Robert (Bob) C. Rabeler, PE has 41 years of geotechnical experience on major building and transportation projects throughout the Midwest. He is an expert in underground corrosion evaluation with experience in nine states and several foreign countries. He has been the Project Manager on more than 200 Michigan Department of Transportation projects. Bob also serves as forensic engineer and expert witness providing evaluations or expert opinion in legal cases involving geotechnical engineering failures. Bob is a licensed Professional Engineer in six states, and a geotechnical engineer by training.

Since joining SME in 1983, Bob has served as a Regional Manager, Project Manager and Project Director. He currently serves on SME’s Board of Directors.

Bob has been active in many professional organizations, including ASCE; state-wide vice-president for MSPE; president of ACEC of Michigan; chair of ASFE Peer Review committee and member of the Board of Directors; and on the Board of Directors for SMPS/Michigan. His expertise and client relationships have earned Bob a number of awards including Young Engineer of the Year in 1986 by the Grand Valley Chapter of MSPE; Engineer of the Year in 1992 by the Grand Valley Chapter of MSPE; Outstanding Engineer in Private Practice by MSPE & ACEC of Michigan in 1997; MSPE Fellow in 2003; and Vern B. Spaulding Leadership Award from ACEC of Michigan in 2017. Because of his expertise, Bob has been sought out to perform more than 20 ASFE peer reviews of other firms across the USA and Canada.

In his spare time Bob volunteers for the Knights of Columbus and Youth for Christ. You might also catch Bob and his wife kayaking and hiking, gardening or antiquing. He also plays golf and enjoys watching college football and basketball.


Value Engineering saves a major university time and money

Enhanced pressuremeter testing and settlement analyses prove cost-effective for construction of Duke University's newest parking garage in 2016. Science Drive Garage received two awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of North Carolina.

Accident Fund HQ: Transforming abandoned power plant

New headquarters for Accident Fund Holdings plays role in revitalizing downtown Lansing.


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