Employee Owner Spotlight: Trevor Armstrong, Field Operations Coordinator, Austin, TX

We recently met with field operations coordinator, Trevor Armstrong, to discuss his background and his role in building our construction material testing team out of our Austin, Texas office. Tell us a little bit about your background.Oh man, I’ve been all over the board. I started out in medical school in hopes of becoming a trauma surgeon before realizing my love for music. I became a band manager shortly after, which was so cool. I even got to tour with Incubus in 2011! How have you grown in your career at Braun Intertec?My good friend, Ian Grice got me into...

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Braun Intertec Office Spotlight: Baton Rouge, LA

One of the newest Braun Intertec office locations is Baton Rouge (Gonzales), Louisiana. This location offers several of our services which range from environmental consulting, geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing. We spoke to Brady Turk, Senior Scientist, to learn more about what makes our new Baton Rouge office special. What was the strategy behind choosing Baton Rouge, LA as a new office location?The main reason we chose the Baton Rouge area is because it is booming with industrial and commercial work. Bryan Landers strategically brought me on to help get this office location up and going. With my 23...

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The 3 Most Common Deep Foundation Integrity Test Methods

Pile Integrity Tester deep foundation Kansas City

Successful projects all start with planning and design, end with construction, and include quality programs for every step. For successful deep foundation projects, that means quality control and assurance to validate design assumptions and determine if the deep foundation was installed as planned. To do this we perform integrity testing, which is a set of nondestructive tests that assist engineers as they evaluate the in-place condition of a deep foundation. What are the most used test methods for deep foundation integrity testing? Braun Intertec performs integrity tests most often on drilled, deep foundations since the act of driving a pile...

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Employee-Owner Spotlight: Ryan Drury, Senior Engineer, Bloomington, MN

We recently met with Ryan Drury, a senior engineer out of our Bloomington, Minnesota office to discuss his expertise in deep foundations and what it means to him to be an employee owner. Tell us a little bit about your background.I started as a co-op in 2007 working out of Bloomington doing concrete and soils testing. Once I got hired on full-time, I headed to our Milwaukee office. I was mainly doing special inspections work with Walmart.After a few years, I moved to the St. Paul, MN office and became a project manager and started working on the geotechnical side of...

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Exposed Drilled Soldier Piles for Permanent Foundation Walls

This article originally appeared in the August/September 2020 issue of Foundation Drilling Magazine The Archive, located in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis’s Historic Warehouse District, is a 270,000 square foot apartment building consisting of six levels above-grade and three levels of below grade-parking. The 312 below grade parking spaces will provide public parking and service the 198 apartments in the building; providing considerably more parking than available to adjacent residences in this fast-growing hipster neighborhood. The North Loop name refers to the streetcar line that once served the area. Historically, the North Loop was an industrial area packed with...

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Meet Our Engineering, Testing and Environmental Consultants in Austin, Texas

Austin Texas Geotechnical Engineers and Environmental Consultants

Get to know the team We virtually met with two members of the Braun Intertec team in Austin, Texas, Trevor Armstrong (Field Operations Coordinator, Construction Materials Testing) and Sarah Thompson (Group Manager, Permitting and Compliance) to learn more about the culture in our Austin offices, the work they do with our clients and how our Environmental Consulting and Engineering and Testing divisions collaborate and support each other’s projects. The Braun Intertec team in Austin consists of approximately 20 environmental consultants, engineers and construction materials testing technicians located across two offices. Early next year, they will combine into one office location....

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Braun Intertec Acts of Kindness

At Braun Intertec we believe in giving back, especially during times like these, it’s as important as ever to continue doing that. We recently asked our employee-owners to send in some ways they have been giving back or helping others, and Boyd Branch, from our Wichita Falls office, is doing just that in his race to fight children’s cancer, literally! He will be participating in the Great Cycle Challenge, a 200-mile ride during the month of September that raises awareness for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund (CCRF). Boyd has a strong connection to this cause, stating, “As a parent of...

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Employee-Owner Spotlight: Terry McGee, Senior CMT Field Technician, Beaumont, TX

We recently met with Terry McGee, Senior CMT Field Technician based in our Beaumont, Texas office to learn about his role at Braun Intertec, his background in quality control and concrete mix design as well as his TxDOT project experience. What is your role at Braun Intertec?I specialize in quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC), mix design, and trial batching of high-performance concrete. I am currently learning how I can assist our concrete experts with troubleshooting in-situ concrete by using nondestructive testing methods (NDT). I look forward to having the opportunity to provide these unique services to our clients along the Gulf...

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Tackling RCRA Hazardous Waste for Overlooked Non-Industrial Sectors

Federal hazardous waste regulations changes in 2017 and 2019 under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) have increased regulatory oversight and scrutiny of “non-industrial” business sectors such as hospitals; healthcare-related businesses like pharmacies and laboratories; retailers; and academic institutions. These sectors and their environmental impact have been historically overlooked when discussing RCRA compliance, but accompanying increased regulatory attention is an increase in the environmental risks these business sectors are facing. This translates to new challenges in unfamiliar territory for many businesses. Since nearly every facility within these sectors is a hazardous waste generator, business and facility leaders must understand...

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More on the Recently Issued Harris County Hazardous Material Operational Permit

Hazardous Waste Management

This photo taken by the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office shows the KMCO Chemical plant fire in April 2019 in Crosby, Texas. Chemical risks are particularly acute in Harris County, home to Houston’s major industrial pockets and some of the nation’s largest petrochemical plants and oil refineries. Harris County has experienced at least five major chemical incidents in the last year, costing businesses large sums related to shut down costs and property damage, and triggering human health implications in surrounding neighborhoods. Harris County has responded to these events by setting the expectation for greater oversight of facilities that may contain...

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