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Engineer Selected as Historical Consultant to Egyptian Government

David T. Biggs, P.E., Principal of Ryan-Biggs Associates, P.C., in Troy, NY, has been invited to be a consultant to the Republic of Egypt on the preservation and restoration of Egypt’s historical masonry structures.  He will present a clinic on Structural Restoration – The North American Experience on April 26 for Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities in Cairo, Egypt.  In addition to that clinic, he will present a paper at the First International Conference on Restoration of Heritage Masonry Structures titled “Multi-Path Diagnosis for Restoration.”  The conference is sponsored by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, Ain Shams University in Cairo, Drexel University, and The Masonry Society of the United States.

Following the conference, Mr. Biggs will be one of a team of six architects and engineers from the US, Portugal, Germany, Italy, and Canada that will develop restoration guidelines for heritage and monument structures in Egypt.  During development of the guidelines, the team will tour such monuments as the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx, The Valley of the Kings, and numerous temples and tombs. The guidelines will be used by the Egyptian government to maintain consistency in the preservation of their antiquities.

David Biggs is a masonry expert with over thirty years of experience.  He was elected an Honorary Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2005 based upon his engineering expertise with historical restoration and forensic evaluation of structures.  Ryan-Biggs Associates has been involved with the restoration of over 300 historical buildings and structures in the United States. Over 80 of these buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service, which is part of the US Department of the Interior, and 10 have been designated “Save America’s Treasures,” a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Park Service.  Some of Mr. Biggs current restoration projects include the Jean Hasbrouck House (c1680) in New Paltz, NY, Fort Ticonderoga (1754) in Ticonderoga, NY, Hacienda Santa Elena (c 1790) in Puerto Rico, and the Bennington Battle Monument (1889) in Bennington, VT.

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