Log in

Login to your account

Username *
Password *
Remember Me

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.

Eight Pillars Of Excellent FEMI Programs

8-pillars-of-succes_20200115-132720_1
INTRODUCTIONA refinery or chemical plant Fixed Equipment Mechanical Integrity (FEMI) program consists of eight basic categories or “Pillars” that are fundamental to achieve FEMI excellence. While every refinery or chemical plant has some form of these Pillars in place, they are often inadequately implemented or have significant gaps in the key elements that make up a complete Pillar. This paper describes these Pillars in detail and suggests what distinguishes good Pillars from those that are less than adequate.This article has been published previously in Inspectioneering Magazine - 2019 November/December Issue. If you would like to view the PDF of the article, CLICK HERE. The Eight Pillars of FEMI are:General and OrganizationResourcesCorrosion ManagementInspection Planning and SchedulingInspection NDERecordsRecommendationsInformation TechnologyTypically, when a FEMI audit is performed for a refinery or chemical plant, each one of these Pillars is reviewed and scored. The following sections provide an overview of the elements each Pillar should contain, as...
Continue reading
0
  50 Hits
  0 Comments
50 Hits
0 Comments

Cost, Schedule, Quality - Pick Two … Isn’t Always True

becht_quality-cost-schedule_metho_20200108-151910_1
- Achieving Excellence in Any Project - The old saying in managing projects was Cost, Schedule and Quality. Pick two. This is because it is very difficult to do a good job on all three of these critical aspects of any project. If we highly control cost, the quality of the finished project may suffer. Likewise, if a project becomes schedule driven, costs may escalate or quality may decline. In order to excel in all three criteria extensive planning, scheduling and quality control measures must be implemented. This blog discusses critical elements to achieve cost, schedule and quality objectives on any project including turnarounds, major capital projects or quick hit jobs like troubleshooting and due diligence.Critical elements of a successful project to meet cost, schedule and quality objectives include:Well-Defined ScopeTeam SelectionControls and ReportingMilestonesDefinition of Deliverables1.  Well-Defined Scope Probably the most important element of a successful project is a well-defined scope. The scope...
Continue reading
2
  299 Hits
  1 Comment
Recent comment in this post
Guest — Daniel Chow

An inspiring article

I like the catchy title, and strongly agree that cost AND schedule AND quality can be jointly optimized given the right sponsor an... Read More
Thursday, 09 January 2020 07:07
299 Hits
1 Comment

Steps to Increase Efficiency, Improve Deliverables and Reduce Expert Witness Costs

cover_image_Hoffman_blog
OR - Keeping Your Expert Witness Sane - Litigation is extraordinarily expensive. Legal and expert witness fees can quickly mount up and become a significant percentage of the amount in dispute. I worked on a cost dispute on a plant estimated to cost $68MM but was significantly over expended. The litigation and expert fees were about $10MM or almost 15% of the original estimate for the plant. In this case good scope, an experienced project team and tight control over field construction might have avoided both the over expenditure and litigation.However, sometimes litigation cannot be avoided and it’s important to control costs of the legal staff as well as the expert witness team. We recently worked on a case where the expert fees were about 7% of the disputed amount. When costs of the legal team were added to the expert fees, the expense was substantial. This article outlines the steps that...
Continue reading
4
  541 Hits
  0 Comments
541 Hits
0 Comments

When Should the Rules for Severe Cyclic Conditions (Service) in ASME B31.3 Be Used?

process_piping_ASME_B31
This posting (November 2019) is an update to an October 2013 post which reflects changes to the ASME B31.3 Code relative to severe cyclic service that have occurred since the original post.There has been a fair amount of confusion as to when the rules for severe cyclic conditions in ASME B31.3 should be used, and the rules themselves can be somewhat confusing to apply. In the 2016 edition of ASME B31.3 the definition of when the rules for severe cyclic service are applicable were changed, which may reduce the confusion.  The definition as to when the rules of severe cyclic apply is in the 300.2, Definitions.  Prior to the 2016 edition, it stated that severe cyclic conditions are:Conditions applying to specific piping components or joints in which SE computed in accordance with para. 319.4.4 exceeds 0.8SA (as defined in para. 302.3.5); andThe equivalent number of cycles (N in para. 302.3.5) exceeds...
Continue reading
27
  26924 Hits
  18 Comments
Recent Comments
Guest — Rohit Patel

ASME B31.3

Thanks for showing the Rules for Severe Cyclic Conditions (Service) in ASME B31.3 Be Used.
Monday, 16 December 2019 05:48
Guest — Hafiz Ali Alvi

Impact on Wall thickness for C...

Dear Mr. Becht, I would like to ask what could be possible impact of cyclic service for the calculated pipe wall thickness under p... Read More
Saturday, 16 November 2019 23:59
Chuck Becht

Impact on Wall thickness for C...

Designation of a system as being in severe cyclic service does not impact the wall thickness calculations for pressure design. No... Read More
Sunday, 17 November 2019 07:40
26924 Hits
18 Comments

Subscribe To Becht Blogs

Search Blogs