Employee-Owner Spotlight: Terry McGee, Senior CMT Field Technician, Beaumont, TX

We recently met with Terry McGee, Senior CMT Field Technician based in our Beaumont, Texas office to learn about his role at Braun Intertec, his background in quality control and concrete mix design as well as his TxDOT project experience. What is your role at Braun Intertec?I specialize in quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC), mix design, and trial batching of high-performance concrete. I am currently learning how I can assist our concrete experts with troubleshooting in-situ concrete by using nondestructive testing methods (NDT). I look forward to having the opportunity to provide these unique services to our clients along the Gulf...

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Tackling RCRA Hazardous Waste for Overlooked Non-Industrial Sectors

Federal hazardous waste regulations changes in 2017 and 2019 under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) have increased regulatory oversight and scrutiny of “non-industrial” business sectors such as hospitals; healthcare-related businesses like pharmacies and laboratories; retailers; and academic institutions. These sectors and their environmental impact have been historically overlooked when discussing RCRA compliance, but accompanying increased regulatory attention is an increase in the environmental risks these business sectors are facing. This translates to new challenges in unfamiliar territory for many businesses. Since nearly every facility within these sectors is a hazardous waste generator, business and facility leaders must understand...

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More on the Recently Issued Harris County Hazardous Material Operational Permit

Hazardous Waste Management

This photo taken by the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office shows the KMCO Chemical plant fire in April 2019 in Crosby, Texas. Chemical risks are particularly acute in Harris County, home to Houston’s major industrial pockets and some of the nation’s largest petrochemical plants and oil refineries. Harris County has experienced at least five major chemical incidents in the last year, costing businesses large sums related to shut down costs and property damage, and triggering human health implications in surrounding neighborhoods. Harris County has responded to these events by setting the expectation for greater oversight of facilities that may contain...

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Living with an SPCC Plan: Training and Inspections

SPCC Plan

If your facility stores more than 1,320 gallons of oil, fuel, or oil-like products, then you probably need to have a Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plan per federal rules. Perhaps you were recently appointed to be the facility SPCC coordinator and are wondering, “Where do I start?” The development of the SPCC Plan is just the first step to maintaining compliance with these regulations. There are four main activities that your facility will need to do to maintain compliance, and they should be spelled out in the SPCC Plan.  They are: Train relevant facility staff on the SPCC PlanConduct inspectionsKeep records of...

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Permitting for Small Sources of Air Emissions: Know Your Options

Even if your facility is a small source of air emissions, you may still need an air permit or authorization depending on your state or local air permitting authority. When dealing with permitting, you often need to consider not only the amount of air emissions your operations generate, but the amount your operations could generate. Each state or local air permitting authority has different statutes or rules that govern what is required of small sources of air emissions. Changing Standards Additionally, these statutes and rules often change. For example, due to recent changes to Minnesota state permitting rules, some small sources that were previously regulated...

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Using Nondestructive Testing Techniques to Find Corrosion Under Insulation

Corrosion under Insulation Braun Intertec nondestructive testing

How do you find corrosion under insulation (CUI) and what nondestructive testing (NDT) techniques are best? These are questions conscientious system operators should ask when trying to hold off the costly problem of hidden corrosion in their systems. CUI is one of the most difficult corrosion processes to prevent but adoption of proactive measures, such as the development of an inspection program intended to detect early signs of corrosion and mitigate potential piping failures, is critical. In fact, corrosion is so costly that the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) estimates that the global cost of corrosion is approximately $2.5...

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Industrial Radiography Safety: Are Digital Radiography Techniques the Solution for Your NDT Operation?

industrial radiography ndt computed radiography

In the nondestructive testing (NDT) field, industrial radiography is, arguably, one of the most expensive methods to perform. With regard to safety, however, it stands alone due to the risk of exposure to ionizing radiation. Many NDT methods share an inherent safety risk due to environmental hazards, but radiography is the only major method with high-dose radiation concerns. Due to the introduction of digital radiography techniques, those concerns are growing smaller with every innovation. Modern equipment reduces the required overall radiation exposure to fractions of the original dose. This reduction in total dose allows the operation to take place in...

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Is Digital Imaging the Future of NDT

NDT DIgital Imaging Computed Radiography

For decades in the Nondestructive Testing (NDT) industry, film has been the Radiographic imaging method of choice. Its evolution and industry competition has driven film into a high quality-level with many options that cover virtually anything requiring radiography. Slow film is used for fine resolution options while faster speeds cover larger or less critical materials. Today, we have many new competitors attempting to dethrone film as the industry king. Many of these options share a single result: Digital Imaging. The transition from traditional to digital images has been a gradual one with very small leaps and bounds. We’ve all, likely,...

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USACE-validated and AASHTO-accredited Geotechnical and CMT Laboratories in Louisiana

Louisiana Geotechnical Laboratories

Braun Intertec is proud to offer our clients in Sulphur, Lafayette and Baton Rouge, Louisiana full-service local soils, aggregate, concrete and masonry materials laboratories. Our laboratories and licensed engineering staff serve the Acadiana, southwest and central Louisiana, and Baton Rouge metropolitan area. What sets Braun Intertec apart from other local Louisiana materials laboratories is our licensed engineers’ hands-on approach to the laboratory work on their projects. From the initial field exploration to the issuance of engineering reports or materials analysis, our employee-owners work closely together to deliver best-in-class service to clients on every project. “We are always back in the...

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Employee-Owner Spotlight: Chris Calhoun, Project Engineer, La Porte, Texas

We met with Chris Calhoun who recently joined the engineering and testing team in our La Porte, Texas office to discuss his expertise in deep foundations and how he started his career path in geotechnical engineering. How did your start on your engineering career path?I first went to school not necessarily knowing what I wanted to do. I spoke to my advisor and ultimately decided on the civil engineering path. At first, I concentrated more on the structural engineering side, but when I got out of school, I started a job in geotechnical engineering and the rest is history! What...

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