Volunteering at Texas High School Civil Engineering Club

Civil Engineering Club

Randy Deatherage, a project engineer from our Arlington, Texas office, recently visited O.D. Wyatt High School in Fort Worth, Texas to present to the school's new civil engineering club. The new club is the first of its kind on the west side of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, and will host weekly presenters from various civil engineering fields who will speak with the class about their engineering experience and lead the group in a hands-on activity. As the group's first presenter, Randy discussed his background with geotechnical engineering and led an activity with mechanically stabilized earth, which are commonly used in...

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The Right Tool for the Job: Donating to Engineers Without Borders

Braun Intertec recently donated some much needed tools to the Engineers Without Borders USA University of Minnesota Twin Cities Chapter (EWB-USA UMN). Engineers Without Borders is a non-profit organization that partners with communities around the world to improve their quality of life through engineering projects that prove to be environmentally and economically sustainable. Supporting Engineers Without Borders During 2018, the EWB-USA UMN team traveled to the Highlands of Guatemala to begin working on a project that will provide water to households in the area by digging a 560 foot well to reach the water table. Early on the team recognized...

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Bob Janssen Recieves Friend of Minnesota Counties Award

Pictured above: Don Theisen, Washington County Public Works Director, and Bob Janssen, President and Principal Engineer at Braun Intertec. Congratulations to Bob Janssen, President of Braun Intertec, for receiving the “Friend of Minnesota Counties Award” from the Minnesota County Engineers Association (MCEA), an association of county engineers from each of Minnesota’s 87 counties who work to promote their profession and uphold the engineering code of ethics. The "Friend of Minnesota Counties Award" is presented at the MCEA Annual Banquet to an individual who upholds the engineering code of ethics and has served Minnesota counties with excellence in supporting transportation endeavors...

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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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