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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