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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How to Resolve an Engineering Manager's Typical Dilemma - “Where to Start”

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The Problem Too 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...
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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 work Selecting a qualified contractor Using proven industry standards with specific addenda Putting a highly experienced management and technical team in the contractor’s office Implementing shop and field quality assurance programs Demanding timely reporting from the contractor However, 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...
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Expert Witness - A Becht Engineering Service to Avoid

Expert Witness - A Becht Engineering Service to Avoid
Becht Engineering personnel have significant experience in serving as Expert Witnesses for a variety of legal matters.   However, litigation can be costly, time consuming and often times the outcome is unpredictable.    It should be avoided if at all possible through implementation of proper controls and oversight. A much better strategy than after the fact litigation is to put contracts, systems, specifications and personnel in place to assure there is a good outcome on a project.  This will also assure that issues are addressed in timely fashion and resolved quickly.  Several years ago I wrote a paper titled “ The Top 10 Myths of Reliability Management. ” The first myth was “You can always trust your contractor.” While many contractors are quite competent, it is important to have a clear understanding of the expectations and the contactor must be monitored to assure the work is going according to plan.  Becht Engineering...
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