Volunteering to Promote Women in STEM

Women in STEM

Construction Day Camp: Volunteering with Girls Inc. Earlier this month one of our Arlington team members, Camber Mathis, volunteered at the second annual Construction Day Camp held by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). The event hosted 60 girls ranging from ages six to nine, all from the program Girls Inc., which serves underprivileged girls by providing mentoring opportunities to become successful women. Girls Inc. frequently partners with schools, communities and local organizations like the NAWIC to make sure each girl receives proper mentoring so they can develop high self-esteem skills and grow up living healthy lifestyles. Knowing...

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Exponential Change – What we can Achieve Together

Science from Scientists

[embed]https://youtu.be/t-O2GT4sWrc[/embed] The STEM Crisis Our major global problems are exponential in nature - population growth, demand for fresh water, global temperature increases, generation of data - and so too is the rate of technological change and the demand for citizens and workers proficient in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). For our national and economic security, we must increase (exponentially?) the number of people who are STEM-literate and the number of students pursuing STEM education and careers. But, exponential too, is the decline in interest and competence in STEM between elementary and high school students. Working to solve the challenge...

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Next Generation Reporting: Mobile Solutions for Field Data Collection

Geotechnical Engineer

Challenges to Field Data Collection Imagine you are on a construction site collecting data for a soil density test or a concrete test and then need to manually write down all of the field data you collected to complete the daily report. In the construction material testing industry, a real challenge can be the delay between the time the test is performed and final reporting to clients. Traditionally, field technicians who performed field testing and observations also recorded the results, completed paper daily reports and then would have to wait until they got back to the office to input the...

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National Safety Month: Safe Driving Tips in Work Zones

June is National Safety month, and in observance of this important topic we will post a new article each week in June that focuses on safety to promote a safe and healthy workplace. Check out the previous weekly post to read about this year's safety month series. Did you know there are more than 250 active roadway work zones scheduled throughout the state of Minnesota for the 2018 construction season? (Source) From my vantage as the Transportation Market Division Leader at Braun Intertec, I see that our coworkers and clients are frequently on the front lines of active work zones where...

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Amal Dutta, MBA, Ph.D. Joins Braun Intertec in Texas City, Texas

Braun Intertec, an engineering, consulting and testing firm with offices throughout the central United States, is pleased to announce Amal Dutta, MBA, Ph.D., PE has joined our Texas City, Texas office as a principal geotechnical engineer. Dutta brings more than 20 years of leadership and engineering experience in multidisciplinary geoengineering fields, including geotechnical engineering design and consulting practices, geological exploration, mining, geophysics and seismic data analysis. “We are pleased to welcome Amal to our growing Braun Intertec team,” says Jon Carlson, CEO of Braun Intertec. “With his extensive experience in geotechnical investigations for clients in the transportation, industrial, petrochemical, commercial...

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Safe Behaviors: Empowering our Employees to Take Action

I-35W

June is National Safety month, and in observance of this important topic we will post a new article each week in June that focuses on safety to promote a safe and healthy workplace. Check out last week's post and stay tuned for the next post in this safety series. Promoting Job Site Awareness At Braun Intertec we encounter potentially hazardous situations on the job every day. Whether it’s out on a job site in Texas, in the oil fields of North Dakota or a high-rise building in Minnesota, we always need to be aware of our surroundings. Not just for...

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Riding for Change: Braun Intertec Bikes in MS 150

MS 150

Braun Intertec wrapped up its fourth year participating in the MS 150, a charity bike ride for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The 150-mile weekend ride is fully supported by the MS Society and runs from Duluth to the Twin Cities with an overnight rest stop in Hinckley. The MS 150 ride began in the mid-1980s and has since grown into multiple events across the United States, making it the largest charity bike event in the nation. This year, nearly 4,000 riders participated in Minnesota alone. The Braun Intertec team attracts employee-owners, clients, friends, and family from all backgrounds, both...

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Protecting our Employee Owners from Heat-Related Illness

heat safety

June is National Safety month, and in observance of this important topic we will post a new article each week in June that focuses on safety to promote a safe and healthy workplace. Check out last week's post and stay tuned for next week's post in this safety series. Outside of the workplace, warmer weather may bring a feeling of excitement. After all, it opens a window of opportunities for outdoor activities to partake in such as relaxing at the pool, long bike rides, softball leagues, etc. However, an unfortunate reality we face, especially in the workplace, is that with...

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Mechanical Integrity and API 510, 570, 653 Inspectors: Are Your Assets Safe to Operate?

Nondestructive Examination

It might sound a little over-the-top to say I help confirm the safety of workers and protect the environment every day, but it’s true. Braun Intertec American Petroleum Institute (API)-certified inspectors really do uphold the safety and mechanical integrity of oil and gas facilities every day from the oil fields in North Dakota all the way down to Texas. I’m one of them and am certified as an API 510, 570 and 653 inspector. Mechanical Integrity of Oil and Gas Facilities What does it mean to assess the mechanical integrity of oil and gas facilities? According to the Occupational Safety...

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Job Site Safety: 7 Things to Know Before You Go

Job Site Safety - national safety month

June is National Safety month, and in observance of this important topic we will post a new article each week in June that focuses on safety to promote a safe and healthy workplace. Check back next week for the next post in this safety series. Planning for any Scenario One of the most important things we do at Braun Intertec is create a safe and healthy work environment. As an employee-owned company full of field technicians, environmental scientists, engineers and more, we encounter hazardous situations in our work every day. Whether on a job site, a drill rig, in our...

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