Kim Macy, SET, DBIA, Joins Braun Intertec in North Texas

Braun Intertec, an engineering, consulting and testing firm with offices throughout the central United States, is pleased to announce Kim L. Macy, SET, DBIA, has joined the firm as a Principal and the Regional Consulting Director for North Texas operations. Macy brings nearly 25 years of leadership and project management experience serving clients within the public and private sectors on environmental consulting, geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing projects in Texas. “I’m incredibly pleased to welcome Kim to our team,” says Braun Intertec CEO, Jon Carlson. “With a strong reputation for being a trusted client advisor and developing collaborative teams,...

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Volunteering at Texas High School Civil Engineering Club

Civil Engineering Club

Randy Deatherage, a project engineer from our Arlington, Texas office, recently visited O.D. Wyatt High School in Fort Worth, Texas to present to the school's new civil engineering club. The new club is the first of its kind on the west side of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, and will host weekly presenters from various civil engineering fields who will speak with the class about their engineering experience and lead the group in a hands-on activity. As the group's first presenter, Randy discussed his background with geotechnical engineering and led an activity with mechanically stabilized earth, which are commonly used in...

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New, Custom-Built Mobile Materials Laboratory at Braun Intertec

Mobile Materials Laboratory

Cost-efficient and convenient construction materials laboratory Whether it’s on the windswept North Dakota prairie delivering soils to test in -30F degree weather or analyzing pavement samples in the 115F heat of a scorching summer day on the Texas plains, we’ve got you covered. At first glance this sounds both miserable and impossible, but as our Materials Laboratory Manager Thor Stangebye informs us, neither has to be true when you’re working with the Braun Intertec Materials Laboratory. That’s because we custom build mobile laboratories for these exact conditions. “We asked people, ‘If you see anything we can do better with our...

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Meet Our Geotechnical Engineers and Construction Materials Testing Consultants in Arlington, Texas

Who We Are Home to approximately 25 geotechnical engineers and construction materials testing consultants in Arlington, Texas, our local team members offer a wide range of services to our clients. Arlington’s primary service categories include: Geotechnical engineering Construction materials testing Nondestructive testing Unmanned aerial systems Cone penetration testing Environmental consulting Drilling Currently, our Arlington office’s largest and most high-profile project is the new Texas Rangers Stadium, for which we are proud to provide construction materials testing and structural steel inspections. In addition, Arlington’s talented team has also worked on projects for the University of North Texas, City of Rockville, Fort...

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How to Conduct a Geotechnical Peer Review: Guidelines for Professional Engineers

Geotechnical Engineering

Have you been asked by your client to review your competitor’s report? It is an honor to conduct a geotechnical peer review and can be a critical step forward, or backward, in becoming the consultant of choice for your clients. This is a critical client touch moment, and as such it’s important to approach a peer review with the right mindset before proceeding. So You’ve Been Asked to Conduct a Geotechnical Peer Review Imagine that today you enter the office and your favorite client calls you to discuss a geotechnical report prepared by your competitor. They have some questions and would...

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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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Braun Intertec expands technical expertise in Dallas and Tyler, Texas

Braun Intertec Truck At Texas Job Site

Braun Intertec is proud to announce three employee-owners have transferred to our office locations in Dallas and Tyler, Texas broadening our technical expertise in key sectors. The latest employee moves will bolster our current service offering in geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing. Cody Wardien, project engineer with nearly seven years of experience, is now located in our Tyler, Texas office. Wardien specializes in geotechnical evaluations, construction materials testing project management, geotechnical and construction materials testing proposal development and field instrumentation. He has managed projects for a broad range of clients including, oil and gas facilities, residential home construction, agricultural...

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Josh Kadrmas Speaking at South Dakota Engineering Society Conference

Josh Kadrmas

What: 58th Annual South Dakota Engineering Society Conference Where: Holiday Inn City Centre, Sioux Falls, SD When: April 4-6, 2018 Josh Kadrmas, a project engineer from our Fargo office, has been selected to speak at the upcoming 2018 South Dakota Engineering Society (SDES) Annual Conference in Sioux Falls on April 4th through the 6th. Drawing in over 200 professional engineers from South Dakota, the annual SDES conference offers numerous presentations across various engineering disciplines. Environmental Concerns in Construction On the surface of parking lots and greenspaces there’s usually little evidence to suggest that anything is amiss. But hidden deep within...

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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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What Value Can a Geotechnical Engineering Consultant Bring?

Geotechnical Engineer

What Does a Geotechnical Engineer do? Will there be basements, multiple stories, grade changes, or special features on your proposed building project? One thing you may not be aware of is the tremendous value geotechnical engineers can bring to a project by selecting optimum foundations and site preparation techniques. They collect soil samples at critical depths for laboratory testing and explore various locations on the site to identify the greatest efficiency and can also provide guidance and recommendations to confirm a building or structure is compatible with the underlying soil. Earth is not a very sympathetic negotiator, so it is...

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