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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.

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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Treat Reliability Like …

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This blog outlines ways to think about reliability to help drive a culture of continuous improvement.  It is the fourth in a series of Blogs on improving plant reliability performance through changes in culture, programs, equipment design, maintenance and operation. The principles we applied in implementing successful reliability programs in a number of operating plants included the following: Treat Reliability like Safety Treat Reliability like Football Treat Reliability like Athletics Treat Reliability like Fumigation Treat Reliability like Hard, Dirty Work Treat Reliability Like Safety In most operating plants, there is a reasonable safety culture and program. This is driven by regulatory requirements and also a desire to have a safe, injury free workplace. The safety program includes management reporting at a high level in the plant structure, a well written manual describing hazards and procedures, tests and inspections to be done prior to executing work, a well-defined incident investigation process and...
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Using NB-3200 FEA As An Option To Stress Equations In NB-3600

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  The ASME B&PV Section III Div.1 Code 2013 Edition is currently approved in 10CFR50.55(a). The 2013 edition, permits elastic FEA per NB-3200 in place of the stress equations of NB-3600, as follows: For pressure design -  “NB-3611.2 Acceptability When Stresses Exceed Stress Limits. When the stresses as determined by the methods given in NB-3630 exceed the limits thereof, the design can be accepted, provided it meets the requirements of NB-3200.” For shakedown check Eq. (10)(12)(13) - For the shakedown check, quoting from NB- NB-3653.1 Satisfaction ofFor shakedown check Eq. (10)(12)(13) - For the shakedown check, quoting from NB- NB-3653.1 Satisfaction ofPrimary Plus Secondary Stress Intensity Range. “(b) If for one or more pairs of load sets eq. (a)(10) is not met, thepiping product may still be satisfactory, provided that the conditions of NB-3653.6 are met or provided that therequirements of NB-3200 are satisfied.”   Equations (10), (12) and (13), with...
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Becht Dimensional Technology Mitigates Potential Problems In Heavy Lifts

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Written by Joe Collins & Derek Paterson Safety and precision are of the utmost importance of any heavy lift operation. Heavy Lift Field Advisors are tasked with measuring clearances to assure the load will clear obstructions, a step often done by hand with a tape measure. Moreover, Field Advisors are also charged with assuring the location of the crane matches the plan. It is critical that the crane is on the precise radius for the capacity charts to be valid – too far away and the crane will not have sufficient capacity to handle the load; too close and crane can’t boom up high enough to place the load. Again, these verifications are often done by hand with tape measure. In this article, we talk about specific heavy lift problems that could have been avoided by integrating Dimensional Control with the projects. So - What can happen without precise measurement? Example...
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