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Overview of Becht I/E/A Services

There are a number of systems in a large complex processing facility such as a refinery or chemical plant that are classified as "systems". Within Becht Engineering, these systems are addressed within our division titled Instrumentation, Controls, Electrical and Power Distribution and Analyzers (I/E/A). These individual areas cannot be viewed in isolation since they support multiple units within the entire complex. Within I/E/A these support services are grouped into various plant activities as shown below:

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Capital Projects

  • System or Product Strategy Design and Development
  • Site Ownership Representation or EPC Oversight
  • Non-Process Quality Control (NPQC)
  • Construction and Start-Up
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Engineering, Operations and Maintenance

  • Instrumentation and Controls Improvement and Reliability
  • Electrical and Power Distribution System Management
  • Analyzer Reliability and Regulatory Issues
  • Due Diligence Review of Incidents or Existing Facility Restart
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  • Planning and Plan Review and Management of I/E/A Disciplines
  • Oversight of Mechanical Repair of Equipment at Vendor Shops
  • Field Shutdown, Mechanical Work and Startup Oversight
  • Staff Augmentation includes
    • Instrumentation Engineers, Technicians, Field Supervisors
    • Controls Engineers – Applications, Systems
    • Power Distribution and Electrical Engineers – 230kv through 480v.
    • Analyzer Engineers and Technicians

Specific Becht I/E/A Services

Instrumentation and Controls

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Becht has staff from the technician level who can perform loop checks for new facilities to senior staff who have developed or supervised the development of the planning and design documents for facility-wide distributed control systems (DCS) for new systems or system upgrades for implementation by EPC contractors. Many have experience as lead I&CS specialist for the pre-startup checkout and startup of new facilities worldwide.

Our senior specialists have reviewed contractor/vendor I&CS planning and design documents and have participated in Factory Acceptance Tests and Hazard and Operability Reviews (HAZOP) as part of their project support activities. Becht offers a wide range of support from Senior Engineering Advisors to Technicians. These engineering services involve:


  • Safety Instrumented Systems, SIL Analysis and Review
  • HAZOP, Machinery Controls and All Other Process Instrumentation
  • DCS Vendor Analysis, Planning, Design, Upgrades or Retrofits
  • New Technology Knowledge Assessment (e.g. Wireless, IoT)
  • Product/Brand Independence – Advice on What’s Right and NOT What is Represented
  • DCS Applications Development and Experience on all Varieties of DCS Platforms
  • Systems and/or Hardware Support for DCS Systems

Electrical and Power Distribution

becht power supply refineryPower generation and distribution of electricity within the plant and adjacent facilities is reviewed to assess opportunities for more efficient utilization; particularly, when major changes to existing processing units and/or new process units are to be installed.  Review of contractor relay coordination studies, short-circuit analysis, large motor selection, and lightning protection are a number of areas where Becht specialists can provide support.

In addition, a periodic review of the reliability of electrical components and electronic control systems to evaluate opportunities reduces the failure rate or costly preventive maintenance.

Cogeneration of steam and power is highly attractive at most locations to improve energy efficiency and increase reliability of critical steam and power users. Power reliability also is dependent on dual supply and distribution facilities.

Specific services include:

  • Electrical Engineering Support including Motors, Lighting, Cabling, UPS, Lightning Protection, Energy Efficiency
  • Power Distribution System Operability Engineering Support
    • Load Shed Design and Coordination
    • Co-Gen or Electrical Generation Support
    • Substation, Switchgear and Relay Coordination Studies and Support
    • Large Motor Selection and Factory Build Oversight
    • Existing Infrastructure Improvement, New Facilities Development, Design, Construction and Startup Management
  • Existing Plant Support, Turnaround, Disaster Recovery, New Facility Addition, Utility Management

We Treat Power Distribution as an Operating Process Unit (the “Owner’s Perspective”)


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 Process Analyzers are an integral part of Quality Control; however, they are usually high maintenance. Proper selection and location for response time are critical for accurate results. Locating the analyzer within the process unit must be evaluated against higher installation costs for electrical area classification and environmental considerations versus locating the analyzer remotely in a control environment but perhaps slower response time. Becht Engineering can help you decide!

Specific services include: 



  • Regulatory Issues and Demands
  • Analyzer Technology, Vendor Selection, Design FAT/SAT
  • Sampling System Design, Support, Maintenance
  • Analyzer Shelter Design, Build Oversight and Test
  • Continuous Emissions Monitoring (CEMS) Needs
  • Owner Representative for Any 3rd Party or Vendor Needs
  • Staff Augmentation and Training


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Becht Engineering personnel have extensive experience conducting due diligence studies in the refining, petrochemical and specialty chemical areas. We conduct due diligence studies for owner-based organizations and private equity firms.
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Becht Engineering 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. Click to Read More...

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Becht Heavy Lift professionals include Professional Engineers with lifetime crane and rigging experience along with Lift Advisor Specialists who have been responsible for refinery wide crane lift activities and maintenance. Click to Read More...

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Becht’s typical approach when managing Equipment Consulting projects is to bring a User's/Owner's perspective to address all aspects of the equipment life cycle - from new equipment and beyond. Click to Read More...

Equipment Consulting

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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...Click to Read More...

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Becht Engineering provides services in the area of capital projects from front-end engineering through startup. Becht’s many staff, field, and management resources help ensure a successful project. Click to Read More...

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Becht is capable of supporting a range of client needs from technical subject matter experts for incident investigations to full process safety compliance and program effectiveness audits. We routinely combine the services. Click to Read More...

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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. Click to Read More...

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Becht Engineering meets the engineering modeling and software needs of the Process and Power Industry through the development of proprietary software and custom applications. Our software includes API 579-1/ASME FFS-1, 2016 edition compliant. Click to Read More...

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Process Safety Consulting

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Owner's Proj Support

Reliability Technologies

Software & Solutions

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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 with owner/operators. Click to Read More...

Process Consulting

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Becht I/E/A Consulting supports multiple units within the entire complex. These include Instrumentation and Control; Electric Power; and Analyzers...Click to Read More...

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Technical Training

Turnaround Services

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Becht Engineering serves as a Central Engineering organization to partner with refining and petrochemicals companies globally augmenting their own internal engineering capabilities.  Becht’s Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), typically with over 30 years of owner-operator based experience, can assist you to troubleshoot process technology, mechanical, rotating equipment, I/E/C/A, corrosion & materials, and process safety issues that arise in day to day operations.  Our team is highly responsive and provides Engineering From an Owner’s Perspective.





Becht Central Engineering (BCE) covers brief interactions between your technical service personnel and Becht’s SME’s. The goal of the Central Engineering support program is to reduce the activation & approvals required to consult with Becht experts on an as-needed basis. Becht’s technical support clients have found the service to be very valuable, given the benefit received vs the modest cost. The program gives your team access to world class resources on call just about at any time, but only paying for it when the service is needed.   






Becht Central Engineering serves the Refining, Petrochemical, Chemical, Specialty Chemical, Nuclear, Industrial Gases and Other Heavy Industrial Industries.


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With hundreds of SME’s in various technical disciplines, Becht Central Engineering custom tailors your program to suit your needs. Becht does not use a canned approach. We provide SME level support only where needed.

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