delayed payments have been long standing, pressing issue in construction projects, especially in Government-funded construction projects. The root causes and the consequences of delayed payments must be identified before implementing strategies to mitigate the consequences of such delayed payments. However, these causes and consequences a...
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Purpose Many public-sector building projects in developing countries are prone to variations owing to the changes made to their original project scopes, and economic depressions and stagnations. Cost and time-overruns are consequences of such variations. Thus, variation management in these projects is important. Hence, this paper aims to analyse th...
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Purpose Delayed payments have been long standing, pressing issue in construction projects, especially in Government-funded construction projects. The root causes and the consequences of delayed payments must be identified before implementing strategies to mitigate the consequences of such delayed payments. However, these causes and consequences and...
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Purpose Knowledge is a critical asset that places contractor organisations at a competitive advantage when they take part in competitive tendering. However, a dearth of literature exists on the mechanisms that contractor organisations can adopt to utilise knowledge to gain competitive advantage and win tenders through competitive tendering. Design...
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An Information Manager (IM) is designated to manage information in Building Information Modelling (BIM) based projects. The competencies of an IM have so far not been adequately defined despite of the uniqueness of this role. This results in failing to meet the industry need as the other existing professionals in the construction industry try to de...
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Life management controls the quality of one’s work while ensuring one’s quality of life with minimum conflicts. The contractor’s site quantity surveyor (QS), who has to shoulder many responsibilities on-site amongst time constraints, can most probably experience a life imbalance. Because the personal responsibilities of female and male site QSs dif...
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The study investigated the impact of welfare facilities provided by the Sri Lankan hotels, on employee job satisfaction. Mixed methods research approach consisting of a questionnaire survey and a series of interviews were used in the study. The questionnaire was distributed among 120 non-executive employees working in six five-star hotels located i...
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Soft Landings" (SL) is found to be a catch-all term that is added on to the technical jargon in the building industry over the recent past. Indeed, it is the most sensible wording that can be expected in an era where building gaps and underperformance is the least expected. The aim of this study was to ascertain the appropriateness of the SL strate...
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An Information Manager (IM) has an exclusive and unique role to play in a project. Yet, the competencies expected of an IM have not been adequately defined. The other professionals in the construction industry define this role in their own way ignoring the industry needs. Thus, this study aimed to define the competencies expected of an IM. To achie...
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Sustainability and value enhancement are major considerations in the modern construction world. Thus, the integration of sustainability and Value Engineering (VE) will have the potential to boost the value of a construction project. This research was therefore aimed to develop a framework that integrates VE and sustainability concepts in the constr...
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In government refurbishment projects, contractors are selected through competitive bidding. The special characteristics of these projects, such as complexity, uncertainty, lack of design details and unclear scope, and the accountability expected from them, make it necessary to have in place a proper procedure for evaluating the bids received for th...
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Apparel manufacturing is one of the most competitive industries in the world as the industry becomes global. Thus, with the increasing attention paid to energy consumption in the built environment, it has become important to identify the Energy Saving Options (ESOs) that can reduce energy consumption in the apparel sector. Therefore, the research a...
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Because of technological advancements, competition, and the dynamism of the industry, the c onstruction industry expects construction professionals to play diversified roles to meet contemporary requirements. Being a key professional in the industry, a quantity surveyor (QS) is also expected to diversify his/her job to meet the increasing expectati...
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Purpose The financial and economic risks associated with high-rise building projects are many. They make project stakeholders to undergo financial difficulties. However, very few past studies have discussed the management of these risks. Thus, the purpose of this paper is to provide a guideline for the effective management of these financial and ec...
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Although a building’s interior is the “three-dimensional enclosed space” that facilitates a healthy and comfortable environment for humans, a traditional interior design approach will not necessarily focus on human welfare, energy conservation, emission reduction and environmental pollution, indicating a relatively backward approach. Thus, Environm...
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Although there have been many past studies done on the impact of embodied energy (EE) and embodied carbon (EC) of walling materials on the total life cycle energy and emissions of the building, this research focused mainly on identifying the significance of EE and EC of three types of walling materials commonly used in Sri Lanka with respect to the...
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Although there have been many past studies done on the impact of embodied energy (EE) and embodied carbon (EC) of walling materials on the total life cycle energy and emissions of the building, this research focused mainly on identifying the significance of EE and EC of three types of walling materials commonly used in Sri Lanka with respect to the...
