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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W&M Environmental Group Joins Braun Intertec

W&M Environmental Group Joins Braun Intertec

Braun Intertec, a premier geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting and testing firm, is pleased to announce it has acquired W&M Environmental Group, LLC (W&M), a Texas-based environmental consulting firm. W&M brings a team of experienced environmental consultants, known for successfully managing projects, in fact, their motto is, "We Get Projects Done." "I am thrilled we have the opportunity to add these talented environmental scientists, geologists, and engineers to our team of employee-owners," says Jon Carlson, CEO of Braun Intertec. "Our firms are well-aligned and our whole team is committed to being the Consultant of Choice for our clients. The addition of W&M complements our...

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Braun Intertec Participates in Local Dodgeball Tournament to Support Texas Education

Real Estate Council Dodgeball Tournament

Last month several employee-owners from our Arlington, Texas and Dallas offices, along with 32 other teams, participated in the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth’s annual dodgeball tournament. The council is made up of professionals involved in the commercial real estate industry and represents both large and small businesses in the area. Each year the council’s dodgeball tournament raises funds to support education in Tarrant County, and this year the council raised money towards the Classroom Library Campaign for READ Fort Worth. Supporting Our Communities READ Fort Worth is a local organization committed to having all Fort Worth ISD (FWISD)...

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Construction Stormwater Permits and Compliance: Why You Need a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan

What Are Construction Stormwater Permits? Construction stormwater permits are a set of regulations that aim to eliminate pollutants in stormwater runoff at construction sites. Federal stormwater regulations have been around since the 1970s and have continued to become more and more stringent with each reissuance of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Construction Stormwater General Permit. These days, most states have their own set of regulations described in their construction stormwater permits which owners and operators must abide by. Additionally, most large municipalities have ordinances, and many watershed districts also have their own set of regulations. State and local requirements often...

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Slip Resistance Test: BOT-3000 Measuring the Dynamic Coefficient of Friction for Flooring Materials

Slip Resistance Test

Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls Every employer is concerned about preventing slips and falls and the general safety of their employees and any customers or clients who visit their workplace. What many people do not know is the 2012 International Building Code (IBC) made a significant change in what is required for certain flooring conditions and materials when it comes to slip and fall resistance. Shockingly, according to safety statistics from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), approximately 15% of all accidental deaths are related to slips and falls, second only behind auto accidents. To add to the confusion,...

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Meet Our Geotechnical Engineers and Construction Materials Testing Consultants in Arlington, Texas

Who We Are Home to approximately 25 geotechnical engineers and construction materials testing consultants in Arlington, Texas, our local team members offer a wide range of services to our clients. Arlington’s primary service categories include: Geotechnical engineering Construction materials testing Nondestructive testing Unmanned aerial systems Cone penetration testing Environmental consulting Drilling Currently, our Arlington office’s largest and most high-profile project is the new Texas Rangers Stadium, for which we are proud to provide construction materials testing and structural steel inspections. In addition, Arlington’s talented team has also worked on projects for the University of North Texas, City of Rockville, Fort...

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How to Conduct a Geotechnical Peer Review: Guidelines for Professional Engineers

Geotechnical Engineering

Have you been asked by your client to review your competitor’s report? It is an honor to conduct a geotechnical peer review and can be a critical step forward, or backward, in becoming the consultant of choice for your clients. This is a critical client touch moment, and as such it’s important to approach a peer review with the right mindset before proceeding. So You’ve Been Asked to Conduct a Geotechnical Peer Review Imagine that today you enter the office and your favorite client calls you to discuss a geotechnical report prepared by your competitor. They have some questions and would...

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Charles Cadenhead, PE Joins Braun Intertec as Minnesota Transportation Division Director

Braun Intertec is pleased to announce that Charles Cadenhead, PE has joined our team as Principal and Minnesota Transportation Division Director. Leading our Minnesota transportation operations, Charles will assist with quality initiatives, including transportation-related construction services, as well as business development pursuits related to transportation in Minnesota and the upper Midwest. Charles brings 25 years of experience in all aspects of transportation engineering, including planning, design, construction, and maintenance. With significant experience as both an engineer and construction manager for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Charles provides unique insight to Minnesota’s transportation needs. Most recently, Charles served as the Associate...

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Combating Jobsite Complacency with Safe Behaviors

Caution Tape

Imagine there is a crane operator who goes to climb a cab ladder, a task he’s done hundreds of times. But this time, he forgot to maintain three points of contact and slips on the second rung. The operator falls and breaks his leg, and now can’t work for eight weeks. Sound familiar? Most injuries are rarely caused by the tasks typically associated with danger. In reality, most accidents are the result of common hazards workers face on a daily basis. Frequently, it boils down to what the injured party would call a thoughtless mistake, such as forgetting to wear...

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