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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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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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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Meet Our Geotechnical Engineers and Construction Materials Testing Consultants in Arlington, Texas

Who We Are Home to approximately 25 geotechnical engineers and construction materials testing consultants in Arlington, Texas, our local team members offer a wide range of services to our clients. Arlington’s primary service categories include: Geotechnical engineering Construction materials testing Nondestructive testing Unmanned aerial systems Cone penetration testing Environmental consulting Drilling Currently, our Arlington office’s largest and most high-profile project is the new Texas Rangers Stadium, for which we are proud to provide construction materials testing and structural steel inspections. In addition, Arlington’s talented team has also worked on projects for the University of North Texas, City of Rockville, Fort...

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Brian Conrad joins Braun Intertec in Kansas City

Braun Intertec, an engineering, consulting and testing firm with offices throughout the central United States, is pleased to announce Brian Conrad has joined our Kansas City office. Conrad joins the firm as a senior environmental scientist bringing nearly 20 years of field investigation and project management experience under state-led environmental programs and private consulting since 2004. “We are pleased to welcome Brian as a new employee-owner to Braun Intertec,” says Jon Carlson, CEO of Braun Intertec. “Brian’s blend of experience in environmental policy, private-sector due diligence and brownfield site redevelopment will be a major asset to our firm as we...

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Deep Foundations Part II: Proving Their Strength

35W Bridge Construction

In Part 1 of our blog series we discussed the different types of deep foundations and some of what goes into their design. Once a deep foundation system is selected and load requirements are determined, the process of constructing them begins. In this post, we will focus on quality control and integrity testing related to deep foundations. Successful deep foundation projects include quality programs to validate the design assumptions and determine if the contractor can install the deep foundation as planned. For most projects, the quality program is structured around two distinct operating procedures: observations and testing. Observations Observations have been a part...

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Deep Foundations Part I: Serious Solutions for Serious Loads

Deep Foundations

Deep foundations are perhaps the most robust option for supporting a structure. Sure, there are other options — shallow foundations (spread footings), intermediate foundations (aggregate piers) and ground improvement methods — but none are as impressive in their own right, or carry a load like a pile. Besides, piles provide so many options of their own that there’s insufficient room here to discuss anything else. Deep foundations are more than we can handle in just one blog post. So, in this first part of our blog series, we will discuss the different types of deep foundations and some of what...

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Do You See What I See: Leveraging Infrared Technology

Aquatic Center

What's Infrared Imaging? People use infrared imaging to examine buildings for a number of different reasons, but it's most common use is to help identify the need for preventive maintenance. For example, infrared images reveal temperature differences in electrical panels, wires and breakers, and can help to identify hot spots or overloaded circuits. What Can You Use It For? Now that you know the basics, let’s look at some other uses for infrared imaging: Water Damage to Roofs—To find moisture damage under an existing roof membrane, infrared imaging indicates areas where water has absorbed. Window or Roof Leaks—Infrared imaging is also useful in identifying...

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