Winter is Coming: A Quick Guide for Your Stormwater BMPs in Cold Climates

Stormwater BMP

The leaves have changed and snow is beginning to fall in several places across the country. By this time, construction projects are frantically trying to wrap up grading, landscaping, and other outdoor tasks. But is your project overlooking a big stormwater task during this season? As we know, northern winters in the U.S. can be brutally cold, snowy, or mild with little to no snow. Preparing your site to handle the winter will greatly reduce your stormwater best management practice (BMP) maintenance and allow a quicker return to work come spring. Here are a few tips and tricks project owners...

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Environmental Reporting – Leveraging a Requirement into Better Results

Timely and accurate environmental reporting is an important piece of maintaining compliance with environmental regulations.  Not only is it required by law, but it also helps assure the regulatory agencies, your community, local units of government, and other interested parties that you’re committed to being a good “neighbor” and making a conscientious effort to protect the environment and public health. Environmental regulations require facilities to submit reports to local or state environmental agencies or the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The information you are required to submit and the associated reporting deadlines vary by regulation and jurisdiction. For example, listed below...

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Employee Owner Spotlight: Brady Turk, Senior Scientist, Baton Rouge, LA

We recently met with Brady Turk, a senior scientist out of our new Baton Rouge (Gonzalez), Louisiana location, to learn more about his background and expertise in environmental consulting. Tell us a little bit about your background.Well to start, I'm a veteran! I joined the military when I was in high school and graduated first in my military class as a Desert Storm veteran. I was part of the U.S. Army National Guard combat engineering battalion. I became interested in environmental consulting after being a Criminal Investigator for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ). Working for LDEQ afforded me...

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Ask an expert: How does soil compaction testing add value to my project?

Soil compaction is vital to the success of almost any construction project. Despite given design standards and specifications, the testing and verification of materials used in soil compaction can sometimes be overlooked or tested less frequently than desired. Using improper materials or methods during soil compaction can lead to foundation and slab cracks, soil erosion, utility pipe leakage/breaks, or trench settlement. It is important that the earthwork contractor and the materials testing agency communicate throughout the project to provide the best results for their client(s). Soil compaction testing is often overlooked Each lift of soil used for structural, site grading,...

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Meet our Geotechnical Engineers and Construction Materials Testing Technicians in Amarillo, Texas

Amarillo

We sat down with Shane Nance, Amarillo Business Unit Leader, to learn more about how he and his team works together, their project expertise and why they love working at Braun Intertec. What kind of services and projects does the Amarillo office focus on?We primarily focus on construction materials testing (CMT) and geotechnical engineering in our office and work on projects that vary from universities to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to government facilities. However, TxDOT is probably the driving force behind our work in Amarillo. We work on quite a few ISD projects for Amarillo and the small...

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Using the Right Tools for your RPM/PSM Hazard Assessments

Process Hazard Analysis

At Braun Intertec, our consultants practice eight non-negotiables that are the core of our safety program.  These eight non-negotiables are to be followed at all times to ensure that our employee owners have safety at the forefront of what they do.  These non-negotiables lay the groundwork for daily operations and are designed so that if, at a minimum, they are followed, there is a high likelihood of completing the job at hand safely. One of the non-negotiables is “use the right tool for the job”. It’s short, simple, to the point, and applicable to each of the various Braun Intertec service lines. This...

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The new NEPA Rule: Major Changes and Project Impacts

NEPA Rule Changes

Enacted in 1970, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires that federal agencies to engage in a review process to assess the environmental impacts of proposed federal actions, include appropriate disclosure to the public, and be responsive to these factors before making a decision. This process can apply for a variety of projects, including the development of roads, bridges, oil and gas pipelines, energy projects, broadband infrastructure, and water infrastructure, as well as impact forest management and wildfire protection. Environmental review under NEPA applies to federal projects as well as private projects if federal action is involved such as issuance...

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From Planning to Reality: Delivering and Constructing Transportation Projects

My favorite shows to watch on television are home renovation programs.  You know the shows where a young family buys the worst house on the block and the entire episode features them turning this house into their dream home? Most of these episodes are highly dramatic. The couples is in the middle of renovating and find out that they don’t have the proper permits or they start opening the walls and find surprises like bad wiring, leaking plumbing, or asbestos.  Because of these issues they are now overbudget, delayed, and now must live in their parent’s basement for another couple...

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The PFAS Significant New Use Rule Goes into Effect This Week. What Entities are Affected?

On July 27, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), published the final Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) for long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylate (LCPFAC) and perfluoroalkyl sulfonate (PFAS)* chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), first proposed in January 2015. The final SNUR requires persons to notify EPA at least 90 days before the start of manufacturing (including import), or processing of these chemicals for any use designated as a significant new use. This includes the import of a subset of LCPFAC chemicals as part of a surface coating on items, such as the PFOA utilized in Teflon in cookware....

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Employee Owner Spotlight: Trevor Armstrong, Field Operations Coordinator, Austin, TX

We recently met with field operations coordinator, Trevor Armstrong, to discuss his background and his role in building our construction material testing team out of our Austin, Texas office. Tell us a little bit about your background.Oh man, I’ve been all over the board. I started out in medical school in hopes of becoming a trauma surgeon before realizing my love for music. I became a band manager shortly after, which was so cool. I even got to tour with Incubus in 2011! How have you grown in your career at Braun Intertec?My good friend, Ian Grice got me into...

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