David M. Campbell, P.E.

Principal

Education

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

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 from its inception to 2023. In his forty-five 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 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, 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. David was included in Marquis Who’s Who in America in 2022 as a top professional in recognition of his career achievements.

Project Experience

Sports Facilities
Principal in Charge or Engineer of Record for:
  • Miron Victory Court, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • Credit One Stadium Renovation, Daniel Island Tennis Center, Charleston, SC
  • Syracuse University Stadium (aka JMA Dome) New Roof, Syracuse, NY
  • USTA New Armstrong Stadium, Structure & Mechanization, New York, NY
  • Allianz Field, MLS Stadium, Tension Membrane Faade Engineering, St. Paul, MN
  • 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, Prefabricated Wall Panels, Minneapolis, MN 
  • Saputo Stadium North Stand Deployable Canopy, Montral, Qubec, Canada
  • 2002 World Cup Stadium Roof Canopy, Seoul, Korea
  • Purcell Pavilion Expansion - Joyce Center, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
  • 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
  • Olympic Stadium Roof Investigation and Validation, Montral, Qubec, Canada
  • Carrier Dome Study, 1994, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • Florida Atlantic University Multipurpose Dome Study, Boca Raton, FL
  • BI-LO Center Arena, Greenville, SC 
  • 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 Centre (aka Talisman Centre), Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Ontario Pavilion Tensile Membrane Canopy, Expo '86, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Tensile Structures and Long-Span Structures
Principal in Charge or Engineer of Record of:
  • Memorial Square Stage Platform Canopy Tensile Structure, Barrie, Ontario
  • Honolulu Rail Transit (HART) Project, Station Platform Canopies, Honolulu, HI
  • CNOOC Nexen Stage Canopy at Shell Place, MacDonald Island Park, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
  • Freeman Coastal Arts Amphitheater Retractable Canopy Concept, Selbyville, DE
  • Canada Place, Cable Condition Assessment & Recoating, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Marvel Experience Tour- Air-supported Domes, North America
  • Carrier Module Outfitting Facility, Retractable Roof, Newport News Shipyard, Newport News, VA
  • Talisman Centre, Roof Replacement, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Children's Medical Center Tensile Membrane Entrance Canopies, Dallas, TX
  • Minnesota Zoo Leopard Environment Cablenet Enclosure- Minneapolis, MN
  • Metcalf Energy Center- Architectural Screens, San Jose, CA 
  • Bloks Evergreen Digester Tensile Membrane Tank Covers, Whatcom County, WA
  • Madras New Life Celebration Centre, 55,000 seat domed church, Chennai, India
  • Virginia Center Canopy, Reno, NV
  • POTB Hooley Digester Tank Pneumatic Covers, Port of Tillamook Bay, OR
  • Miami Zoo Amphitheater Canopy- Owner Technical Adviser, Miami, FL
  • Canada Place, Fabric 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
Special Structures and Mechanisms
Principal in Charge or Engineer of Record of:
  • PPG Paints Arena Center Hung Scoreboard Chassis Structure, Pittsburg, PA
  • JMA Dome Exterior Signage, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • Epic Pedestrian Bridge Lighting Hoops and Cable Railings, Prairie View, TX
  • SoFi Stadium, Sound System Speaker Array Frames, Inglewood, CA
  • Globe Life Field (Texas Rangers), Sound System Loudspeaker Frames, Arlington, TX
  • Sacramento Kings Arena Center Hung Videoboard Chassis, Sacramento, CA 
  • US Bank Stadium, Retractable Seating, 3rd Party Review, Minneapolis, MN 
  • Winnebago-framed Informal Meeting Space, Nike World Headquarters, Beaverton, OR
  • Dodger Stadium, Center Field Loudspeaker Array, Los Angeles, CA
  • State Farm Arena Dismantlable Center Hung Scoreboard, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
  • Portland Timbers MLS Stadium Sound System Loudspeaker Frames, Portland, OR
  • BC Place Stadium, Whitecaps Soccer Retractable Canopy Screens, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Frisco Multiuse Event & Sports Center, Sound System Array Frames & Rigging, Frisco, TX
  • Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Dolphins, Sound System Array Frames & Rigging, Miami, FL
  • BC Place Stadium, Center hung Scoreboard Structure, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Cincinnati MLS Stadium, Sound System Array Frames & Rigging, Cincinnati, OH
  • BC Place Stadium, Soundsystem Array Winches & Rigging, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Austin MLS Stadium, Sound System Array Frames, Austin, TX
  • Bert Ogden Arena, Sound System Array Frames & Rigging, Edinburg, TX 
  • Sound System Array Structures, 49ers Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
  • Sound System Array Structures, Baylor University Stadium, Waco, TX
  • LED scoreboard suspension structure and rigging, Ferrell Center Dome, Baylor University, Waco, TX
  • LED scoreboard self-climbing winch, Ferrell Center, Baylor University, Waco, TX
Construction Engineering and Rigging
Principal in Charge or Engineer of Record for:
  • Saint Louis MLS Stadium Construction Engineering and 3rd Party Review, St. Louis, MO
