David M. Campbell, P.E.



  • B.Sc. cum laude, Civil Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
  • Graduate Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of British Columbia

Career Synopsis

David Campbell began working with Geiger Associates in 1979 and became an Associate and head of the Vancouver, BC office in 1982. In 1988 he helped found Geiger Engineers in New York City and managed the firm since its inception. In his forty three years of engineering practice, he has had a significant role in over 50 large spectator sports facilities. In addition, David has provided construction engineering consulting to contractors for a numerous buildings, long span structures, and sports facilities. He has extensive experience in live entertainment rigging and has consulted to many productions including Opening Ceremonies for the Olympic Games, the Pan Am Games, half time shows for the NFL Superbowl, MTV Video Awards, the Academy Awards, and the Grammys. He is a member of the ASCE Tensile Membrane Structures Standard Committee, a member of IASS, as well as IAVM and the Entertainment Services and Technology Association. David has authored numerous technical papers on long-span roof and sports facility structures.

Project Experience

Sports Facilities
Principal in Charge or Engineer of Record for:
  • Credit One Stadium Renovation, Daniel Island Tennis Center, Charleston, SC
  • JMA Wireless Dome (formerly Carrier Dome at Syracuse University), Syracuse, NY
  • USTA New Armstrong Stadium, Structure & Mechanization, New York, NY
  • Allianz Field, MLS Stadium, Tension Membrane Façade Engineering, St. Paul, MN
  • Chase Center Arena, Construction Engineering, San Francisco, CA
  • Allegiant Stadium (NFL Raiders) Construction Engineering, Las Vegas, NV
  • USTA Ashe Stadium, New Retractable Roof Mechanization, New York, NY
  • Titletown Ariens Hill Pavilion, Green Bay, WI
  • BC Place Stadium Revitalization, New Retractable Roof, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • US Bank Stadium, Construction Engineering, Minneapolis, MN
  • US Bank Stadium, Prefabricated Wall Panels, Minneapolis, MN 
  • US Bank Stadium, Retractable Seating, 3rd Party Review, Minneapolis, MN 
  • SunTrust Park, Atlanta Braves Ballpark, Construction Engineering Review, Atlanta, GA
  • Madras New Life Celebration Centre, 55,000 seat domed church, Chennai, India
  • 2002 World Cup Stadium Roof Canopy, Seoul, Korea
  • Purcell Pavilion Expansion - Joyce Center, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
  • Bill Snyder Family Stadium Expansion, Construction Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
  • TD Arena, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
  • Dedmon Center Roof Replacement, Radford University, Radford, VA
  • Flushing Meadows Corona Park Pool & Rink, New York, NY
  • Icahn Stadium, Randall's Island Track & Field Center, New York, NY
  • Xcel Energy Center Arena, St. Paul, MN
  • Resch Center Arena, Green Bay, WI
  • Sprint Center Arena – Long span Roof Erection-Engineering Review, Kansas City, MO
  • Olympic Stadium Roof Investigation and Validation, Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • FedEx Forum Arena – Long span Roof Erection-Engineering Review & Construction Engineering, Memphis, TN
  • Carrier Dome Study, 1994, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • Florida Atlantic University Multipurpose Dome Study, Boca Raton, FL
  • BI-LO Center Arena, Greenville, SC 
  • Reunion Arena Rigging Evaluation and Study, Dallas, TX
  • Blue Ocean Dome, Beijing, China
  • Giants Stadium Dome Study, Meadowlands Sports Complex, E. Rutherford, NJ
Project Manager For:
  • Olympic Mountainside Temporary Venues, Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Games, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Tropicana Field (formerly the Florida Suncoast Dome), St. Petersburg, FL
