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Becht/HEA Engineering

The Becht Team

Senior Engineering Fellow and ASME Past President 2014-15

sims2013Mr. Sims is a recognized authority in risk-based technologies for optimizing inspection and maintenance decisions; design and analysis of high pressure equipment, including high pressure, high temperature (HPHT) equipment for oil and gas exploration and production and he has extensive experience in mechanical integrity evaluations of existing equipment and Fitness-For-Service analyses. Mr. Sims has served as President of the ASME and member of the 

Board of Governors; past ASME Senior Vice President for Codes and Standards and past Chairman of the Codes and Standards Board of Directors. He is past Vice Chairman and current member of the Joint API/ASME Fitness for Service Committee that is responsible for API 579-1 / ASME FFS-1, the joint Fitness-For-Service standard that was published in 2007 and he is a member of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Subcommittee VIII on Pressure Vessels. He is an ASME Fellow and has more than 20 publications and two patents and is a frequent speaker and chairman in technical forums. He was responsible for developing the recently published ASME “Guide to Life Cycle Management of Pressure Equipment Integrity”. Mr. Sims has been recognized by his peers in the industry as a leader, having received the J. Hall Taylor Codes and Standards medal in 2004, and the Melvin R. Green Codes and Standards medal in 2006. Prior to joining Becht Engineering in 1998, he worked for more than thirty years with Exxon (now ExxonMobil), the last ten years as a pressure equipment specialist with Exxon Research and Engineering Company.

 Summary of current ASME Positions: 

  • Past President 2014-15
  • Board of Governors – Member
  • Pressure Technology Post Construction Committee – Corresponding Member
  • Post Construction Subcommittee on Inspection Planning (PCC) – Member
  • Joint ASME Fitness for Service Committee – Member
  • Subcommittee on Pressure Vessels (SC VIII) – Member
  • Subgroup on High Pressure Vessels (SC VIII, SG HPV) – Member
  • BPV Project Team on Hydrogen Tanks – Member

 

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  • Advisor Resources
  • CorrosionMaterials
  • Due Diligence
  • Heavy Lift
  • Inst/Elec Controls
  • Leadership
  • Machinery
  • Mechanical Eng
  • Mechanical Integrity
  • Nuclear
  • Process Eng
  • Reliability
  • Turnarounds
  • President, Becht Engineering

    chuck becht

    Dr. Becht, Fellow ASME, former Chairman of the ASME B31.3, Process Piping Code and 2014 J Hall Taylor Medal recipient, is a recognized authority in pressure vessels, piping, expansion joints, and elevated temperature design. He has more than 30 years of experience in design, design review, analysis, check-out, mechanical integrity, development, troubleshooting, and failure analysis.

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  • General Manager

    basil2013John Basil has over 30 years of experience in consulting engineering, design and construction management in a wide variety of heavy industries. As part of his management and leadership roles in engineering companies and the US Navy, he has organized technical and operations teams; developed project concepts and proposals; managed a wide variety of projects, client programs, alliances and Joint Ventures; and strengthened companies...

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  • Vice President - Engineering

    charles becht VMr. Becht is a mechanical and nuclear engineer with expertise in FEA and thermo-hydraulics modeling and analysis. His experience ranges from developing new designs meeting code requirements, failure investigation and repair, and FFS assessments.

    In the hydraulic area, his work includes the study of NRC issues related to entrapped gases in liquid lines, for which he developed hydraulics models and analysis

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  • Vice President - Maintenance & Projects

    Derek Becht

    Derek Becht is a chemical engineer with expertise in design, operation, and optimization of process equipment.  He has supported every refinery process unit in either a process or operations support & management function.  Derek has extensive experience supporting capital projects including two replacement FCC Reactors, new Crude Unit and FCC Main Fractionator pump-around heat exchangers, Crude Column Preflash internals, a Turbine Fuel Merox expansion, and

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    • Process Eng
  • Vice President - Finance & Human Resources

    paula lazer becht CFOPaula is vice president of finance and human resources at Becht Engineering Co., which has six offices in the U.S. and a subsidiary in Canada.  Since joining the company in 2006, she has built a strong financial team whose efforts have helped it thrive.  In 2014, Paula was named CFO of the Year by NJBIZ. 