  • Nashville MLS Stadium Construction 3rd Party Review, Nashville, TN
  • Allegiant Stadium (NFL Raiders) Construction Engineering, Las Vegas, NV
  • UN01A Data Center Precast Erection, Omaha, NE
  • Chase Center Arena, Construction Engineering, San Francisco, CA
  • US Bank Stadium, Construction Engineering, Minneapolis, MN
  • Gaylord Pacific Resort Construction 3rd Party Review, San Diego, CA
  • Milwaukee Bucks Arena, Construction 3rd Party Review,Milwaukee, WI
  • Titan Warehouse, Construction 3rd Party Review, Portland, TN
  • Kohler Vikrell Factory Construction 3rd Party Review, Casa Grande, AZ
  • Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Roof Erection Engineering, Bentonville, AR
  • Nike World HQ Building 6, Construction 3rd Party Review, Beaverton, OR
  • Lodge Kohler, Precast Erection & Rigging 3rd Party Review, Ashwaubenon, WI
  • Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport Terminal Expansion, Cable Truss Erection Engineering, Greer, SC
  • SPEF Arena Roof Erection 3rd Party Review, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SC
  • SunTrust Park, Atlanta Braves Ballpark, Construction Engineering Review, Atlanta, GA
  • Bill Snyder Family Stadium Expansion, Construction Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
  • Pinnacle Bank Arena, University of Nebraska Basketball Venue, Construction Engineering, Lincoln, NE
  • FedEx Forum Arena Long span Roof Erection-Engineering Review & Construction Engineering, Memphis, TN
  • Sprint Center Arena Long span Roof Erection-Engineering Review, Kansas City, MO
Entertainment and Show Rigging - Existing Venue Evaluations
Engineer of Record for:
  • Arthur Ashe Stadium Show Rigging Evaluation, National Tennis Center, NY, NY
  • Allegiant Stadium Show Rigging Evaluation, Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
  • Louis Armstrong Stadium Show Rigging Evaluation, National Tennis Center, NY, NY
  • Fair Park Coliseum, Roof Rigging Evaluation, Dallas, TX
  • Albany Civic Center Arena Entertainment Rigging Evaluation, Albany, GA
  • Winthrop University Coliseum Entertainment Rigging Study, Rock Hill, SC
  • Macon Coliseum Entertainment Rigging Evaluation, Macon, GA
  • Smith Center Entertainment Rigging Evaluation, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Joyce Center Entertainment Rigging Evaluation, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
  • Ford Center at The Star, Riggers Fall Protection System, Frisco, TX
  • Reunion Arena Rigging Evaluation and Study, Dallas, TX
  • Bicentennial Center Arena Roof Reinforcing and Rigging Grid, Salina, KS
Structural Investigations and Peer Reviews
Principal in Charge or Engineer of Record for:
  • Credit One Stadium Upper Deck Dynamic Study, Daniel Island, Charleston, SC
  • Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Dolphins, Roof Canopy Investigation, Miami, FL
  • Utica College Sports Dome Air-supported Roof Deflation Investigation, Utica, NY
  • Canada Diversity Gardens Cablenet & ETFE Cushion Roof Investigation, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Mercedes Benz Stadium Roof Investigation, Atlanta, GA
  • St. Louis City MLS Stadium, Structural Peer Review, St. Louis, MO
  • Allegiant Stadium, NFL Raiders, Structural Peer Review, Las Vegas, NV 
  • Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium Enclosure Study, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Carrier Dome Improvements Study, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • Pinnacle Bank Arena, University of Nebraska, Peer Review, Lincoln, NE
  • Iglesia ni Cristo, Philippine Arena, Roof Structure Peer Review, Manila, Philippines
  • Anchorage Sportsplex Air-supported dome deflation, Anchorage, AK
  • 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:
Engineer of Record for:
  • Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Rigging, Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
  • Electric Zoo 2022 Temporary Staging Rocks, New York, NY
  • MGM National Harbor Atrium Seasonal Dcor Installations, Oxon Hill, MD
  • NY Mirage 2022 @ Avant Gardner, Brooklyn, NY 
  • ACM Awards Show Rigging, Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
  • Super Bowl LV Halftime Rigging, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
  • 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
  • The Voice Rigging Consulting, Los Angeles, CA
  • MGM Macau Seasonal Dcor Installations & Rigging, Macau, China
  • 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 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

Publications

  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Sports Stadia ", Wilkes: Encyclopedia of Architecture: Design, Engineering, and Construction, Volume 4, John Wiley and Sons, New York, 1989. Article written with other contributors.

Patents

  • 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, ASCE - American Society of Civil Engineers
  • ESTA, Entertainment Services & Technology Association
  • ASCE, Member of ASCE 55 "Tension Membrane Structures Standard" Committee
  • IAKS (Associate Member) - International Working Group for Sports and Leisure Facilities
  • Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY)

Professional Registration

  • P.E.: Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia
  • S.E.: Arizona
  • Canada, P. Eng.: Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario
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