Robert F. Scheller, P.E., Associate Principal, Division Manager, T&I
Bob is an Associate Principal with WDP & Associates and works in WDP's Manassas office.
Bob has worked with WDP for over 20 years managing geotechnical and construction testing projects throughout Virginia and nearby states. He has twice been the past president of WACEL (Washington Area Council of Engineering Laboratories), is currently its Treasurer, and has been chairman of their certification committee (developing and maintaining their certification tests) for more than 10 years. Bob is responsible for maintaining the WACEL and AASHTO accreditation of WDP's in-house materials testing laboratory. He also currently serves as a member of the Fairfax County (Virginia) Geotechnical Review Board since 2014 and the Fairfax County Engineering Standards & Review Committee since 2007. In addition, Bob is actively involved on a number of ASTM Committees - C09, D18 and E36 - responsible for the development of standards relating to Geotechnical Engineering and Construction Testing and Inspections.
“In Northern Virginia, it is not uncommon to have 8 to 10 different soil types on one site. And some soil conditions can affect the cost of earthwork and foundations by as much as 200%. That’s a big number that I strive to mitigate by working with the civil engineer on the building layout and the structural engineer on the foundation system. In regard to inspections and testing, it’s a point of pride for me, knowing that I helped deliver a lasting building. The construction industry is under constant pressure to build faster and cheaper, which keeps me and my inspectors on our toes. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than a client reference saying that they experienced real value for our service.”
Bob has written an authoritative published article on Special Inspections and is frequently invited to speak on that topic. He conducts WDP’s presentation on "Special Inspections – What Does it Mean and When is it Required?"