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Civil Engineering

Andy Take

Andy Take

Associate Professor

Office: Ellis-202A

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

Andy Take

Profile

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.

Biography

Education

2003 Doctorate, Geotechnical Engineering, University of Cambridge
Supervisors: Malcolm Bolton
1998 Master's Thesis, Geotechnical Engineering, University of New Brunswick
Supervisors: Arun Valsangkar
1997 Bachelor's, Civil Engineering, University of New Brunswick

Recognition

2014 International Geosynthetics Society Award, International Geosynthetics Society
2014 Editor's Choice - Canadian Geotechnical Journal, NRC research press
2013 2013 Casimir Gzowski Medal, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering
2013 Best Paper Award, Journal Geosynthetics International , International Geosynthetics Society
2013 R.M. Quigley Award (Honorable mention), Canadian Geotechnical Society
2012 Editor's Choice - Journal Geosynthetics International for the Year 2011, International Geosynthetics Society
2011 R.M. Quigley Award, Canadian Geotechnical Society
2011 Canadian Geotechnical Colloquium, Canadian Geotechnical Society

Employment

2013/10 Canada Research Chair in Geotechnical Engineering (Tier II)
Civil Engineering, Queen's University at Kingston
Full-time, Associate Professor
2010/07 Associate Professor
Civil Engineering, Queen's University at Kingston
Full-time, Associate Professor
2004/07 -
2010/07
Assistant Professor
Civil Engineering, Queen's University at Kingston
Full-time, Assistant Professor
2002/10 -
2004/07
Research Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge
Engineering, University of Cambridge
Full-time

Publications

Refereed Journal Papers

Bryant, S.K., Take, W.A., Bowman, E.T., and Millen, M.D.L 2015. Physical and numerical modelling of dry granular flows under Coriolis conditions. Géotechnique, 65(3): 188 –200, doi: 10.1680/geot.13.P.208

Bryant, S.K., Take, W.A., and Bowman, E.T. 2015. Observations of grain-scale interactions and simulation of dry granular flows in a large-scale flume. Canadian Geotechnical Journal 52(5): 638-655, doi: 10.1139/cgj-2013-0425

Beddoe, R.A., and Take, W.A. 2015. Influence of slope inclination on the triggering and distal reach of hydraulically-induced flow slides. Engineering Geology, 187: 170–182, doi:10.1016/j.enggeo.2015.01.006

Take, W.A., Beddoe, R.A.,Davoodi-Bilesavar, R., and Phillips, R. 2015. Effect of antecedent rainfall conditions on the triggering of static liquefaction landslides. Landslides, 12(3): 469-479, doi: 10.1007/s10346-014-0496-7

Bowman, E.T., and Take, W.A. 2015. The runout of chalk cliff collapses in England and France – case studies and physical model experiments. Landslides, 12(2): 225-239, doi: 10.1007/s10346-014-0472-2

Black, J. and Take, W.A. 2015. Quantification of Optical Clarity of Transparent Soil Using the Modulation Transfer Function. ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal 38 (5), 588-602

Saiyar, M.S., Take, W.A., and Moore, I.D. 2015. Post-failure Fracture Angle of Brittle Pipes Subjected to Differential Ground Movements. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology 49(June 2015):114–120, doi:10.1016/j.tust.2015.04.009

Saiyar, M.S., Moore, I.D., and Take, W.A. 2015. Kinematics of Jointed Pipes and Design Estimates of Joint Rotation under Differential Ground Movements. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 52 (11), 1714-1724 doi: 10.1139/cgj-2014-0347

Take, W.A., Rowe, R.K., Brachman, R.W.I. and Arnepalli, D.N. 2015. Thermal exposure conditions for a composite liner with a black geomembrane exposed to solar radiation. Geosynthetics International, 22(1): 93-109, doi: 10.1680/gein.14.00034

Take, W.A., Brachman, R.W.I., and Rowe, R.K. 2015. Observations of bentonite erosion from solar-driven moisture migration in GCLs covered only by a black geomembrane. Geosynthetics International, 22(1): 78-92, doi: 10.1680/gein.14.00033

