Employee-Owner Spotlight: Meet Rosalie Balderaz

Rosalie Balderaz: Houston Materials Lab Coordinator We sat down with Rosalie Balderaz, who is a materials lab coordinator working from our office in Houston, Texas. We interviewed her to learn more about her professional background, role and experience as a Braun Intertec employee. What is your role at Braun Intertec and how long have you been working here? I started at Braun Intertec almost two years ago as a level three geotechnical lab technician, and I recently got promoted as the materials lab coordinator, which means I essentially run the geotechnical lab. Currently, I am learning how to do specialty...

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A Look Inside: Life as a CMT Technician

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What is a construction materials testing technician? A construction materials testing (CMT) technician performs a variety of tests and inspections on construction materials such as soils, deep foundations, concrete, asphalt and masonry. They check that the components of each unique structure has been assembled in a manner consistent with its plans and specifications. Design teams communicate their requirements to contractors who build the designs, and CMT technicians help provide the expertise to know it is done right. But what does a normal day look like for these technicians? While CMT technician responsibilities can vary greatly, we'll do our best to...

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New, Custom-Built Mobile Materials Laboratory at Braun Intertec

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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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Our State-of-the-art Materials Laboratory Opens in Houston

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Over the past 60 years, Braun Intertec has been known as an industry leader and reliable partner by providing timely and cost-effective engineering solutions for our clients. We’ve built a trusted reputation for delivering results that made us the consultant of choice across the industry. Through effective communication and collaboration with our clients and our team’s passion for innovation, we have developed a proven track record of providing quality solutions and recommendations for our client’s engineering and environmental design and forensic challenges. We're Accredited As part of our commitment to quality, we recently opened an accredited materials laboratory in our...

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Leveling the Field: The Importance of Floor Flatness

What are F-numbers, and why do they Matter? F-numbers, determined in accordance with ASTM E 1155, are the widely accepted measurements for evaluating flatness and levelness of concrete slabs. Modern-day floor flatness and levelness test methods have made life easier for designers and end users of facilities with concrete floor slabs. In the not too distant past, concrete floor flatness was measured by laying a ten-foot straightedge on a finished floor and measuring the gap between the straightedge and the concrete over the span. If the gap was measured to be 1/8th inch or less it was commonly considered to...

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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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