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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:

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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

Bob Sims Elected To Board of AAES

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Becht engineering - Bob SimsThe American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES) Board of Directors Nov, 3, 2016 elected J. Robert Sims, 2014-2015 ASME President and Eminent Fellow at Becht Engineering Co., Inc., to the AAES Board of Directors for a three-year term, beginning January 1, 2017.

The AAES is a multidisciplinary organization of engineering societies dedicated to advancing the knowledge, understanding, and practice of engineering. AAES member societies represent the mainstream of U.S. engineering — engineers in industry, government, and academia.  They are headquartered in Reston, VA.

 

Physical 3D Models of Process Units are Returning to Use!

3D printing technology is now bringing back the use of 3D models of process units.  Having a 3D model has many benefits, including a more than ten-fold improvement in efficiency in doing model reviews, versus reviewing the model on the computer. 


In the past, 3D models were created by assembling plastic pieces, which was very time consuming and expensive.  As a result, the practice was largely abandoned as 3D CAD models were developed.  Now, 3D physical models can be produced economically from 3D CAD models or laser scan data.  The models are produced by a continuous print; they are not assemblies of printed parts.

Becht’s Laser Scanning division recently acquired a 3D printer and has already created several models for our clients. 3D printing of process units has several advantages throughout the design and construction phases, as well as continuing into ongoing operations. 3D plastic models make it easier for owners to visualize what is being designed versus traditional methods such as reviewing plans and elevations.

During detailed design, operations, maintenance and construction are able to view, from every angle, an exact replica of the unit prior to construction. Moreover, interferences that may arise in the field can be identified using the 3D print and corrected prior to construction.

During actual construction, planners can save time by having the exact scaled replica of the unit to review, as opposed to reviewing stacks of drawings and a 3D CAD model.

After startup of the project, a 3D printed model can be utilized by operations as training aids. Turnaround planning can also benefit by having a truly accurate as-built model to refer to in regards to planning upgrades, inspections, or repairs.

Process units of any size and complexity can be printed.  A large unit can be printed as a number of modules as the photo of a sample illustrates. For more information or to receive a quote

Contact Becht Laser Scanning

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Upcoming Becht Training Courses

04Sep
Wed Sep 04 @ 8:00AM - 12:00PM
Introduction to COMPRESS Training Course - Houston, TX
Texas Training and Conference Center, 11490 Westheimer Rd, Suite 600, Houston, Texas, 77077
09Sep
Mon Sep 09 @ 8:00AM - 04:30PM
ASME Section VIII, Division 1 Design with COMPRESS Training Course - Houston, TX
Texas Training and Conference Center, 11490 Westheimer Rd, Suite 600, Houston, Texas, 77077
23Sep
Mon Sep 23 @ 8:00AM - 04:30PM
ASME Section VIII, Division 2 - Part 5, Design-By-Analysis - Houston, TX
Texas Training and Conference Center, 11490 Westheimer Rd, Suite 600, Houston, Texas, 77077
23Sep
Mon Sep 23 @ 8:00AM - 04:30PM
API-579/ASME FFS-1 Fitness for Service with BechtFFS and INSPECT Software - Houston, TX
Texas Training and Convention Center, 11490 Westheimer Rd, Suite 600, Houston, TX 77077
07Oct
Mon Oct 07 @ 8:00AM - 04:30PM
Process Piping - ASME B31.3 Design, Construction, and Mechanical Integrity - Houston, TX
Texas Training and Conference Center, 11490 Westheimer Rd, Suite 600, Houston, TX 77077