John Focht, PE, Joins Braun Intertec in Dallas as Senior Geotechnical Engineer

John A. Focht III, Senior Geotechnical Engineer at Braun Intertec Braun Intertec, an engineering, consulting and testing firm with offices throughout the United States, is pleased to announce John A. Focht III, PE, has joined the firm as a senior geotechnical engineer in northern Texas. Focht brings nearly 38 years of leadership, project management experience and technical expertise serving clients within the public and private sectors on geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting, and construction materials testing projects across Texas. He also has significant geotechnical engineering experience in Mexico and construction experience in Saudi Arabia. As a senior geotechnical engineer at Braun...

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Spring Flood Protection: Is Your Property Ready?

Flood protection

How can I protect my business from flood waters? With widespread flooding occurring across the Midwest this spring, worried business owners are likely asking themselves, “How can I protect my business from flood waters?” Before developing your game plan to manage a potential flood, it’s important to keep in mind flooding can take many forms - whether caused by the spring thaw of snow cover, flash flooding or a burst pipe. With wide area river flooding, many properties might be engulfed to a great depth while other properties might be flooded a foot or two above ground level (which means...

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Meet the Braun Intertec Construction Materials Testing Consultants and Geotechnical Engineers in Texarkana

Braun Intertec

Over the past decade, the city of Texarkana has transformed into a major transportation corridor thanks to the intersection of several interstate highways. This local transformation has increased demand for new business in the area, as well as the infrastructure required to support it. Braun Intertec, a geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting, and testing firm with locations across the Central United States, has had an office in Texarkana since 2015. With the support of our companywide resources, we can provide several professional consulting services to the growing Texarkana region, which primarily include: Construction Materials TestingGeotechnical EngineeringEnvironmental Consulting About our Team Our...

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Sean Kim, PE, Joins Braun Intertec in Houston

Braun Intertec, an engineering, consulting and testing firm with offices throughout the central United States, is pleased to announce Sean Kim, PE, has joined the firm as a senior geotechnical engineer in our Houston, Texas office. Kim brings more than 12 years of experience in geotechnical engineering as well as project management within the public, private and commercial sectors in Texas. “We are thrilled to welcome Sean to our employee-owner team at Braun Intertec,” says Braun Intertec CEO, Jon Carlson. “Sean’s depth of experience as a senior geotechnical engineer, project manager and mentor for up-and-coming engineers closely aligns with our...

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Concrete Slump Testing: Why Bother?

I have seen multiple blog posts recently critical of the slump test. Some have even gone as far to say slump is a useless test. While I agree slump is a very old test method, it is still a powerful and worthwhile tool in the concrete industry. Others within our industry have advocated the slump test should not be conducted when running quality control or quality assurance (QC/QA) testing on a project. However, if we don’t employ the slump test, what other controls could replace it and still give the design team and end user a level of confidence that...

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Tier II Reporting: What You Need to Know This Reporting Season

Hazardous Waste

Tier II reports, i.e. Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory forms, are forms businesses with hazardous chemicals need to submit each year. These reports help communities plan and respond to emergencies and help various state and local agencies understand the risks posed by materials in facilities. Failing to comply with Tier II requirements can be costly to your organization, which is why it’s important to carefully review your facility and determine if you need to submit a report. With the March 1st reporting deadline fast approaching, this post will cover what Tier II reporting is and how to determine if you...

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Kim Macy, SET, DBIA, Joins Braun Intertec in North Texas

Braun Intertec, an engineering, consulting and testing firm with offices throughout the central United States, is pleased to announce Kim L. Macy, SET, DBIA, has joined the firm as a Principal and the Regional Consulting Director for North Texas operations. Macy brings nearly 25 years of leadership and project management experience serving clients within the public and private sectors on environmental consulting, geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing projects in Texas. “I’m incredibly pleased to welcome Kim to our team,” says Braun Intertec CEO, Jon Carlson. “With a strong reputation for being a trusted client advisor and developing collaborative teams,...

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A Look Inside: Life as a CMT Technician

Braun Intertec

What is a construction materials testing technician? A construction materials testing (CMT) technician performs a variety of tests and inspections on construction materials such as soils, deep foundations, concrete, asphalt and masonry. They check that the components of each unique structure has been assembled in a manner consistent with its plans and specifications. Design teams communicate their requirements to contractors who build the designs, and CMT technicians help provide the expertise to know it is done right. But what does a normal day look like for these technicians? While CMT technician responsibilities can vary greatly, we'll do our best to...

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Braun Intertec “Saves the Beach” at Tech Fest 2019

Tech Fest 2019

This past weekend a few of our Braun Intertec employees made their way out to The Works Museum to participate in Tech Fest 2019, an annual family engineering and technology fair. The event featured dozens of hands-on demonstrations and activities led by actual engineers and scientists from businesses, non-profits, educational institutions, and corporations throughout the Twin Cities area. Hands-On Demonstrations Braun Intertec was proud to be a sponsor for this year's event and also lead a demonstration where we asked kids to "save the beach". For this demonstration, we reproduced a beach erosion scenario and asked kids to engineer measures...

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Volunteering at Texas High School Civil Engineering Club

Civil Engineering Club

"It is a difficult task, to not only get a small group of shy high school students to pay attention but to engage and wonder." Alexis Clark, PE, Structural Engineering Trade Manager, CE Club Founder 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...

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