Take, W.A. 2015. Thirty-Sixth Canadian Geotechnical Colloquium: Advances in visualization of geotechnical processes through digital image correlation, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 52 (9), 1199-1220  doi: 10.1139/cgj-2014-0080

Brachman, R.W.I., Rentz, A., Rowe, R.K., and Take, W.A. 2015. Classification and quantification of downslope erosion from a GCL when covered only by a black geomembrane. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 52(4): 395-412, doi: 10.1139/cgj-2014-0241

Ashe, L., Rowe, R.K., Brachman, R.W.I, and Take, W.A. 2015. Laboratory study of down-slope erosion for ten different GCLs. ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 141(1), 04014079, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001191

Murray, C.A., Take, W.A., and Hoult, N.A. 2015. Measurement of vertical and longitudinal rail displacements using digital image correlation. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 52(2): 141-155, 10.1139/cgj-2013-0403

Siemens, G.A., Take, W.A., and Peters, S.B. 2014. Physical and numerical modelling of infiltration including consideration of the pore air phase. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 51(12): 1475-1487, 10.1139/cgj-2013-0447

Rowe, R.K., Ashe, L., Take, W.A., and Brachman, R.W.I. 2014. Factors affecting the down-slope erosion of bentonite in a GCL. Geotextiles and Geomembranes, 42(5): 445–456, doi:10.1016/j.geotexmem.2014.07.002

Ashe, L., Rowe, R.K., Brachman, R.W.I, and Take, W.A. 2014. Laboratory simulation of bentonite erosion by downslope flow on a GCL. ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 140(8), 04014044, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001142

Murray, C.A., Hoag, A., Hoult, N.A., and Take, W.A. 2014. Field monitoring of a bridge using digital image correlation. ICE Bridge Engineering, 168(1): 3-12, doi: 10.1680/bren.13.00024

Take, W.A., and Beddoe, R.A. 2014. Base liquefaction: a mechanism for shear-induced failure of loose granular slopes. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 51(5): 496-507, 10.1139/cgj-2012-0457

Morse, M.S, Lu, N., Wayllace, A., Godt, J.W., and Take, W.A. 2014. Experimental test of theory for the stability of partially saturated vertical cut slopes. ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenviromental Engineering, 140(9), 04014050, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001119

Dutton, M., Take, W.A., and Hoult, N.A. 2014. Curvature Monitoring of Beams using Digital Image Correlation. ASCE J. Bridge Eng. 19(3), 10.1061/(ASCE)BE.1943-5592.0000538

Rowe, R.K., Rayhani, M.T., Take, W.A., Siemens, G.A., and Brachman, R.W.I. 2013. Physical modelling of nonwoven/nonwoven GCL shrinkage under simulated field conditions. Geotextiles and Geomembranes. 40:12-19, doi:10.1016/j.geotexmem.2013.07.008

Powell, J.S., Siemens, G.A., Take, W.A., and Remenda, V.H. 2013. Characterizing the swelling potential of Bearpaw clayshale. Engineering Geology. 158(24)-89-97, doi:10.1016/j.enggeo.2013.03.006

Hoult, N.A., Take, W.A., Lee, C., and Dutton, M.D. 2013. Experimental accuracy of two dimensional strain measurements using digital image correlation. Eng. Structures. 46:718–726, doi:10.1016/j.engstruct.2012.08.018

Take, W.A., Watson, E., Brachman, R.W.I., and Rowe, R.K. 2012. Thermal expansion and contraction of geomembrane liners subjected to solar exposure and backfilling. ASCE J. of Geo. and Geoenv. Eng. 138(11), 1387–1397. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0000694

Siemens, G.A., Take, W.A., Rowe, R.K.R. and Brachman, R.W.I.  2012.  Numerical investigation of transient hydration of unsaturated geosynthetic clay liners.  Geosynthetics Int, 19(3): 232-251, doi: 10.1680/gein.12.00011

Bowman, E.T., Take, W.A., Rait, K.L., and Hann, C. 2012. Physical models of rock avalanche spreading behaviour with dynamic fragmentation. Can. Geotech. J. 49: 460–476. 

