Rob Kabus Transfers to Geotechnical Department, Attains Missouri PE License
LENEXA, KANSAS—Rob Kabus, PE, recently transitioned to the Geotechnical Department at Kaw Valley Engineering. Prior to joining the geotechnical team, Rob worked in the materials testing lab in the Lenexa office.
Rob’s addition to the geotechnical department comes after the recent retirement of Dr. Jeffrey Frantzen and Jim Barry, who both helped shape the geotechnical department at Kaw Valley Engineering, retiring in December 2021.
In addition to transferring to the geotechnical department, Rob recently became licensed to practice engineering in Missouri, along with his initial Professional Engineer license in Kansas, attained in 2012.
Since joining Kaw Valley Engineering in 2007, Rob provided materials testing and construction inspection for a variety of projects. For the last several years, Rob oversaw the lab’s specialized advanced soil testing equipment, conducting direct shear and consolidation tests. Now that he’s joined the geotechnical team, his job has more transitioned to taking data from these tests and collating it into geotechnical reports, he said.
“This was the department I originally applied for when I first started at the company,” he said. “With Dr. Frantzen and Jim Barry retiring, they had two positions open up, and they asked me to come over here and help out.”
In the future, Rob hopes to start doing project management for geotechnical engineering projects.
Rob graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Civil Engineering in 2007. Under the Civil Engineering course of study, there are many different branches of civil engineering students can focus on, such as geotechnical engineering or water resources.
“It’s a general overview of everything, but you can take specialized classes and focus on certain areas you’re interested in, like additional classes in structural, water resource design,” Rob said. “When I was in college, I took additional geotech and foundation design classes because that’s what I wanted to focus on.”
Since 1982, Kaw Valley Engineering has been the team of experts needed to help take a project from inception to completion, providing a full range of civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, surveying, construction observation and materials testing services throughout the Midwest.
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