Software & Solutions

Becht is engaged in meeting the engineering modeling and software needs of the Process and Power Industry through the development of proprietary software and custom applications. Our proprietary software applications include API 579-1/ASME FFS-1, 2016 edition compliant, Fitness-for-Service (FFS) evaluations, Risk-Based Work Selection (RBWS) and Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) planning.

Additionally, Becht is available to provide custom engineering analysis and software solutions to our clients.

Reliability Technologies

In today’s petro-chemical and refining industries, sustained long term reliability of facilities is a key to profitability and competitiveness. History shows that differences in Operating Expenses between best-in-class refineries, and poor performers, can be as much as 20-30MM$/YR. The cost of unreliability also impacts on lost opportunity via supply disruptions.  Safety and Reliability are inter-dependent.  Becht Engineering has the expertise and tools to successfully help clients with plant-wide, unit-wide, or equipment specific reliability issues. These proprietary technologies are documented in Becht’s Reliability Technology Manual. These technologies have been successfully implemented across North American and Global facilities including South America, Australia, Russia, Middle East, Asia and many other locations.

Process Consulting

Becht has Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) with experience in virtually every refining, petrochemical, and chemical processes.   Becht’s SME’s expertise includes equipment specific (e.g. heat exchanger), unit-specific (e.g. Crude Unit), and technology-specific (e.g. Hydroprocessing) knowledge gained over long careers typically with owner/operator corporations.  Becht routinely combines the services of our experts to solve unique problems that may include multiple facets.  We have capabilities including feasibility studies, process design, and a broad range of consulting services.

Most  SMEs have worked in premier owner-operator organizations giving Becht a unique perspective of problem-solving in an operating environment.  The Becht approach enables us to evaluate problems from an owner’s perspective and focus on providing a solution that works the first time.

Operations Support

Becht has many senior operations specialists who have retired after long careers with industry majors.  We are capable of supporting a broad range of client needs including training, mentoring, turnaround support, pre-startup checkout, and project execution support.  We can combine operations representatives from multiple levels within the organization to effectively support major capital projects.

Becht’s senior specialists have worked at all levels of owner operator organizations from board operator to operations director.  Having operations specialists who have worked in owner operator organizations for the duration of their careers enables us to provide practical solutions that work.  Becht specialists cover a wide range of areas including:

  • Shutdown & Startup Review
  • Pre-startup Safety Review
  • Process Hazard Analysis
  • HAZOP Support
  • Operating Procedures
  • Project Support
  • Operations Excellence
  • 3D Model Review
  • Training
  • Turnaround Support
  • Staff Augmentation
  • P&ID Review
  • Incident Investigation
  • Mentoring
  • Assessments
  • Chemical Cleaning Audit

Heavy Lift

Becht Heavy Lift and Heavy Haul Engineering Services support both capital and maintenance projects. Our Crane and Lift Specialists review crane erection and knockdown procedures and monitor procedural and safety practices during the crucial erection, lifting and knockdown periods.

Fitness for Service

Becht has extensive experience and expertise in the field of Fitness-For-Service. We have performed evaluations for all of the damage mechanisms covered in ASME FFS-1/API 579 for clients around the world. We have performed Fitness-For-Service evaluations on piping, pressure vessels, heat exchangers and tanks. Our wealth of knowledge and experience enables us to provide authoritative, practical, knowledge based answers, and to solve your problems. We have performed fitness for service assessments on more than 2,000 pressure vessels.

We are organized to quickly and efficiently handle all levels of Fitness-For-Service assessments including rapid response to emergency situations where quick assessments are required to keep a plant running or when damage is found as part of discovery during turnarounds, and rapid assessments are necessary to determine the path forward. For immediate response, contact our FFS coordinator, Magnus Gustafsson at 571-550-0722 or click on the urgent request button on this page. The request will go to Mr. Gustafsson, as well as our CEO, Dr. Charles Becht and VP of Business Development, John Basil.

Our knowledge comes from active participation in the new construction codes for equipment such as pressure vessels and piping as well as post construction standards. Magnus Gustafsson is a member, Gerrit Buchheim has been a member since inception and is taskgroup chair for Part 7 Hydrogen Blistering/HIC/SOHIC, Jim McLaughlin is a contributing member, Bob Sims is a member and the past vice-chair and George Antaki is past vice-chair of ASME FFS-1/API 579. Dr. Charles Becht IV is the founder and immediate past-chair of ASME PCC-2: Repair of Pressure Equipment and Piping and member and past chair of the ASME Post Construction Committee. When required, we design the repairs to restore the equipment integrity.

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