Lee, C., Take, W.A., and Hoult, N.A. 2012. Optimum Accuracy of Two Dimensional Strain Measurements using Digital Image Correlation. ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering (in press). (NSERC, CFI)

Powell, J.S., Take, W.A., Siemens, G.A. and Remenda, V.H. 2012. Time dependent behaviour of the Bearpaw Shale in oedometric loading and unloading.  Canadian Geotechnical Journal (in press). (NSERC, CFI)

Saiyar, M., Take, W.A., and Moore, I.D. 2011. Validation of boundary PIV measurements of soil-pipe interaction. International Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics, 11(1): 23-32. doi: 10.1680/ijpmg.2011.11.1.23 (PDF)

Rowe, R.K., Bostwick, L.E., and Take, W.A. 2011. Effect of GCL Properties on Shrinkage when subjected to Wet-Dry Cycles. ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. doi:10-1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0000522 (NSERC, OCE)(PDF)

Rayhani, M.T.,  Rowe, R.K., Brachman, R.W.I., Take, W.A., and Siemens, G. 2011. Factors Affecting GCL Hydration under Isothermal Conditions. Geotextiles and Geomembranes (Manuscript G&G2151 'Äìaccepted), doi:10.1016/j.geotexmem.2011.06.001 (NSERC, CFI, OCE)

Beddoe, R.A., Take, W.A., and Rowe, R.K. 2011. Water Retention Behaviour of Geosynthetic Clay Liners. ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0000526  (NSERC, CFI)(PDF)

Rowe, R.K., Rayhani, M.T., Take, W.A., Siemens, G., and Brachman, R.W.I. 2011. GCL hydration under simulated daily thermal cycles. Geosynthetics International. (Manuscript GI-591 'Äì accepted), doi: 10.1680/gein.2011.18.4.196 (NSERC, CFI, OCE) (PDF)

Peters, S.B., Siemens, G.A., and Take, W.A. 2011. Characterisation of transparent soil for unsaturated applications. Geotechnical Testing Journal. (Manuscript accepted). (NSERC, CFI)

Take, W.A. and Bolton, M.D. 2011. Seasonal ratcheting and softening in clay slopes, leading to first-time failure. Geotechnique. doi: 10.1680/geot.9.P.125 (PDF)

Cruz, L., Malinski, J., Wilson, A., Take, W.A., and Hilley, G.  2010. Erosional control of the kinematics and geometry of fold-and-thrust belts imaged in a physical and numerical sandbox. Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, B09404, doi:10.1029/2010JB007472 (PDF)

Chappel, M.J., Brachman, R.W.I., Take, W.A., and Rowe, R.K. 2010. Large-scale quantification of wrinkles in a smooth, black, HDPE geomembrane. ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenv. Engineering (GTENG-1105 'Äì accepted) (NSERC)

Beddoe, R.A., Take, W.A., and Rowe, R.K. 2010. Development of suction measurement techniques to quantify the water retention curve of GCLs. Geosynthetics International 17(5):301-312. doi:10.1680/gein.2010.17.5.301 (NSERC, OCE) (PDF)

Bostwick, L.E., Rowe, R.K., Take, W.A., and Brachman, R.W.I. 2010. Anisotropy and Directional Shrinkage of Geosynthetic Clay Liners. Geosynthetics International 17(3):157-170. doi:10.1680/gein.2010.17.3.157 (NSERC, OCE) (PDF)

Chehab, A.G., Moore, I.D., and Take, W.A. 2010. Uniaxial and multiaxial modeling of the time dependent behavior of high density polyethylene. Polymer Engineering & Science, (Manuscript PES-09-0292,) (NSERC)

Brachman, R.W.I, McLeod, H.A., Moore, I.D., and Take, W.A. 2010. Three-dimensional ground displacements from static pipe bursting in stiff clay. Canadian Geotechnical Journal 47:439-450, doi:10.1139/T09-118 (NSERC) (PDF[R.M. Quigley Award & Casimir Gzowski Medal 'Äì Honourable Mention]

