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Becht Welcomes Fronek Power Systems Team

The engineering consulting operations of Fronek Power Systems LLC (FPS) are now part of Becht Engineering, effective January 26th, 2018. The former FPS staff is now part of the Becht Engineering team.

Frank Fronek Frank Fronek will continue to manage the Fronek Piping Group (FPG), a division of Becht Engineering, in the Orangeburg, NY office supported by the entire Becht Engineering team located throughout North America. Fronek provides expert services related to Power Piping, including design, stress analysis, supports, assessments, troubleshooting and other related tasks.

Frank has worked in the fossil power industry for 48 years engineering, designing, analyzing and supporting HE Piping systems in new coal, gas, oil, biomass, solar and other type power plants, as well as condition assessment and troubleshooting of operating facilities. In 1983, Frank founded a piping engineering company in NJ and a fabrication shop in Texas to produce a complete line of pipe support components and related structures. These facilities were acquired by The Shaw Group in 1994. After working for The Shaw Group, Frank founded Fronek Power Services (FPS), a piping engineering company, acquired by Becht Engineering in January 2018. Frank will work in the Orangeburg, NY office as the Division Manager of Fronek Piping Group.

Frank has wide-ranging global experience with new and operating power plants utilizing ASME B31.1, EN, ASME I, AISC, MSS and other related codes and standards.

Blagoje BaljozovicBlagoje Baljozovic is a mechanical engineer with 36 years of powerplant and piping engineering and design experience on coal fired and combined cycle power plant, solar power plant, offshore oil drilling platform, process plant and mining projects as design and project engineer, stress analyst and construction site engineer. Experience includes 28 years of use and implementation of plant 3D CAD systems (Aveva Plant Design Management System [PDMS] and Intergraph Plant Design System [PDS]).



David AnthonyDavid C. Anthony III, P.E. has worked in the power industry for 8 years with Fronek Power Systems. David’s experience includes pipe stress analysis of high energy piping systems, on-site field inspections of piping and pipe hangers, pipe support design, troubleshooting and implementing recommendations on piping that has been damaged from transient events, and developing outage plans for the replacement of piping.  He has experience with ASME B31.1, ASME B31.3, API 579, API 610, ASCE 7, and other various codes and standards.  David will be working out of the Fronek Piping Group office, currently located in Orangeburg, NY.


Kyle KourelakosKyle Kourelakos is a recent graduate from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and has worked in the power industry for 1½ years with Fronek Power Systems. Kyle’s experience includes pipe stress analysis of high energy piping systems, pipe support design, and on-site field inspections of piping and pipe hangers. In addition, he is proficient with various engineering applications such as CAESAR II, AutoPipe, SupportModeler, Smartplant3D, AutoCad, and Microstation. He has experience with ASME B31.1, ASME B31.3, API 579, and various other codes and standards. Kyle will be working out of the Fronek Piping Group office, currently located in Orangeburg, NY.

Peter DeublerR. Peter Deubler P.E. (Pete) has 48 years’ experience in the power industry in the principal areas of piping, supports, mechanical engineering for various types of power plants including fossil, combined cycle and nuclear plants.  He has designed critical systems for new plants, troubleshot during start up and operation, designed modifications to existing plants, and performed remaining life evaluations.  Pete also has experience in other types of plants and facilities as well as I&C.  Pete is an active member of many ASME Code Committees including B31 Piping Committee and B&PV Code Technical Oversite and Management Committee. 

Jon HerediaJon Heredia, M.Sc. has an experience of more than 11 years in the Power Industry. He has worked the last 7 years as Mechanical Engineer in Fronek Power Systems LLC. Responsible for the analysis work, piping and support design. Multiple visit and walkdowns to Construction sites to resolve installation and startup issues and operating plants to perform piping assessment. He has experience in ASME B31.1 and other codes and standards. Before joining FPS, Jon worked in an EPC company and AE firm in Spain. Jon lives in Bilbao (Northern Spain), the city where the new office is located.

Gorka MillánGorka Millán, M.Sc. has been working in Mechanical and Piping Engineering (mostly in Power projects) for more than 11 years. Gorka started his career in a multidisciplinary Engineering firm and has spent the last 7 years working as a part of Fronek Power Systems staff (recently acquired by Becht Engineering). Gorka’s experience is mostly based in Pipe Stress analysis for Critical Piping systems but has worked also in other mechanical duties such as developing P&IDs, hydraulic calculations, equipment specifications and data sheets, pipe supports design, etc. As part of FPS team, Gorka worked in several Critical Piping Design Reviews, as well as site inspections and troubleshooting during erection and commissioning. Gorka lives in Bilbao metropolitan area (Northern Spain).

Becht's Bob Sims To Moderate NAE-AAES

Becht Bob Sims Moderating NAE

Becht is pleased to announce that J. Robert “Bob” Sims will be moderating the morning session of the Convocation at the National Academy of Engineering on April 23rd.

