Employee-Owner Spotlight: Pat LaPlante, Level II NDE Technician, Minneapolis, MN

We recently met with Pat LaPlante, Level II NDE Technician out of our Minneapolis, Minnesota office to discuss his role and what he loves about his job. What is your role at Braun Intertec?I’ve grown with Braun Intertec for more than 30 years and have been lucky enough to work on some major projects with my team. My role here is to perform nondestructive testing services on various components in the field and laboratory. Some of my everyday tasks include structural steel inspections, welder certification, bolting inspections, plan detail interpretation, and code book interpretation. I am responsible for communication with subcontractors,...

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[OnDemand Webinar] Stadiums and Vertical Structures Webinar: How to Get the Most out of Your Next Structural Steel Inspection

Do you know how to efficiently integrate a high-caliber structural steel inspection group into the construction of your next vertical structure or stadium? Special inspectors who maintain ICC certification in areas such as structural steel, welding, bolting, and fireproofing are a trove of information and, if well integrated into your project team, can help save time when questions arise during construction or spot issues that would affect the performance or safety of a structure. Watch as our best-in-class structural steel inspectors, Pat LaPlante, ICC-certified inspector and ASNT NDT Level-II and Taylor Carlson, ICC-certified inspector and ASNT NDT Level-II, whose experience...

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Is Your Piping at Risk? When to be Concerned About Corrosion Under Insulation

All too often, Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) is an out of sight, out of mind problem lurking just beneath the surface. That is, until you finally spot a leak that disrupts your system, potentially causing a safety incident or near miss in the field. The struggles of CUI are widespread and if you don’t yet have a history of CUI leaks, it’s only a matter of time until you encounter your first. So, why is CUI such a common problem and is there anything you can do to stop it? Should you be concerned about CUI at your operations? Our...

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Top 3 Things AWS CWIs Need to Know About Nondestructive Examination


What Do AWS CWIs Need to Know About Nondestructive Examination? Certified welding inspectors’ (CWI) work is vital to confirming the safety and quality of the projects they support—but do you know how to properly leverage the insight your nondestructive examination (NDE) reports provide? As a CWI, you’re likely well-versed in visual testing (VT) but understanding methods like radiographic testing (RT), magnetic particle testing (MT) or ultrasonic testing (UT) and how they fit into the scope of a your day-to-day work will add critical value to your inspections. Familiarity with these methods and the report an NDE consultant will generate when...

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[OnDemand Webinar] Nondestructive Examination Insights for Certified Welding Inspectors that Save Time

NDE for CWIs

As a certified welding inspector (CWI) do you know how to evaluate the quality of the nondestructive examination (NDE) performed on your project? Do you know if the best NDE method has been used? While it isn’t critical a CWI understand every nuance of an NDE method to determine the quality of the NDE provided—you do need some insight into the fundamentals. In this presentation, NDE experts, Ken LeBlanc and Wesley Soape from our La Porte, Texas office, discuss the fundamentals of nondestructive examination and what every CWI should know to properly leverage the value of NDE in their day-to-day...

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[OnDemand] How to Choose the Best Nondestructive Examination Methods for Your Project

Nondestructive Testing

Do you know what kind of Nondestructive Examination (NDE) methods will best detect your project’s potential defects? NDE offers a range of test methods which can confirm your project is code compliant. However, if you’re not an NDE expert it can be difficult to choose the correct methods on your own. Take a closer look at nondestructive test methods and the projects they’re best suited for with Ken LeBlanc NDE veteran and operations manager for Braun Intertec in La Porte, Texas and Wesley Soape, a nondestructive examination technician level III. Learn more about: NDE methods and the projects or materials...

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

Beaumont, Texas

About Our Team Strategically located along the Gulf Coast, the Braun Intertec Beaumont, Texas office houses 51 geotechnical engineers, construction materials testing technicians, environmental scientists and drillers. Many of the office leadership and senior technicians have worked together for the better part of 20 years and have built our Beaumont office from the ground up. We spoke with Bryan Landers, area leader of the Beaumont office to learn more about what makes his team special, the services they offer and what he sees on the horizon for Braun Intertec. What makes the Beaumont region unique?For starters, it would be the...

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Meet the Team: La Porte Office Spotlight

About Our Team Home to more than 30 engineers, technicians and scientists, our La Porte, Texas office first opened in May 2019, and currently provides geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing and nondestructive examination services. We sat down with the La Porte Operations Manager, Kevin Williams, to discuss what services and expertise our La Porte office can provide to clients on the Gulf Coast, what sets the team apart from other engineering firms in the area, and our involvement in the community.  Why did we open an office in this area?La Porte is located in the center of the oil and...

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Employee-Owner Spotlight: Tim Williams, Level Three NACE Inspector

Employee-Owner Spotlight: Tim Williams, Level Three NACE Inspector We recently spoke with Tim Williams to learn more about his role in our nondestructive examination group (NDE) as a level three National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) inspector from our Bloomington, Minnesota office. We wanted to get to know his professional background, his experience as a Braun Intertec employee-owner and whether he had advice for future Braun Intertec employees and future NACE inspectors. What is your role at Braun Intertec? Tim: I’m a level three NACE inspector. Typically, level three work requires writing and reviewing specifications, looking at coating systems, evaluating...

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