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The Becht Team

Senior Engineering Advisor


Mr. Frikken is an internationally recognized authority in piping systems, valves, and the development of standards and specifications. His work with Becht includes designing new piping systems, analyzing existing piping systems, assisting manufacturers with respect to code compliance issues, and providing instruction on process piping and piping flexibility analysis courses. Don has received a number of awards including the ASME B31 Forever Medal for Excellence in Piping, and the ASME Melvin R. Green Codes and Standards Medal in 2002, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the development of documents used in ASME programs of technical codification, standardization and certification.

He received the ASME Fellow Award in 1994 and the ASME Dedicated Service Award in 1995. Prior to joining Becht Engineering, Don spent 34 years with Solutia, Inc. and Monsanto Company working on a wide range of activities including piping and mechanical design, project engineering, and engineering standards. Mr. Frikken is a registered PE in Missouri.




ASME Standards and Certification activities include:

    • B16 Standardization of Valves, Flanges, Fittings, and Gaskets Standards Committee Member
    • B31 Code for Pressure Piping Standards Committee Member and Past Chair
    • B31 Executive Committee Member
    • B31.12 Hydrogen Piping and Pipelines Section Committee Member
    • B31.3 Process Piping Section Committee Member and Past Chair
    • B31.3 Task Group on Edit (TG-C) Member
    • B31.3 Task Group on Inquiry Review (TG-IR) Member
    • Board on New Development Chair
    • Board on Pressure Technology Codes and Standards Past Member
    • BPV Project Team on Hydrogen Tanks Contributing Member
    • Council on Standards and Certification Member and Past Chair
    • Board of Governors Past Member

Other Standards Activities:

    • US TAG for ISO/TC 153/SC 1 - Design, Manufacturing, Marking and Testing Member
    • US TAG for ISO/TC 5/SC 10 - Metallic Flanges and Their Joints Member
    • US TAG for ISO/TC 197 – Hydrogen Technologies Member
    • American Petroleum Institute, Refinery Department, Committee on Refinery Equipment, Subcommittee on Piping Past Member
    • Materials Technology Institute, member of two groups involved with evaluation of gaskets
    • ISA - The International Society for Measurement and Control, SP 93, Sealing Technologies Committee, Member