Eugene Figg

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Eugene C. Figg (August 4, 1936 – March 20, 2002) was an American structural engineer who made numerous contributions to the field of structural engineering, especially in the design of the cable-stayed bridge and the use of the segmental concrete construction method.[1]


Figg was born August 4 1936 in Charleston, South Carolina. He received a civil engineering degree as a structural engineer from The Citadel in Charleston in 1958.[2][3]

During his career, he brought the use of the segmental method for spanning large gaps to the United States with the assistance of his Paris-based partner, Jean M. Muller.[4] His affiliation with Muller, begun at Figg and Muller Engineers (founded in 1978),[5][6] allowed him to gain valuable insight into the application of pre-cast segmental bridge construction methods to the domestic market. When they coupled this construction method with cable-stayed supports, Mueller and Figg effectively increased the use of concrete in longer span bridge proposals.[7]

He formed his own engineering firm, the Figg Engineering Group, still operating and based in Tallahassee.[3] Figg also founded the American Segmental Bridge Institute in 1989, and served four years as a trustee at the National Building Museum.[citation needed]


In 2000, Figg was honored with the John A. Roebling Medal for his outstanding lifetime achievement in bridge engineering.[8]

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