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Lean construction eliminates waste and maximises the value of construction while enabling continuous reduction of waste. However, lean initiatives have often been unsuccessful in the past because of the specific cultures that exist within construction organisations that prevent embarking on a smooth lean journey. Thus, the aim of this study was to...
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The aim of this study was to identify the roles that are important for facilities management (FM) in the hotel sector along with the competencies and skills required to perform those roles effectively. The study consisted of a comprehensive literature review, expert interviews and a questionnaire survey. Out of the 20 FM roles that were found to be...
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Sustainable construction can have a significant influence on the economy of a country as well as on the social wellbeing of its public, as it ensures the quality of buildings including their health and safety aspects, structural stability and energy efficiency. Construction work thus has to be properly regulated and monitored. In Sri Lanka, regulat...
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With well-known benefits, Building Information Modelling (BIM) is yet to diffuse widely in global construction. Diverse knowledge of BIM adoption from different perspectives has made synthesizing a challenge when devising strategies to promote BIM diffusion. Subjectivity of BIM adoption decision also restricts the generalized strategies. Addressing...
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ASHRAE Standard 55 sets the minimum requirements for thermal comfort in built environments. However, this standard is more appropriate to cold climates of the western countries than to hot climates of the tropical countries like Sri Lanka. This research was conducted to investigate the thermal comfort perceptions of the occupants of air-conditioned...
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Job demands compel construction professionals to work longer than what they are contractually obliged to. A study conducted in Africa revealed that most quantity surveyors (QSs) do not have job satisfaction for want of leisure time. Unlike the case of other professionals, there are hardly any studies done on the work life balance (WLB) of QSs despi...
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The topicality of concurrent delays has been accentuated by the fact that contractors use it as a sword to claim extension of time while employers use it as a shield to refrain from paying pro-longation costs. The law has been offering a series of differing solutions and scholars too have opposing views. The aim of this research is to gauge the lev...
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Outsourcing has become fashionable for solving business problems. Although outsourcing is rapidly gaining popularity in the world, it is still not being widely practiced in the construction industry despite the huge contribution the industry makes to the gross domestic product. There have been no previous studies on outsourcing in the field of quan...
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Space management has an important role to play in office buildings as it can create a safe, functional and efficient space that can increase productivity of the office staff. Unutilized space in office buildings could be used as shared workspaces by different people for different purposes. This study used a qualitative research approach to collect...
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Construction delays are a common phenomenon in construction projects that adversely affecting the time and cost targets of those projects. When there are delays, contractors tend to submit delay claims seeking time and cost adjustments to their contracts. Quite often, these claims are denied upfront due to deficiencies in the delay notification pro...
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Tender estimates play a vital role in achieving bid successes. A bid price which has an optimum markup is governed by many factors. The research aims to identify the significant factors influencing the bid markup decision of infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka. Using a literature review, semi-structured interviews and a questionnaire survey, the s...
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With the rapid development in Sri Lanka, a number of highway projects are on the increase. Quite often, these projects suffer cost and time overruns predominantly because of variations. Although many studies have done on the root causes of variations, they have not been focused on proximate factors of variations that lead to disputes in Sri Lankan...
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Abstract Purpose – Governments of many developing countries that are unable to develop their infrastructure in order to obtain financial resources prefer to establish public–private partnerships (PPPs) for providing the much-required infrastructure. Time is thus opportune for Sri Lanka, which is also a developing country, to make use of PPPs to dev...
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Purpose Governments of many developing countries that are unable to develop their infrastructure in order to obtain financial resources prefer to establish public–private partnerships (PPPs) for providing the much-required infrastructure. Time is thus opportune for Sri Lanka, which is also a developing country, to make use of PPPs to develop its ro...
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Global energy generation relies heavily on depleting fossil fuels. Energy generated can be consumed as either electrical energy or heat energy. Finding suitable alternative energy sources that could replace fossil fuels has become a global issue. A renewable energy source is a type of alternative energy source with potential for replacing depleting...
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Purpose Historic buildings can make a significant contribution to the history and culture of a country. Today, land scarcity has led to the demolishing of existing buildings to meet the demand for new constructions. Adaptive reuse of buildings (ARB) while preserving the hidden prestige of historic buildings plays a pivotal role in regenerating the...