Ryan Benson, PE Joins Braun Intertec

Ryan Benson, PEPrincipal Engineer Braun Intertec, an engineering, consulting and testing firm with more than 35 offices in seven states, is pleased to announce Ryan Benson, PE has joined the Braun Intertec team in Hibbing, Minnesota. Benson brings more than 20 years of experience in geotechnical consulting, foundation system design, design of value engineered ground modification foundation systems, project management and land development. “We are thrilled to welcome Ryan to our team of employee-owners at Braun Intertec,” said Jon Carlson, Braun Intertec CEO. “He is an exceptionally well-rounded leader and skilled engineer who brings experience in multiple industries, operational leadership,...

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Introduction to Retention Walls: Select the Right System For Your Next Project

When: Thursday, December 17th @ 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (CDT) Where: GoToWebinar Whether you are working on a transportation project or a new building development downtown, temporary retention walls are critical to the safety and stability of many projects. While you will likely hire a consultant to design your next support of excavation system, as a project owner do you know the basics of retention wall selection and their installation? Are you familiar with the common problems project owners encounter and how they can be avoided with the right advance planning? Join us as our retention wall expert, Jeff...

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Employee Owner Spotlight: Orlando Boscan, Senior Geotechincal Engineer, Austin, Texas

We recently met with Orlando Boscan, Senior Geotechnical Engineer based in our Austin, Texas office to learn about his role at Braun Intertec, his background in engineering, and how he is helping grow our team in Central Texas. What is your role at Braun Intertec?I am a senior geotechnical engineer in Round Rock, but I work closely with the whole central Texas group which includes Round Rock, Austin, San Antonio, Texas. I support the Engineering and Testing divisions. Tell us about your background.I was born in Venezuela and moved to the United States to pursue engineering.The first part of my...

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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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Meet our Geotechnical Engineers and Construction Materials Testing Technicians in Amarillo, Texas

Amarillo

We sat down with Shane Nance, Amarillo Business Unit Leader, to learn more about how he and his team works together, their project expertise and why they love working at Braun Intertec. What kind of services and projects does the Amarillo office focus on?We primarily focus on construction materials testing (CMT) and geotechnical engineering in our office and work on projects that vary from universities to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to government facilities. However, TxDOT is probably the driving force behind our work in Amarillo. We work on quite a few ISD projects for Amarillo and the small...

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Soil Compaction Fundamentals Webinar: Understand the Science Behind Soil Testing

Intelligent Soil Compaction

Soil compaction is vital to almost every construction project but sometimes is an overlooked service. Improper compaction methods can lead to unwanted maintenance costs or even failure of structural elements. Understanding the science behind soil compaction can help you identify potential issues which can arise during this phase of construction. Is the soil too wet? Is the correct Proctor being used? Is the proper equipment being used for this soil type? Watch our recorded webinar to take a closer look at the fundamentals of soil compaction and testing with Braun Intertec geotechnical engineering experts, Tom Posey, PE and Ben Butler,...

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Braun Intertec Office Spotlight: Baton Rouge, LA

One of the newest Braun Intertec office locations is Baton Rouge (Gonzales), Louisiana. This location offers several of our services which range from environmental consulting, geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing. We spoke to Brady Turk, Senior Scientist, to learn more about what makes our new Baton Rouge office special. What was the strategy behind choosing Baton Rouge, LA as a new office location?The main reason we chose the Baton Rouge area is because it is booming with industrial and commercial work. Bryan Landers strategically brought me on to help get this office location up and going. With my 23...

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The 3 Most Common Deep Foundation Integrity Test Methods

Pile Integrity Tester deep foundation Kansas City

Successful projects all start with planning and design, end with construction, and include quality programs for every step. For successful deep foundation projects, that means quality control and assurance to validate design assumptions and determine if the deep foundation was installed as planned. To do this we perform integrity testing, which is a set of nondestructive tests that assist engineers as they evaluate the in-place condition of a deep foundation. What are the most used test methods for deep foundation integrity testing? Braun Intertec performs integrity tests most often on drilled, deep foundations since the act of driving a pile...

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Employee-Owner Spotlight: Ryan Drury, Senior Engineer, Bloomington, MN

We recently met with Ryan Drury, a senior engineer out of our Bloomington, Minnesota office to discuss his expertise in deep foundations and what it means to him to be an employee owner. Tell us a little bit about your background.I started as a co-op in 2007 working out of Bloomington doing concrete and soils testing. Once I got hired on full-time, I headed to our Milwaukee office. I was mainly doing special inspections work with Walmart.After a few years, I moved to the St. Paul, MN office and became a project manager and started working on the geotechnical side of...

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Exposed Drilled Soldier Piles for Permanent Foundation Walls

This article originally appeared in the August/September 2020 issue of Foundation Drilling Magazine The Archive, located in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis’s Historic Warehouse District, is a 270,000 square foot apartment building consisting of six levels above-grade and three levels of below grade-parking. The 312 below grade parking spaces will provide public parking and service the 198 apartments in the building; providing considerably more parking than available to adjacent residences in this fast-growing hipster neighborhood. The North Loop name refers to the streetcar line that once served the area. Historically, the North Loop was an industrial area packed with...

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