Rob Niber is a Senior Associate and Senior Geotechnical Engineer with WDP & Associates.

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Robert J. Niber

Robert J. Niber P.E., Senior Associate
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Throughout his tenure at WDP, Rob’s experience in geotechnical engineering and construction inspection has also included failure and forensic investigations with repair plans and specifications as well as expert witness/litigation support.

“I like challenging conventional wisdom.  Employing alternative field exploration methods as opposed to more traditional methods to find a way to confidently utilize shallow foundations  versus a deep foundation system  can save hundreds of thousands of dollars and months of work; it’s well worth the effort.  It’s equally important to me to work closely with the site contractors or specialty geotechnical contractors to execute the tasks of dewatering, excavation and embankment, or sheeting and shoring.   The forensic side of the profession is even more interesting, as that work gives me lots of opportunity to help people. As an amateur astronomer disguised as a geotechnical engineer, I have found that the earth is just as mysterious and three-dimensional as the skies are.”

Years with WDP & Associates

Rob joined WDP & Associates in 1995, following 10 years of prior professional experience.


B.S. Civil Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, 1985\


Professional Engineer:  VA, MD, DC, PA, CA

Industry Engagements

  • Washington Area Council of Engineering Laboratories (WACEL)
  • International Code Council (ICC)
  • ASFE/The Geoprofessional Business Association                               
  • ASTM International (formerly known as American Society for Testing and Materials)
    •  Committee D-18 on Soil and Rock
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), National Capital Section - Geotechnical
  • Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Virginia Chapter
  • Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA), Fauquier Chapter

Technical Papers & Publications & Presentations

Rob has authored several journal articles on the subject of Geotechnical Engineering and Slope Stability for The Construction Specifier magazine.  He has made presentations at CSI’s Annual Convention and also the International Flat Dilatometer Conference.  He also conducts WDP’s AIA-accredited course on Geotechnical Investigation Methods and Site Characterization.

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