School of
Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Speaker: Dr Chandima Ekanayake
Seminar Date: Wed, 15/11/2017 - 11:00
Venue: Room 302, building 7 (Parnell)
Host: Prof Tapan Saha

Seminar Type:  ITEE Research Seminar


Developing power engineering research and education programs towards effective and efficient management of the network assets, which is worth billions of dollars, is a priority within the power-engineering sector. Majority of the Australian electricity network infrastructure was installed fifty years ago and has a life span of 30-40 years.  Costs of network upgrades and augmentations, which is 50-60% of the retail price, are passed on to the consumers in the form of network charges that already one of the prime reasons for rising electricity prices in Australia. This talk presents various attempts taken to reduce the maintenance cost of network assets, particularly transformers, with the support of the Australian power industries. Outcome of various academic research and education activities aiming to improve the knowledge on managing network assets using cutting-edge technology is also discussed.


Chandima Ekanayake received his B.Sc.Eng. (Hons) in 1999, from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He obtained his Technical Licentiate and PhD from Chalmers University of Technology Sweden in 2003 and 2006 respectively. From 2006 to June 2008 he worked as a senior lecturer attached to the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka. In the year 2008 he joined the University of Queensland as a post-doctoral research fellow to work on an ARC funded project on improving transformer insulation diagnostics, through polarisation measurements. From 2011-2015 he served as a lecturer in the School of ITEE, the University of Queensland. Currently he is a lecturer in Griffith University. He is also an honorary research fellow, attached to the PES group, School of ITEE. Chandima is a senior member of IEEE, and is currently serving as the Chair of IEEE PES/DEIS, Queensland chapter. His research interests are condition monitoring of power apparatus, alternatives for insulating oil, performance studies of high voltage insulators and energy related studies.