Bisby, L.A., and Take, W.A. 2009. Strain Localizations in FRP Confined Concrete: New Insights. Proceedings of the ICE. Structures and Buildings, 162(SB5):301-309,doi: 10.1680/stbu.2009.162.5.301 (CFI) (PDF)

Sevi, A.F., Ge, L., and Take, W.A. 2009. A Large-Scale Triaxial Apparatus for Prototype Railroad Ballast Testing. Geotechnical Testing Journal, Vol. 32(4):1-8, doi: 10.1520/GTJ102033 (CFI) (PDF)

Whalley, W.R, Lock, G., Jenkins, M., Peloe, T. Burek, K., Balendonck, J., Take, W.A., Tuzel, I.H., and Tuzel, Y. 2009. Measurement of low matric potentials with porous matrix sensors and water-filled tensiometers. Soil Science of America Journal. 73(6):1796-1803, doi: 10.2136/sssaj2008.0400 (PDF)

Cholewa, J.A., Brachman, R.W.I., Moore, I.D., and Take, W.A. 2009. Ground displacements from a large-scale pipe bursting experiment in well-graded sand. ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenv. Engineering. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0000117 (CFI) (PDF)

Marinho, F.A.M, Take, W.A., and Tarantino, A. 2008. Measurement of matric suction using tensiometric and axis translation techniques, Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, doi: 10.1007/s10706-008-9201-8, (PDF)

Cruz, L. Teyssier, C., Perg, L, Take, W.A., and Fayon, A. 2008. Deformation, exhumation, and topography of experimental doubly-sided orogenic wedges subjected to asymmetric erosion. Journal of Structural Geology 30 :98-115, doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2007.10.003

Take, W. A., Chappel, M. J., Brachman, R. W. I. & Rowe, R. K. 2007. Quantifying geomembrane wrinkles using aerial photography and digital image processing. Geosynthetics International 14, No. 4, 219'Äì227. doi: 10.1680/gein.2007.14.4.219 'Äì BEST PAPER AWARD (NSERC) (PDF)

Bathurst, R.J, Keshavarz, A., Zarnani, S., and Take, W.A. 2007. A simple displacement model for response analysis of EPS geofoam seismic buffers. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering 27: 344'Äì353. doi: 10.1016/j.soildyn.2006.07.004 (NSERC) 

Thusyanthan, N.I., Take, W. A., Madabhushi, S.P.G. and Bolton, M. D. 2007. Crack initiation in clay observed in beam bending. Geotechnique 57, No. 7, 581'Äì594, doi: 10.1680/geot.2007.57.7.581 (PDF)

Cheuk, C.Y, Take, W.A., Bolton, M.D, and Olivera, J.R.M.S. 2006. Soil restraint on buckling oil pipelines buried in lumpy clay fill. Engineering Structures. doi:10.1016/j.engstruct.2006.06.027

Whalley, W.R., Clark, L.J., Take, W.A, Bird, N.R.A., Leech, P.K., Cope, R.E. and Watts C.W.  2006. A porous-matrix sensor to measure the matric potential of soil water in the field. European Journal of Soil Science. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2389.2006.00790.x, (PDF)

Take, W.A., Bolton, M.D., Wong, P.C.P. and Yeung, F.J. 2004. Evaluation of landslide triggering mechanisms in model fill slopes, Landslides 1:173 'Äì184, doi: 10.1007/s10346-004-0025-1, (PDF)

White D.J., Take W.A. & Bolton M.D. 2003. Soil deformation measurement using particle image velocimetry (PIV) and photogrammetry. Geotechnique 53 7:619-631, doi: 10.1680/geot.2003.53.7.619, (PDF)

Take, W.A., and Bolton, M.D. 2003. Tensiometer saturation and the reliable measurement of matric suction. Geotechnique 53(2):159-172, doi: 10.1680/geot.2003.53.2.159. (PDF)

Take, W.A. and Valsangkar, A.J. 2001. Earth pressures on unyielding retaining walls of narrow backfill width.  Canadian Geotechnical Journal. 38: 1220'Äì1230 (PDF)

Take, W.A., Valsangkar, A.J., and Randolph, M.F. 1999. Analytical solution for pile hammer impact. Computers and Geotechnics 25(2):57-74, doi: doi:10.1016/S0266-352X(99)00018-X

Conference Papers (Full Papers)

Take, W.A., Mulligan, R.P., Stevenson, E.P., and Miller, G.S. 2016. Effect of capillarity on rheology of granular landslides with reference to physical modelling of landslide tsunamis. International symposium on landslides, Naples, Italy.

