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Becht Engineering Blog

In this section of the site contributing authors submit interesting articles relating to the various services, industries and research & development efforts of Becht Engineering.

How To Manage A Crane Accident

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    No one expects to have a crane accident, but it can happen to anyone. Everyone who uses a crane is subject to a calculated risk. All of us need to be prepared in the event an accident occurs.       WHAT IF YOU ARE FACED WITH THIS AT YOUR SITE?           IMMEDIATELY ASSESS THE SCENE Are there any injuries, trapped persons or fatalities? If so, notify Fire and Rescue immediately. Before they arrive, determine if any equipment or structures are unstable. Don’t let them walk into a trap and become victims!   Point out any known dangers including unstable structures to Rescue Personnel. Before and as they arrive, carefully explain any known hazards so the First Responders understand what they are dealing with. Barricade the area in red to prevent any non-essential persons from entering a hazardous area. This also serves to preserve the...
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Integrity Operating Windows (IOWs), a Key Piece to Your Integrity Program, But Where Else Should They Be Integrated?

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Integrity Operating Windows (IOWs) are a key component of a world class mechanical integrity program.   IOWs are not a new concept, as they have been around in different forms for many years.  However, with the publication of the first edition of API RP 584, Integrity Operating Windows , in 2014 and the more recent first edition of API 970, Corrosion Control Documents , in 2018, more focus has been placed on these limits within the refining industry. IOWs can be defined as established limits for process parameters that affect the integrity of equipment and piping when operations deviate from these limits.  API 584 defines IOWs in three categories: Critical – Parameters where rapid deterioration occurs when the limit is exceeded (typically hours to days) Standard – Parameter where exceedances over a specified period of time will cause increased degradation (typically weeks to months or within a turnaround interval) Informational –...
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Five Reasons Why Your Training Program Will Fail

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Good training is something that we know is necessary. In light of Industry’s aging demographics and retiring experience, we need good training to carry us successfully into the future. As technology evolves more quickly and changes almost daily, we need good training to help us to wring the last dollar out of our constant upgrades and investments. And as reliability improves and minimizes our employees’ opportunities to observe “a blip”, we need good training to substitute for on-the-job learning. But the best-designed training program in the world will fail miserably in its delivery if conditions at your site are not supportive of the effort. If a seed is planted, receives no sunshine, no water, and is allowed to be choked off by weeds – do you REALLY think it has a chance to root and bear fruit? You’re right – training isn’t farming – but let’s look at the five things...
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Operability And Fitness-for-Service (FFS) Of ASME Equipment In Nuclear Power Plants

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Bringing Order and Logic to the Evaluation Process There is a multitude of documents and reports that describe the damage mechanisms of ASME pressure equipment (vessels, pumps, valves, piping, and tanks, and their supports) in nuclear power plants. Thousands of pages published by EPRI, the NRC, ASME, NACE, research laboratories, utilities, contractors, and others, to read, study, and understand. The plant engineer must understand these thousands of pages of damage mechanisms, first to take the right preventive measures, and second, when the damage occurs despite our best efforts, to correctly diagnose the remaining life of the equipment, i.e. determine its fitness-for-service, its operability. In December 2018, EPRI published “Roadmap to Integrity Evaluation and Repair of Nuclear Plant Piping” EPRI report number 3002013156, to help the plant engineer navigate through the technical and regulatory complexities of damage mechanisms and the methods for the evaluation of remaining life. This is an important step...
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