In the latter part of 1980s, due to the growing sophistication and complexity of all forms of development; both large and small; an awareness of a need for a structure to organise and coordinate activities was being felt. This structure over a period was identified as Project Management, a discipline sufficiently specialised in the areas of activity to be effective and suitably diverse to be able to look beyond the narrowness of specialisation to be an effective management tool.
The late Dr.Mervyn Gunasekera, in 1991, established LAN Management Development Service later named LAN Management Development Service (Pvt) Ltd. (LANMDS) to cater to this need in the corporate sector; both private and public; as a professional organisation capable of dedicated and dependable service. Over the years, LANMDS has developed into an organization that has effectively served these sectors as well as foreign investors in the capacity of a Project Manager as well as a Consultant for Architecture,Engineering, Project Feasibility, Resource Management and allocation, Contract Administration,Project Performance Monitoring, Post Contract Administration, Land Development, Human Resource Development & Management, Institutional Development, and other related specialisations.
LANMDS, where appropriate, uses strong dedicated computer programmes for planning, programming, monitoring, database management, and communication for project management activities. Hence the firm has been able to develop capacities for delivering project management services with IT applications as well as in the classical format.
LANMDS has a strong line-up of multidisciplinary experts at both professional and sub-professional levels (please refer Fig – 1 for functional entities in LANMDS and Fig – 2 for Organizational Chart).
- The Board of Directors with a well-qualified team of professional engineers and other professionals with professional acclaims, both in Sri Lanka and abroad provides leadership and managers the firm.
- Senior practitioners in the construction, technical, management, administration, and information technology fields, of both private and public sector experience, are intimately involved in all aspects relating construction including, but not limited to, project management, construction management, planning, quality control, progress control, budget control, training of professionals and other levels
of staff and contractors.
- All assignments of LANMDS are supported by the Head Office Technical Services Team, which also
includes senior practitioners from the respective fields who are assigned on an advisory capacity to
the Project Team.