School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering


Professor Jim Chandler BSc PhD FRICS Senior Fellow HEA

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Professor of Geomatics: Director of Research

Programmes- Civils/WEDC/transport/ Part C (BEng) Year

Tutor: Civil Engineering

Educated at University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1980-1983) and City University London (1986-1989). He worked as a Land-surveyor/Computer Programmer for 3 years (1983-1986) and Contracts Manager (1989-1993) before joining Loughborough University as a Lecturer in 1994. Jim was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1998 and was awarded a Chair in Geomatics in 2009.

Broad interests and expertise

Measuring size/shape/morphology of unusual objects using land surveying, laser scanning, digital photogrammetry and remote sensing methods. Spatial measurement from historical photographs and consumer-grade digital cameras.

Professional affiliations

Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Geomatics Faculty. 
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)


Previous research 

  • Deformation measurement for structural testing- Ph.D. student David McCarthy (2011-15) investigated the potential of digital imagery and image processing to measure deformation at thousands of locations using cheap digital sensors. 
  • Motion blur in photogrammetry- Ph.D. student Till Sieberth (2012-15) examined the influence of blur on photogrammetric processing and has derived a useful algorithm capable of isolating low quality imagery due to motion blur. 
  • Spatial data from historical Swiss imagery. Through funding from Universitie of Lausanne ("Projet Herbette"). Natan Micheletti/Prof. Stuart Lane and Jim determined morphological changes occurring on glacial/peri-glacial debris stores arising through climate change. Swiss PhD student Natan spent two months at Loughborough processing his historical imagery. 
  • Sensitivity of post-storm surge dune recovery to pre-storm geomorphological variability- in December 2013 a substantial storm surge caused significant coastal erosion to the East coast of Britain. This NERC funded project (NE/M000052/1) monitored the recovery of the dune system and modern geomatics methods (terrestrial laser scanning and close range digital photogrammetry) is being used to measure change on a monthly basis. Collaboration with Prof. Jo Bullard from the Dept. of Geography. 
  • Turbulent flows and riparian vegetation induced drag for River flooding- an EPSRC funded project (EP/K004891/1) investigated the role of vegetation in river flooding processes between 2012-2015. This is a collaboration with Prof. Koji Shiono and Dr Rene Wackrow and both laser scanning and close range photogrammetry was used to capture vegetation and measure three-dimensional water surface flow. 
  • Multi-dimensional soil erosion and associated chemical transport- jim was Co-Investigator on a NERC funded project (July 2007- June 2010) to investigate the diffusion of pollutants using numerical models. Photogrammetry is being used to validate the theoretical modelling by experimental work in flumes and in small catchments. This funded project (£342, 624, NE/E007015/1) is being conducted through collaboration with Dr J. Quinton (Lancaster University) and Dr Graham Sander at Loughborough. 
  • Rock-art recording- In 2005, Jim spent 6 months on study leave at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He was working in conjunction with Prof. John Fryer to develop the use of cheap digital cameras to record aboriginal rock art, both pictographs (7.5Mb) and petroglyphs (15.4Mb). The project was funded by The British Academy and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. The Australian work has been published fully at the CIPA Congress, in Rock-Art Research and the RICS has published a summary in FiBRE. Chandler's rock art recording techniques were applied in the UK on the Northumberland and Durham Rock Art Recording Project, through a collaboration with English Heritage. (Daily Telegraph Article- Jan. 2009). Seven Nikon Coolpix 5400 cameras were acquired in calibrated at Loughborough and volunteers systematically acquired data representing2000 Neolithic rock-art motifs in the northeast of England. More recently, some of the original imagery has been reprocessed and made more widely available.
  • Member of Scientific Committee for VCC 2016, the 2nd Virtual Geoscience Conference, Bergen;
  • Established and Chaired International Working Group for the ISPRS- Close range measurement for bio and geoscience (2012-16) and close range morphological measurement for the earth sciences (2008-12);
  • Member of the International Editorial Board for the Photogrammetric Record, the leading international Journal in photogrammetry (impact factor 1.622). Formerly Vice-Chair of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society