Mukunoki, T. and Take, A., 2016. Visualization of a desiccated geosynthetic clay liner due to dehumidification using micro-focused X-ray computed tomography. Japanese Geotechnical Society Special Publication, 2(53), pp.1853-1858.

Mulligan, R.P., Take, W.A., and Miller, G.A. 2016. Propogation and runup of tsunamis generated by gravitationally accelerated granular landslides. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on the Application of Physical Modelling in Coastal and Port Engineering and Science (Coastlab16), Ottawa, Canada.

Styba, M., Take, W.A., Siemens, G.A., and Mumford, K.G. 2016. Mass flux of condensation runoff observed underneath a geomembrane in physical model tests. GeoAmericas 2016, Miami, USA.

Take, W.A., and Beddoe, R.A. 2015. Keynote Paper: Physical modelling of rainfall-induced flow failures in loose granular soils. International Symposium on Geohazards and Geomechanics (ISGG 2015), Coventry, UK

Hoag, A.J., Hoult, N.A., Take, W.A., and Le, H. 2015. Monitoring of rail bridge displacements using digital image correlation. International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, Stanford.

Siemens, G.A., Beddoe, R.A., and Take, W.A. 2015. Numerical simulations of a landslide triggering experiment. 15th Panamerican conference on soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering, Argentina.

Rowe, R.K., Brachman, R.W.I., Take, W.A., Ashe, L.E, and Rentz, A. 2014. Keynote paper: Field and laboratory observations of down-slope bentonite migration in exposed composite liners. 7th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics, Melbourne, Australia, 10-14 November 2014.

Ni, P., Moore, I.D., and Take, W.A. 2014. Normal fault induced ground deformations and the associated bending response of buried pipelines. Second European Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Istanbul Aug 25-29, 2014.

Ni, P., Moore, I.D., and Take, W.A. 2014. The interaction of normal faults with pipelines: experimental observation and finite element modelling. CSCE 2014 General Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Ni, P., Moore, I.D., and Take, W.A. 2014. Effect of ground fault hazards on continuous pipelines: an approximate design framework. Proceedings of Geohazards 6, Kingston, Canada.

McKnight-Whitford, H., Take, W.A., and Lake, C. 2014. Identifying the mechanisms of ice lens formation through soil suction measurement and PIV analysis during step freezing tests. GeoRegina 2014.

Smith, A., Dixon, N, Berg, N., Take, W.A., and Proudfoot, D. 2014. Listening for landslides: method, measurements, and the peace river case study. Proceedings of Geohazards 6, Kingston, Canada.

Miller, G., Take, W.A., and Mulligan, R. 2014. Parametric study of landslide generated impulse wave physical modelling. Proceedings of Geohazards 6, Kingston, Canada.

Brachman, R.W.I., Rowe, R.K., Take, W.A., Ashe, L. 2014. Comparison of field and laboratory measurements of GCL shrinkage, 10th International Conference on Geosynthetics, Berlin

Rowe, R.K., Take, W.A., Brachman, R.W.I., & Rentz, A. 2014. Field observations of moisture migration on GCLs in exposed liners, 10th International Conference on Geosynthetics, Berlin

Take, W.A., Brachman, R.W.I., Rowe, R.K., & Rentz, A. 2014. Temperature measurements of exposed GMB / GCL composite liners, 10th International Conference on Geosynthetics, Berlin.

Take, W.A. 2014. Physical modelling of instability and flow in loose granular slopes. Keynote paper, 8th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics, Perth, Austrailia.

Murray, C.A., Take, W.A., and Hoult, N.A. 2013. The development of dynamic PIV for the assessment and qualification of railway foundation conditions. 66th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Montreal.

