What Does “Air Help” Really Mean?

We encounter many questions when it comes to air: What might one mean when they say air?  Is your air a potential concern for your employees?  Is your air a concern for the environment?  Are your processes or daily activities at your facility emitting contaminants into the air?  Are you emitting too much contamination into the air?  Air means many things to many people – it surrounds us all; we need it to survive but it can also make us sick.  From an environmental perspective, “air help” can mean vapor encroachment or fence line monitoring.  From a permitting and compliance...

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Accounting for Soil Consolidation in Your Structural Design

Ever notice cracking in a building facade, or a door sticking in the frame? Or an uneven slab or damage to utilities entering a structure or equipment?  Often the guilty culprit is consolidation settlement of the soils supporting the foundation.  Realizing the potential for soil consolidation at a site during the design phase of a project can mitigate costly future issues associated with total and differential settlement of a foundation system. Soil Matrix To understand soil consolidation, first we need to recognize the make-up of the soil matrix undergoing volume change. As shown in the figure below, soil is made...

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The Innocent Owner Program and Handling Contamination on a Property Caused by an Off-Site Source

Are you responsible for environmental contamination on your property that was caused by a release from an off-Site property? Do you own a property that has become contaminated by a release from an off-Site source?  Or have you encountered recognized environmental conditions (RECs) associated with an off-Site source during the due diligence phase of a property acquisition and you are unsure what will be required to address potential contamination? These are common questions property owners and developers may face while trying to redevelop properties that have become contaminated due to hazardous chemicals migrating in soil and/or groundwater onto their property...

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How Long Does Geotechnical Testing Really Take?

Geotechnical Testing

A brief discussion of the various types of geotechnical testing, their purpose, and the time frame based on their guiding standards. If you are beginning construction of a building, road, or other structure, you may be wondering how long geotechnical testing will take and if it will cause delays to your initial project timeline. Some projects are straightforward, and an entire geotechnical investigation could be complete in as little as three weeks. While more complex structures or demanding designs may require months to complete an investigation. We will discuss some of the most common geotechnical testing performed and their timelines....

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Dave Bomersine to Retire After 33 Years at Braun Intertec

After 33 remarkable years, Dave Bomersine will be retiring from Braun Intertec on April 8th. We are sad to see him go but wish him the very best as he embarks on a new chapter. Braun Intertec has changed a lot since Dave’s first day on the job. His substantial contributions as an employee owner, mentor and leader helped shape who and what we are today as a business. Dave’s deep understanding of how to motivate a team, communicate with clients and his commitment to getting the job done right are at the core of his values and he shared...

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Trent Whitley, PE Joins Braun Intertec Engineering and Testing Team in Sulphur, Louisiana

Trent Whitley, PE Braun Intertec, an engineering, consulting, and testing firm with more than 35 offices in seven states, is pleased to announce Trent Whitley, PE has joined the Braun Intertec team in our Sulphur, La. office. Whitley will lead the geotechnical engineering team in the company’s Sulphur, La. and Beaumont, Texas locations. “We are pleased to welcome Trent to our team of employee-owners at Braun Intertec,” said Jon Carlson, Braun Intertec CEO. “He is a skilled engineer who excels at building client relationships and will be an asset to our team as we continue to expand in the Gulf...

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Drone Photogrammetry Utilization for 3D Site Models: Strengths and Limitations

If a picture says a thousand words, how many words does a 3D model say? Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) imagery and video has been a game changer in many fields, such as building inspections, construction progress monitoring, and surveying damage after disasters. Image and video capture is great, but it is only the beginning of a UAV’s full potential. Using sophisticated algorithms known as photogrammetry, it is possible to turn a series of simple images into a highly detailed and accurate 3D model of the natural and built environment. In short, photogrammetry uses a series of overlapping images taken from...

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

For 2021 Engineers Week we reached out to engineering leaders and up-and-coming engineering leaders at Braun Intertec to learn more about their role, what attracted them to the profession and how they are mentoring the next generation of engineers. Chris Calhoun joined Braun Intertec in April 2020 with 13 years of experience and a noteworthy history of technical excellence in multi-disciplinary geoengineering fields which include geotechnical engineering design and consulting practices; geological exploration; and geohazard mitigation construction. In addition to his geotechnical engineering know-how, Chris is also accomplished in project execution and an integral part of the La Porte, Texas...

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Leadership Spotlight with Kim Macy: Vice President

For 2021 Engineers Week we reached out to engineering leaders and up-and-coming engineering leaders at Braun Intertec to learn more about their role, what attracted them to the profession and how they are mentoring the next generation of engineers.With 25 years of leadership and project management experience, Kim Macy’s path to serving as the leader of Braun Intertec South Central Engineering and Testing demonstrates how a highly successful career in engineering isn’t one-size-fits-all. As a leader at Braun Intertec, Kim stands out as an employee-owner, leader and mentor of new talent who lives Braun Intertec core values every day. What...

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Engineering your career path: 3 tips to finding your best fit as a consulting engineer

By Sean Swartz, PE - February 23, 2021 We are kicking off our celebration of National Engineers Week 2021 with a message from Sean Swartz, our Senior Vice President, in charge of our Engineering and Testing group sharing some tips for anyone pursuing a career as a consulting engineer. We will be celebrating National Engineers Week all week so watch this blog for more content as we spotlight a couple of our exceptional engineering team members.  It’s National Engineers Week 2021! At Braun Intertec, we are proud to be a leader within our engineering community, and we consider ourselves blessed...

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