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Becht - Software and Solutions

Becht Software pop up helpBecht Engineering 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 Engineering is available to provide custom engineering analysis and software solutions to our clients.

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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 whether the component should be taken out of service and retired or repaired, or is fit for continued service.  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.

Finally, the web-based software ensures that users are always working with the most up-to-date version of the software.

The software generates a series of reports for each assessment module, from summary to detailed reports documenting the outcome of the assessment. The user can select the format of the report from HTML, Excel, Word and PDF.

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 are generated using SQL Server Reporting Services and are available in HTML, MS-Excel, PDF, or MS-Word format.  See figures below for samples of the reports.

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!

Becht FFS Screenshots (click for larger image)

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Strategy Tool for Improving Equipment Reliability

Becht 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—as currently configured—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.

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Risk Assessment for Improved Turnaround

Strategy Tool for Risk-Assessment for Improved Turnaround Scope (STRAITS)

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 STRAITS © software is a stand-alone Windows® application that 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 Safety, Health, Environmental (S/H/E) 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 loaded from and saved to either an Excel workbook or Access database. The STRAITS© application can work with any conventionally defined risk matrix.


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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.