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. Pictured above with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Helen Davidson of Enginering New Zealand.
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.
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.
Completed the historic restoration of 3,000-year-old walls from Gordion Turkey.
Assessment of historic concrete construction for the George Nakashima Foundation, New Hope, PA. Funding support from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Prefabricated masonry design and development
Forensic evaluations - schools, condominiums, apartments, office buildings
Peer reviews and masonry coalition solutions - school buildings, warehouse, chapel, prison buildings, and residence halls
Site structures and bridges for trail systems in NY and VT
Since January 2017
Masonry magazine - "Marvelous Masonry" and Masonry Design magazine - "Technical Talk"
“FEMA P-2062, Guidelines for Wind Vulnerability Assessments of Existing Critical Facilities, contributing Author on Masonry Veneer, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Co-authored "Comparison of Modelling Approaches to Analyzing Masonry Arch Bridges" with Jonathan Knudtsen and Petr Kable for 10th International Masonry Conference in Milan.
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.