Civil Engineering

Andy Take

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Title: Associate Professor
Office: Ellis-202A

Geotechnical / Geoenvironmental Engineering
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
Tel: (613) 533-3124
Fax: (613) 533-2128
e-mail: Andy.Take@queensu.ca


Andy Take is an Associate Professor and researcher in Geotechnical Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering at Queen's University.

Andy completed an undergraduate and an M.Sc.Eng degree from the University of New Brunswick with Prof. Arun Valsangkar, before travelling to the UK to undertake his PhD studies under the supervision of Prof. Malcolm Bolton at the University of Cambridge. In 2002, Andy was elected into a Research Fellowship at Churchill College, Cambridge, and worked at the Schofield Centre for Geotechnical Process and Construction Modelling until his return to Canada in 2004 to take up the position of Assistant Professor at Queen's.

Andy's research can be broadly categorised into four primary areas of specialisation (i) the development of image-based deformation methods for the measurement of displacements, velocities, accelerations and strain fields in geotechnical and other solid materials [Dr Take's software, geoPIV, written in collaboration with Dr Dave White (University of Western Australia), is currently being used in over fifty research centres worldwide], (ii) geotechnical physical modelling [Dr Take is the Vice Chair of ISSMGE technical committee on physical modelling, TC104], (iii) the investigation of the influence of climate on the mechanisms of landslide triggering, and (iv) the unsaturated behaviour of geosynthetics in geoenvironmental barrier applications.

Andy's research program has been funded by NSERC (through the Discovery Grant, Discovery Accelerator Supplement, Collaborative Research and Development, Major Resources Support, Research Tools and Instruments, and Strategic Grant programs), the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, along with various industry partners.

The findings of his research have led to an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, a best paper award in the Journal Geosynthetics International, a best paper award in the Asia-Pacific Conference on FRP in Structures (APFIS 2007), the 2011 R.M. Quigley Award for the best paper in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal, and an honorable mention for the 2010 Casimir Gzowski Medal.