Tom Posey, PE, Joins Braun Intertec in Houston, Texas

Tom Posey, PE, Technical Leader at Braun Intertec Braun Intertec, an engineering, consulting and testing firm with more than 35 offices in seven states, is pleased to announce Tom Posey, PE has joined the Braun Intertec team in Texas. Posey brings 25 years of experience consulting on national and international commercial infrastructure and industrial projects and expertise within construction materials testing, field exploration, laboratory testing, geotechnical engineering design and analysis, QA/QC and project management. “We are thrilled to welcome Tom to our team of employee-owners at Braun Intertec,” said Jon Carlson, Braun Intertec CEO. “His engineering and testing expertise as...

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Braun Intertec Exhibited at 2019 Deep Foundations Institute S3 Conference

Braun Intertec exhibited at the 2019 Deep Foundations Institute S3 Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Principal Engineer, Jeff Segar from our Bloomington office moderated several sessions. The conference took place on August 6th through the 8th and featured more than 25 technical presentations about effectively applying deep foundations, ground improvement and soil mixing for stabilization of slopes and excavation support. Jeff serves as DFI-ADSC Anchored Earth Retention Committee Co-Chair and moderated the morning sessions on Thursday, August 8th which focused on excavation support and stabilization (tiebacks). In addition to the technical sessions, there was a software panel discussion available via a...

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Employee-Owner Spotlight: Meet John Holman

We sat down with Senior Engineer John Holman, who works out of our La Porte, Texas office and specializes in deep foundations engineering to ask him a few questions on his background, expertise, and his time at Braun Intertec. Here’s what he had to say: What is your role at Braun Intertec and what do you specialize in? I am a Senior Engineer and I specialize in deep foundations engineering, construction materials testing, and structures evaluation. When I’m sent out on projects I verify that what is being built (buildings, bridges, oil and gas facilities, etc.) meets the geotechnical and...

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Amal Dutta, MBA, Ph.D. Joins Braun Intertec in Texas City, Texas

Braun Intertec, an engineering, consulting and testing firm with offices throughout the central United States, is pleased to announce Amal Dutta, MBA, Ph.D., PE has joined our Texas City, Texas office as a principal geotechnical engineer. Dutta brings more than 20 years of leadership and engineering experience in multidisciplinary geoengineering fields, including geotechnical engineering design and consulting practices, geological exploration, mining, geophysics and seismic data analysis. “We are pleased to welcome Amal to our growing Braun Intertec team,” says Jon Carlson, CEO of Braun Intertec. “With his extensive experience in geotechnical investigations for clients in the transportation, industrial, petrochemical, commercial...

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Structure Support On Laterally Swept Piles

Load Testing

Anyone who has observed a significant number of piles has seen that, inevitably, the pile is not perfectly straight after driving. In spite of the best efforts of contractors, there are a whole host of reasons for piles to end up out-of-plumb or to have a curve, sometimes referred to as pile sweep. For two, recent projects with numerous swept pile, the available research was determined to be limited in application given the investigated pile sizes, lengths and measured sweep. As a result, the project team chose to perform static load testing to evaluate the ultimate resistance of the swept...

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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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