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Dr David GILES, BSc (Hons), PhD, CGeol, FHEA, FGS


Principal Lecturer in Engineering Geology


School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Burnaby Building, University of Portsmouth   T

Burnaby Road, Portsmouth, Hants, PO1 3QL






2014   University of Portsmouth


PhD Computer-Based Modelling and Analysis in Engineering Geology


1980-1983 Portsmouth Polytechnic


BSc (Honours) Engineering Geology and Geotechnics



Professional Awards


2001 Geological Society Engineering Group Award for Services to Engineering Geology


2013 Geological Society Engineering Group Award for EGGS Field Trip Organisation


Professional Status and Activities


Chartered Geologist


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Former Chartered Engineer (Institution of Mining and Metallurgy now lapsed)


Fellow of the Geological Society


Secretary of the International Association for Engineering Geology Commission 22: Landscape Evolution and Engineering Geology


Vice Chair of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society


Chair of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society Working Party on Geohazards


Chair of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society Working Party on Engineering Geology and Ground Models of Artificial Ground


Member of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society Working Party on Glacial and Periglacial Engineering Geology


Member of the Geologists Association


Member of the Quaternary Research Association


Member of the British Geotechnical Association



Training and Experience


1991 - Present  University of Portsmouth


1997 - Present  Principal Lecturer in Engineering Geology


1994 – 2009  Applied Geoscience Programme Manager


1991 - 1997  Senior Lecturer in Engineering Geology

Course Leader BEng (Hons) Engineering Geology and Geotechnics, MSc Engineering Geology, MSc Contaminated Land


Principal lecturing and research areas include Quaternary Geology and engineering geomorphology, landslides and slope stability, contaminated land, risk analysis and assessment, geohazard management and remediation, spatial data modelling, geostatistical techniques, geographical information systems and geoscience databases, remote sensing and image analysis.


Responsible for co-ordinating and running fieldwork programmes to North Norfolk (Quaternary geology and engineering geomorphology), Malverns (engineering rock and soil assessment), Broadway, Cotswolds (engineering geomorphology), Villerville, Normandy, (geohazard assessment), Portland, Lyme Regis and Dorset (geohazard assessment), Kent (landslides and slope instability), French Alps, Provence and the Massif Central (geological hazards and engineering geology study tour).


As Applied Geoscience Programme Manager was responsible for the BEng (Hons) Engineering Geology and Geotechnics and BSc (Hons) Geological Hazards pathways. Chaired of the Applied Geoscience Board of Examiners, Applied Geoscience Board of Studies and Applied Geoscience Unit Assessment Boards. Acted as the Applied Geoscience Admissions Tutor.


1989-1991 Mott MacDonald Group


Chartered Engineer (Grade E4)

Foundations and Geotechnics Division.


Principal duties included the application of computing techniques to engineering geology and geotechnical problems.  Specific experience in the analysis of spatial data via geostatistical methods, earth science databases and the use and potential of geographical information systems.


1987-1989 Natural Environmental Research Council Computer Services (British Geological Survey)


Senior Site Officer.


Senior site officer responsible for on-site computer systems management and as the senior local support officer responsible for comprehensive computer support to the Survey's geologists and geochemists.  Responsible for computer training courses and software and hardware support.


1984-1987 Scott Pickford and Associates


Computer Mapping Geologist/Special Projects Analyst.


Computer mapping geologist and special projects analyst responsible for seismic exploration database management, computer mapping, sub-surface modelling and volumetric studies.  Responsible for the documentation, in-house and external training of the company's geophysical database management system. Made a considerable contribution to Scott Pickford's involvement in an Equity forum with Shell UK to carry out the complex mapping aspects of the Dunlin field redetermination.


1983  Norwest Holst Soils Engineering Ltd


Temporary Geotechnical Engineer.


Experience gained in the detailed logging of site investigation borehole and trial pit samples and of the processing of geotechnical laboratory test data.  Experience of large scale groundwater pumping tests and of ground investigation techniques.




Contact Information

Phone:  023 92842248          Email:

Address:  School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Burnaby Building, University of Portsmouth,  Portsmouth, PO1 3QL