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Gulf Coast Geotechnical Services

Braun Intertec

A strong foundation starts with a thorough understanding of soils and site characteristics. The Braun Intertec geotechnical engineering team along the Gulf Coast offers a wide range of resources and extensive professional experience to identify subsurface conditions for any project.

Our Geotechnical Services Include:

  • Cone penetration testing (CPT)
  • In-situ testing
  • Standard and advanced laboratory testing
  • Deep foundation design
  • Geotechnical engineering consulting
  • Instrumentation and monitoring

Braun Intertec offers full-service, in-house geotechnical and materials testing capabilities to give your team greater control over testing schedules and project reports. We have offices and laboratories in Corpus Christi, Texas City, La Porte, Houston, Beaumont, Sulphur, Lafayette and Baton Rouge. Our Texas and Louisiana laboratories hold USACE, A2LA, and AASHTO accreditations.

In-Situ Testing Services

Braun Intertec uses in-situ testing to evaluate critical soil or rock properties for project sites on any type of terrain with Braun Intertec-owned instruments and drills. Our geotechnical engineers can evaluate geomaterial behavior in the field, which improves reliability and reduces uncertainty on project sites. In-situ testing to assess geomaterial properties can lead to significant cost savings due to more efficient use of our on-site testing and resources.

Our In-Situ Testing Services Include:

  • Cone penetration testing (CPT)
  • Dilatometer testing (DMT)
  • Pressurometer testing
  • Seismic CPT
  • Dissipation testing
  • Vane shear testing

Geotechnical Drilling

Our skilled engineers and drilling crews bring decades of experience to your project. Whether you’re building a single-story structure, a skyscraper or evaluating existing pavements, foundations or dams, we can help.

We leverage our drilling crews’ experience to obtain subsurface soil, rock and groundwater information and our geotechnical engineers use that information to evaluate the impact on the design and construction of your project.

Our Experienced Drill Crews Can Perform:

  • Standard penetration tests (SPT)
  • Rock coring
  • Hollow stem drilling
  • Solid stem drilling
  • Wire line coring
  • Direct push sampling
  • Air rotary drilling
  • Mud rotary drilling
  • Instrumentation installations

Deep Foundations

At Braun Intertec, our experience with deep foundations spans from concept to construction. Our engineers help clients on transportation, industrial, marine, stadium, high-rise and energy production/transmission projects.

During the design phase, we help clients select deep foundations based upon performance and efficiency. We also assist our clients in evaluating cost, schedule, and construction considerations. Once a project reaches construction, we are ready with in-house equipment for static, dynamic and integrity testing by experienced engineers and technicians.

Our Deep Foundation Services Include:

  • Foundation selection among driven pile, micropile, drilled shaft, auger-cast pile and more
  • Foundation axial and lateral load-carrying resistance and anticipated movements
  • Static axial load testing
  • In-house high-strain dynamic load testing

Standard and Advanced Laboratory Testing

Our geotechnical materials laboratories serve as a valuable tool for engineers to evaluate soil properties and behaviors. Our laboratories can better equip you to make decisions during the construction process about settlement, load-bearing capacity, slope instability and water infiltration.

Braun Intertec offers our clients full-service local soils, aggregate, concrete and masonry materials laboratories. Our Texas and Louisiana laboratories hold USACE, A2LA, and AASHTO accreditations.

Standard and Advanced Laboratory Testing services include:

  • Atterberg Limits
  • Compressive strength of grout
  • Corrosivity testing, sulfates (ASTM 516 and C1580) and chlorides (ASTM D512)
  • Electrical resistivity
  • Finer than 200 sand and soil test
  • Flexural strength of concrete
  • Gradations
  • LA abrasion on large and small aggregate (ASTM C535 and C131)
  • Moisture content
  • PH testing
  • Proctors
  • Unconfined compressive strength