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The Becht Team

Senior Engineering Advisor

torney-van-ackerTorney Van Acker has over 35 years of domestic and international experience with ExxonMobil planning and developing large complex control system replacement projects in the petroleum refining and chemical industry as well as developing the instrumentation, control and safety systems scope for large Upstream production projects at a number of onshore and offshore locations.

His experience includes project scope development, business case justification, cost and schedule estimating, resource planning, competitive bid process, and contracting strategies. Mr. Van Acker was the lead I&CS start-up engineer on multiple refining projects in the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean and Europe. He chaired the Instrumentation Network, which included instrumentation specialists from each of ExxonMobil’s refineries and was responsible for the maintaining and development of ExxonMobil I&C engineering standards and best practices. Mr. Van Acker was project development manager for ten control and safety systems replacement projects in ExxonMobil downstream and chemical affiliates, all of which came in under budget and within schedule. He has also led the program development for defining 39 TDC2000 control system replacement projects and been a key advisor for the development of a corporate-wide strategy for aging TDC3000 control systems.

Mr. Van Acker earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester and is a member of the International Society of Automation. He is fluent in French and Italian and is conversational in German.