Becht Engineering Blog

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Becht Engineering has personnel with extensive experience in executing large and small capital projects from an owner’s perspective. Becht personnel have served in management, as subject matter experts and in the field managing construction, quality assurance, commissioning and start up on a variety of projects in the refining and petrochemical...

Becht Engineering has personnel with extensive experience in executing large and small capital projects from an owner’s perspective. Becht personnel have served in management, as subject matter experts and in the field managing construction, quality assurance, commissioning and start up on a variety of projects in the refining and petrochemical industries. We can supplement an owner’s team to assure all aspects of the project are staffed with experienced professionals. Our subject matter experts can be seamlessly integrated into the owner’s team and our field personnel have decades of experience in all aspects of construction supervision and quality assurance.

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Team Building As Part Of Project Planning & Management - A Dynamic And Proven Approach

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Team Building As Part Of Project Planning & ManagementWithout exception, capital projects undertaken today call for comprehensive planning and closely managed project control.  Project Planning and Cost Control have never been more important.  An individual's capacity to deal with change is a must in a rapidly changing world, and the effective use of management practices can contribute to an individual’s ability to effectively deal with change.Changes in today's projects are often complex and involve several corporate and outside organizations and regulators.  The involvement of these many different organizations introduces a new category of risk.  It has been demonstrated that these complexities and added risk can be identified and dealt with effectively using a management approach I call the “Action Plan Development Process (APDP).”  Obscure project complexities and risks can then be addressed in modified project plans to minimize the impact they might otherwise have.As described in a previous article “How to...
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Cost, Schedule, Quality - Pick Two … Isn’t Always True

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- Achieving Excellence in Any Project - The old saying in managing projects was Cost, Schedule and Quality. Pick two. This is because it is very difficult to do a good job on all three of these critical aspects of any project. If we highly control cost, the quality of the finished project may suffer. Likewise, if a project becomes schedule driven, costs may escalate or quality may decline. In order to excel in all three criteria extensive planning, scheduling and quality control measures must be implemented. This blog discusses critical elements to achieve cost, schedule and quality objectives on any project including turnarounds, major capital projects or quick hit jobs like troubleshooting and due diligence.Critical elements of a successful project to meet cost, schedule and quality objectives include:Well-Defined ScopeTeam SelectionControls and ReportingMilestonesDefinition of Deliverables1.  Well-Defined Scope Probably the most important element of a successful project is a well-defined scope. The scope...
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Guest — Daniel Chow

An inspiring article

I like the catchy title, and strongly agree that cost AND schedule AND quality can be jointly optimized given the right sponsor an... Read More
Thursday, 09 January 2020 07:07
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How to Resolve an Engineering Manager's Typical Dilemma - “Where to Start”

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The ProblemToo often, the inability to get the required work done correctly, and on-time, has been blamed on too few people, not enough of the right people, or situations that were not anticipated.  Dr. Louis T. Rader's comments, about engineering management, are still applicable to many managers today.  In 1964, he noted that: "The apparent shortages of engineering talent actually can be traced to a shortage of effective engineering management.  A poor manager wastes engineering talent.  When jobs are well planned and directed, and the work is rigidly oriented to a realistic budget, the professional dignity and capabilities of each engineer working in such an environment are markedly enhanced (Ref. 1).  It is amazing that after 55 years, this situation is still pervasive.However, good leadership is frequently attributed to the person who takes charge and takes immediate action to get the job done.  Without proper planning, this often results in solving...
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Securing the Right Expert to Support Your Lawsuit

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On March 25, 2016 I published a Blog titled “Expert Witness, a Becht Engineering Service to Avoid”. This Blog focused on a number of elements that can be used to assure projects do not result in litigation. These elements include:Developing a sound, complete scope of workSelecting a qualified contractorUsing proven industry standards with specific addendaPutting a highly experienced management and technical team in the contractor’s officeImplementing shop and field quality assurance programsDemanding timely reporting from the contractorHowever, we find that many times these elements are not implemented on major projects and there is a dispute over cost, schedule or performance resulting in litigation. There can also be cases involving equipment failures, underperformance of projects, patent infringement or injury where we are contacted after the litigation process is well under way. In these cases, it is critical the legal team engage the right technical experts to supplement the case. Becht Engineering has...
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