Biggs Consulting Engineering, PLLC

Recent Publications


  • Development of engineering manual for veneer anchorage.
  • Assessment of the hyperbolic paraboloid roof of the George Nakashima Arts Building and barrel vault roof of the Pool Building, New Hope, PA  - both historic 
  • Restoration of ancient city of Gordion, Turkey​
  • Stone anchorage design – The Gathering Palace, Tulsa, OK
  • Prefabricated masonry design and development
  • Forensic evaluations - schools, condominiums, apartments, office buildings
  • Peer Reviewer for ATC -124 to develop a FEMA Design Guide for the use of ASCE 41.
  • Assesment of historic Gasholder Building, Troy, NY
  • Assessment of historic Blast Furnace, Tahawus, NY
  • November 2017, Was a featured speaker for Glenwood Masonry Day in NYC.  Presentations included "
  • July 2017, Presented a paper titled "Practical Concerns for Jacking and Shoring Masonry Structures” at the 13th Canadian Masonry Symposium in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 
  • May 2015, Leader for an international team of structural engineers who went to Nepal for earthquake damage assessments. Read more
  • July 2015, Lectured for the International Course on Stone Conservation sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute of Los Angeles, CA and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Rome, Italy.
  • January 2015, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Department and Civil Engineering awarded David Biggs its Distinguished Alumni Award for his expertise with masonry structures, consulting engineering and participation on its Advisory Council​.

On-going conservation at the ancient city of Gordion, Turkey with Midas Mound in the distance.

Biggs Consulting Engineering was founded in 2010 by David Biggs, P.E., S.E.

The structural engineering firm specializes in forensic engineering, masonry design, and restoration.  In addition, the firm is involved with research projects and provides consulting for the development of new masonry products. Additional work includes design and review of new construction, evaluation of existing structures, and disaster investigations.

April 20,2017
2018 Structures Congress

Fort Worth, TX

Presentation: "Conserving Ancient Sites from the Empire of Alexander the Great"

May 22-23, 2017
Masonry Institute of St Louis
St Louis, Mo

Presentations:  "Structural Design of Pre-Insulated Concrete Masonry"; Historic Masterpieces: Churches, Castles, and Colosseums"

July 2018

10th IMC (international Masonry Conference)

Milan, Italy

Presentation: "Comparison of Modelling Approaches to Analyzing Masonry Arch Bridges"

Sept. 2018
11th SAHC (Structural Analysis of Historic Construction) Conference

Cusco, Peru

Presentation: "Stabilizing the Early Phrygian Gate Complex at Gordion, Turkey- Conservation Preparation"

Structural, Forensic, Masonry, Restoration

Current Projects

  • August 2017,  Authored “Crossings: Bridges in the Adirondacks”, included in "The Adirondack Architecture Guide, Southern-Central Region" by Janet Null, SUNY PRESS,  ISBN13: 978-1-4384-6666-8

  • "Marvelous Masonry", Iraq (Jan. 2017), Turkey (Feb. 2017), Egypt (March 2017), Czech Republic (April 2017)       Masonry magazine, 

  • "BIM-M Reaches Major Milestone Towards Generation 1", SMART| dynamics for masonry, Vol 1, 2017

  • “Compressive Strength of Dry-Stacked Concrete Masonry Unit Assemblies”, S. Atamturktur, B. Ross, J. Thompson, D. Biggs, J. Mater. Civ. Eng., American Society of Civil Engineers, 10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0001693 , 06016020., August 2016 

  • In-situ assessment of the physical and mechanical properties of vintage solid clay bricks”, D. Dizhur, R. Lumantarna, D. T. Biggs, and J. M. Ingham, Journal of Materials and Structures, Springer (2016) 50: 63. doi:10.1617/s11527-016-0939-9


Upcoming Events


  • Structural engineering
  • Masonry design and restoration
  • Structural forensic engineering
  • Project design and peer reviews​
  • Product development and consulting