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Bad Actors Elimination Program Works...Inspectioneering Journal

hoffman2012Rick Hoffman, Director Mechanical Integrity for Becht, was published in the July/August 2017 edition of the Inspectioneering Journal.  Rick's two blogs concerning Making Bad Actor Elimination Programs Work and Reliability Beliefs - Driving Organizational Accountability (both on this website) were combined into a single, free-standing article.

You may view a pdf of the Inspectioneering Journal by clicking HERE.

Rick Hoffman joined Becht Engineering in June, 2009 as a Senior Engineering Advisor. He has more than 39 years of experience in engineering, reliability management and maintenance in the refining, petrochemical and synthetic fuels industries. Prior to joining Becht Engineering he was the Director, Specialty Engineering for LyondellBasell Industries.

Improvements and Upcoming Updates to BechtFFS Software

Below is a listing of recent enhancements to the BechtFFS software, designed to improve the software’s capabilities as well as user experience.

  • In the brittle fracture module, for B31.3 process piping, the user has the option of using the stress basis (Eqn 3.3 in API 579-1/ASME FFS-1) for the longitudinal stresses.
  • Implemented MAWP and minimum required thickness calculations per ASME VIII, Division 1 for additional geometries including semi-elliptical heads, torispherical heads, and cones.
  • New module performing general metal loss assessments at nozzles and branch connections per API 579-1/ASME FFS-1, paragraph 4.4.3.3.

As a reminder, the benefits of BechtFFS software are:

  • Immediate access from any internet-enabled device
  • Developed by leading industry FFS experts
  • User-friendly format
  • Quick, fee-based consulting support from Becht FFS Subject Matter Experts

If you are interested in trying out BechtFFS, please CLICK HERE link to submit an information request.  Or for more information, view our downloadable brochure (CLICK).

Raising the Bar On 3D Laser Scanning

Becht Engineering’s Laser Scanning Division Manager, Mike Swymn, was invited to speak at the AVEVA World North America User Meeting on February 1, 2017 at The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center in The Woodlands, TX. There were over 400 individuals in attendance, representing both owner operators and engineering contractors. AVEVA is a technology corporation that provides mission-critical solutions to some of the world’s biggest engineering contractors (EPCs) and owner operators. AVEVA’s world-leading technology was originally developed and spun out of Cambridge University in 1967. In 1976 AVEVA introduced the world’s first 3D plant design system (PDMS) with an object-based engineering database.

Mike presented alongside Fluor on the topic of “Raising the Bar – 3D Laser Scanning”. Becht’s Laser Scanning Division provides end-users work products using the latest AVEVA LFM software. As an additional benefit, the Laser Scanning team provides training on the use of the software to clients - at no additional cost. A portion of Mike’s presentation illustrated the differences between laser scanning products of the early 2000's and what his team is now producing. See examples below which reflect the differences in how quality has evolved over the years:

laser scan 2000

Early 2000's

 

laser scan today

Present Day

 

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Present Day

Under Mike’s leadership, Becht’s Laser Scanning Division has effectively raised the bar regarding expectations for laser scanning products, across all industries. Mike has worked closely with AVEVA LFM software developers to ensure that state-of-the art technology is created for the division’s use so Becht  provides clients with a work product that will satisfy their needs for years to come. Competitors have attempted to imitate and keep pace. But time and time again clients report dissatisfaction. Most often, clients have called upon Becht to help fix issues with data/work products they received. Becht continues to be the most advanced, capable and experienced provider of Laser Scanning and Dimensional Control products in the industry.

See Becht Laser Scanning Services

Or call Mike Swymn at 985-981-1322

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