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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.

Judging Readiness for Maintenance Pitstops/"Squats"

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Major Maintenance - work commonly called “Pitstops” or “Squats” - can be forgotten in the hectic world of Turnarounds and Routine Maintenance, so how do you judge the readiness and whether you are doing the right work?Pitstops or Squats are normally smaller events in size and duration that fall between doing everyday routine maintenance and large heavily planned and scheduled turnarounds.  Although smaller in nature, these events can still cost millions of dollars and have durations up to 2 weeks.Typical Maintenance Pitstops start out as short duration work that is postponed from major turnarounds in order to lower the cost or duration of the turnaround, or a catalyst change which is required more frequently than the Cycle Ending Interval.  While it is prudent to perform all possible work within the window of the Pitstop, in is important to monitor the work requested to avoid pushing the cost and duration of the...
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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 organizationOne 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 is that…I HATE Turnarounds!The...
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Tom, Thanks for sharing your views Tom. You are exactly right about the complexity of turnarounds, especially if you're role pu... Read More
Monday, 18 November 2019 07:22
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Is Your Execution Contractor Ready for the Turnaround?

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In our experience as Turnaround Readiness reviewers and participating in lessons learned events, owners who pay close attention to contractor readiness end up with better turnaround performance.  While this seems an obvious observation, the details which emerge from lessons learned from post-turnaround reviews reveal the complexity and criticality of the Owner/Contractor relationship.Preliminary review of basic items such as the Contractor’s understanding of scope, critical path and scheduling are underpinned by a side by side review of specific contractor readiness:Critical path work packages should contain quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) definitions to assure effective work package turnover and the understanding for those owner/ contractor personnel required to sign off on the completed system.   Dimensionally check the spools versus cut points, validate the Bill of Materials versus warehouse package, and talk through the setup, execution and breakdown of the craft at the work point.Field walkout(s) of critical path packages between the owner/contractor several weeks...
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Turnaround Critical Path Reviews – Recommendations and Examples

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Critical Path Analysis, Schedule Optimization or Cold Eyes Review (call it what you want) are all designed to check your Turnaround (TA) Schedule for logic, manpower and equipment efficiencies that can affect the duration of the TA Schedule.  When margins are high you can have unit-down-days that are worth upward of $1MM/day.  For this type margin it pays to have experienced third-party TA Field Supervision/Managers (as are all our Becht Advisors) to facilitate these sessions. When Becht reviewers conduct these assessments, everyone in the review is told up front that there are no "stupid questions" - as there may be some who are afraid to ask a question.  We have found that these questions frequently lead to schedule or manpower savings. Other times, we just get people to look at doing a task a different and more efficient way. The reviewers not only evaluate the schedule to save time but also consider the...
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Hi Steve, Please to see your brief write up on this subject. I feel that there should be a kind of quick checklist that can assi... Read More
Saturday, 11 January 2020 04:45
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