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Charles Becht IV Receives ASME J Hall Taylor Award

Dr. Charles Becht IV has been selected as the 2014 ASME J. Hall Taylor Medal award recipient.  Dr. Becht will receive this prestigious award during the President’s Luncheon at the upcoming ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Montreal.

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The J. Hall Taylor Medal is presented for distinguished service or eminent achievement in the field of codes and standards pertaining to the broad fields of piping and pressure vessels which are sponsored or undertaken by ASME. The scope includes contributions to technical advancement and administration.CBIV-receives hall-taylor medal

In 1965, by a bequest through the ASME activity in codes and standards, the Taylor Forge and Pipe Works established this award to commemorate the pioneering work of J. Hall Taylor in the field of standardization of industrial products and safety codes for their usage.



 Becht Engineering has a history of substantial contributions to ASME Codes and their relevent committees.  In fact, two other Becht staff members have received this award as well - Clyde Neely in 1993 and Bob Sims (current ASME President) in 2004.

Bob Sims Installed As 133rd ASME President

Much as an athlete who uses a cross-training approach to develop strength and stamina and improve performance, ASME must embrace an interdisciplinary approach in order to grow and thrive in the coming years, ASME’s new president, J. Robert Sims, observed during his inaugural address at the ASME Annual Meeting in Portland, Ore., earlier this week.

bob sims president ASME“Cross-training advances an athlete’s workout regimen by varying the exercises to use muscles in different ways — it energizes the whole body and keeps the mind engaged,” said Sims, who became ASME’s 133rd president at the President’s Dinner on June 10. “You build flexibility, power and speed through an interdisciplinary approach. ASME members can benefit from an intellectual interdisciplinary approach, while pursuing of common goals.”

Because mechanical engineering is a wide-reaching and diverse discipline that plays a role in virtually every technology and industry, “successful engineers must have a strong professional network,” said Sims, a senior engineering fellow with Becht Engineering Co. Inc. “Because of this breadth and the multidisciplinary demands that we face, ASME is well positioned to be at the center of that network. As we grow, that will offer us greater opportunities. This year, we will focus on building our diverse interests into a unified whole.”

Courtesy of the ASME.org website...June 24, 2014

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Becht Safety Solutions Introduces HIDIR Workshop

Becht Safety Solutions Introduces HIDIR Workshop:  Hazard Identified – Intervention Required

Becht Safety Solutions is pleased to announce the introduction of the HIDIR risk-identification workshop. In light of recent statistics concerning the demographic of today’s industrial workforce, Becht Safety Solutions has developed the HIDIR program to address the documented risk-identification training gaps existing within the current workforce.

HIDIR, which stands for Hazard IDentified – Intervention Required, is a 4-hour workshop focused on fundamental risk-identification skills. Applicable to all levels of the workforce, the HIDIR curriculum targets the lack of pertinent hazard recognition/risk identification training prevalent among younger, less-experienced craft workers and supervisors. Teaching hazard recognition and risk identification skills in a user-friendly, easily understood format, HIDIR presents the information needed for these workers to enter their work environment fully confident that they can perform their tasks in a safe, risk-free manner.


 To download a copy of the HIDIR workshop brochure   Click Here


For more information on the HIDIR workshop, please contact 
Scott McLaurin or  Bonnie Winkler.

World Crane & Transport Summit Panel To Include Becht's Heavy Lift Manager

Becht's Heavy LIft Manager, Joe Collins, will be participating as a featured panelist at the upcoming World Crane & Transport Summit (WCTS) to be held November 12 & 13, 2014 in Miami, Florida..  The panel will discuss heavy lifting and transport in the oil and gas sector. 

Mr. Collins has 40 years experience in the heavy lift industry. He is currently serving as Vise President of the Board of Directors for the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), an independent, not-for-profit organization established in 1995 to administer a nationwide program for the certification of crane operators.

Training and Qualification of Bolted Joint Assembly Personnel

For quite some time now, Section VIII Division 1 of the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code has included the following provision in Appendix 2-15:


It is recommended that flange joints designed to this Appendix be assembled by qualified procedures and by qualified assemblers. ASME PCC-1 may be used as a guide.

