Civil engineer Karl-Friedrich Gilbert has worked in his field since 1980. As a geotechnical and hydrogeological expert, he calculates stability, deformation, foundations and structural design of high-rise, residential and office buildings as well as heavy civil engineering works and traffic routes. He supports the whole project life cycle—starting from the first soil and foundation reports to the final site supervision during the construction phase. One particular highlight in his career is the new central train station and track layout "Stuttgart 21" in Germany, which he is convinced he will remember proudly until he retires. Other note-worthy projects are situated in other regions of Germany, for example the Mainforum high-rise in Frankfurt, the new Deutsche Bahn railway routes from Frankfurt to Mannheim and Frankfurt to Cologne, and a new block for the Staudinger Power Plant located east of Frankfurt.
Why CDM Smith? I enjoy projects with interesting new challenges and the recognition of my colleagues and clients.
What is your favorite part of your job? This is seamlessly linked to my reason to work for CDM Smith: teamwork and contact with colleagues and customers. I enjoy being able to put myself in the client’s shoes to help them realise their objectives.
In your view, what is the added value of CDM Smith for our clients? It is the specialist knowledge in our team as well as the collaboration between specialists in a variety of fields. In this way, we can satisfy nearly all of our clients' needs—no matter how complex they are.
Why did you want to become a civil engineer? Because I was intrigued with the idea of creating important buildings.
The answer to complex geotechnical questions lies in proactive planning and detailed work.
Did you know?
As an expert for the foundation of heavy engineering works, deep excavations, and rail and road construction, Karl-Friedrich Gilbert has been involved in nearly all of CDM Smith’s geotechnical projects in the Stuttgart area (Germany) since 2006.