    Prior to joining Becht, Paula held accounting posts at Crisdel Group, Lucent Technologies and Danline Inc. She also worked as an accounting executive in Romania, where she remains involved in charitable efforts.  After settling in the U.S., Paula volunteered with a charity called World Vision. The nonprofit, which helps children around the world, was not active in Romania at the time, but has since become active there.

    Paula holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics  (Academy of Academic Studies) and an MBA (University of Phoenix).

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  • Director, Mechanical Integrity

    hoffman2012Rick Hoffman joined Becht Engineering in June, 2009 as a Senior Engineering Advisor. He has more than 39 years experience in engineering, reliability management and maintenance in the refining, petrochemical and synthetic fuels industries. Before joining Becht Engineering he was the Director, Specialty Engineering for LyondellBasell Industries. In this role he had worldwide responsibility for corporate technical support, mechanical engineering and maintenance for more than 40 chemical plants and two refineries. He was also responsible for capital project support, setting the strategic direction for Lyondell maintenance and reliability programs and all engineering and maintenance standards. 

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    • Due Diligence
    • Mechanical Integrity
  • Vice President, Becht Engineering

    Princiotto

    Ted Princiotto has 40 years experience in the petroleum refining business, 30 years with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company and 12 years with Becht Engineering where he is Vice President of Engineering. While with ExxonMobil, he held various technical, supervisory, staff and management positions. He supervised the mechanical engineering, applied mechanics and rotating equipment sections, participated in six refinery startups worldwide including the demonstration unit and first commercial application of ExxonMobil’s FLEXICOKING process. He held positions in the Corporation’s Corporate Planning Energy Outlook Division, ran the Vice President of Engineering’s Staff responsible for budgets and workload/workforce planning.

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  • Director, Reliability Services

    radha2012

    Arcot "Radha" Radhakrishnan's career has spanned over 45 years of worldwide involvement in the petroleum, chemicals and oil producing industries, including service with Shell Chemicals, Exxon Corporation and with ExxonMobil Corporation. At Exxon his R&D contributions included development of equipment technology for synthetic fuels (DOE) and the development/implementation of storage tank design and construction practices for atmospheric and low temperature services. His career has included a diverse range of technology assignments relating to capital projects, commissioning of new facilities, R&D,

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    • Reliability
  • Director, Advisor Resources

    Winkler

    Becht Engineering has more than 800 specialists on our worldwide roster, most with over 25 years experience in their specific areas of expertise. Becht Engineering's resources also include experienced and seasoned professionals (many with more than 30 years of experience in pace-setting owner organizations) who successfully manage, plan, review, and supervise process plant projects and turnarounds on behalf of the owner.

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  • Heavy Lift Manager

    joe collinsMr. Collins has over 40 years experience in the heavy lift industry, with 20 of those years as manager of Zachry Construction Corporation’s crane fleet and lift operations. He recently served as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), an independent, not-for-profit organization established in 1995 to administer a nationwide program for the certification of crane operators. Joe also served as a member of the Cranes and Derrick Advisory Committee (C-DAC) to OSHA, which wrote and delivered the initial draft of the new OSHA Crane Safety Standard. In January 2011, Engineering News Record magazine honored Joe as one of the “Top 25 Newsmakers” for his work with C-DAC.

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    • Heavy Lift
  • Chief Engineer, Nuclear Services Division

    antaki2012

    Mr. Antaki, Fellow ASME, has over 40 years of experience in nuclear power plants and process facilities, in the areas of design, safety analysis, startup, operation support, inspection, fitness for services and integrity analysis, retrofits and repairs. George has held engineering and management positions at Westinghouse and Washington Group International, where he has performed work at power and process plants, and consulted for the Department of Energy (DOE), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He also is an

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  • Manager Richland Office

    F. George Abatt, PhD, PE

    Dr. Abatt has authored numerous technical reports and presentations in his professional career that highlight his technical expertise with linear and nonlinear structural analysis, seismic analysis, soil-structure interaction, fluid-structure interaction, and impact analyses.  A strong leader, Dr. Abatt has acted as the technical lead and project manager on numerous high-visibility projects for Department of Energy, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Commercial customers and has presented the results of analyses to external reviewers and regulatory agencies.

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