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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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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Employee-Owner Spotlight: Pat LaPlante, Level II NDE Technician, Minneapolis, MN

We recently met with Pat LaPlante, Level II NDE Technician out of our Minneapolis, Minnesota office to discuss his role and what he loves about his job. What is your role at Braun Intertec?I’ve grown with Braun Intertec for more than 30 years and have been lucky enough to work on some major projects with my team. My role here is to perform nondestructive testing services on various components in the field and laboratory. Some of my everyday tasks include structural steel inspections, welder certification, bolting inspections, plan detail interpretation, and code book interpretation. I am responsible for communication with subcontractors,...

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Braun Intertec Acts of Kindness

At Braun Intertec we believe in acts of kindness, 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 Beth Kadlec from our Bloomington office has been actively participating in ways to make her community better. She made May baskets and helped clean up some tree branches and bush removal for her elderly neighbors, set up flags to recognize veterans at the cemetery for Memorial Day, and helped create a kindness mural at their local school parking...

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Giving Back to Our Community in Wichita Falls, Texas

Boyd Branch and his daughter On behalf of Braun Intertec, Boyd Branch, Operations Manager of our Wichita Falls, Texas office teamed up with his daughter and Henrietta Independent School District to give back to the community. They found an opportunity with the Wichita Falls Faith Mission which has the goal of eliminating homelessness in their community. They provide several programs including homeless shelter, case management, addiction recovery, job readiness, transitional supporting housing, and social services. This shelter provides meals for families three times a day. “Any time there is an opportunity, we’re going to jump on it. We’re going to...

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Sulfate and Chloride Soil Corrosivity Testing Services in Texas and Beyond

The Braun Intertec materials laboratory in La Porte, Texas has established a set of corrosivity tests for chloride and sulfate ions, PH and resistivity testing in soils and concrete with rapid test turnaround times—often in as little as 48 hours. Soil Corrosivity Testing Corrosivity tests are often run as part of a larger suite of geotechnical soils properties tests during the preconstruction phase of a project or to account for corrosion control measures required on an aboveground oil storage tank, important structure or pipeline. In addition to PH and resistivity testing, the added corrosivity testing capabilities follow ASTM guidelines for...

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Braun Intertec Welcomes New Co-ops!

In Mid-May, Braun Intertec and a team of experienced employee-owners extended a warm welcome to this year’s co-ops. This year, Braun Intertec has more than 50 co-ops joining us in Texas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. Braun Intertec Co-Op Program Overview The Braun Intertec co-op program was created more than ten years ago and has evolved ever since. The co-op program is a six-month paid internship which allows currently enrolled students to gain industry experience with our engineering and construction materials testing group.  Before the program kicks off, we recruit and interview students from more than 30 different colleges...

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Is your piping at risk? When to be concerned about Corrosion Under Insulation

All too often, Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) is an out of sight, out of mind problem lurking just beneath the surface. That is, until you finally spot a leak that disrupts your system, potentially causing a safety incident or near miss in the field. The struggles of CUI are widespread and if you don’t yet have a history of CUI leaks, it’s only a matter of time until you encounter your first. So, why is CUI such a common problem and is there anything you can do to stop it? Should you be concerned about CUI at your operations? Our...

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