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New OSHA Standard for Cranes and Derricks

Joe Collins, Heavy Lift Manager

Are You In Compliance? 

On July 28, 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a historic new standard, addressing the use of cranes and derricks in construction and replacing a decades old standard. The rule became effective 90 days after August 9, 2010; the date the final rule was published in the federal register.

OSHA developed the new rule using a process known as Negotiated Rule Making. A committee was formed, comprising of twenty-three members, all of which were considered experts on cranes and derricks. The committee represented various interest groups such as crane manufacturers, crane owners and users, insurance, organized labor, power-line owners, professional safety organizations and OSHA.

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Becht Upstream - Reliability Support

Arcot "Radha" Radhakrishnan, Director of Reliability & Jerry Horak, Senior Engineering Advisor

Becht Engineering Reliability Specialist Teams are providing their expertise and in-depth knowledge to support Clients’ Capital Projects in Upstream Operations, worldwide, with a focus on development of Reliability & Maintenance Strategies for Production Units (PU). These strategies are defined in Equipment Reliability Plans (ERPs) which specify a portfolio of inspection, maintenance, operational surveillance and monitoring tasks through the life of equipment operations in the PU. Becht Specialists work with Client Operations/Maintenance/Technical Groups and use either Becht proprietary software, orcommercially available client specific software for the developmentof ERPs. Becht Teams’ engaged in these projects includeFacilitators and Maintenance Software Experts all of whom have over 30 years experience in the Upstream and Downstream refining industry.

Pro-Active Maintenance Planning

An Industry Best Practice for Grass Roots Facilities Reliability Planning for Upstream Assets is being done at an early phase in the Project’s Life Cycle. Becht Teams are currently engaged with two Capital Projects, in which Clients require development of detailed Reliability Plans to coincide with Engineering design completion, long before commissioning of facilities. ERPs are the tool for pro-active maintenance planning.

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High Energy Line Break Analysis

George Antaki, PE

Nuclear power plants are designed, constructed, operated and inspected to prevent pipe ruptures. Despite these preventive measures, plants are designed to mitigate the effects of hypothetical pipe ruptures. The hypothetical ruptures are in the form of leakage cracks and, for high energy lines (operating temperatures in excess of 200 degrees F or operating pressures in excess of 275 psig), full circumferential and longitudinal breaks. Nuclear power plants are designed to achieve a safe shutdown if such a postulated high energy line break (HELB) was to occur.

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Becht Completes Plant-Wide Risk-Based Planning & Training Program for Utility

Eileen Chant, PhD, PE

In January 2011, Becht Engineering completed a Risk-based Equipment Reliability Planning (ERP) Development Project for a 600 MW Natural Gas Combined Cycle Power Plant. The study was conducted during a month long series of meetings with the Becht team, utility management and plant personnel to forward the utility's stated goal of good stewardship for the young, seven-year-old facility. The work scope included developing risk-based inspection and maintenance plans for all fixed equipment, piping, rotating equipment and some critical control valves in the plant.

Becht used its proprietary Risk-Based Equipment Reliability Planning work process which is embedded in the Becht software program STIER© (Strategy Tool for Improving Equipment Reliability) to develop the inspection plan for the plant equipment items. Our work process is compliant with API RP 580, Risk-Based Inspection and ASME PCC-3-2007 Inspection Planning Using Risk-Based Methods.

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02Mar
Mon Mar 02 @ 8:00AM - 04:30PM
API-579/ASME FFS-1 Fitness for Service with BechtFFS Software #28951 - Webster, TX
Hilton Garden Inn Houston/Clear Lake NASA - 750 West Texas Ave., Webster, Texas 77598
09Mar
Mon Mar 09 @ 8:00AM - 04:30PM
ASME Section VIII, Division 1 Pressure Vessel Design with Software Application Training Course #28950 - Webster, TX
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01Apr
Wed Apr 01 @ 8:00AM - 04:30PM
Storage Tank Design and Maintenance (API 650 & API-653) #28953 - Houston, TX
Becht Houston Office - 14200 Gulf Freeway, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77034