Employee Owner Spotlight: Orlando Boscan, Senior Geotechincal Engineer, Austin, Texas

We recently met with Orlando Boscan, Senior Geotechnical Engineer based in our Austin, Texas office to learn about his role at Braun Intertec, his background in engineering, and how he is helping grow our team in Central Texas. What is your role at Braun Intertec?I am a senior geotechnical engineer in Round Rock, but I work closely with the whole central Texas group which includes Round Rock, Austin, San Antonio, Texas. I support the Engineering and Testing divisions. Tell us about your background.I was born in Venezuela and moved to the United States to pursue engineering.The first part of my...

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Employee-Owner Spotlight: Ken LeBlanc, ASNT NDT Level-III in UT, RT, MT, PT and VT / AWS CWI

We recently met with Ken LeBlanc, NDE operations manager, from our La Porte, Texas office to learn about his professional background, expertise in nondestructive testing and what he likes best about being a Braun Intertec employee-owner. Tell us about your background I actually went to school to become a professional journalist but what eventually led me to nondestructive testing (NDT) was my concern for where I lived. When I was younger, I saw how material and process failures caused risks to life, property and futures. I felt a more noble career path would be to work on a team that...

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Meet our Geotechnical Engineers and Construction Materials Testing Technicians in Amarillo, Texas

Amarillo

We sat down with Shane Nance, Amarillo Business Unit Leader, to learn more about how he and his team works together, their project expertise and why they love working at Braun Intertec. What kind of services and projects does the Amarillo office focus on?We primarily focus on construction materials testing (CMT) and geotechnical engineering in our office and work on projects that vary from universities to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to government facilities. However, TxDOT is probably the driving force behind our work in Amarillo. We work on quite a few ISD projects for Amarillo and the small...

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Employee Owner Spotlight: Trevor Armstrong, Field Operations Coordinator, Austin, TX

We recently met with field operations coordinator, Trevor Armstrong, to discuss his background and his role in building our construction material testing team out of our Austin, Texas office. Tell us a little bit about your background.Oh man, I’ve been all over the board. I started out in medical school in hopes of becoming a trauma surgeon before realizing my love for music. I became a band manager shortly after, which was so cool. I even got to tour with Incubus in 2011! How have you grown in your career at Braun Intertec?My good friend, Ian Grice got me into...

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The 3 Most Common Deep Foundation Integrity Test Methods

Pile Integrity Tester deep foundation Kansas City

Successful projects all start with planning and design, end with construction, and include quality programs for every step. For successful deep foundation projects, that means quality control and assurance to validate design assumptions and determine if the deep foundation was installed as planned. To do this we perform integrity testing, which is a set of nondestructive tests that assist engineers as they evaluate the in-place condition of a deep foundation. What are the most used test methods for deep foundation integrity testing? Braun Intertec performs integrity tests most often on drilled, deep foundations since the act of driving a pile...

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Meet Our Engineering, Testing and Environmental Consultants in Austin, Texas

Austin Texas Geotechnical Engineers and Environmental Consultants

Get to know the team We virtually met with two members of the Braun Intertec team in Austin, Texas, Trevor Armstrong (Field Operations Coordinator, Construction Materials Testing) and Sarah Thompson (Group Manager, Permitting and Compliance) to learn more about the culture in our Austin offices, the work they do with our clients and how our Environmental Consulting and Engineering and Testing divisions collaborate and support each other’s projects. The Braun Intertec team in Austin consists of approximately 20 environmental consultants, engineers and construction materials testing technicians located across two offices. Early next year, they will combine into one office location....

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Employee-Owner Spotlight: Terry McGee, Senior CMT Field Technician, Beaumont, TX

We recently met with Terry McGee, Senior CMT Field Technician based in our Beaumont, Texas office to learn about his role at Braun Intertec, his background in quality control and concrete mix design as well as his TxDOT project experience. What is your role at Braun Intertec?I specialize in quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC), mix design, and trial batching of high-performance concrete. I am currently learning how I can assist our concrete experts with troubleshooting in-situ concrete by using nondestructive testing methods (NDT). I look forward to having the opportunity to provide these unique services to our clients along the Gulf...

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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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Employee-Owner Spotlight: Wesley Soape, ASNT NDT Level III, La Porte, TX

We recently met with Wesley Soape, Level III NDE Technician out of our La Porte, Texas office to discuss his role in industrial radiography and how he started his path in computed radiography. What is your role at Braun Intertec?I am, officially, a nondestructive examination field technician, but unofficially, I handle Computed Radiography compliance for the Gulf Coast of Texas. Someday I would like to help build a nondestructive testing lab in the La Porte, Texas area. Houston is a great market and our NDT team here is in the process of obtaining the certifications required by the clientele in...

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Giving Back to Our Community in Wichita Falls, Texas

Boyd Branch and his daughter On behalf of Braun Intertec, Boyd Branch, Operations Manager of our Wichita Falls, Texas office teamed up with his daughter and Henrietta Independent School District to give back to the community. They found an opportunity with the Wichita Falls Faith Mission which has the goal of eliminating homelessness in their community. They provide several programs including homeless shelter, case management, addiction recovery, job readiness, transitional supporting housing, and social services. This shelter provides meals for families three times a day. “Any time there is an opportunity, we’re going to jump on it. We’re going to...

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