Qamar A. O. Kazmi, PE, F.ASCE

Principal Engineer
Geotechnical Engineering

Qamar Kazmi has more than 40 years experience in directing, managing, and performing projects involving all facets of geotechnical engineering – from siting and planning to detailed geotechnical investigation and design to construction oversight, forensic investigations, peer reviews, and construction claims. His geotechnical engineering experience includes conventional as well as design-build projects involving tunnels, both soft ground and in rock; deep excavations; slope-stabilization; pipelines, buildings, bridges, highways, metro lines, commercial and industrial complexes, municipal treatment plants, dams, refineries, and landfills and other waste-related sites. Qamar has served on the Project Review Board for the DC Water’s $2 billion Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO)/Clean Rivers project and was the chair of the Geotechnical Advisory Team for the $250 million Egg-shaped Digester Facility at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant in Washington, DC.

Educational Background

  • M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1980
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, N.E.D. Engineering College, Pakistan, 1976

Registered Professional Engineer

Professional Engineer – Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia

Selected Projects

Dulles Phase II Metro Silver Line Dulles, VA: Senior Technical Reviewer for the civil design packages for the $1.1 billion design-build project to construct 11 miles of new metro rail alignment. Responsible for senior review of geotechnical reports for seven different design packages of civil works along the entire alignment. Provided recommendations for alternative subdrainage systems to speed construction and reduce construction costs. Rock modeling allowed the use of reduced lateral earth pressures within rock cuts allowing for a more efficient foundation design. (2013-2015)

Department of State, Overseas Building Operations (OBO): Lead Geotechnical Engineer for development of recommendations for geotechnical scope of work for bridging documents for Design-Build projects for New Embassy Standardization System. (2018)

Power Plant Project, Confidential Location, MD: Technical Expert for an Owner on a Differing Site Conditions claim. Consultation to attorneys providing review of construction records and geotechnical data for a fossil power plant in Maryland. (2018-2019)

CSX National Gateway Phase II, Design-Build Project Multiple Locations in DC, MD: Senior Geotechnical Reviewer for this design-build project involving six projects to provide additional vertical clearance in existing tunnels to accommodate double-stacked trains. Geo-engineering services included retaining wall design, subsurface investigations, geotechnical engineering, and construction quality control services. (2016)

South Capitol Street Corridor Project Washington, DC: Lead Geotechnical Engineer for pre-bid engineering services for South Capitol Street Corridor project including the replacement of 1500 ft long Frederick Douglas Memorial Bridge and several other land bridges. (2016)

Slope Stabilization, Chesapeake Bay Detachment (CBD), NRL, Chesapeake Beach, MD: Senior Reviewer for geotechnical services for stabilization of a 100-ft tall cliff which had receded at an average of about 8 to 17 inches per year due to natural erosion phenomenon. The report prepared for the project presented the results of the subsurface exploration, laboratory testing, and geotechnical engineering analysis for the cliff stabilization concepts for the cliff. Recommendations for immediate steps to protect equipment and structures and other safety measures were also provided. (2012-2013)

Washington Dulles International Airport, Tier 2 Restart Project, Dulles, VA: Project Manager for the preparation of a comprehensive geotechnical study for this $1 billion project. Work included summarizing several previous investigations and conducting additional subsurface investigations to perform rock mass characterization and developing geotechnical recommendations for a 4,000-ft long concourse building, including up to 60-ft deep excavations into rock. (2005)

Intercounty Connector, Contract A, Design-Build Montgomery County, MD: Lead Geotechnical Engineer for the geotechnical investigation for a seven-mile-long section of the proposed six-lane divided highway being constructed as a design-build project. The $600 million project includes two interchanges; 18 new and existing bridges, including a 600-ft long cut-and-cover section; and more than five miles of mechanically stabilized earth walls. The project required approximately 70 geotechnical-related reports within the 14-month design period. (2007-2008)

I-95/Route 1 Interchange Alexandria, VA: Project Manager for the geotechnical investigation for this $600+ million interchange that was constructed as a part of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge replacement. A substantial portion of construction was over soft organic deposits to a depth of approximately 40 ft. The project included evaluation of impacts of proposed construction on four important existing utilities crossing the proposed highway. Geotechnical aspects of protection systems for these utilities were designed. (1999-2002)

Loudoun Water Raw Water Intake and Pump Station Loudoun County, VA: Lead Geotechnical Engineer responsible for technical aspects of the geotechnical investigation for the Raw Water Intake and Potomac Raw Water Pumping Station which are elements of Loudoun Water’s 40-MGD Potomac Water Supply Program. Scope included geotechnical engineering investigation as the Geotechnical Engineer of Record, preparation of the Geotechnical Design and Baseline Reports, and preparation of bid-ready construction drawings and specifications for the tunnel, deep shaft, cofferdam and temporary excavation support. Construction-phase consultation and support of construction administration services was also provided. (2012-2017)

Atlantic Ocean Outfall Sewer Confidential Location: As Technical Expert, provided expert testimony and evaluation of construction claims regarding potential causes of damage to an ocean outfall sewer line project. Work included assessment of liquefaction potential of beach sands under wave action and evaluation of potential densities of backfill soil under placement conditions employed in the field. (2004-2005)

Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Project, Richmond, VA: Project Manager for the geotechnical investigations for an approximately seven-mile long, large (up to 90-inch) diameter CSO pipeline along the north and south banks of the James River for the City of Richmond, Virginia. Another part of the project included approximately 1.25-mile long, 18-ft diameter, CSO rock tunnel along the north bank of the James River, and 30- to 40-ft diameter, 60- to 80-ft deep pump station and access shafts for the tunnel. Construction phase services, including mapping of discontinuities, were provided on an as-needed basis. (1994-1998