20 Years of Excellence

Soil Testing & Engineering Ltd. (STL) was founded in 1999 with a commitment to provide high-quality professional services in the fields of geotechnical and environmental engineering. As the firm grew and evolved, we broadened our services to meet the needs of various clients. This expansion led to the development of our sister company, EDB International, which delivers planning, design, surveying, and civil and residential engineering services to government agencies as well as private and public sector clients.


We grow alongside our partners in order to provide the best possible service.

We pride ourselves on our unique strengths, which include:


  • Easy, comprehensive communication
  • Thorough understanding of client issues and objectives
  • Creative planning backed by sound engineering
  • Careful attention to schedule and budget
  • Courteous professionalism
  • Safety for all employees and partners


STL is a prequalified S/M/DBE with many government agencies. We are also EDGE and MBE certified with the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. We are a registered professional engineering firm in Ohio and Illinois and are prequalified with the Ohio Department of Transportation to provide various civil engineering, surverying, and geotechnical engineering services. 


Key Personnel

Shafi Alam PE, President

Shafi Alam founded STL to apply his extensive testing and civil engineering background. He received his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and went on to graduate studies at the University of Minnesota. He is a registered professional engineer (PE) in seven US states.

Mr. Alam has over 20 years of practical experience in engineering, project management, and field testing, and specializes in geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing. He has supervised the construction of the World Trade Center in St. Paul, MN and Camden Yard baseball stadium in Baltimore, to name but a few.


Barry Armitage, Business Development

Barry leads STL's marketing and business development. He wields over 12 years of experience marketing technical services through private, state, and federal entities like Ohio's Edison Centers of Excellence and the National Science Foundation.



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