Living with an SPCC Plan: Training and Inspections

SPCC Plan

If your facility stores more than 1,320 gallons of oil, fuel, or oil-like products, then you probably need to have a Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plan per federal rules. Perhaps you were recently appointed to be the facility SPCC coordinator and are wondering, “Where do I start?” The development of the SPCC Plan is just the first step to maintaining compliance with these regulations. There are four main activities that your facility will need to do to maintain compliance, and they should be spelled out in the SPCC Plan.  They are: Train relevant facility staff on the SPCC PlanConduct inspectionsKeep records of...

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Permitting for Small Sources of Air Emissions: Know Your Options

Even if your facility is a small source of air emissions, you may still need an air permit or authorization depending on your state or local air permitting authority. When dealing with permitting, you often need to consider not only the amount of air emissions your operations generate, but the amount your operations could generate. Each state or local air permitting authority has different statutes or rules that govern what is required of small sources of air emissions. Changing Standards Additionally, these statutes and rules often change. For example, due to recent changes to Minnesota state permitting rules, some small sources that were previously regulated...

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Using Nondestructive Testing Techniques to Find Corrosion Under Insulation

Corrosion under Insulation Braun Intertec nondestructive testing

How do you find corrosion under insulation (CUI) and what nondestructive testing (NDT) techniques are best? These are questions conscientious system operators should ask when trying to hold off the costly problem of hidden corrosion in their systems. CUI is one of the most difficult corrosion processes to prevent but adoption of proactive measures, such as the development of an inspection program intended to detect early signs of corrosion and mitigate potential piping failures, is critical. In fact, corrosion is so costly that the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) estimates that the global cost of corrosion is approximately $2.5...

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Industrial Radiography Safety: Are Digital Radiography Techniques the Solution for Your NDT Operation?

industrial radiography ndt computed radiography

In the nondestructive testing (NDT) field, industrial radiography is, arguably, one of the most expensive methods to perform. With regard to safety, however, it stands alone due to the risk of exposure to ionizing radiation. Many NDT methods share an inherent safety risk due to environmental hazards, but radiography is the only major method with high-dose radiation concerns. Due to the introduction of digital radiography techniques, those concerns are growing smaller with every innovation. Modern equipment reduces the required overall radiation exposure to fractions of the original dose. This reduction in total dose allows the operation to take place in...

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Is Digital Imaging the Future of NDT

NDT DIgital Imaging Computed Radiography

For decades in the Nondestructive Testing (NDT) industry, film has been the Radiographic imaging method of choice. Its evolution and industry competition has driven film into a high quality-level with many options that cover virtually anything requiring radiography. Slow film is used for fine resolution options while faster speeds cover larger or less critical materials. Today, we have many new competitors attempting to dethrone film as the industry king. Many of these options share a single result: digital imaging. The transition from traditional to digital images has been a gradual one with very small leaps and bounds. We’ve all, likely,...

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USACE-validated and AASHTO-accredited Geotechnical and CMT Laboratories in Louisiana

Louisiana Geotechnical Laboratories

Braun Intertec is proud to offer our clients in Sulphur, Lafayette and Baton Rouge, Louisiana full-service local soils, aggregate, concrete and masonry materials laboratories. Our laboratories and licensed engineering staff serve the Acadiana, southwest and central Louisiana, and Baton Rouge metropolitan area. What sets Braun Intertec apart from other local Louisiana materials laboratories is our licensed engineers’ hands-on approach to the laboratory work on their projects. From the initial field exploration to the issuance of engineering reports or materials analysis, our employee-owners work closely together to deliver best-in-class service to clients on every project. “We are always back in the...

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

We met with Chris Calhoun who recently joined the engineering and testing team in our La Porte, Texas office to discuss his expertise in deep foundations and how he started his career path in geotechnical engineering. How did your start on your engineering career path?I first went to school not necessarily knowing what I wanted to do. I spoke to my advisor and ultimately decided on the civil engineering path. At first, I concentrated more on the structural engineering side, but when I got out of school, I started a job in geotechnical engineering and the rest is history! What...

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Switching from Traditional Film to Computed Radiography: Is Your Operation Ready?

Computed Radiography

Throughout my career in NDT consulting, there’s one question that gets asked more frequently as the years go by: “Can our operation change to Computed Radiography?” This question is a bit like asking how a piano works. The basic functions are easily understood, but the actual motions of operation are much more complicated. Like a piano, Computed Radiography has lots of moving parts that are unseen by even a skilled user. Parts that spark little interest from the chair in front of the keyboard. I am no musical master or even a musical novice, however, I can shed light on...

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Protect Your Company at All Levels During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Cleaning and Disinfection Planning

Note: This post was updated on July 2, 2020. Currently, information on the spread and handling of COVID-19 cases, social distancing, quarantine measures and the like are abundant. It is extremely important to understand COVID-19 and know where to find the most reliable information to keep you, your employees, and your business safe, productive, and informed on the most recent information.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is widely considered the foremost authority in the US and the World Health Organization (WHO) is the international leader for all diseases and outbreaks. From a workplace safety perspective, the Occupational...

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Employee-Owner Spotlight: Wesley Soape, ASNT NDT Level III, La Porte, TX

We recently met with Wesley Soape, Level III NDE Technician out of our La Porte, Texas office to discuss his role in industrial radiography and how he started his path in computed radiography. What is your role at Braun Intertec?I am, officially, a nondestructive examination field technician, but unofficially, I handle Computed Radiography compliance for the Gulf Coast of Texas. Someday I would like to help build a nondestructive testing lab in the La Porte, Texas area. Houston is a great market and our NDT team here is in the process of obtaining the certifications required by the clientele in...

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