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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.

A Dimensional Execution Plan - Measure Up To Project Expectations

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Plan the Work and Work the Plan I am confident that we can agree that it is essential for all projects to have an execution plan to be successful. We have all heard the common phrase, “Plan the Work and Work the Plan.” Many have been participants in strategy meetings discussing the most effective and efficient means to execute a plan on capital project work. So why does it seem that in today’s age of revolutionary technology we seem to be unable to execute a project effectively, efficiently, and without mistakes that cause re-work? In the past few years, most people I know have been involved with, and witnessed projects that failed to finish on time/on budget with mistakes that abound. After working with and servicing the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) business for over 38 years, I have experienced well executed projects and poorly executed projects. Although there can be...
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Risk Based Work Selection – A Process Focusing On Turnaround Excellence

Risk Based Work Selection – A Process Focusing On Turnaround Excellence
Risk Based Work Selection ( RBWS ) is one of the Best Practices used by refiners in managing safety and reliability of operations for a facility. RBWS enables refiners to optimize the scope, cost and duration of major turnarounds (TA). Optimization of the work scope is accomplished by screening individual TA Work List items, using a risk-based methodology. The methodology provides a rigorous basis to justify inclusion or rejection of work list items, if they do not mitigate risks or satisfy benefit/cost criteria which are established for the facility’s assessment. The application of risk based decision making, in the RBWS process, eliminates discretionary TA tasks and retains tasks which mitigate unacceptable risks or will provide benefits from a financial standpoint. The outcome from an RBWS assessment yields a tighter work scope leading to significant reduction in TA duration and costs .The work process covers all major equipment types (Fixed Equipment, Piping,...
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BIDES - A Knowledge Base Facilitating Effective RBI Assessments

BIDES - A Knowledge Base Facilitating Effective RBI Assessments
There are numerous challenges that Inspectors and Reliability Engineers face when developing Risk Based Asset Integrity Plans, such as: Identifying the applicable Damage Mechanisms Picking the correct Failure Mode(s) Determining the Probability of Failure Deciding how to mitigate risks to acceptable levels Industry documents give some guidance (i.e. API-571, API-580) but not the whole picture.  A new suite of Becht Documents clarifies where the industry documents leave off; giving the user a repeatable solution to these challenges.  We call these documents BIDES - B echt I nspection D evelopment and E xecution S trategies. What is BIDES? BIDES is a suite of 76 documents that lay the technical foundation for Damage Mechanism Reviews, Integrity Operating Windows (IOW), Turnaround Risk Based Work Selection (RBWS), and Equipment Reliability Plans (ERP).   Each element of the BIDES covers a specific damage mechanism.  The suite includes the 66 damage mechanisms listed in API-571 (including 10...
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Safety - Plan, Promote and Participate: A Simple Recipe For Success

Safety - Plan, Promote and Participate:  A Simple Recipe For Success
  As the year draws to a close, I’ve been retrospective --  regarding what I have seen in terms of Safety successes.   It turns out that it has been a good year for Safety! Having had the opportunity to interact with different operations, companies and a variety of “Safety Cultures”, it is evident to me why some are more successful than others.  Once I considered the successes a trend became evident.  While considering to giving this trend a snazzy title, I decided to just call it the 3 P’s:  Plan, Promote, Participate - Simple yet appropriate.  Let me use an existing project to demonstrate the principle of the 3. Becht Engineering has been involved with a project at an existing refinery for about a year.  This project is a process upgrade with a planned duration of approximately 18 months.  Peak headcount will be about 150 craft workers spread amongst  a few...
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