The "qualified procedures" reference is to Appendix A of PCC-1-2010 entitled "Notes Regarding Qualifying Flanged Joint Assemblers" and these notes cover slightly less than ½ page, with an Introductory Note stating that a proposed revision to this Appendix was under consideration by the ASME Pressure Technology Post Construction Committee. Well this "consideration" has come to fruition so that the updated Appendix A in the 2013 Edition of PCC-1 will include a replacement 20+ page Appendix A entitled:



There are three components outlined in the new Appendix A for Qualification of a Bolting Specialist:

• Training – a training course that meets the guidance provided in Appendix A, including examination on the theory.
• Practical – successful completion of a combined practical examination and practical demonstration
• Experience – a requirement of a certain level of field experience


Training in the fundamentals of bolted joint operation and assembly includes instruction in over 20 areas, including:

• General personal joint assembly equipment requirements
• The principles of bolt elongation
• Bolt load and gasket stress
• Functionality of gasket and seal
• Gasket types and their limitations
• Bolt types and their limitations
• Identification of correct joint components
• Manual Torque joint tightening
• Importance of using the specified lubricant
• Techniques used for load control
• Calibration and maintenance of bolt tightening equipment
• Inspection and reporting defects or faults
• Procedure for preparing a joint for closure
• Gasket handling, preparation and installation
• Sources of information on joint assembly
• Safe joint disassembly and assembly
• Joint assembly procedures
• Ensuring correct use of additional joint components
• Importance of procedures, qualification and records
• Joint Disassembly


In addition to training on the theory of joint operation and assembly, different practical demonstrations are required; each designed to clarify one of the following important aspects:

• Importance of bolt assembly pattern
• Importance of bolt assembly pattern versus correct gasket selection
• Importance of joint alignment prior to assembly
• Importance of gasket placement
• Influence of bolt & nut lubrication
• Reaction of different types of gaskets to standard tightening procedures


To complete the training aspect of the qualification program, the candidate will be required to take a practical examination that consists of assembling at least 2 joints while being graded by a Qualified Bolting Specialist Instructor. In addition, there are supplementary training requirements for the optional endorsements to the qualification that focus specifically on aspects that are covered by the field of endorsement (such as the operation of hydraulic equipment for powered equipment endorsement).

Since the practice of assembling a joint in the field provides a significant source of learning for the individual, Appendix A also outlines a minimum amount of experience of bolted joint assembly in the field that is required before an individual can be considered a Qualified Bolting Specialist. The requirement is for 6 months of full time experience, with part time experience being pro-rated depending on the amount of actual assembly experience that the individual is receiving in their day-to-day activities.


The intent of Appendix A is to provide a sound basis for the training, assessment and qualification of bolted joint assemblers, but it is fully recognized that qualifications of this level are not required for every individual involved in the assembly of every joint. In fact, it is common for joints to be assembled using teams of individuals with different skill sets, and it is fully expected that in the best case scenario only one or two individuals may actually be Qualified Bolting Specialists on any given team. It is felt that, through the process of ensuring this potential step change improvement in the knowledge of the team, as a whole, that the intent of the Appendix will have been achieved.


In order to achieve the desired goal, a system of independent third-party verification was developed, which was designed to demonstrate that the qualification programs are in accordance with Appendix A. This approach is similar to an accreditation program, with the exception that there is no central body administering the accreditation. A While the selected approach is perhaps not as good as a true accreditation program in achieving portability, the advantage is that it does allow industry to customize and find a system that will be both practical and efficient for providing the desired end result of assembler qualification. The other advantage is that the lack of a centralized body means that the program growth and implementation is not limited by the capabilities or resource of the centralized body.


Our final thought on implementation is that end-users should be cognizant of the difference between assembler qualification and assembler competency. The Appendix A program has been formulated to try to maximize the likelihood that a qualified assembler will also be a competent assembler by the inclusion of experience and practical examinations/demonstrations. However, in the end it is only by witnessing the individual at work over an extended period of time that competency can truly be judged, such as the system for on-going inspection and testing of welder performance which is required to maintain their qualifications. Therefore, the onus for determining the competency of an assembler will remain the responsibility of their employer, even if they may hold a joint assembler qualification.

Clyde C. Neely, Becht Engineering Fellow 

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