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John Meneely

<p>John D. Meneely</p>

John D. Meneely


BSc (Hons) Geology, Queens University Belfast, 1987.
M.Phil. Environmental Geochemistry: Heavy Metals in the Sediments of Inner Dundrum Bay. N.Ireland. Queens University Belfast, 2003

Postgraduate Research Candidate (Part time)



School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology (GAP)
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland, UK


+44 (0)28 9097 3930

Current Research: Environmental Change

Scale issues in the degradation of Geomaterials.

Scale issues and the crossing of scale boundaries has long been a fundamental question within geomorphological research. In particular the transference of detailed understanding and measurement of process, material and morphological interactions at the micro-scale into an explanation of how complex systems operate over larger spatial and temporal scales.

Traditionally, quantification of surface change on in-situ building blocks and laboratory based weathering experiments were small scale and relied upon mechanical techniques. These were often time-consuming, risked damaging the surface being measured, and required a statistical interpolation between a limited number of points. To overcome these difficulties requires a rapid, non-contact mechanism for monitoring surface change using a dense network of measurement points. It is in search of improvement in the speed and precision of surface analysis that this study will use two 3D laser based surface scanning systems as a means of accurately and non-destructively monitoring the progressive decay of building stone in laboratory based experiments and in the field.

Research Aims

The aim of this research project is to investigate the spatio-temporal distribution of weathering phenomena in limestone in the built and natural environment and in particular the spatial patterns / relationships and the identification of any scale related discontinuities.
This will be achieved by using laser-scanning technologies to capture the complete geometry of weathered surfaces over a wide range of scales from microns to decimeters.
Several geostatistical techniques will be used in this study to examine surface morphology. Specifically the topographic data will be used to generate maps of local topographic roughness, areas of material loss and surface swelling. Semivariograms will be calculated for understanding the morphological and scale dependent characteristics of the topography and fractal dimensions will be used as a tool for comparing scale-dependent topographic variability of different weathering components.

Digital Elevation Model of 20m long limestone wall, New College, Oxford.
Generated from ground based lidar data.
Surface coloured by laser reflectance value, blue – high, red – low reflectance


The Cyrenaican Prehistory Project 2010: the fourth season of investigations of the Haua Fteah cave and its landscape, and further results from the 2007–2009 fieldwork. G.Barker, A.Antoniadou, S.Armitage, I.Brooks, I.Candy, K.Connell, K.Douka, N.Drake, L.Farr, E.Hill, C.Hunt, R.Inglis, S.Jones, C.Lane, G.Lucarini, J.Meneely, J.Morales, G.Mutri, A.Prendergast, R.Rabett, H.Reade, T.Reynolds, N.Russell, D.Simpson, B.Smith, C.Stimpson, M.Twati and K.White. Libyan Studies 41. 2010

Hambly J, Dawson T, Meneely J. 2010. The Eroding Limekilns at Boddin Point, Angus. Preservation by digital record. Historic Scotland Project Number: 53606. NGR: NO 71340 53347

Lindsay C, Smith B, Curran J, McKinley J, Meneely J, Ruffel A, Savage J, Stelfox D. 2010. An intergrated toolkit for the conservation of stone-built heritage. Geophysical Research Abstracts. Vol 12. EGU2010-7299.

Meneely J, Smith B, Curran J, Ruffell A. 2009. Developing a ‘Non-destructive scientific toolkit to monitor monuments and sites. ICOMOS Scientidic Symposium: Changing World, Changing Views of Heritage.

Meneely J. 2009. Mapping, Monitoring and Visualising Built Heritage. A Future for Northern Irelands Built Heritage. Northern Ireland Environment Link. Environmental Factsheet. Volume 7, Issue 2.

Smith B, Gomez-Heras M, Meneely J, McCabe S, Viles H. 2008. High resolution monitoring of surface morphological change of building limestones in response to simulated salt weathering.

Gomez-Heras M, Smith B, Viles H, Meneely J, McCabe S. 2008. HD laser scanning for the evaluation of salt laboratory simulations of building limestone. Proceedings. SWBSS, Copenhagen.

Meneely J, Smith B, Viles H, Gomez-Heras M. 2008. In Situ Monitoring of Limestone buildings in oxford. In: P.Tiano and C.Pardini (eds) In situ monitoring of monumental surfaces, CNR, Florence. 327-334


ICOMOS Ireland, 2010 – Dublin, Ireland.

Leica HDS World User Group Meeting, 2010 – San Francisco, USA.

Ulster Archaeology Society, 2010 – Belfast, N.Ireland.

Libyan Dept. of Antiquities, 2010 – Benghazi, Libya.

Office of Public Works (OPW) 2010 – Dublin, Ireland.

National Trust NI, 2010 – Rowallane House, N.Ireland.

Environmental Workshop, 2009 – Taipei, Taiwan.

Urbanization, Hazards and Sustainable City Governance, 2009 – Taipei, Taiwan.

ICOMOS World Scientific Symposium, 2009 – Valetta, Malta.

Northern Ireland Environment Agency, 2009 – Belfast, N.Ireland.

Digital Documentation 2009 –Glasgow, Scotland. Science & Heritage Research Cluster, 2009 – Giants Causeway, N.Ireland.


Mapping, Monitoring and Visualising Stone Decay in the Digital Age - Smartdoc, Heritage Recording and Information in the Digital Age., Philadelphia, USA 2010.

Mapping, Monitoring and Visualising the decay of Limestone in the Built Environment: Examples from the Limestone project - RSPSoc Annual Conference, Leicester, England 2009.

In situ monitoring of Limestone Buildings, Oxford - SMW08 International Workshop. In situ monitoring of monumental surfaces - Florence, Italy 2008.


Remote sensing and Photogrametry Society Ulster Architectural Heritage Society