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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).

Brant Aggus Joins the Becht Team

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Becht Engineering would like to welcome Brant Aggus to the Becht Team as the Process Engineering and Process Safety Management Manager! Brant has over 20 years experience in process engineering. His experience includes background in process design and process optimization. His primary areas of refining expertise are hydroprocessing, sulfur recovery, reforming, and distillation. Brant also has experience in the pharmaceutical and electronics industries as well.

Mr. Aggus holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas and an M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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