Wolinsky, E., Take, W.A., and Siemens, G.A. 2013. Development of a centrifuge tilt-table device to investigate instability phenomenon under simulated infinite slope conditions. 66th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Montreal.

Potvin, J.J., Take, W.A., Foster, J.M., and Woeller, D. 2013. Failure of two sensitive clay slopes observed at Mud Creek, Ottawa. 66th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Montreal.

Beddoe, R.A., and Take, W.A. 2013. Observed transition from slide to flow in physical model landslide tests. 66th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Montreal.

Bryant, S.K., and Take, W.A. 2013. The development of a large scale flume for landslide runout experiments. 66th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Montreal.

Siemens, G.A., Take, W.A., Rowe, R.K., and Brachman, R.W.I. 2013. Effect of confining stress on the transient hydration of unsaturated GCLs. Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Paris, France. 1187-1190.

Hoult, N.A., Bao, X., Bentz, E., Collins, M.P., Green, M., and Take, W.A. 2013. Sensing and analysis techniques for assessing concrete bridges. 6th International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure, Hong Kong, China.

DeRosa, D., Green, M.F., Hoult, N.A., and Take, W.A. 2013. Comparision of fibre optic sensors and digital image correlation for strain measurement in reinforced concrete beams. Second Conference on Smart Monitoring, Assessment and Rehabilitation of Civil Structures, Istanbul

Take, W.A., Potvin, J., Siemens, G.A., and Kerr, A. 2012. Comparison of desiccation cracking patterns between air- and oven-dried GCL specimens. 5th European Geosynthetics Congress, Valencia, Vol 1:71-76.

Siemens, G.A., Take, W.A. and Peters, S.B. 2012. Examination of unsaturated conductivity curves using transparent soil. Unsaturated Soils: Research and Applications, Eds. C. Mancuso, C. Jommi, and F. D’Onza, Vol 1:213-218.

Foster, J.M., and Take, W.A. 2011. Preliminary evaluation of a low altitude digital photogrammetry system for landslide surface monitoring. Geohazards 5, Kelowna, B.C.

McAffee, R.P., Take, W.A., and Valsangkar, A.J. 2011. Observed soil displacements above rigid culverts. 14th Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, October 2011.

Dutton, M.G., Take, W.A., and Hoult, N.A. 2011. Effect of imaging distance on image texture of sand in PIV analysis. 14th Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, October 2011.

Dutton, M.G., Hoult, N.A., and Take, W.A. 2011. Towards a digital image correlation based strain sensor. International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, Stanford, September 2011.

Potvin, J.J., Take, W.A., Siemens, G.A., and Kerr, A. 2011. X-ray imaging of desiccation cracking patterns in geosynthetic clay liners. 14th Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, October 2011.

Brachman, R.W.I, Gudina, S., Rowe, R.K.,  and Take, W.A. Adhesion from supplemental bentonite placed at GCL overlaps. Geo2010 Conference, Calgary, AB, 1359-1364.

Powell, J.S., Siemens, G., and Take, W.A. 2010. Apparatus Compliance in Odometer Testing at High Pressures. Geo2010 Conference, Calgary, AB, September 2010

Sarai, M., Take, W.A., and Moore, I.D. 2010. Physical modeling of gap formation in soil-pipeline interaction. Geo2010 Conference, Calgary, AB, September 2010.

Sarai, M., Take, W.A., and Moore, I.D. 2010. Jointed pipeline subjected to differential ground movements. International No-Dig 2010, 28th Int.Conf. and Exhibition, Singapore, Nov. 2010.

Bilesavar, R., Take, W.A., and Phillips, R. 2010. Development of a landslide testing flume for use within a geotechnical centrifuge. Geo2010 Conference, Calgary, AB, September 2010.

Siemens, G., Peters, S., and Take, W.A. 2010. Analysis of a drawdown test displaying the use of transparent soil in unsaturated flow applications. 5th Int. Conf. on Unsat. Soils, Barcelona.

