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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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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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

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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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Is Building Enclosure Commissioning Necessary for My Project?

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What is a building enclosure? Before we dive into the concept of building enclosure commissioning, let’s first dig into building enclosures. What are they and what parts make up a complete enclosure? A building enclosure is made up of a building’s roof, walls, windows, doors and base floor system. This includes all materials, components, systems and assemblies whose function is to separate the interior of the building from the exterior. The building enclosure is meant to be airtight, waterproof, energy efficient and, sometimes, address safety issues like firestopping. What is building enclosure commissioning (BECx)? Building enclosure commissioning, which is often...

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Employee-Owner Spotlight: Thomas Dunnam, Materials Lab Manager, La Porte, Texas

This spring we met with Thomas Dunnam, Materials Lab Manager for our La Porte, Texas location about his new role, how he built his laboratory to include specialty sulfate and chloride soil testing and what it means to him to be an employee-owner. How long have you been the La Porte Materials Lab Manager with Braun Intertec?I’ve been here since May 2019. Before that I worked in materials labs in the La Porte area for almost five years. What is your background?I got a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Texas Tech University in 2011 and then I went on to...

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Top 3 Things AWS CWIs Need to Know About Nondestructive Examination

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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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Employee-Owner Spotlight: Terrence Young, Construction Materials Testing Project Manager in Beaumont, Texas

We recently visited Terrence Young out on a project site and asked him about his background with Braun Intertec, why he joined the company, our culture of safety and what he’s looking for when he’s filling CMT technician roles in the Beaumont, Texas office. Can you tell us about how long you’ve been with Braun Intertec and what attracted you to the company?I started two years ago in January. I have about twenty years of experience in construction materials testing (CMT) and started out as a senior CMT technician when I joined the Braun Intertec team. One of the reasons...

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Braun Intertec Office Spotlight: Port Arthur, Texas

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One of the newest Braun Intertec office locations is Port Arthur, Texas. This location is dedicated specifically to our drilling services in contrast to other Braun Intertec Texas locations that house our full suite of services which range from geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing and nondestructive examination. We spoke to Bryan Landers, a Business Unit Leader based in our Beaumont office, to learn more about what makes our drilling location in Port Arthur special. Why did we open an office in Port Arthur?With the massive amount of growth we have been seeing in this region, demand for our geotechnical drilling...

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