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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.

What Is The Difference Between Training And Education?

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Training is a burgeoning field and an important tool for any workforce. This is not only true in the oil and gas industry, but in every industry. Companies want their workforces to be safer, more efficient, and more prepared than ever before, and they realize the need for effective training in order to achieve these goals. Whenever the workforce grows, the company implements a new initiative, or disaster strikes, people point to the need for training. New employees need to be trained. Current employees should be retrained. Former employees leave because of a lack of training. But isn’t training just another word for education? And aren’t employees already educated before they are hired? To answer these questions, we simply need to refer to the definitions of these terms. Education is defined by Merriam-Webster as the process of gaining knowledge, skill, and development from study or training. Training , on the other...
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ASME Section VIII, Division 1 - 2019 Edition - Changes to U-2(g)

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What Do You Do When There Are No Rules? On July 1, 2019, the 2019 Edition of ASME Section VIII, Division 1 will be published.  Among the 117 changes to this Edition will be a revised paragraph U-2(g), and a new Mandatory Appendix 46.  The new U-2(g) will read: (g) This Division of Section VIII does not contain rules to cover all details of construction. Where complete details of construction are not given, the Manufacturer, subject to the acceptance of the Authorized Inspector, shall provide the appropriate details to be used.    (1) Where design rules do not exist in this Division, one of the following three methods shall be used:       (-a) Mandatory Appendix 46;       (-b) Proof test in accordance with UG-101;       (-c) Other recognized and generally accepted methods, such as those found in other ASME/EN/ISO/National/Industry Standards or Codes. This option shall provide details of design consistent with...
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Process Safety Management: Small Errors Lead To Big Consequences

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We work in an industry where there is very little tolerance for errors since we deal with highly hazardous, flammable chemicals. Normally our plants operate with exceptional safety records since they are built to exacting standards, inspected frequently to monitor changes in integrity and personnel are highly trained. However, sometimes human error, cutting corners or putting production before safety can cause serious accidents. This blog focuses on the importance of doing things right every day, every time . It discusses incidents where small errors led to huge consequences. These errors can be due to inadvertent mistakes, normalization of deviance, fatigue, intentionally ignoring safety procedures or failure to recognize hazards. Inadvertent mistakes could include forgetting to properly line up a valve system, installing the wrong gasket or pushing a button before the system is ready to operate. Normalization of deviance ( View my other blog ) is where the unacceptable becomes acceptable....
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Value Of Experience In The Unregulated Laser Scanning Industry

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I’ve been fortunate to spend most of my career working with new technologies.  From an early age I was always fascinated with the opportunities that technology can provide.  Technology, as a tool, has the ability to change the way we perform almost any task.  Things that were once complex and time consuming can now be done easily with very little effort.  The expected result would be that we are able to accomplish more in a shorter amount of time with an increased level of quality.  I say “expected” because that isn’t always the case.  Why?  Because technology is simply a tool that when used correctly can provide significant benefits but doesn’t by itself guarantee a successful result.   Like any other tool, it’s the correct use and application of the technology that generates successful results.  The challenge for our industry is that the application of technology in a work process is very...
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