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Waste Containment Facility Design and Permitting

Geoenvironmental Containment/Cleanup Engineering

Geotechnical Infrastructure/Foundation Engineering

Geohazard Characterization and Mitigation

Erosion and Sediment Control


Ph.D., Geotechnical Engineering, Stanford University, 1982 

M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, 1975 

B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, 1974 

Robert Bachus, Ph.D., P.E.

Primary Disciplines:
Civil Engineering, Geoenvironmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering,

Dr. Robert Bachus, PE, is a principal engineer based in Georgia with more than 25 years of professional experience. His practice focuses on geotechnical engineering, geoenvironmental engineering, waste by-product characterization, and the permitting and design of waste containment facilities. He provides analysis, design, and forensic investigation services on projects related to these practice areas. He also provides expert consultation on matters in litigation.

Practice Specialties
Dr. Bachus is nationally recognized for his expertise in geotechnical site characterization, in situ and laboratory testing, settlement and slope stability analysis, and performance monitoring of geotechnical and earthen structure systems. He has worked extensively on the design and rehabilitation of earth dams, levee structures, and earth retaining systems, with extensive experience on soil and rock strength characterization and slope stability assessment. Dr. Bachus recently applied his expertise to not only resolve construction difficulties related to a 250-ft high gold mine tailings dam, but also design issues associated with permanent access roads on levees and dredged material containment dikes. He is a leading authority in the characterization, assessment, and construction of engineered structures in areas underlain by karst geologic features.

Advancing the State-of-the-Practice
While a professor on the geotechnical engineering faculty at Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Bachus focused his research on the beneficial re-use of coal combustion by-product materials and engineering applications for geosynthetic materials.  He continues to work in these areas, and recently served as the lead author of a design guidance document related to drainage geocomposites used in civil engineering applications.  He served as co-chair of the ASCE GEO-Institute’s GeoCongress 2006, a national conference emphasizing “geotechnical engineering in the information age.”  His applied research in geotechnical engineering and solid waste management has yielded significant advancements in performance monitoring instrumentation used for assessing settlement beneath embankments and other earthen structures.  In addition to his ongoing research, Dr. Bachus has authored or co-authored more than 100 technical publications. These includ several technical design guidance documents on behalf of the Federal Highway Administration regarding geotechnical engineering design.

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