GeoDesign, with offices in Windsor and South Burlington, VT; Middlebury, CT; and New York earned the 2010 American Council For Engineering Companies Vermont Section Engineering Excellence Merit Award. The Evaluation of the Variability of SPT Hammer Energy for the Vermont Agency of Transportation won in the Studies, Planning and Consulting Engineering Services category.
The award submissions were based on meeting and exceeding the client’s needs, new application of existing techniques, social and economic benefits, level of complexity, and technical value to the profession.

GeoDesign’s engineers and scientists, led by project manager Shawn Kelley, Ph.D., evaluated nine different SPT hammer configurations to gain a more accurate understanding of soil properties when conducting the standard penetration test and sampling of soil. The incorporation of the energy correction values developed by GeoDesign gives engineers greater confidence in the field-measured values, reducing the need for more costly and time-consuming lab testing for soil strength.

Established in 1995, GeoDesign ( is a privately held engineering consulting firm that completes environmental investigation and remediation projects, geotechnical projects, and construction engineering services throughout the Northeast for private clients, industry, developers, contractors, and municipalities.