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Becht Announces Launch of Becht Technical Solutions

Becht Engineering Co., Inc. is excited to announce a new service to the industry, called Becht Technical Solutions. This initiative is an expansion of our core missions “We solve problems” and “Engineering from an Owner’s perspective.” Becht Technical Solutions is made up of three key focus areas, Central Engineering Support, Multi-discipline Subject Matter Expert Support, and a soon to be released Smartphone application.  All combined, Becht provides practical, innovative, and actionable solutions delivering reliability, safety and profit to our clients. 

Central Engineering Support

Central Engineering Support is an ideal on-demand technical resource to answer the “How do I…”, “What if I…”, and “Why does…” questions from plant personnel.  Becht’s Central Engineering program also supports a cold-eye reviewer, troubleshooting advisor, and brief onsite resource on an as-needed basis. This program gives you direct access to Becht Engineering Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and reduces the level of effort required to activate technical assistance. The service is intended to cover brief interactions between a client’s technical and managerial personnel and Becht’s engineering and technology resources. Becht’s technical support clients have found the service to be valuable, given the benefit received versus the modest cost. The program gives your team access to world class resources on call just about at any time, but only paying for it when the service is needed (without a “take or pay” arrangement). 

Multi-discipline Subject Matter Expert Support

Becht Engineering has multiple Subject Matter Experts covering every discipline that a refinery, petrochemical, or chemical plant may need and can work as an integrated team to support client needs. Areas of expertise include fixed, fired, and rotating equipment, corrosion/materials/integrity management, process technology specialists, process safety and mechanical integrity, reliability, operations and turnarounds specialists, and heavy lift engineering instrumentation, electrical, and analyzers. We combine this expertise to offer Central Engineering Support, as well as Unit Health Assessments, Project Quality Assurance, Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA), and troubleshooting. This broad expertise, allows us to evaluate the most challenging issues in industry and come up with solutions.

Phone Application

The soon-to-be-released phone application will provide our partner clients with a new level of speedy and direct access to our Subject Matter Experts.  With this application, clients will be able to access Becht by phone, email, and directly through the app. The phone app is forum based, which allows for knowledge capture and discussion, allowing clients to access a library of past experiences. Additionally, the Smartphone app will better aid administrative tracking of questions and responses.

Becht Technical Solutions ties together all of Becht’s engineering expertise and delivers it to our clients to solve their problems. What differentiates us is not just the expertise, but the depth and number of experienced resources that we can combine to offer multi-discipline solutions.

Becht Engineering Welcomes Gene Roundtree, Vince Carucci And Lori Carucci To The Family

Their decades of technical knowledge and wisdom add even greater depth to Becht’s already unrivaled team of Subject Matter Experts.

Becht Engineering has experienced outstanding growth over the past few years, and continues to solidify its position as the premier provider of multi-discipline Central Engineering services and serving in the owners’ role for Maintenance, Projects and Turnarounds.

roundtree geneWe are pleased to announce that Gene Roundtree joined the Becht team on February 14th, 2019.  Gene was the founder and President of Tree Line Consulting, formed in 2013, after his extensive career with ExxonMobil.  Tree Line provided subject matter expert consulting services to the Refining and Petrochemical Industries.  Over the next two months, Gene’s team of 26 experts will be integrated into the Becht family.  Tree Line’s fusion into Becht will enhance our expertise in the areas of Process Technology Support, Project Development, Automation and Control, Safety Engineering, Mergers & Acquisitions, Licensing, Chemistry and many others.  Gene said that, “I am excited by the prospects of offering a broad range of consulting services and programs to industry through Becht Engineering and I look forward to working as a member of the Becht Business Development team.”

carucci vinceWe are equally excited to announce that Vince and carucci loriLori Carucci joined Becht Engineering on February 13th, 2019.  Vince left ExxonMobil in 1986 at the same time as Chuck IV (President, Becht Engineering), and Lori and Vince started Carmagen Engineering.  They built Carmagen into a well-recognized and respected provider of specialty engineering consulting and technical training services to the refining industry for over 30 years since its inception in 1986.  Carmagen was acquired by the Mistras Group in 2013.  Vince and Lori bring decades of experience in technical subject matter expert support that further enhance the quality of services we deliver to the Refining, Petrochemical and Chemical Industries. Lori Carucci said that “Vince and I look forward to working with the Becht business development team to help further Becht’s growth.”  Vince Carucci said that “I’m excited about working with Chuck IV again and the rest of the Becht team, especially since we have similar backgrounds and the same philosophy of providing technical support to clients.”

Derek Becht, Vice President of Maintenance and Projects said, “We are thrilled about the opportunities from Gene, Vince and Lori joining the team.  We’ve seen a significant loss of experience and  knowledge in industry over the past few years from a retiring workforce.  Becht is committed to helping our clients fill this knowledge gap, and these latest additions to the team will help us go a long way in doing so.”

