Thomas Golecki, SE, PE


PhD, Civil Engineering, UIUC, May 2023
MS, Civil Engineering, Drexel University, June 2008
BS, Civil & Architectural Engineering, Drexel University, June 2008




Research Highlights

T. Golecki, F. Gomez, J. Carrion, B.F. Spencer, Continuous Random Field Representation of Stochastic Moving Loads, Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics. (2022).

This paper develops a filtered white noise representation of random traffic loading. Given a random input process of discrete moving loads:

we compute an equivalent continuous process as a filtered white noise:

This approach enables solving for the stochastic response of a bridge subjected to this random traffic load using the Lyapunov equation. We validate the proposed approach against alternative methods including numerical simulations, modal superposition, and a frequency domain method. The end result is an efficient means of computing structural responses to random traffic excitation.

Topology Optimization of Bridge Structures Subjected to Random Traffic Loading, Engineering Structures (2023).

This paper utilizes the continuous random field traffic model as the input to a bridge topology optimization aimed at minimizing the extreme responses (mean plus a number of standard deviations). This work enables the topology optimization of bridges that accounts for the random dynamics of traffic loading.

Vehicle Bridge Interaction (in progress)


Highlights from Industry Experience

T. Golecki, M. Yarnold, J. Weidner, Pinned-end moments in simple span multi-girder bridges, Eng. Struct.  (2021).

Golecki, T. and Weidner J., “Automating Refined Load Ratings for Girder Bridges” Structures Congress 2018: Bridges, Transportation Structures, and Nonbuilding Structures.

Golecki, T. (2018) “Automating Refined Load Ratings for Girder Bridges.” FHWA Bridge Load Rating Webinar Series: Topic No. 23. Invited (Federal Highway Administration) [recording]

Yarnold, M. Golecki, T. and Weidner, J. “Identification of Composite Action through Truck Load Testing” Frontiers in Built Environment – Bridge Engineering. (2018).

Data Visualization Highlights

Interactive plot example

Programmatically generated bridge FE models: