Employee-Owner Spotlight: Chris Calhoun, Project Engineer, La Porte, Texas

We met with Chris Calhoun who recently joined the engineering and testing team in our La Porte, Texas office to discuss his expertise in deep foundations and how he started his career path in geotechnical engineering. How did your start on your engineering career path?I first went to school not necessarily knowing what I wanted to do. I spoke to my advisor and ultimately decided on the civil engineering path. At first, I concentrated more on the structural engineering side, but when I got out of school, I started a job in geotechnical engineering and the rest is history! What...

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Sulfate and Chloride Soil Corrosivity Testing Services in Texas and Beyond

The Braun Intertec materials laboratory in La Porte, Texas has established a set of corrosivity tests for chloride and sulfate ions, PH and resistivity testing in soils and concrete with rapid test turnaround times—often in as little as 48 hours. Soil Corrosivity Testing Corrosivity tests are often run as part of a larger suite of geotechnical soils properties tests during the preconstruction phase of a project or to account for corrosion control measures required on an aboveground oil storage tank, important structure or pipeline. In addition to PH and resistivity testing, the added corrosivity testing capabilities follow ASTM guidelines for...

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Braun Intertec Welcomes New Co-ops!

In Mid-May, Braun Intertec and a team of experienced employee-owners extended a warm welcome to this year’s co-ops. This year, Braun Intertec has more than 50 co-ops joining us in Texas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. Braun Intertec Co-Op Program Overview The Braun Intertec co-op program was created more than ten years ago and has evolved ever since. The co-op program is a six-month paid internship which allows currently enrolled students to gain industry experience with our engineering and construction materials testing group.  Before the program kicks off, we recruit and interview students from more than 30 different colleges...

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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 Ranks 98 on ENR Top 500 Design Firms List

Geotechnical Engineer

Braun Intertec, an engineering, consulting and testing firm with more than 35 offices in seven states, is pleased to announce ranking 98 on the Engineering News-Record (ENR) Top 500 Engineering Firms list. Ranked 117 in 2019, this ranking on the ENR Top 500 reflects significant expansion in our commercial, industrial, oil and gas as well as transportation markets throughout Texas and nationwide. “As an employee-owned company, our culture is the main driver of our growth and success. Our latest ranking on the ENR Top 500 represents the commitment and focus of our employee-owners,” says Jon Carlson, CEO of Braun Intertec....

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Leadership Spotlight with Josh Van Abel: Vice President

We recently sat down with Josh Van Abel to learn more about his new role as a Vice President and Twin Cities Engineering Group Manager. We asked him about his new role, how he got his start at Braun Intertec and the advice he has for new engineers entering the field. What is your current role at Braun Intertec?My current role is Vice President and Manager of the Twin Cities Engineering Group, which includes around 55 professional staff based in Bloomington and White Bear Lake, Minnesota. My other primary responsibilities include account manager and Principal Engineer on projects.  What is...

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Leadership Spotlight with Kim Macy: Vice President

We recently spoke with Kim Macy to learn more about her new role as Vice President and leader of the South Central Engineering and Testing group. We asked her about her background, what she enjoys about working at Braun Intertec in this new role, and advice she has for those just starting their career. What is your current role at Braun Intertec?I lead the engineering and testing group for the South Central Region and am a Vice President. We have more than 200 employee-owners in our group who strive daily to be the consultant of choice for our clients. Additionally,...

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Leadership Spotlight with Chris Kehl: Vice President and Principal Engineer

We recently spoke with Chris Kehl to learn more about his new role as Vice President and Principal Engineer. We asked him about his background, what he enjoys about working at Braun Intertec in his new role, and his advice for those just starting their career. What is your current role at Braun Intertec? In addition to serving clients by running and reviewing geotechnical engineering and construction testing projects, my internal responsibilities include being the Technical Practice Leader for construction materials testing, and I also have operational responsibilities for the Twin Cities construction materials testing group. What is your professional...

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Leadership Spotlight with Nate McKinney: Vice President

We recently asked Nate McKinney about his new role as Vice President and Technical Practice Leader for our Engineering group. We learned more about his background, the focus Braun Intertec puts on continuous improvement and what he looks for in a new team member. What is your current role at Braun Intertec? I am a Vice President and the Technical Practice Leader for the Engineering group at Braun Intertec. This means I work closely with the leaders of our Engineering and Testing group, Sean Swartz and Ryan Venable, to strengthen the technical excellence of our group. I also serve our...

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[OnDemand Webinar] Crane Pad Design: Small Details That Can Make Or Break Your Project

Crane Pad Design

How much thought did you give the last crane pad design on your project? Did you confirm its design was both reliable while also meeting project requirements? The foundation design of a crane pad is vital to a safe and effective project but even one small, unaccounted-for variable can leave a crane vulnerable to toppling, collapse or other unsafe conditions. Watch as John A. Focht III, PE, our South Central region Technical Leader and Project Engineer, Randy Deatherage from the Braun Intertec Dallas, Texas office as they discuss the complexities of designing a safe crane pad whatever the terrain; answer...

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