Douglas Tomlinson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Structural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept


Assistant Professor, Structural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept
(780) 492-6696
6-255 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211-116 St
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5


I am an assistant professor of structural engineering at the University of Alberta. During my PhD at Queen's University I studied partially composite precast concrete insulated wall panels loaded under flexural and axial loads. I tested panels constructed using both steel and Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) reinforcement, developed techniques to evaluate the centroid of partially composite sections, successfully used Digital Image Correlation to evaluate slip between concrete layers, and investigated the validity of Basalt FRP in reinforced concrete structures.

Currently I serve on committees in the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) and American Concrete Institute (ACI) that focus on the use of advanced composite materials in structural engineering.

During my undergrad, I was active on the Queen's concrete canoe and toboggan teams. I then served as an advisor for the concrete canoe team while doing my PhD. To date, I have taught undergraduate courses on structural analysis, reinforced concrete, prestressed concrete, and professional skills.

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  • 2015 - PhD (Civil Engineering), Queen's University, Kingston, ON. Thesis Title:
    Behaviour of Partially Composite Precast Concrete Sandwich Panels subject to
    Flexural and Axial Loads.
  • 2009 - BSc (Civil Engineering – Infrastructure Option), Queen's University, Kingston,

Research Interests:
  • Precast and prestressed concrete structures
  • Structural deterioration and rehabilitation
  • Fibre Reinforced Polymer reinforced concrete structures
  • Partially composite structural behaviour 
  • Slender walls
  • Steel-concrete connections

  • CivE 240 – Technical communications
  • CivE 372 – Structural Analysis
  • CivE 474 – Structural Design II
  • CivE 672 – Behaviour and Design of Concrete Members


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CIV E 372 - Structural Analysis I

Introduction to structural loads; deformations of statically determinate beams, trusses and frames; influence lines; analysis of statically indeterminate structures by consistent deformations, slope deflection and moment distribution; direct stiffness analysis. Prerequisite: CIV E 270.

Winter Term 2021
CIV E 672 - Behavior and Design of Concrete Members

Strength and behavior of simple reinforced concrete members. Relation between results of research and current design specifications. Material properties. Members subjected to flexure, axial compression, combined flexure and axial load, combined flexure and shear, torsion.

Winter Term 2021
ENGG 130 - Engineering Mechanics

Equilibrium of planar systems. Analysis of statically determinate trusses and frames. Friction. Centroids and centres of gravity. Forces and moments in beams. Second moments of area. Note: Students in all sections of this course will write a common final examination. Corequisite: MATH 100.

Fall Term 2020

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