Dave Bomersine to Retire After 33 Years at Braun Intertec

After 33 remarkable years, Dave Bomersine will be retiring from Braun Intertec on April 8th. We are sad to see him go but wish him the very best as he embarks on a new chapter. Braun Intertec has changed a lot since Dave’s first day on the job. His substantial contributions as an employee owner, mentor and leader helped shape who and what we are today as a business. Dave’s deep understanding of how to motivate a team, communicate with clients and his commitment to getting the job done right are at the core of his values and he shared...

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Trent Whitley, PE Joins Braun Intertec Engineering and Testing Team in Sulphur, Louisiana

Trent Whitley, PE Braun Intertec, an engineering, consulting, and testing firm with more than 35 offices in seven states, is pleased to announce Trent Whitley, PE has joined the Braun Intertec team in our Sulphur, La. office. Whitley will lead the geotechnical engineering team in the company’s Sulphur, La. and Beaumont, Texas locations. “We are pleased to welcome Trent to our team of employee-owners at Braun Intertec,” said Jon Carlson, Braun Intertec CEO. “He is a skilled engineer who excels at building client relationships and will be an asset to our team as we continue to expand in the Gulf...

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Leadership Spotlight with Kim Macy: Vice President

For 2021 Engineers Week we reached out to engineering leaders and up-and-coming engineering leaders at Braun Intertec to learn more about their role, what attracted them to the profession and how they are mentoring the next generation of engineers.With 25 years of leadership and project management experience, Kim Macy’s path to serving as the leader of Braun Intertec South Central Engineering and Testing demonstrates how a highly successful career in engineering isn’t one-size-fits-all. As a leader at Braun Intertec, Kim stands out as an employee-owner, leader and mentor of new talent who lives Braun Intertec core values every day. What...

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Engineering your career path: 3 tips to finding your best fit as a consulting engineer

By Sean Swartz, PE - February 23, 2021 We are kicking off our celebration of National Engineers Week 2021 with a message from Sean Swartz, our Senior Vice President, in charge of our Engineering and Testing group sharing some tips for anyone pursuing a career as a consulting engineer. We will be celebrating National Engineers Week all week so watch this blog for more content as we spotlight a couple of our exceptional engineering team members.  It’s National Engineers Week 2021! At Braun Intertec, we are proud to be a leader within our engineering community, and we consider ourselves blessed...

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It Starts in the Soils: Initial Phases of Ground Storage Tank Construction Design, Testing, and Inspection

In the first part of this series, we will discuss initial phases of design and construction inspection for storage tank construction. The Concept As you lay out of your tanks, whether they are in a grid, located along a specific topographic contour, or simply organized to fit to the shape of your property, you will start to see a picture of what your tank farm will eventually look like. Of course, you will also consider tank size, how the product will enter and exit the tanks, and how much they will weigh once in use. As you plan, do you...

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Employee-Owner Spotlight: Justin Humke, Business Unit Leader, Des Moines, Iowa

We recently met with Justin Humke, a Business Unit Leader from our South Central region who is based out of our Des Moines, Iowa office to learn how he has grown at Braun Intertec and what it’s like working with his team. What is your role at Braun Intertec?I’m currently a Business Unit Leader for the Upper Midwest region. My background is in geotechnical engineering but I’ve since taken on more of an operational and business development role.   Tell us about your background.I studied engineering for a funny reason, actually. I don’t have any family or friends in this...

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Building Storage Tanks? What You Need to Know about Testing and Inspections

geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, laboratory testing, and non-destructive examinations involved in storage tanks.

A storage tank project is a major investment with little room for error. As oil and natural gas prices continue to remain low, tanks and underground storage options have become key to making the informed decisions that sellers and buyers are making to sustain profitability in these markets. If you are currently building storage tanks or considering it as a future option, do you know all the considerations necessary for testing and inspections prior to and during construction? Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach can produce a more holistic execution strategy that is more likely to optimize results, manage risks, meet compliance...

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Employee Owner Spotlight: Faith Walters, Operations Manager, Beaumont, Texas

We recently met with Faith Walters, operations manager from our Beaumont, Texas office to discuss her expertise with asphalt and what it means to her to be an employee owner. What does it mean to you to be a successful woman in such a male-dominated field?I’ve been a tomboy my whole life, but people were always surprised when they saw me come to the field. I was fascinated with how many tests you can run on aggregates and soil, so I wanted to learn everything I could get my hands on. I’ve always been the only girl until I joined Braun...

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Employee-Owner Spotlight: Alex Brochard, PE, Operations Manager, Lafayette, Louisiana

We recently met with operations manager, Alex Brochard, to discuss his background and his experience working on our Lafayette, Louisiana team.   Tell us a little bit about your background.After completing my Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in December 2008, I hit the ground immediately in the field of geotechnical engineering. My initial experience included construction materials testing (CMT), field logging, cone penetration testing, instrumentation monitoring; with gradual exposure to geotechnical engineering and report preparation. In December 2012, I became a licensed PE in Louisiana and have been involved with various industrial,...

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Ask an expert: How does soil compaction testing add value to my project?

Soil compaction is vital to the success of almost any construction project. Despite given design standards and specifications, the testing and verification of materials used in soil compaction can sometimes be overlooked or tested less frequently than desired. Using improper materials or methods during soil compaction can lead to foundation and slab cracks, soil erosion, utility pipe leakage/breaks, or trench settlement. It is important that the earthwork contractor and the materials testing agency communicate throughout the project to provide the best results for their client(s). Soil compaction testing is often overlooked Each lift of soil used for structural, site grading,...

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