Tier II Reporting: What You Need to Know This Reporting Season

Hazardous Waste

Tier II reports, i.e. Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory forms, are forms businesses with hazardous chemicals need to submit each year. These reports help communities plan and respond to emergencies and help various state and local agencies understand the risks posed by materials in facilities. Failing to comply with Tier II requirements can be costly to your organization, which is why it’s important to carefully review your facility and determine if you need to submit a report. With the March 1st reporting deadline fast approaching, this post will cover what Tier II reporting is and how to determine if you...

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Kim Macy, SET, DBIA, Joins Braun Intertec in North Texas

Braun Intertec, an engineering, consulting and testing firm with offices throughout the central United States, is pleased to announce Kim L. Macy, SET, DBIA, has joined the firm as a Principal and the Regional Consulting Director for North Texas operations. Macy brings nearly 25 years of leadership and project management experience serving clients within the public and private sectors on environmental consulting, geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing projects in Texas. “I’m incredibly pleased to welcome Kim to our team,” says Braun Intertec CEO, Jon Carlson. “With a strong reputation for being a trusted client advisor and developing collaborative teams,...

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A Look Inside: Life as a CMT Technician

Braun Intertec

What is a construction materials testing technician? A construction materials testing (CMT) technician performs a variety of tests and inspections on construction materials such as soils, deep foundations, concrete, asphalt and masonry. They check that the components of each unique structure has been assembled in a manner consistent with its plans and specifications. Design teams communicate their requirements to contractors who build the designs, and CMT technicians help provide the expertise to know it is done right. But what does a normal day look like for these technicians? While CMT technician responsibilities can vary greatly, we'll do our best to...

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Braun Intertec “Saves the Beach” at Tech Fest 2019

Tech Fest 2019

This past weekend a few of our Braun Intertec employees made their way out to The Works Museum to participate in Tech Fest 2019, an annual family engineering and technology fair. The event featured dozens of hands-on demonstrations and activities led by actual engineers and scientists from businesses, non-profits, educational institutions, and corporations throughout the Twin Cities area. Hands-On Demonstrations Braun Intertec was proud to be a sponsor for this year's event and also lead a demonstration where we asked kids to "save the beach". For this demonstration, we reproduced a beach erosion scenario and asked kids to engineer measures...

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Volunteering at Texas High School Civil Engineering Club

Civil Engineering Club

Randy Deatherage, a project engineer from our Arlington, Texas office, recently visited O.D. Wyatt High School in Fort Worth, Texas to present to the school's new civil engineering club. The new club is the first of its kind on the west side of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, and will host weekly presenters from various civil engineering fields who will speak with the class about their engineering experience and lead the group in a hands-on activity. As the group's first presenter, Randy discussed his background with geotechnical engineering and led an activity with mechanically stabilized earth, which are commonly used in...

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The Right Tool for the Job: Donating to Engineers Without Borders

Braun Intertec recently donated some much needed tools to the Engineers Without Borders USA University of Minnesota Twin Cities Chapter (EWB-USA UMN). Engineers Without Borders is a non-profit organization that partners with communities around the world to improve their quality of life through engineering projects that prove to be environmentally and economically sustainable. Supporting Engineers Without Borders During 2018, the EWB-USA UMN team traveled to the Highlands of Guatemala to begin working on a project that will provide water to households in the area by digging a 560 foot well to reach the water table. Early on the team recognized...

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Bob Janssen Recieves Friend of Minnesota Counties Award

Pictured above: Don Theisen, Washington County Public Works Director, and Bob Janssen, President and Principal Engineer at Braun Intertec. Congratulations to Bob Janssen, President of Braun Intertec, for receiving the “Friend of Minnesota Counties Award” from the Minnesota County Engineers Association (MCEA), an association of county engineers from each of Minnesota’s 87 counties who work to promote their profession and uphold the engineering code of ethics. The "Friend of Minnesota Counties Award" is presented at the MCEA Annual Banquet to an individual who upholds the engineering code of ethics and has served Minnesota counties with excellence in supporting transportation endeavors...

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Braun Intertec Environmental Engineer, Kaitlin Ouverson, Nominated for MNCREW Community Impact Award

Today, Braun Intertec environmental engineer Kaitlin Ouverson will be recognized as a nominee for the Community Impact Award at the MNCREW celebration awards. This awards ceremony recognizes outstanding women who have displayed leadership, an understanding of the commercial real estate industry and have been a positive influence within their own firms and the greater industry. MNCREW, Minnesota Commercial Real Estate Women, is an organization whose mission is to transform the commercial real estate industry by advancing women globally. Members of this organization include anyone involved in a real estate transaction such as brokers, developers, general contractors, engineers, attorneys and marketing...

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New, Custom-Built Mobile Materials Laboratory at Braun Intertec

Mobile Materials Laboratory

Cost-efficient and convenient construction materials laboratory Whether it’s on the windswept North Dakota prairie delivering soils to test in -30F degree weather or analyzing pavement samples in the 115F heat of a scorching summer day on the Texas plains, we’ve got you covered. At first glance this sounds both miserable and impossible, but as our Materials Laboratory Manager Thor Stangebye informs us, neither has to be true when you’re working with the Braun Intertec Materials Laboratory. That’s because we custom build mobile laboratories for these exact conditions. “We asked people, ‘If you see anything we can do better with our...

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