About Us

Over the years, we have maintained and grown a great working relationship with various railroad company professionals and executives, allowing us to provide our clients with a clear line of communication between themselves and the railroads that serve them. We know what railroads expect to see and we avoid the rail design pitfalls that tend to trap less experienced firms.

Peace of mind is our business. CivilSmith’s ultimate goal is to provide proven rail design and project management experience to our clients so that they can concentrate their time and talents on their areas of expertise. In short, we design rail projects that meet specific needs within the highest standards of the serving railroad.

CivilSmith, LLC was formed in 2007 to provide quality rail and civil design services that meet the growing demand for experienced railroad design professionals. We’re a family-owned firm based in Chattanooga, Tennessee with the ability to personally handle projects from beginning to end without multiple levels of project management.

We speak the language of the rails. Our clients include industrial rail users, large engineering consulting firms, municipalities, industrial site developers, and rail construction contractors. CivilSmith currently holds professional engineer registrations in nine States, and has the ability to quickly obtain licenses in additional states as needed with a national NCEES registration. CivilSmith is a TNUCP DBE Certified Firm and is Pre-Qualified with TDOT and NCDOT for rail design and related services.


Robert J. Maner

Manager Rail Projects
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, BCE 1992 (Co-op Program with NS)
  • Newberry College, BS Math & Computer Science - 1992 (Dual Degree)

eRailSafe (NS,CSX), FRA Roadway Workers Training (NS,CSX), FRA Track Inspection


American Railway Engineering & Maintenance of Way Association

Personal Interests
  • Family
  • Exploring the outdoors: kayaking, biking, hiking, camping
  • Fly Fishing in the Smoky Mountains
  • Bluegrass Music

Tara L. Maner, P.E.

Chief Manager

Georgia Institute of Technology, BCE 1993


TNUCP Certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Firm, FRA Roadway Workers Training (NS,CSX)


Professional Engineer in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Missouri, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky. NCEES Record - Model Law Engineer

Personal Interests
  • Family
  • Reading
  • Real Estate
  • Exploring the outdoors: fly-fishing, kayaking, biking, hiking, walking