Kasun Hewage

Professor

Civil
Other Titles: Associate Director, UBC Clean Energy Research Centre
Office: EME4225
Phone: 250.807.8176
Email: kasun.hewage@ubc.ca

Graduate student supervisor



Research Summary

Lifecycle assessment of construction products and processes; Waste management in construction; Energy based sustainability analysis in infrastructure projects; Construction productivity and safety; Human factors and information technology in construction; Construction process optimization

Courses & Teaching

ENGR 303 - Engineering Project Management
ENGR 433/533 - Construction Engineering and Management
ENGR 532 - Project Planning and Control
ENGR 544 - Life Cycle Assessment and Management

Biography

Dr. Kasun Hewage is a Full Professor in the School of Engineering at UBC’s Okanagan with multidisciplinary project experiences in Canada and internationally, and also holds a PhD in project management from the University of Calgary. He has been leading several collaborative industrial projects in life cycle management of built assets, green construction, and smart energy options. At present, he is directing the UBC Okanagan’s Life Cycle Management Laboratory, which is the only such facility in Canada. His research team has been assisting many municipalities and neighborhood developers to improve energy efficiency in the existing and planned buildings and neighborhoods by identifying economically and environmentally feasible waste-to-energy options, smart technologies, and optimal energy sources. His team has also developed many decision support tools and best management practices by integrating life cycle based energy-carbon analysis and innovative asset management practices.  Professor Hewage has widely published his research innovations and findings in highly reputed technical journals and conference proceedings. Prior to joining UBC in 2008, Professor Hewage worked as a business management cost specialist in Alberta’s oil and gas industry, and he has also worked as a civil engineer on hydropower and infrastructure development projects.

Websites

Project Life Cycle Management Laboratory

Degrees

PhD: University of Calgary, Canada.
BScEng (Hons): University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Research Interests & Projects

URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Providing scientific evidence-based solutions to urban planning and regional development issues which affect local governments and community developers is one of the key research efforts by the Life Cycle Management Laboratory. During the past years, the work carried out in this area in the LCM Laboratory expanded to different directions such as urban density planning, transportations planning, development or sustainable residential neighbourhoods, regional growth planning, as well as infrastructure and systems management for municipalities. Our unique expertise in life cycle thinking-based decision making and risk assessment helps in developing strong and successful partnerships with various local governments, regulatory bodies, and other industrial entities in delivering robust and enduring solutions to the contemporary urban development problems. Our goal is to support Canadian communities in achieving sustainable and secure growth strategies, and to provide them the tools which enable self-sufficiency in terms of technical expertise in the long run.
ENERGY SYSTEMS
LCML-energy research team lead efforts in developing energy related decision making solutions to address challenges in different sectors. We produce unique solutions to energy related decision-making problems by combining our expertise in asset management and energy performance evaluation with life cycle thinking. Current research in the lab covers a variety of problems including buildings energy efficiency improvements and retrofit planning, life cycle assessment of energy technologies and building materials, energy system feasibility assessment, and community energy planning. The reasons behind the practical utility and timelines of our research are the strong partnerships and collaborations with local municipalities and energy companies.
CONSTRUCTION & ASSET MANAGEMENT
Canadian infrastructure stock is aging and have deteriorated considerably. A systematic and unique asset management approach has gained an attention from decision makers due to funding limitations and resource scarcity for new infrastructure. Life cycle asset management (LCAM) is a novelty concept to maintain a desired service level of an asset at the lowest life cycle cost while complying with legal obligations and standards. LCML- Construction and asset management research team lead efforts in developing life cycle thinking based construction and asset management solutions to ensure optimized utilization of asset in its entire life cycle. We produce exclusive solutions for transport, highway, building and water related infrastructure asset management practices by combining our expertise on construction management and decision-making techniques. Current research in the lab covers a verity of problems including asset management framework development and proposing best construction management practices for urban water supply systems, public buildings, oil and gas pipelines, and transport infrastructure development projects.
WATER SYSTEMS
The world’s water resources are facing pressures from unprecedented population growth, increasing urbanization, and climate change. These drastic changes have created many challenges to water services in urban areas. These much-needed water services are responsible for providing safe drinking water, ensuring adequate wastewater treatment, effectively managing stormwater, and supporting sustainable water resource management to achieve environmentally friendly development and production. Each of these services require complex infrastructure and scientific management systems. The LCML-Water Research Team is contributing to the knowledge and advancement of water systems management. More importantly, the team’s research is helping shift communities toward seamless, integrated water systems with the goal of net-zero water status, in terms of water supply, pollution prevention, and sustainable urban ecology. Past and ongoing research has covered such topics as: drinking water risk assessment, water distribution network management, low-impact stormwater management, and wastewater treatment and reuse. These water system-related research projects can provide effective solutions to meet the needs of various stakeholder groups.
INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS & PROCESSES
Industrial activities are a highly-skilled and highly-technical sector representing a major part of Canada’s economy. Although industries are fast growing and innovative players, the sector still faces many issues related to quality control, process and scheduling optimization, supply chain and risk management, productivity and sustainability improvement. The Life Cycle Management Laboratory research team conducts research and industry projects to develop sustainable solutions to process optimization, risk assessment and quality control management, employing state-of-the-art software, research techniques and life-cycle thinking. Currently, the lab is working on manufacturing process optimization, risk assessment of fracking fluids, and integrity management of oil and gas infrastructure.

Selected Publications & Presentations

List of publications

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