Robert Rinehart

Group Manager
Geotechnical Laboratory & Field Support, Bureau of Reclamation, Technical Service Center

Dr. Robert Rinehart received his B.S. in 2003, and Ph.D. in 2008, both from Colorado School of Mines. His research activities focused on vibration monitoring of earthwork compaction equipment and in-situ soil instrumentation to investigate intelligent compaction technology. He has been with the US Bureau of Reclamation since 2010, specializing in geotechnical laboratory and field testing and construction control, and recently became the Group Manager of the Technical Service Center’s Geotechnical Laboratory and Field Support group in Denver, CO. He has worked to modernize the geotechnical laboratories, which are now state-of-the-art, and has coordinated site investigations and performed lab testing programs for many high-profile dam safety and water conveyance projects. In addition, Dr. Rinehart has performed research on cementation of embankment filter material, filter performance, cyclic behavior of low plasticity fine-grained materials, and internal erosion. He is an active member of ASTM International, serving as a Vice Chair for Committee D18 on Soil and Rock, and chair of Subcommittee D18.08 on Construction Control Tests. Dr. Rinehart is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Colorado.

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