Dr Mahendrini Ariyachandra


I am a Lecturer in Construction Management and Engineering at the Department of Civil Engineering, Surveying and Construction Management at Kingston University. Prior to joining Kingston University, I was a PhD candidate in the Construction Information Technology (CIT) research group at the University of Cambridge, UK. My doctoral research characterises methods that can generate and update rail infrastructure digital twins using computer vision and pattern recognition technologies. This project was sponsored by Cambridge Commonwealth European and International Trust (Cambridge Trust) and Bentley Systems (UK) Limited. I received my BSc (Hons) degree in Quantity Surveying from the University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka, where I worked as a Lecturer. I have teaching and research supervision experience as a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Cambridge, Course Facilitator at Cloud-based Building Information Modelling (CBIM) European Training Network, and as a Principle Supervisor at the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), University of Cambridge. My research work includes several novel applications of advanced data tools that support informed decision-making at all levels of the infrastructure life cycle, specifically focusing on Digital Twins in the Built Environment, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Construction Automation and Informatics, Smart and Sustainable Cities, and Construction Economics applications. I work as an ongoing reviewer for a number of reputable international journals and conferences in Construction Automation and Informatics.

Academic responsibilities

Lecturer in Construction Management and Engineering


  • PhD in Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK, 2017 - 2021
  • BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, 2011 - 2016

Teaching and learning

I have been in academia for six years teaching Construction Management, Digital Construction and Quantity Surveying core course modules for various postgraduate and undergraduate programmes at the University of Cambridge (UK), the British Centre of Applied Studies (Qatar) and the University of Moratuwa (Sri Lanka). At Kingston, I am teaching a range of modules in Construction Management and Engineering at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In close collaboration with teaching team members, I am contributing to the planning and developing three modules namely, CE6212 Contractual Procedures, CE6105 Professional Practice in Context and CE7013 Estimating, Tendering and Procurement, that I am leading within the department. 

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


Ariyachandra, M.R.M.F. Jayasena H.S. and Perera, B.A.K.S. (2020) "Competencies expected from an Information Manager working in BIM-based projects ", International Journal of Construction Education and Research, DOI: 10.1080/15578771.2020.1808123

Ariyachandra, M.R.M.F. and Brilakis, I. (2020) " Detection of Railway Masts in Airborne LiDAR Data", Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (ASCE), Volume 146 Issue: 9, DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001894

Ariyachandra, M.R.M.F. and Brilakis, I. (2021). "Application of Railway Topology for the Automated Generation of Geometric Digital Twins of Railway Masts", 13th European Conference on Product and Process Modelling (ECPPM 2020-2021), 15 - 17 September, 2021, Moscow, Russia, DOI:10.17863/CAM.62196.

Ariyachandra, M.R.M.F. and Brilakis, I. (2021). "Generating Railway Geometric Digital Twins from Airborne LiDAR Data", European Conference on Computing in Construction (EC3 2021), 25 – 27 July 2021, Rhodes, Greece, DOI:10.35490/EC3.2021.163.

Ariyachandra, M.R.M.F. and Brilakis, I. (2021). "Automated Generation of Railway Track Geometric Digital Twins (RailGDT) from Airborne LiDAR Data", 28th International Workshop on Intelligent Computing in Engineering (EG-ICE 2021), June 30 – July 2, 2021, Berlin, Germany, DOI:10.17863/CAM.69683.

Ariyachandra, M.R.M.F., Jayasena H.S., and Perera B.A.K.S. (2020). "Demystifying the Role of an Information Manager in BIM Based Projects: the Skills and Competencies Required", 6th International Project and Construction Management Conference (IPCMC 2020), 12 – 14 November 2020, Istanbul, Turkey.

Ariyachandra, M.R.M.F. and Brilakis, I. (2020) "Digital Twinning of Railway Overhead Line Equipment from Airborne LiDAR Data", Proc. of the 37th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC 2020), 26 – 28 October 2020, Kokura, Japan, pp. 1270 – 1277, DOI: 10.22260/ISARC2020/0174, Best Paper Award

Ariyachandra, M.R.M.F. and Brilakis, I. (2019). "Understanding the challenge of digitally twinning the geometry of existing rail infrastructure", Proc. of the 12th FARU International Research Conference: Re-evaluating Space across disciplines, 3 – 4 December 2019, pp. 25 – 32, Colombo, Sri Lanka, DOI: 10.17863/CAM.47494, Best paper award

Areas of specialism

  • Digital Twins in the Built Environment
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Construction Automation and Informatics
  • Smart and Sustainable Cities
  • Project and Infrastructure Delivery


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Ariyachandra, M.R.M.F. and Brilakis, Ioannis (2020) Detection of railway masts in airborne LiDAR data. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 146(9), ISSN (print) 0733-9364

Ariyachandra, M.R.M.F., Jayasena, H.S. and Perera, B.A.K.S (2020) Competencies expected from an information manager working in BIM based projects. International Journal of Construction Education and Research, ISSN (print) 1557-8771 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Yogeshwaran, Gayathri, Perera, B.A.K.S. and Ariyachandra, M.R. Mahendrini Fernando (2018) Competencies expected of graduate quantity surveyors working in developing countries. Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction, 23(2), pp. 202-220. ISSN (print) 1366-4387

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