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.
Feburary and March 2019
Presented nine seminars throughout New Zealand on Structural Forensic engineering
Heritage Masonry in Peru. Marvelous Masonry
Presented: "Stabilizing the Early Phrygian Gate Complex at Gordion, Turkey - Conservation Preparation" 11th at SAHC (Structural Analysis of Historic Construction) Conference, Cusco Peru
Presented a paper "Comparison of Modelling Approaches to Analyzing Masonry Arch Bridges" at the 10th IMC (International Masonry Conference), Milan, Italy
David Biggs was named a Fulbright Specialist candidate for 2018-2021.
David Biggs was presented the 2018 Dennis L, Tewsbury Award by the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of ASCE.
Leader for an international team of structural engineers who went to Nepal for earthquake damage assessments. Read more.
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.
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
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"
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.
“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
“Post-tensioned concrete masonry roof panels: A case study”, D. Biggs, Proceedings of 15th International Brick and Block Masonry Conference, Padua, Italy.
“BIM Schema for Masonry Units and Walls”, T. R. Gentry, S. Sharif, A. Cavieres, D. Biggs, Proceedings of 15th International Brick and Block Masonry Conference, Padua, Italy.