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David White wins high citation award for paper on image analysis software

Published: 22 September 2020
Dave White

Professor David White, along with his co-authors, has won the Fredlund Award given by the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS). The CGS grants this award annually to the most highly-cited paper in their journal from the past 5 years.

The paper, titled ‘Improved image-based deformation measurement for geotechnical applications’ was co-authored in 2016 with Dr Sam Stanier (Cambridge University), Professor Andy Take (Queens’ University, Canada) and Dr Justin Blaber (Vanderbilt University, USA). It describes a new implementation of particle image velocimetry (PIV), with improved accuracy and computational speed, tailored to geotechnical applications. The work led to freeware – GeoPIV-RG – that has been shared at[DW4]  since 2015, receiving >30,000 hits and >4,500 downloads from >300 institutions worldwide over the past 5 years. The paper has been cited 215 times, according to google scholar, and the citing papers show researchers from >100 organisations have published research utilising the software.


Soil deformation around a subsea foundation
Soil deformation around a subsea foundation

The original version of GeoPIV was developed in 2000, resulting from Dave White and Andy Take’s PhD studies in Cambridge. Sam Stanier now maintains GeoPIV-RG, and is currently trialling a new Python-based version, which will be released next year.

You can access the paper on the journal website here, or on e-prints here.


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