Becht Engineering Blog

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Becht Laser Scanning (BLS) has provided laser scanning services since 2009. Each individual on our BLS management team has over 15 years of experience in the laser scanning industry. Our experience in both project execution and the software platforms to utilize the data, sets us apart. This makes Becht both efficient and accurate, ultimately provid...ing you with higher quality data at a lower cost. More

Value Of Experience In The Unregulated Laser Scanning Industry

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I’ve been fortunate to spend most of my career working with new technologies.  From an early age I was always fascinated with the opportunities that technology can provide.  Technology, as a tool, has the ability to change the way we perform almost any task.  Things that were once complex and time consuming can now be done easily with very little effort.  The expected result would be that we are able to accomplish more in a shorter amount of time with an increased level of quality.  I say “expected” because that isn’t always the case.  Why?  Because technology is simply a tool that when used correctly can provide significant benefits but doesn’t by itself guarantee a successful result.   Like any other tool, it’s the correct use and application of the technology that generates successful results.  The challenge for our industry is that the application of technology in a work process is very...
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Pipe Fabrication Dimensional Errors -- I Can't See You!!!

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Can a level, square and tape measure really measure up to today’s quality standards on complex spools? I was watching my baby girl cover her eyes as she had done something naughty. Doing this gave her the feeling that if she couldn’t see her mother or myself then she would not get into trouble. Despite her feeling of invisibility, she still ended up getting into trouble and having to apologize for what she had done. It’s funny as this is sometimes how the Chemical, Oil and Gas industry acts when it comes to assigning appropriate project dimensional quality control for pipe spools. Green field or brown field (based on a laser scan) projects are typically designed on a specialist CAD platform which enables the designer to design to levels where machine shops would be the only way to match the design model tolerances. This way of designing can provide huge levels...
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Dimensional Accuracy – What is Achievable in the Field?

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When I am asked to speak about dimensional accuracy, I often refer to a personal story that happened to me when I began my career as a young structural designer. At that time, I was eager to impress the design checker with my ability to accurately dimension structural rebar spacing in a spread footing foundation. I wanted to make sure the rebar was evenly spaced based on design criteria and clearance. Without even considering the practicality of what I was doing, I placed the rebar spacing dimension of #5 rebar at 7 7/16” on center spacing. As I proudly handed over the drawing to the checker, he looked over the work, and a few minutes later he told me that we were going to the field to do some field measurements the next day. The next day, we proceeded to the site, and the checker was looking for some foundations that...
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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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