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Structural, Forensic, Masonry, Restoration


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

Current Projects

  • 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 
  • 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 

Conservation at the ancient city of Gordion, Turkey 

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

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

  • January through April 2018:  Masonry magazine - "Marvelous Masonry" and Masonry Design magazine Summer 2018, Fall 2018 - "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

  • "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

Recent Publications

  • September, 2018 Presented "Conserving Ancient Sites from the Empire of Alexander the Great" at 2018 LOUISIANA CIVIL ENGINEERING CONFERENCE, New Orleans, LA. 
  • 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.
  • January 2015, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Department and Civil Engineering awarded David Biggs its Distinguished Alumni Award (see upper right) for his expertise with masonry structures, consulting engineering and participation on its Advisory Council .