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

In 1979 David Campbell began working with Geiger Berger Associates, renowned pioneers of large tension membrane structures, and became an Associate and head of the Vancouver, BC office in 1982. He is one of the founding principals of Geiger Engineers and has managed the firm since its inception. In his thirty-five years of engineering practice, he has had a significant role in over 30 large spectator sports facilities. David has been involved in engineering tension membrane structures throughout his entire career. In addition, he has provided construction engineering consulting to contractors for a number of major sports buildings. He has extensive experience in entertainment rigging and has consulted to many productions including Opening Ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Games, half time shows for the NFL Superbowl, MTV Video Awards, the Academy Awards and the Grammys. He is a member of IASS, the ASCE Special Structures Committee, as well as IAAM and the Entertainment Services and Technology Association. David has authored numerous technical papers on long-span, tensile membrane, and sports facility structures.

Project Experience

Sports and Recreational Facilities, and Long-Span Structures
Principal in Charge of:
  • Syracuse University Stadium (aka Carrier Dome) New Roof, 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
  • Carrier Dome Improvements Study, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • US Bank Stadium, Construction Engineering, Minneapolis, MN
  • 2002 World Cup Stadium Roof Canopy, Seoul, Korea
  • Orlando Performing Arts Center, Cantilever Roof Design Review, Orlando, FL
  • Carrier Module Outfitting Facility Retractable Roof, Newport News, VA
  • Physical Education and Athletic Center, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
  • Flushing Meadows Corona Park Pool & Rink, New York, NY
  • Virginia Center Canopy, Reno, NV
  • Corinthians Stadium Canopy, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Victoria Centre Arena, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • Icahn Stadium, Randall's Island Track & Field Center, New York City, NY
  • nTelos Amphitheater Canopy Investigation, Portsmouth, VA
  • Blue Ocean Dome, Beijing, China
  • Cupula Rotatario, Co-rotating Radio Telescope Enclosure, Serra La Negra, Mexico
  • Coal Harbour Marina, Vancouver, BC
  • BI-LO Center (now Bon Secours Wellness) Arena, Greenville, SC
  • Obama-Chu Multipurpose Sports Ground, Roof Structure, Obama City, Japan
  • National Cycling Centre, Roof Structure Consulting, Manchester, England
  • International Ideas Competition, For Redesigning Arena Bergiselstadion, Innsbruck, Austria
Project Manager for:
  • Olympic Mountainside Temporary Venues, Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Games, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Investigation of Roof Collapse and Peer Review of 2002 Olympic Speed Skating Venue, Oquirrh Park, Jordan, UT
  • Xcel Energy Center Arena, St. Paul, MN
  • Resch Center Arena, Green Bay, WI
  • Carrier Dome Roof Study, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • University of South Carolina Arena Roof, Columbia, SC
  • Tropicana Field (formerly the Florida Suncoast Dome), St. Petersburg, FL
  • Charles V. Schaefer Athletic Center, Stevens Institute, Hoboken, NJ
  • Tampa Bay Lightning Scoreboard Rigging, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Broadmoor World Arena Ice Hall, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Olympic Hall Berlin 2000 Planning , Berlin, Germany 
  • Real Madrid Arena, Madrid, Spain
  • Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, England
  • Redbird Arena, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
  • North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, SC
  • Lindsay Park Sports Center, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Project or Design Engineer For:
  • Taoyuan Sports Arena, Taoyuan County, Taiwan, R.O.C.
  • Bradley Center Arena, Milwaukee, WI
  • BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Flinders Park, National Tennis Center, Melbourne, Australia
  • Feasibility Study for Covered Speed Skating Oval for 1988 Winter Olympiad, Calgary, Alberta
  • Arkansas State University Arena & Convocation Center, Jonesboro, AR
  • University of Vermont Athletic Facilities, Burlington, VT
  • Hawkeye Arena, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • University of Florida, Stephen C. O'Connell Student Activities Center, Gainesville, FL
  • Syracuse University, Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN
  • Tennessee State Pavilion, Expo '82, Knoxville, TN


  • "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, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming
  • S.E.: Arizona
  • P. Eng.: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
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