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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 Resolve an Engineering Manager's Typical Dilemma - “Where to Start”

confused_engineer Where Do I Start?
The Problem Too often, the inability to get the required work done correctly, and on-time, has been blamed on too few people, not enough of the right people, or situations that were not anticipated.  Dr. Louis T. Rader's comments, about engineering management, are still applicable to many managers today.  In 1964, he noted that: "The apparent shortages of engineering talent actually can be traced to a shortage of effective engineering management.  A poor manager wastes engineering talent.  When jobs are well planned and directed, and the work is rigidly oriented to a realistic budget, the professional dignity and capabilities of each engineer working in such an environment are markedly enhanced (Ref. 1).  It is amazing that after 55 years, this situation is still pervasive. However, good leadership is frequently attributed to the person who takes charge and takes immediate action to get the job done.  Without proper planning, this often results...
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A Love Hate Relationship with Turnarounds (FMEA for Critical Path)

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I LOVE  Turnarounds!  The excitement - The planning - The organization One major focus with a million minor tasks that consume you for at least 12 hours a day (or night) As in the movie “Apocalypse Now” with Robert Duval as Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore, delivers the classic line “I love the smell of napalm in the morning,” something big is about to happen.  Turnarounds are a great learning and repair opportunity, getting into vessels and equipment that you may not see the “guts” of for another 10 years.  You finally get the opportunity to fix things that you have been “living” with for years.  It is a REALLY good opportunity.  The organization is all pulling in the same direction; Operations, Maintenance, Engineering, Safety, Contractors all are focused on the Big 3… Safety, Duration, and Cost.  Complete the event on target and everyone feels good.  Plenty of credit to go around and high moral abounds.  The only issue...
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How To Manage A Crane Accident

crane-accident-cover-image It Could Happen To You
    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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