Wolinsky, E.D., and Take, W.A. 2010. Application of digital signal processing to the measurement of landslide acceleration using PIV image analysis. 7th International Conference in Physical Modelling and Geotechnics, Zurich, Switzerland.

Zarnani, S., Bathurst, R.J. and Take, W.A. 2010. "Shaking Table Methodology and Instrumentation for Reinforced Soil Retaining Walls", Fifth Int. Conf. on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics, San Diego, California, May 2010.

Bisby,L.A., Sinclair,D., Webster, M, Stratford, T.J., and Take, W.A. 2009. Effects of Aspect Ratio on the Observed Hoop Strain Variation in FRP Confined Concrete Cylinders. 4th Int. Conf. on Advanced Composites in Construction (ACIC'09). Edinburgh, Scotland, Sept. 2009.

Ezzein, R., Bathurst, R.J., and Take, W.A. 2009. Analysis of the influence of foundation compressibility on the behaviour of reinforced soil walls using PIV. 62nd  Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Halifax, N.S.(NSERC)

Peters, S.B., Siemens, G.A., and Take, W.A. 2009. A Transparent Medium to Provide a Visual Interpretation of Saturated/Unsaturated Hydraulic Behaviour. 62nd  Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Halifax, N.S. (NSERC)

Take, W.A., Rowe, R.K., Munro, H., Kerr, A., and Schreiner, J. 2009. Development of X-ray imaging techniques to investigate the internal shrinkage mechanism of GCLs. Geosynthetics 2009, Salt Lake City, Utah. (NSERC, OCE)

Rayhani, M.H.T., Rowe, R.K., Take, W.A., Brachman, R.W.I., and Siemens, G. 2009. Prototype Modeling of GCL Hydration and Shrinkage under Simulated Field Conditions. Geosynthetics 2009, Salt Lake City, Utah.(NSERC, OCE)

Rayhani, M.H.T., Rowe, R.K, Brachman, R.W.I., Siemens, G, and Take, W.A. 2008. Closed-system investigation of GCL hydration from subsoil. 61st Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Edmonton, AB, 324-328. (NSERC, OCE)

Lim, B.F., Siemens, G., Boyle (Powell), J.S., Remenda, V., and Take, W.A. 2008. Numerical analysis of expansive soil behavior using the swell equilibrium limit. 61st Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Edmonton, AB, 176-181.

L.E. Bostwick, R.K. Rowe, W.A. Take and R.W.I. Brachman. 2008. Observations of the Dimensional Stability of Four GCL Products under Combined Thermal and Moisture Cycles. GeoAmericas 2008. Cancun, Mexico.  (NSERC, OCE)

M.J. Chappel, W.A. Take, R.W.I. Brachman, and R.K. Rowe. 2008. A case study of wrinkles in a textured HDPE geomembrane on a slope. GeoAmericas 2008. Cancun, Mexico. (NSERC)

Arenson, L.U., Sego, D.C., and Take, W.A. 2007. Measurement of ice lens growth and soil consolidation during frost penetration using Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV). 60th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Ottawa, ON.

Bisby, L. Take, W.A., and Caspary, A. 2007. Quantifying strain variation in FRP confined concrete using digital image correlation: proof-of-concept and initial results. Asia-Pacific Conference on FRP in Structures (APFIS 2007), Hong Kong, China.'Äì BEST PAPER AWARD

Bostwick, L.E., Rowe, R.K., Take, W.A. and Brachman R.W.I. 2007. The effect of sample size on shrinkage of geosynthetic clay liners in laboratory tests, 60th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Ottawa, ON,  2123-2128. (NSERC, OCE)

Brachman, R.W.I., Rowe, R.K., Take, W.A. , Arnepalli, D.N., Chappel, M., Bostwick, L.E., andBeddoe, R. 2007. Queen's composite geosynthetic liner test site, 60th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Ottawa, ON,  2135-2142 (NSERC, OCE)

Take, W.A., Arnepalli, D.N., Brachman, R.W.I. and Rowe, R.K. 2007. Laboratory and field calibration of TDR probes for water content measurement, 60th Canadian  Geotechnical Conference, Ottawa, ON.(NSERC, OCE)