  • Redbird Arena, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
  • Commonwealth Stadium Retractable Roof Study, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Canada Place, Tensioned Membrane Roof, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Lindsay Park Sports Center, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Ontario Pavilion Tensile Membrane Canopy, Expo '86, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Special Structures and Long-Span Structures
Principal in Charge of:
  • JMA Wireless Dome Signage, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • SoFi Stadium, Sound System Speaker Array Frames, Inglewood, CA
  • Sacramento Kings Arena Center Hung Videoboard Chassis, Sacramento, CA
  • Freeman Coastal Arts Amphitheater Retractable Canopy Concept, Selbyville, DE
  • Memorial Square Stage Platform Canopy Tensile Structure, Barrie, Ontario
  • Winnebago-framed Informal Meeting Space, Nike World Headquarters, Beaverton, OR
  • Ford Center at The Star, Fall Protection System, Frisco, TX
  • Honolulu Rail Transit (HART) Project, Station Platform Canopies, Honolulu, HI
  • CNOOC Nexen Stage Canopy at Shell Place, MacDonald Island Park, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
  • Portland Timbers Stadium Sound System Loudspeaker Frames, Portland, OR
  • Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport Terminal Expansion, Cable Truss Erection Engineering, Greer, SC
  • Sound System Array Structures, 49’ers Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
  • Marvel Experience Tour- Air-supported Domes, North America
  • Sound System Array Structures, Baylor University Stadium, Waco, TX
  • Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Roof Erection Engineering, Bentonville, AR
  • Carrier Module Outfitting Facility, Retractable Roof, Newport News Shipyard, Newport News, VA
  • Talisman Centre, Roof Replacement, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Minnesota Zoo Leopard Environment Cablenet Enclosure- Minneapolis, MN
  • Metcalf Energy Center- Architectural Screens, San Jose, CA 
  • Virginia Center Canopy, Reno, NV
  • Miami Zoo Amphitheater Canopy- Owner Technical Adviser, Miami, FL
  • LED scoreboard suspension structure and rigging, Ferrell Center Dome, Baylor University, Waco, TX
  • LED scoreboard self-climbing winch, Ferrell Center, Baylor University, Waco, TX
  • Canada Place, Tensioned Membrane Roof Replacement, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Cupula Rotatario, Co-rotating Radio Telescope Enclosure, Sera La Negra, Mexico
  • Chevy & GMC Temporary Pavilions at 2011 and 2010 Texas State Fairs, Dallas, TX
  • Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Owner Design Review, Orlando, FL
  • Cadillac Tour ‘96, USA, Mobile Venue
  • BC Place Stadium, Whitecaps Soccer Retractable Canopy Screens, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Structural Investigations of Existing Buildings and Peer Reviews 
  • Credit One Stadium Upper Deck Dynamic Study, Daniel Island, Charleston, SC
  • Allegiant Stadium Show Rigging Evaluation Study, Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
  • Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Dolphins, Roof Canopy Investigation, Miami, FL
  • St. Louis City MLS Stadium, Structural Peer Review, St. Louis, MO
  • Fair Park Coliseum, Roof Rigging Evaluation, Dallas, TX
  • Winthrop University Coliseum Entertainment Rigging Study, Rock Hill, SC
  • Allegiant Stadium ,NFL Raiders, Structural Peer Review, Las Vegas, NV 
  • Joyce Center Entertainment Rigging Evaluation, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
  • Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium Enclosure Study, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Smith Center Entertainment Rigging Evaluation, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Carrier Dome Improvements Study, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • Pinnacle Bank Arena, University of Nebraska Basketball Venue, Peer Review and Construction Engineering, Lincoln, NE
