Employee-Owner Spotlight: Meet Rosalie Balderaz

Rosalie Balderaz: Houston Materials Lab Coordinator We sat down with Rosalie Balderaz, who is a materials lab coordinator working from our office in Houston, Texas. We interviewed her to learn more about her professional background, role and experience as a Braun Intertec employee. What is your role at Braun Intertec and how long have you been working here? I started at Braun Intertec almost two years ago as a level three geotechnical lab technician, and I recently got promoted as the materials lab coordinator, which means I essentially run the geotechnical lab. Currently, I am learning how to do specialty...

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Is Your Concrete Agricultural Facility Structurally Sound?

A Phased Approach to Conditions Assessments, Testing and Repairs Consulting Many concrete grain storage silos, load-out structures and storage bins in operation at agricultural storage and processing facilities across the Midwest are aging. As a facility owner, you might look at your critical structures and wonder, “How long has it been since these concrete structures were assessed by an engineer?” Looks alone can be deceiving. In fact, minor distress on the exterior of concrete structures may appear superficial, but real damage could be occurring below the surface. If left unattended, this damage may lead to more costly repairs. Braun Intertec...

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George Ellswick Joins Braun Intertec in La Porte, Texas as a Project Manager

George Ellswick, Project Manager at Braun Intertec Braun Intertec, a Minneapolis-based engineering, consulting and testing firm with offices throughout the United States, is pleased to announce George Ellswick has joined its La Porte, Texas office as a project manager. Ellswick has an extensive background working on large-scale projects throughout Texas and Louisiana and is well known for his expertise in the petrochemical industry. “I’m delighted George has joined our team of employee-owners,” says Braun Intertec CEO, Jon Carlson. “His impressive background and reputation in the Texas petrochemical industry will further enhance our ability to deliver quality service to our clients...

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Darrell Oman to Present at 56th ASHE Annual Conference on Hazardous Waste

Event Details Darrell Oman, a Technical Director and Senior Environmental Consultant from our Saint Paul, MN office, is presenting at the upcoming 56th ASHE Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition in Baltimore, MD on July 16, 2019. Darrell, who has more than thirty years of consulting and management experience in the Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) field, will be presenting on topics related to healthcare hazardous waste management, including: Regulatory compliance requirements for healthcare facility waste streams and waste stream management programs,Review recent Federal and State changes to Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Pharmaceutical Waste regulations,Environmental compliance program management approaches in healthcare...

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Braun Intertec Offers Educational Sessions to Clients

Educational Sessions speakers

A few of our employee-owners from our Texas offices recently stopped into EDI International's Houston office to speak about our technical specialties in environmental consulting, geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing and building and structures sciences. EDI is a global architecture, interior design, and planning firm that specialties in hospitality, residential and mixed-use projects. During the presentation, we covered several topics, including how environmental site assessments can assist your projects, how to read a geotechnical engineering report, what construction materials testing means to your project and important things to know about your building's performance. Our team is available to provide educational...

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Co-Op Mentor Spotlight with Houston Operations Supervisor Michael Hernandez

Co-Op Program - Texas co-ops

Michael Hernandez is an operations supervisor who works out of our Houston, TX office. Previously, Michael also served as one a mentor for our co-op internship program, which offers current students the opportunity to gain industry experience and guidance from seasoned professionals to help them grow professionally. With our co-op program ramping up again this summer, we asked Michael a few questions about his experience as a co-op mentor and working at Braun Intertec. How long have you worked at Braun Intertec and what is your current role?I’ve been with Braun Intertec close to five years and I’m currently the...

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Braun Intertec Participates in 2019 Bike MS Events

MS 150 team photo

Braun Intertec wrapped up its fifth 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 3,500 riders participated in Minnesota alone. The Braun Intertec team attracts employee-owners, clients, friends, and family from all backgrounds, both...

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Braun Intertec Building and Structures Sciences Team Leverages MetaField Software

A challenge that often arises in building and structure sciences is the delay between testing and report delivery. Our employee-owners were recently featured in an article about how we leverage MetaField, a software platform by Agile Frameworks, to streamline the reporting process as well as improve quality and consistency across the company.   The article highlights how our Building and Structures Sciences team uses MetaField for their building envelope field inspection and testing services. Specifically, our team uses the software to create check-list based forms that are used by technicians for fire stopping special inspections and other building envelope components....

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Employee-Owner Spotlight: Meet John Holman

We sat down with Senior Engineer John Holman, who works out of our La Porte, Texas office and specializes in deep foundations engineering to ask him a few questions on his background, expertise, and his time at Braun Intertec. Here’s what he had to say: What is your role at Braun Intertec and what do you specialize in? I am a Senior Engineer and I specialize in deep foundations engineering, construction materials testing, and structures evaluation. When I’m sent out on projects I verify that what is being built (buildings, bridges, oil and gas facilities, etc.) meets the geotechnical and...

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Braun Intertec Expands Texas Drill Rig Fleet with Purchase of Two All-Terrain Drill Rigs

To accommodate our increasing workload in Texas and demand for all-terrain drill rigs, Braun Intertec has added two all-terrain drill rigs to our fleet. The new rigs are a CME 750 Rubber Tire Mounted ATV rig and a 6620DT Geoprobe rubber track push-probe rig equipped with a GH62 Autohammer. Both rigs were specifically selected to allow us to access challenging sites to better serve our clients on the toughest projects.  The Braun Intertec Drilling fleet is deployed from North Dakota to Texas to work on a wide range of projects such as geotechnical evaluations, environmental services, in-situ testing and mineral...

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