Name Dr David Searle
Job Title Senior Lecturer 
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
School School of Architecture and Built Environment
Subject(s) Built Environment, Information Systems and Learning Technology Research Centre
Tel 01902 322109
Email D.Searle@wlv.ac.uk

ABE

Dr Searle spent the early part of his career working in the construction industry for Tarmac Construction Ltd working on many of the major civil engineering projects in the 1980’s in the field of materials testing.  This was followed by a move to a testing and environmental consultancy, TBV Stangers Ltd where he specialised in contaminated land surveys, noise assessment and concrete structure surveys. In 1994 he undertook a BSc in Environmental Science where he won the Ecology prize for his dissertation ‘Effect of parasitization byScistocephalus solidus on the swimming activity and behaviour of the three-spined stickleback Gasterosteus aculeatus L.’   Following straight on from this his industrial experience and academic background made him uniquely suited for his PhD study which looked at how of coal and diesel particulate pollution affects the deterioration of historically and culturally important stone structures. After the successful completion of the study Dr Searle was employed as a Lecturer in the School of the Built Environment (now part of the School of Technology) where he continues to contribute to teaching and research in the Built Environment Section.

Sustainability in construction, construction materials (including recycled), deterioration of historic stone structures, urban pollution, digital image analysis in construction

Traffic induced soiling levels on Georgian terraces in Bath, Determination of voidage and aggregate shape in concrete using digital image analysis.

Journals

  • True, G.F., Searle, D.E., Sear, L. and Khatib, J.M (2011) The voidage assessment of concrete using image processing.  Magazine of Concrete Research. 62 (12). pp. 857-868.
  • Searle, D.E. (2010) Particulate induced soiling on historic limestone buildings in the U.K. – insights and the effects of climate change. In Climate Change Challenges (in press) Oxford: Wiley.
  • Searle, D.E. and Mitchell, D.J. (2010) The effect of combustion-derived particulates on the short-term modification of temperature and moisture loss from Portland Limestone.  In Smith, B. J., Gomez-Heras. M., Viles, H. A. and Cassar J (eds.) Limestone in the Built  Environment:  Present-Day Challenges for the Preservation of the Past .  The Geological Society of London Quarterly Journal, 331, pp.209-218
  • Crosby, C.J., Booth C.A., Worsley, A.T., Fullen, M.A., Searle, D.E., Khatib, J.M and Winspear, C.M. (2009) Application of mineral magnetic concentration measurements as a particle size proxy for urban road deposited sediments.  Transactions on Ecology and the Environment: Air Pollution XVII, 123, pp.153-162
  • Searle, D.E. and Mitchell, D.J. (2008) A  Methodology for the Semi-Quantitative Analysis  of Soiling Patterns on  Building Facades in Bath, UK Using Digital Image Processing. In Lukaszewicz, J.W.  and Niemcewicz, P. (eds)  11th International Congress on Deterioration and Conservation of Stone Proceedings, Vol 1.  Torun: Nicolaus Copernicus University Press, pp.189-198. (ISBN/ISSN 978-83-231-2236-4)
  • Searle, D.E. and Mitchell, D.J. (2008) A  Methodology for the Semi-Quantitative Analysis  of Soiling Patterns on  Building Facades in Bath, UK Using Digital Image Processing. In Lukaszewicz, J.W.  and Niemcewicz, P. (eds)  11th International Congress on Deterioration and Conservation of Stone Proceedings, Vol 1.  Torun: Nicolaus Copernicus University Press, pp.189-198. (ISBN/ISSN 978-83-231-2236-4)
  • Mitchell, D.J and Searle D.E. (2008) A Model Design to Evaluate Stone Deterioration in Polluted Urban Environments. In Lukaszewicz, J.W.  and Niemcewicz, P. (eds)  11th International Congress on Deterioration and Conservation of Stone Proceedings, Vol 1. Torun: Nicolaus Copernicus University Press pp.189-198. (ISBN/ISSN 978-83-231-2236-4)