A strong foundation starts with a thorough understanding of soils and site characteristics. The Braun Intertec southern Louisiana geotechnical engineering team offers a wide range of resources and extensive professional experience to discover the mechanics of soil and rock for any project. Braun Intertec is equipped to address the challenges you face, from geotechnical investigations to the design phase to construction-related services.
Our Geotechnical Services Include:
- Geostructural engineering
- In-site testing
- Slope stability
- Deep Foundations
We also have two full-service, in-house geotechnical and materials testing laboratories in southern Louisiana to give your team greater control over testing schedules and project reports. Our labs in Louisiana are AASHTO-accredited, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)-validated and operated by laboratory professionals who are all local to Louisiana.
At Braun Intertec, our experience with deep foundations spans from new construction to renovation and concept through construction. Our engineers consult on transportation, industrial, marine, stadium, high-rise and energy production/transmission projects. During the design phase, we help clients select the right kind of deep foundation. We also assist our clients in evaluating cost, schedule and construction considerations.
Once a project reaches construction, we are ready with in-house equipment for dynamic and integrity testing by experienced engineers and technicians. We have more than 50 years of combined experience with high-strain dynamic testing and three Pile Drive Analyzer (PDA) units available for our certified staff to use.
Our Deep Foundation Services Include:
- Foundation selection among driven pile, micropile, drilled shaft, auger-cast pile and more
- Determining the foundation’s axial and lateral load-carrying resistance and anticipated movement
- Designing and running instrumented static load tests and load test programs
- In-house integrity testing equipment, including pulse-echo testing on auger-cast piles and cross-hole sonic logging on drilled shafts performed by our experienced engineers and technicians
- Ability to evaluate length of unknown deep foundations with parallel seismic testing
Core Penetration Testing (CPT)
Braun Intertec uses in-situ testing to evaluate critical soil or rock properties for project sites on any type of terrain with Braun Intertec-owned instruments and drills. Our geotechnical engineers can evaluate geomaterial behavior in the field, which improves reliability and reduces uncertainty on project sites. Additionally, by performing in-situ testing to assess geomaterial properties, clients can realize significant savings simply due to more efficient use of our onsite testing and resources.
Our CPT Services Include:
- Cone penetration testing (CPT)
- Dilatometer testing (DMT)
- Pressuremeter testing
- Seismic CPT
- Dissipation testing
- Vane shear testing
Our skilled engineers team up with Braun Intertec drilling crews and bring decades of experience to your project. Whether you’re building a single-story structure, tank ring-wall, skyscraper or evaluating existing pavements, foundations or dams, we can help.
We leverage our drilling crews’ experience to obtain subsurface soil, rock and groundwater information and our geotechnical engineers can evaluate their impact on the design and construction of your project.
Our Drilling Services Include:
- Standard penetration tests (SPT)
- Rock coring
- Hollow stem drilling
- Solid stem drilling
- Wire line coring
- Direct push sampling
- Air rotary drilling
- Mud rotary drilling
- Instrumentation installations