We invite you to reach out to see what Becht Engineering can do for you.

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Becht Advisor Terry Blackard Interview With Valve Magazine

Becht Advisor Terry Blackard discusses valvesRecently, Terry Blackard, an Engineering Advisor for Becht Engineering, was interviewed for an article in Valve Magazine. The article, Valves Need More Respect, is an in-depth review of the trend in valves within the oil and gas industry. 

In this article Terry talks about a general overview of valves in the industry, the evolution of valves and the challenges and solutions in the future.

You may click below to view the article (pdf) in its entirety.

Read Blackard Valve Article

Bobby Wright Joins Becht Engineering!

Becht - Bobby Wright

Becht Engineering is pleased to welcome Bobby Wright to the Becht Engineering family. Bobby comes to Becht from Stress Engineering in Houston, TX and will be the Lead Technical Authority for BechtTechnicalSolutions. This position covers our multi-discipline services to offer unique solutions to our clients’ issues.

Bobby has over 30 years of experience mobilizing teams providing engineering solutions to heavy industrial plants including fitness for service, fire damage assessments, high temperature hydrogen attack (HTHA) assessments, coke drum health monitoring and much more.

  View his bio...

Becht On The Road for January 2019

API summit january 2019

Becht Engineering will be attending the 2019 API Inspection Summit in Galveston, TX January 28-31st. Be sure to stop by the Becht booth #513 to learn more about all of our service offerings. Additionally, Becht will be presenting the following presentations:

  • ASME Post Construction Standards: Past, Present, & Future – Clay Rodery (C&S Technology LLC) & Chuck Becht IV
  • The Potential Roles of Permanently Installed NDT Sensors – John Nyholdt
  • Alkaline Carbonate SCC In a Two-Stage Sour Water Stripper Unit – A Case Study – Mike Schmidt (CHS) & Gerrit Buchheim
  • Union Oil Romeoville 1984 Amine Absorber Failure Revisited – Gerrit Buchheim
  • MPT – Where We Are Heading with API 934F and API 579 – Gerrit Buchheim
  • The Three Key Pieces of an Integrity Management System – Gerrit Buchheim & Steven Bolinger
  • The Value of Using Dimensional Technologies for Digitalization of the Physical Asset – Matthew Craig
  • API RP 932-B: Hydroprocessing Unit REAC Systems, 3rd Edition Update – Jim Edmondson
  • Damage Mechanisms in Old Mn-Mo Vessels – Sobhan Datta (BP) & David Moore
  • Mechanical Integrity Program Development for New Construction – Alyx Kahn (Marathon Petroleum) & Matt Caserta
  • Inspector/Technician Experience and the Need for Detailed Inspection Plans – Dana Baham
  • Seven Pillars of Mechanical Integrity – Steven Bolinger
  • Integrity Maps for a Refinery – Steven Bolinger
  • Incipient Hydrogren Damage in a 1Cr Reformer Reactor - Clay White
  • Lessons Learned in Piping Troubleshooting and Design - Chuck Becht V
  • Utilizing RBI to Evaluate Feed and Other Operational Changes - Clay White

The next month, February, Becht Engineering will be at the 2019 IPIEA Conference in Banff, Alberta. Becht will be in booth #55 there and will be presenting the following talks:

  • Lessons Learned in Piping Troubleshooting and Design – Chuck Becht V
  • ASME Section VIII 2019 Code Update – What Do You Do When the Code Doesn’t Have Applicable Rules? – Trevor Seipp

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Upcoming Becht Training Courses

23Sep
Mon Sep 23 @ 8:00AM - 04:30PM
ASME Section VIII, Division 2 - Part 5, Design-By-Analysis - Houston, TX
Hilton Garden Inn Houston/Clear Lake NASA - 750 W Texas Ave, Webster, TX 77598
07Oct
Mon Oct 07 @ 8:00AM - 04:30PM
Process Piping - ASME B31.3 Design, Construction, and Mechanical Integrity - Houston, TX
Becht Engineering Houston Office - 14200 Gulf Freeway, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77034
14Oct
Mon Oct 14 @ 8:00AM - 04:30PM
ASME Section VIII, Division 1 Design with COMPRESS Training Course - Houston, TX
Becht Engineering Houston Office - 14200 Gulf Freeway, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77034
18Nov
Mon Nov 18 @ 8:00AM - 04:30PM
Storage Tank Design and Maintenance (API 650 & API-653) - Houston, TX
Becht Engineering Houston Office - 14200 Gulf Freeway, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77034
21Nov
Thu Nov 21 @ 8:00AM - 04:30PM
Piping Vibration Analysis & Practical Engineering Solutions in Process Plants - Houston, TX
Becht Engineering Houston Office - 14200 Gulf Freeway, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77034