  • Iglesia ni Cristo, Philippine Arena, Roof Structure Peer Review, Manila, Philippines
  • Orlando Events Center Arena, Owner Design Review, Orlando, FL 
  • nTelos Amphitheater Tensile Membrane Canopy Investigation, Portsmouth, VA
  • Investigation of Roof Collapse and Peer Review of 2002 Olympic Speed Skating Venue, Oquirrh Park, Jordan, UT
  • Miami Zoo Amphitheater Canopy- Owner Technical Adviser, Miami, FL
  • Bank One Ballpark Retractable Roof Peer Review, Phoenix, AZ
  • Dragons Dome, Air-supported dome deflation, Pekin, IL
Entertainment Projects:
Principal in Charge of:
  • Mirage 2022 @ Avant Gardner, Brooklyn, NY 
  • Super Bowl LV Halftime Rigging, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
  • Globe Life Field (Texas Rangers), Sound System Loudspeaker Frames, Arlington, TX
  • Seasonal Décor Structures, MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, MD
  • 2017 NCAA Final Four Rigging, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
  • 2017 Superbowl LI Half Time Rigging, NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
  • Avant Gardner Temporary Nightclub Structures, Brooklyn, NY
  • Finding Neverland, Flying performer system, Lunt-Fontanne Theater, New York, NY
  • Mostly Mozart 50 Rigging, David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY
  • The Meadows Music Festival, Stage 2, New York NY
  • Super Bowl XLIX Half Time Rigging, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
  • 2014 NCAA Final Four Rigging, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
  • Marvel Experience, Touring Venues, North America
  • Super Bowl XLVIII Half Time Rigging, MetLife Stadium, E. Rutherford, NJ
  • 150th Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Outdoor Stage and Effects, Puebla, Mexico
  • Super Bowl XLVI Half Time Rigging, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
  • 2011 Pan Am Games Ceremonies, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Super Bowl XLV Half Time Rigging, Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX
  • Million Second Quiz Outdoor Set Structure, New York, NY
  • 2010 Winter Olympic Opening & Closing Ceremonies Rigging, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Zed, Cirque du Soleil, Set Engineering, Tokyo, Japan 
  • WrestleMania 2010, Set Structure Engineering, Glendale, AZ
  • Bruce Springsteen Working on a Dream Tour 2009 - Temporary Stage Structure- Giants Stadium, E. Rutherford, NJ
  • AC/DC Black Ice Tour 2009 – Temporary Staging- North America
  • Miller Lite Plaza Videoboard Structures, Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX
  • The Police Reunion Tour 2007- Temporary Stage Structure- North America
  • Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Installation support, New York 
  • Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang Tour 2005 – Aluminum Scenic Truss Engineering, USA 
  • 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, Opening & Closing Ceremonies Consulting, Atlanta, GA
  • Genesis We Can't Dance Tour 1992, Stage & Special Effects, North America 
  • Phil Collins The Seriously Live! World Tour 1990, Stage Set
Research and Development Projects:
  • Crop Span PV Concept Development- Agricultural solar energy support structure
  • Rubb Building Systems, Structural Optimization and Prototype Study
  • MTVA 2000’ Freestanding Transmission Tower – Bayonne, NJ
  • Tensotherm - thermally insulated tension membrane. Material development.
  • Monorail Guideway Design, Titan Global, Montvale, NJ
  • Cleveland Dome Technology Study, Cleveland, OH
  • Tensile Structure Cooling Tower Research and Development
  • Turfdome, Multipurpose Stadium Concept Development


