Dr David Gunn

Dr David GunnGeotechnical Properties and Processes — Team Leader

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3400

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  • 2010–current: Team Leader of Geotechnical properties and processes
  • 2006–2007: Engineering geophysicist:
  • Past winner of best paper using Geophysical and NDT techniques:
    • 9th Int. Conf. Railway Engineering 2007
    • 8th Int. Conf. Railway Engineering 2005
  • Ph.D. Instrumentation to measure compressional and shear wave velocity and attenuation in rocks under near in situ stress, University of Manchester, 1991
  • M.Sc. Instrument Design and Application, University of Manchester, 1987
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) Geological Geophysics, University of Reading, 1983

Research interests

  • Geophysical-Geotechnical property relationships
  • Transportation geotechnics
  • Geohazard monitoring


  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Instrumentation

Current projects and collaboration

  • 2003–current: Railway Geophysics and Geotechnics. BGS representative to the railway industry. Develop procedures and methods for the strategic incorporation of geological products in railway planning and maintenance.
  • 2005–2010: BIAS. Consultant on and manager of laboratory instrumentation and experimental programme for the application of Biologically Inspired Acoustic Systems for improved characterisation of geological materials using novel CHIRPS techniques to improve resolution-energy efficiency.
  • 2009–current: FUTURENET. Assessing the climate impact upon future transportation networks.
  • 2010–current: Geophysical Monitoring Techniques. Development of surface wave methods for stiffness monitoring; application to assess embankment condition. Application of time-lapse, differential resistivity imaging to monitor moisture movement through engineered earthworks and in relation to geohazards on natural slopes.

Published outputs

Key Papers

S ASSOUS, L LINNETT, P JACKSON, D GUNN, C HOPPER, J REES AND M LOVELL (2010). Short pulse multi-frequency phase-based time delay estimation. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 127 (1), pp 1-7.

P.B. WILKINSON, J.E. CHAMBERS, P.I. MELDRUM, D.A. GUNN, R. D. OGILVY, AND O. KURAS, 2010. Predicting the movements of permanently installed electrodes on an active landslide using time-lapse geoelectrical resistivity data only. Geophys. J. Int. (2010) 183, 543-556

GUNN, D.A., R. OGILVY, J. CHAMBERS, P. MELDRUM, E. HASLAM, S. HOLYOAKE & J. WRAGG. 2010. The first trials of the British Geological Survey's new ALERT-ME system for monitoring embankments using resistivity imaging have thrown up some fascinating results. Ground Engineering, Sept 2010, p12-14

GUNN, D.A., R. OGILVY, J. CHAMBERS & P. MELDRUM. 2010. ALERT-ME, New technologies for embankment warning systems. Rail Technology Magazine, Oct/Nov 2010, p80-82.

J.E. CHAMBERS, P.B. WILKINSON, O. KURAS, J.R. FORD, D.A. GUNN, P.I. MELDRUM, C.V.L. PENNINGTON, A.L. WELLER, P.R.N. HOBBS, R.D. OGILVY 2010. Three-dimensional geophysical anatomy of an active landslide in Lias Group mudrocks, Cleveland Basin, UK. Geomorphology 125 (2011) 472-484

RAINES, M.G., D.A. GUNN, MORGAN, D.J.R., WILLIAMS, G. AND WILLIAMS, J.D.O. & CAUNT, S., 2011. Refraction microtremor (ReMi) to determine the shear wave velocity structure about a mineshaft. QJEGH. In press.