The upcoming discussion will be “Cybersecurity – Challenges for the Engineering Profession and Society” and “Enhancing the Resilience of the Nation’s Electricity System.” Additionally, this year’s NAE-AAES Convocation of the Professional Engineering Societies will be live video streamed for those unable to attend.

Becht's Trevor Seipp Named ASME Fellow

Becht Trevor Seipp ASME Fellow

Becht Engineering would like to congratulate Trevor Seipp, M. Sc., P. Eng. for recently being named an ASME Fellow in recognition of his outstanding engineering achievements.

As stated by ASME, “A Fellow, one who has attained a membership grade of distinction, at the time of advancement shall be a corporate member of the Society, shall have been responsible for significant engineering achievements, and shall have not less than 10 years of active practice and 10 years of corporate membership in ASME.”

The formal presentation of the award will be made at the 2018 ASME Pressure Vessel and Piping Conference, in Prague, Czech Republic, July 15-20.

Mr. Seipp is the Division Manager for Becht Engineering Canada and has over 22 years of experience in the design, analysis, and fitness-for-service of process and power equipment, especially pressure vessels, and piping.

Way to go, Trevor!

Becht Engineering Opens Houston Engineering Center

New Becht Engineering Houston Office

Becht Engineering is pleased to announce the opening of our Houston Engineering Center office at 14200 Gulf Freeway, Houston, TX complementing our administrative office in Humble, TX.  From our new office, Becht offers the services of technical Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to the refinery, petrochemical, chemical and power industries to the US Gulf Coast and beyond.  Becht Engineering’s team includes owner-experienced practitioners with 30-40 years of experience solving the toughest problems and supporting capital projects throughout heavy industry.

Becht Boosts Mechanical Engineering Expertise

Recently, Becht Engineering has added experienced, industry experts to its mechanical engineering roster. These include David Dewees, Robert Brown, Nathan Wilcoxson, Curtis Koether, and Zumao Chen.

Dave Dewees, PE - Subject Matter Expert: Nonlinear Stress Analysis, Elevated Temperature Mechanical Material Behavior

Dewees DaveDave has worked in the petrochemical, nuclear and power industries over the last 16 years. Dave’s specialties include finite element analysis (FEA - heat transfer/thermal-stress, creep, fracture and shock and vibration), fatigue, fracture and creep modeling, as well as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and multiphysics problems.  He is a long time member of ASME (Sections I, III and VIII) and API committees, as well as AWS (weld residual stress modeling).  Dave lives in the Cleveland, Ohio area where he will be opening the Medina, Ohio office shortly.


 Robert ‘Bob’ Brown, PE - Subject Matter Expert: Fitness for Service Specialist, Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics, Nonlinear Stress Analysis

Brown BobBob Brown has thirty years of mechanical engineering experience as both a consultant and an owner-user, providing engineering support to petrochemical, process and power plants worldwide.  He is an industry expert in the development and practical use of advanced finite element analysis techniques to evaluate mechanical integrity and to optimize the life cycle of in-service pressure containing equipment.

Mr. Brown was integral in the development of the major revision to the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section VIII, Division 2 (2007), specifically the “design by analysis” section of the new Code. He was also a contributor in the development of the landmark Fitness-for-Service standard API 579-1/ASME FFS-1. Bob lives in the Cleveland, Ohio area where he will be opening the Medina, Ohio office shortly.

Nathan Wilcoxson - Fitness for Service Specialist: Mechanical, Structural, Pressure Vessel & Pipe Stress

Wilcoxson NathanNathan Wilcoxson has worked in the petrochemical and refining industry for the past 8 years with Flint Hill Resources (FHR) and John Zink (JZ). At FHR Nathan was responsible for pressure vessel and piping reliability as well as Fitness-For-Service. At JZ Nathan was a structural design engineer for flare stacks, thermal oxidizers and derrick structures. He has experience in ASME VIII, ASME B31.3, API 579, AISC, ASCE 7 and other various codes and standards. Nathan is working out of the Liberty Corner, NJ office on pressure vessels, piping and fitness for service work.


Curtis Koether, PE - Fixed Equipment Engineer: Piping, Pressure Vessel, Fired Heater, and Fitness for Service Analysis

Koether CurtisCurtis Koether has worked in the refining industry for 11 years with Phillips 66.  At Phillips 66, Curtis was responsible for mechanical integrity of fixed equipment such as pressure vessels, piping, and fired heaters.  He has experience in ASME VIII, ASME B31.3, API 579, and various other codes and standards.  Curtis is working out of the Houston Engineering Center office supporting fixed equipment engineering work.


Zumao Chen, PhD - Subject Matter Expert: Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Chen ZumaoZumao Chen has worked in the power industry for more than 11 years with Babcock & Wilcox and 4 years with Reaction Engineering International. He has over 15 years of experience in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling of utility and industrial boilers, burners, over-fire air (OFA) ports and other boiler components. He also has more than 6 years of experience in model development for fluid dynamics, convective and radiative heat transfer, combustion, and computer programming to simulate two-phase flow systems. Zumao lives in the Cleveland, Ohio area where he will be opening the Medina, Ohio office shortly.

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