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Becht - Software and Solutions

Becht Software pop up helpBecht 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.

  • BechtFFS API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 2016 edition compliant software
  • Strategy Tool for Improving Equipment Reliability STIER©
  • BechtRBWS online software for Risk Based Work Selection
  • Custom Software Solutions

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Becht FFS Software

ffs subscription buttonBechtFFS software is an API 579-1/ASME FFS-1, 2016 edition compliant, web-based software designed to assist operators/owners in evaluating equipment items which have developed defects in service. The quantitative calculations performed in BechtFFS assess the structural integrity of the flawed component and ultimately provide a recommendation for whether the component is fit for continued service or should be removed from service and retired/repaired.  The software’s calculation methodology was developed by Becht’s API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 experts. Our FFS experts include contributors to the API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 guideline document. A number of our FFS experts are current or past members of the API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 committee, including several committee vice-chairs.

BechtFFS software is easy to use, with a paged format that provides logical input sequences and comprehensive pop-up help for all input pages.  This web-based format allows users to begin using it immediately once logon credentials are approved. The software can be used from any device with an Internet connection. The web-based nature of the software ensures that users are always working with the most up-to-date version.

BechtFFS is a web-based software application service custom-built on Microsoft’s Windows Server, Internet information services (IIS), ASP.NET, and SQL Server technologies.  Reports documenting the outcome of the assessment are generated using SQL Server Reporting Services and are available in PDF or Microsoft Excel format..

Paid-for FFS consultation also is available from the software’s dashboard, so that you can quickly connect with one of our FFS experts. We guarantee a quick response!

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Strategy Tool for Improving Equipment Reliability (STIER)

STIERReportThe STIER© software is intended to guide the user through the step-by-step process described in our Equipment Reliability Planning (ERP) work process. It also captures and store equipment information, scenarios, decisions, economics and inspection/maintenance plans and costs developed as a part of the assessment process, and generates multi-level reports from unit level through individual equipment items.

The software addresses fixed equipment, piping, and rotating equipment, with plans to implement modules for electrical and instrumentation items.

Features and Benefits

  • Provides a structured risk based approach for making decisions on inspection, maintenance, repairs and condition monitoring of various equipment types in a process plant. The risks assessed by the tool include Safety, Health, Environmental and Financial Impact for equipment and their associated facilities using industry Best Practices.
  • Format facilitates on-line documentation of inputs from cross-functional teams (Operations, Technical, Maintenance and Subject Matter Experts).
  • Generates both concise summary reports and detailed equipment reports which describe inspection and maintenance tasks and a cost basis for developing Reliability and Maintenance budgets.
  • Task lists reports that are suitable for uploading into Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS).
  • The tool complies with the API RP 580 Risk-Based Inspection and ASME PCC-3 Inspection Planning Using Risk-Based Methods.
  • The software includes a Knowledge Base with specific guidance on identifying damage (degradation) mechanisms, failure modes and assessing probabilities of occurrence. Input to the Knowledge Base is provided by recognized Industry Experts.
  • The risk-based benefit / cost functionality enables users to develop and justify tasks that are “value added” for improving safety and reliability and minimizing unplanned outages.
  • Provides a systematic methodology for evaluating unmitigated risks, mitigation measures and establishing risk thresholds for continued safe and STIERScreenShotreliable operation.

The STIER Tool GUI allows the user to view existing or add new company, unit, assessment and equipment data. 

For an equipment item, the user then enters or imports from Excel the following information:

  • Equipment data
  • Fluid and contaminant data
  • History of repairs, inspections and incidents
  • Scenarios, i.e. damage mechanisms and consequences
  • Action items, i.e. inspection and maintenance task
  • Mitigation plans, shown below

BechtRBWS Online Software for Risk-Based Work Selection

STRAITSScreenShotThe Risk-Based Work Selection (RBWS) Process is considered to be an Industry Best Practice and is used to plan, schedule, and execute routine maintenance work. The BechtRBWS online software is designed to facilitate RBWS to envelop the work scope for major turnarounds and plant shutdowns.. The software is used during the RBWS planning meetings by the facilitator and team to review the information required to make scope determinations for tasks during a turnaround (or other maintenance event). It also helps to prioritize work and ensure that maintenance resources are used in a cost-effective manner to mitigate health, safety, environmental (HSE) and financial risks in an operating facility.

The RBWS assessment is accomplished by using a structured process with a cross functional team presence to assess individual tasks in a TA Worklist. The outcome of this assessment yields a fully justified TA Work Scope, which is cost effective and ensures that all unacceptable equipment risks are mitigated. This process also ensures that the risks of unplanned equipment outages for the planned run-length are minimized.

All data can be imported from and exported to an Excel workbook. BechtRBWS can work with any conventionally defined risk matrix.

Custom Software Solutions

Becht Engineering provides custom software solutions to its clients.

Projects include:

  • Windows-based application for predicting remaining life of boiler tubes experiencing longitudinal cracking using interpolated results from API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 Part 9 simulations.
  • User-friendly spreadsheet-based application performing statistical analysis of NDE data for the Materials Technology Institute. The tool evaluates the quality of the data by identifying outliers that could be a result of measurement error, local metal loss, or inappropriate thickness measurement locations (TMLs), such as a piping section with a different thickness. Standard statistical models are used to predict the maximum metal loss in a population of thickness measurements, corrosion rate, a prediction of when the thickness reaches an unacceptable level, and the recommended next inspection date. Plots are generated which are used to visually assess the quality and distribution of the data, and present calculated corrosion rates.
  • Heat transfer finite difference model for support ring and piping containing high temperature gas for a refinery.
  • Spreadsheet-based heat transfer model to simulate and specify appropriate fin configurations for flue gas flowing through a 20” stainless steel pipe at a refinery. Various air temperatures and wind speeds were simulated to meet specified temperature range requirements.
  • Windows-based application for the mechanical design of large diameter, vertical, gas-to-gas fixed tubesheet heat exchangers.
  • Freeze protection study on an absorber tower in which a spreadsheet-based heat transfer algorithm was developed to define a set of minimum ambient conditions (ambient temperatures with corresponding wind speed) for which the water in the tower will not freeze during hydrotesting. Various filling and emptying scenarios were simulated.
  • Modeled heat transfer rates for steam-water mixtures flowing over shock bank tubes to predict metal wall temperatures and occurrences of critical heat flux.
  • Windows-based application containing a search engine, document sorting and document viewing capabilities for a large library of research documents in PDF format.
  • Microsoft Access-based data transfer queries to export inspection and maintenance tasks into a format compatible with a large southeastern refinery’s computerized work order management system.
  • Web-based fired heater risk ranking tool.