  • "Details of Design of Large Deflection Structure Building Enclosures" IASS Annual Symposium 2019 – Structural Membranes 2019, Barcelona, Spain
  • "Redbird Arena, the First Geiger Cabledome in North America" Proceedings, IASS Symposium 2018, MIT, Boston, USA
  • "Tensile Membrane Structures Standard, ASCE/SEI 55-16", Contributing Author, ASCE, Reston, VA, 2016
  • "A Relation between Tensile and Tear Strength for Design of Architectural Fabrics", VII International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures, STRUCTURAL MEMBRANES 2015, CIMNE, Barcelona, Spain
  • "Tensile Fabric Structures, Design, Analysis, and Construction", Contributing Author, Edited by C. Huntington, ASCE, Reston, VA, 2013
  • "Introduction to New BC Place Stadium Roof in Vancouver, BC, Canada", Proceedings, IASS Symposium 2013, published by the IASS, Wroclaw, Poland, 2013, published by Wroclaw University of Technology
  • "The Renew BC Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada", Proceedings, IASS Symposium 2013, published by the IASS, Wroclaw, Poland, 2013, published by Wroclaw University of Technology
  • "Challenges of Retrofitting an Existing Domed Stadium with a Retractable Roof- BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, BC", Proceedings, 2011 ASCE SEI Structures Congress, Las Vegas, NV, published by ASCE
  • "Touring Stages for Outdoor Concert Productions", Proceedings, 2011 ASCE SEI Structures Congress, Las Vegas, NV, published by ASCE
  • "Snow Induced Ponding of Toyota Pavilion Canopy, Montage Mountain, PA" Proceedings, 2008 Structures Congress, New York, NY, published by ASCE
  • "Design Experience with Post-Tensioned Spatial Steel Truss Networks" Proceedings, 2005 Structures Congress, New York, NY, published by the ASCE
  • "Stretching the Limits, Non-Linear Pre-Stressed Structures" STRUCTURE Magazine, Volume 11, No.11, November 2004, pages 18-23.
  • "Snow Induced Ponding of Textile Membrane Roof Structures", Designing Tensile Architecture, TensiNet Symposium, Brussels, Belgium, published by TesiNet, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 2003
  • "Study of a 610 m Broadcast Tower", Proceedings, International Symposium on New Perspectives for Shell and Spatial Structures, IASS-APCS 2003, published by National Taiwan University
  • Membrane Designs and Structures in the World, Contributing Author, Edited by Kazuo Ishii, Shinkenchiku-sha Co., Ltd., Tokyo, 1999
  • "Seoul 2002 World Cup Stadium Canopy Roof Structure" Proceedings, Sixth Asian Pacific Conference on Shell and Spatial Structures, Vol. II, pp 1025-1032, October 2000, published by Hakmun Publishing Inc.
  • "Design Experience with Nonlinear Tension Based Systems: Tents, Trusses and Tensegrity", Proceedings, LSA98 Conference, Sydney, Australia, published by LSAA, 1998
  • "Tensioned Fabric Membrane Roofs for "Tensegrity" Domes", Proceedings, ASCE Structures Congress XIII '95, Boston MA, published by the ASCE
  • "Air-Supported Roof Redux", Civil Engineering Magazine, May 1995, Volume 65, Number 5, published by the ASCE
  • "Effects of Spatial Triangulation on the Behavior of "Tensegrity" Domes", Spatial, Lattice and Tension Structures, IASS-ASCE International Symposium '94, published by the ASCE.
  • "Current State of Development and Future Trends in Employment of Air-Supported Roofs in Long-Span Applications", Spatial, Lattice and Tension Structures, IASS-ASCE International Symposium '94, published by ASCE
  • "Effects of Support Settlement on a Long-Span Cabledome Roof Structure ", Innovative Large Span Structures, IASS-CSCE International Congress 1992, published by the CSCE, Montréal, 1992
  • "Long-Span Spatial Truss Systems Developed For Sports Facilities ", Innovative Large Span Structures, IASS-CSCE International Congress 1992, published by the CSCE, Montréal, 1992
  • "Sports Stadia ", Wilkes: Encyclopedia of Architecture: Design, Engineering, and Construction, Volume 4, John Wiley and Sons, New York, 1989. Article written with other contributors.
  • "Comments on Limit States Behavior and Design of Large Deflection Tension Structures ", Proceedings, ASCE Conference, Orlando, August 1987
  • "Design Details of an Elliptical Cable Dome and a Large-span Cable Dome Under Construction in the United States ", Proceedings, 1st Oleg Kerensky Memorial Conference, London England, 1988
  • "The Unique Role of Computing in the Design and Construction of Tensile Membrane Structures ", Proceedings, American Society of Civil Engineers Second Civil Engineering Automation Conference, New York, NY, 1991
  • "Mass Seating Sports and Live Entertainment Facility Structures ", PANSTADIA INTERNATIONAL, Executive Publications Holdings Ltd. London, England, 1992
  • "Economy of Inflation ", Fabrics & Architecture Magazine, September/October 1992, Volume 4, Number 5.
  • "Design Philosophy", Intersport Magazine, January 1994, Volume 1, Number 1. Harrington Kilbride plc., London, UK.
  • "Anticipating the Elements", Fabrics & Architecture Magazine, July/August 1995, Volume 7, Number 4.
  • "Outside In", Sports & Leisure Development International Issue 1 1994/5, Cornhill Publications Ltd in co-operation with IAKS


  • U.S. Patent No.10,487,874: Non-Linear Bearing Release for Large Moveable Structures, co-inventors: Keith MacBain, Timothy Mills.
  • U.S. Patent No. 5,103,600: Multi-Purpose Stadium, Turfdome, co-inventor: David H. Geiger. Patents pending in other countries.

Professional Societies

  • IASS - International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures
  • Member, IAVM - International Association of Venue Managers, Inc
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • ESTA - Entertainment Services & Technology Association, Truss Standards Committee member
  • ASCE, Special Structures Technical Committee (former Chairman)
  • IAKS (Associate Member) - International Working Group for Sports and Leisure Facilities
  • Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY)

Professional Registration

  • P.E.: Arizona, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming
  • S.E.: Arizona
  • P. Eng.: Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan
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