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Structural, Forensic, Masonry, Restoration

May 22, 2019

"Surviving Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Time" lecture for Masonry Institute of St. Louis

June 16-19, 2019: 13th North American Masonry Conference, Salt Lake City

Presentations on Gordon Turkey

June 24-25, 2019. Lecturing for Southeast Concrete Masonry Association, Isle of Palms, SC.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Current Projects

  • Feb and March 2019:  Presented nine seminars throughout New Zealand on Structural Forensic engineering 
  • See Heritage Masonry in Peru.    Marvelous Masonry
  • September 2018 Presented: "Stabilizing the Early Phrygian Gate Complex at Gordion, Turkey- Conservation Preparation" 11th at SAHC (Structural Analysis of Historic Construction) Conference, Cusco Peru
  • June 2018, Presented a paper "Comparison of Modelling Approaches to Analyzing Masonry Arch Bridges" at the 10th IMC (International Masonry Conference), Milan, Italy
  • June 2018, David Biggs was named a Fulbright Specialist candidate for 2018-2021.
  • April 2018, David Biggs was presented the 2018 Dennis L, Tewsbury Award by the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of ASCE.  
  • 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.


  •  June 2018,  Co-authored "Comparison of Modelling Approaches to Analyzing Masonry Arch Bridges" with Jonathan Knudtsen and Petr Kable for 10th International Masonry Conference in Milan. 

  • Since January 2017:  Masonry magazine - "Marvelous Masonry" and Masonry Design magazine  - "Technical Talk"

  • 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

  • ​“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

Conservation of the Ancient City of

Gordion Turkey

  • 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 
  • Seismic strengthening of a Hindu temple in Nepal
  • Prefabricated masonry design and development
  • Forensic evaluations - schools, condominiums, apartments, office buildings
  • Assessment of historic Gasholder Building, Troy, NY
  • Masonry coalition solutions 
  • Site structures and bridges for trail systems in NY and VT.

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.

Biggs Consulting Engineering, PLLC

Christchurch New Zealand 2019

David Biggs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Helen Davidson of Engineering New Zealand


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