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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Kevin D. Williams Joins Braun Intertec in Texas City

Kevin D. Williams Joins Braun Intertec in Texas City Braun Intertec, an engineering, consulting and testing firm with offices throughout the central United States, is pleased to announce Kevin D. Williams has joined the Texas City, Texas office as Operations Manager. Williams brings over 25 years of specialized geotechnical and materials testing experience serving clients throughout the greater Houston area and Gulf Coast. “I’m pleased to have Kevin join our Texas City team,” says Braun Intertec CEO, Jon Carlson. “With his diverse experience working with quality management systems as well as health and safety, Kevin’s background aligns with our vision...

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Finance & Commerce Readers Recognize Braun Intertec – Best Engineering Firm

finance and commerce reader rankings

Braun Intertec is proud to be recognized in Finance and Commerce’s 2017 Reader Rankings as a finalist in the Best Engineering Firm category. The finalists in each category were selected by popular vote by Finance and Commerce readers. Thank you to Finance and Commerce, a daily publication offering news, analysis and commentary on business in Minnesota. For more than 60 years, Braun Intertec has provided geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing and environmental consulting as well as a wide variety of other services on projects throughout Minnesota. We are proud to be part of projects that are dedicated to improving the...

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S. Brent McNeme, PE, Joins Braun Intertec in Arlington

Brent McNeme

Braun Intertec, an engineering, consulting and testing firm with offices throughout the central United States, is pleased to announce S. Brent McNeme, PE has joined the Arlington, Texas office as Associate Principal and Senior Engineer. McNeme brings almost 15 years of specialized geotechnical and materials laboratory experience serving local and state governments, federal agencies, commercial interests, oil and gas clients and residential contractors. “I’m thrilled to have Brent join our Arlington team. As we continue to grow our team in Texas, Brent’s strong reputation and extensive geotechnical experience throughout the state adds to our ability to deliver quality services to...

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What to Consider When Building a Solar Farm: Geotechnical and Environmental Considerations

Solar Webinar

The growth of solar gardens and utility scale solar installations will continue to increase in the years to come. Large scale land usage requires an understanding of the impacts to the local habitat as well as the baseline environmental conditions of the site to help avoid future claims. Solar arrays require an understanding of site soils to design a racking system that can withstand the lateral and vertical forces induced. Complete the form to view a recorded version of our webinar and learn more about environmental aspects relating to solar sites as well as the geotechnical process for providing solar site recommendations....

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In the Field: Revamping I-35W

In the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, the I-35W corridor between downtown Minneapolis and Lakeville is one of the most heavily traveled, serving approximately 200,000 vehicles per day.  It is also one of the busiest transit corridors in the state of Minnesota, serving approximately 15,000 bus riders per day. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has recently begun a four-year project to improve the nine-lane artery, immediately south of downtown Minneapolis.  To keep the project on schedule, MnDOT allowed the contractors (Ames/Lunda/Shafer Joint Venture) a full weekend closure in early October. The contractor reserved the weekend for complex and time-sensitive work activities,...

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GME Consulting Services Joins Braun Intertec

Braun Intertec, a premier geotechnical engineering, testing and environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce it has joined forces with GME Consulting Services (GME), a Dallas-based engineering and testing firm. “As we expand our ability to support clients in new geographic areas, we have sought opportunities to add talent that enhances our services. I am pleased that GME, a highly respected firm, has become part of our team. GME has a strong reputation for building mutually-beneficial, trust-based relationships with its clients and business partners,” says Jon Carlson, CEO of Braun Intertec. “Ultimately, our goal with an acquisition like this is to provide...

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Oil Well Pad Landslide Repair

Abstract: A wetter than usual spring season caused numerous landslides in the Badland Region of North Dakota, including the failure of the Mormon Butte oil well platform after thirty years of active service. This case study will detail the site investigation, design, and construction of a geologically sensitive site located on U.S. Forest Service land. The main concern was how much failed soil could be removed without compromising the well. Analyses were performed to determine a safe temporary slope to allow for the removal of some of the failed soils. To read more on how the platform was completed and...

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Ask a Pro: Is fat clay a threat to my dream home?

Crescent Ponds Homes

One potential problem that can cause years of aggravation and cost tens of thousands of dollars to remediate is high plasticity clay. The damage manifests itself by sloping floors, sticking windows and doors, and cracking in drywall finishes. High plasticity clays have microscopic mineral grains that are especially attractive to water. While the clay generally can take on a tremendous amount of water and still maintain its strength, its volume will expand. It only takes one bad event like a broken water line or a large spill to wet the subgrade and begin the swelling process. Little can be done...

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Leveraging the Value of Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical evaluation

Geotechnical engineers are civil engineering professionals who evaluate soil, bedrock, and groundwater to identify subsurface conditions that can potentially impact proposed development. Through continued engagement, a geotechnical engineer can bring additional value to projects by providing the designer with recommendations throughout the life of a project. Soil characteristics can heavily influence the development of construction projects. For that reason, a geotechnical evaluation should be part of the site assessment to reduce potential unidentified site conditions. A geotechnical evaluation is an investigation process that is often one of the first documents prepared for a project. The information gathered includes the footprint...

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