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In this section of the site contributing authors submit interesting articles relating to the various services, industries and research & development efforts of Becht Engineering.

Becht Engineering can provide resources with an owner's perspective to help ensure your projects and turnarounds are successful in terms of safety, quality, cost and schedule.  We have seasoned professionals to successfully manage, plan, review and supervise plant projects and turnarounds.

Are Your Heaters Affecting Your Reliability?

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From a process standpoint, your Fired Equipment items are not only some of the most critical but some of the most risky items in day-to-day operations. Add in the presence of open flames and failures can be dramatic.  In today’s refining climate, fired equipment is required to run 4, 5, 6 or even 7 years between outages.  To achieve a reliable operation for runs of this length, a solid shutdown, maintenance, inspection, repair, and start-up strategy is critical. Recently a Midwest refinery contracted Becht Engineering to complete a detailed review of their fired equipment for an upcoming turnaround.  Becht used a team of experienced refining experts to provide an in-depth review of more than a dozen fired equipment items.  To provide a holistic approach, Becht utilized experts with backgrounds in process engineering, heat transfer, mechanical integrity, inspection, and operations.  The goal of the review was to ensure the fired equipment...
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Mitigating Turnaround Discovery Risk

Mitigating Turnaround Discovery Risk
Recently, a Becht Inspection Planner was preparing the Inspection Turnaround Plan for a client’s HF Alkylation Unit. When reviewing the unit’s equipment histories the Planner found documentation stating the Iso-Sidecut Receiver (14’X30’ @ 30ft elevation) had scattered hydrogen blisters on one elliptical head from the past two inspection reports. The inspection recommendations were to monitor if the blisters had increased in size and reassess during the internal visual discovery inspection on the impending turnaround. However, the planner did not find data detailing the number or size of blisters or NDT reports to assess if the vessel had been assessed for Hydrogen Induced Cracking and Stress Oriented Hydrogen Induced Cracking (HIC-SOHIC). In addition, there was no documentation indicating this recommendation had been reviewed or approved by the client’s metallurgical subject matter expert. Surprisingly, this is a common occurance often encountered by Becht’s Inspection Planners when reviewing inspection histories for a turnaround....
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Inspection Planner Position Helps Lead to Turnaround Success

Providing “Best in Class” risk based fixed equipment turnaround inspection planning entails a four phase workflow process to scope, plan, execute and evergreen inspection plans to cost effectively mitigate a client’s regulatory and business risk. Becht Engineering has successfully completed piloting  the, “Inspection Planners Position” to bridge gaps inherent in developing and executing inspection plans between a facilities Inspection and Turnaround Planning Department’s. Since 2011 this pilot has continuously improved to consistently provide the following results: Mitigated clients regulatory and business risk Consistently positioned client to execute scheduled outages within schedule and on budget 20 to 40% in reduced inspection turnaround costs and savings achieved   Meets industry best practice and RAGAGEP expectations The Inspection Planner plays a pivotal role on the planning team by executing the skill sets necessary to bridge intricate technical and systemic gaps encountered between Departments during execution of a turnaround program. The Planner assures the...
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