Chappel, M. J., R. W. I. Brachman, W. A. Take, and R. K. Rowe. 2007. Development of a low altitude aerial photogrammetry technique to quantify geomembrane wrinkles, Geosynthetics 2007, Washington, DC, USA, 293-300. (NSERC)

Take, W.A., and Kemp, J. 2006. Application of digital image-based deformation measurements to geotechnical testing. 59th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Vancouver

Goveas, L.., Take, W.A., and Rowe, R.K. 2006. Total stress transducer modification to allow reliable soil total stress measurement. 59th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Vancouver

Zhou, R.Z.B., Take, W.A., and Ng. C.W.W. 2006. A case study in tensiometer interpretation: centrifuge modelling of unsaturated slope behaviour. Unsat'06, Carefree, AZ.

Blatz, J.A., Take, W.A., and Priyanto, D. 2006. Influence of a weathered zone on the susceptibility of a slope to rainfall induced instability. Unsat'06, Carefree, AZ.

Zhang, M., Ng, C.W.W., Take, W.A., Pun, W.K., Shiu, H.Y.K., and Chan, G. 2006. Role of soil nails in loose sand fill slopes subjected to earthquakes. International Conference on Physical. Modelling in Geotechnics, Hong Kong.

McAffee, R.P., Take, W.A., and Valsangkar, A.J. 2006. Soil Displacements in an Induced Trench Culvert using Digital Photography. International Conference on Physical. Modelling in Geotechnics, Hong Kong.

Take, W.A., White, D.J, Bowers, K.H., and Moss, N.A. 2005. Remote real-time monitoring of tunneling-induced settlement using image analysis. 5th Int. Symp.  Geotechnical Aspects of Underground Construction in Soft Ground.

Take, W.A.  and Bolton, M.D. 2004. Identification of seasonal slope behaviour mechanisms from centrifuge case studies, Skempton Memorial Conference. Vol 2: 992-1004. London, UK

Bolton, M.D., Take, W.A., Wong, P.C.P, and Yeung, F.J. 2003.  Mechanisms of failure in fill slopes after intense rainfall. Keynote Paper, Int. Conf. on Slope Engineering, Hong Kong, China. Vol. 1: 1-25

Take, W.A., and Bolton, M.D. 2002. A new device for the measurement of negative pore water pressures in centrifuge models.  Int. Conf. Physical Modelling Geotechnics, St. John's. Rotterdam: Balkema. 89-94

Take, W.A. and Bolton, M.D. 2002. An atmospheric chamber for the investigation of the effect of seasonal moisture changes on clay slopes, Int. Conf. Physical Modelling Geotechnics, St. John's. Rotterdam: Balkema. 765-770

Madabhushi, S.P.G., and Take, W.A. 2002. Teaching of Geotechnical Engineering using a mini-drum centrifuge. Int. Conf. Physical Modelling  Geotechnics, St. John's. Rotterdam: Balkema. 221-228

Take, W.A. and Bolton M.D. 2001. The use of centrifuge modelling to investigate progressive failure of overconsolidated clay embankments. Centrifuge and Constitutive Modelling: Two extremes, Ascona, Switzerland, Springman S.M. (ed.)

White D.J., Take W.A, Bolton M.D. & Munachen S.E. 2001. A deformation measuring system for geotechnical testing based on digital imaging, close-range photogrammetry, and PIV image analysis. Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. Istanbul, Turkey

White D.J., Take W.A, Bolton M.D. 2001. Measuring soil deformation in geotechnical models using digital images and PIV analysis. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics. Tucson, Arizona. pp 997-1002

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Research Interests

  • Progressive failure of clay embankments
  • Long-term degradation of dams
  • Triggering mechanisms of landslides
  • Tensile strength of clay
  • Field measurement of ground movements using image analysis
  • Development of novel technology for matric suction measurement
  • Development of novel technology for image-based deformation measurement
  • Geotechnical centrifuge modelling

Student Opportunity

Qualified students for a number of research projects in the above areas are currently being sought at the Master's and Doctoral level. Prospective students are encouraged to contact Professor Take.