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Becht/HEA Engineering

Division Manager - High Energy Power Plant Piping Engineering

fronek frankFrank Fronek 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 a 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.

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  • Advisor Resources
  • CorrosionMaterials
  • DimensionalTechnologies
  • Due Diligence
  • Heavy Lift
  • Inst/Elec Controls
  • Leadership
  • Machinery
  • Mechanical Eng
  • Mechanical Integrity
  • Nuclear
  • Piping
  • Process Eng
  • Reliability
  • Training
  • Turnarounds
  • President, Becht Engineering

    ChuckBecht IV

    Dr. Becht, Fellow ASME, former Chairman of the ASME B31.3, Process Piping Code and 2014 J Hall Taylor Medal recipient, is a recognized authority in pressure vessels, piping, expansion joints, and elevated temperature design. He has more than 30 years of experience in design, design review, analysis, check-out, mechanical integrity, development, troubleshooting, and failure analysis.

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    • Leadership
  • Vice President - Business Development

    basil 2018John Basil has over 30 years of experience in consulting engineering, design and construction management in a wide variety of heavy industries. As part of his management and leadership roles in engineering companies and the US Navy, he has organized technical and operations teams; developed project concepts and proposals; managed a wide variety of projects, client programs, alliances and Joint Ventures; and strengthened companies...

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    • Leadership
    • Training
  • Vice President - Engineering

    Chuck Becht VMr. Becht is a mechanical and nuclear engineer with expertise in FEA and thermo-hydraulics modeling and analysis. His experience ranges from developing new designs meeting code requirements, failure investigation and repair, and FFS assessments.

    In the hydraulic area, his work includes the study of NRC issues related to entrapped gases in liquid lines, for which he developed hydraulics models and analysis

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    • CorrosionMaterials
    • Leadership
    • Machinery
    • Mechanical Eng
    • Piping
    • Reliability
  • Vice President - Maintenance & Projects

    Derek Becht

    Derek Becht is a chemical engineer with expertise in design, operation, and optimization of process equipment.  He has supported every refinery process unit in either a process or operations support & management function.  Derek has extensive experience supporting capital projects including two replacement FCC Reactors, new Crude Unit and FCC Main Fractionator pump-around heat exchangers, Crude Column Preflash internals, a Turbine Fuel Merox expansion, and

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    • Advisor Resources
    • Heavy Lift
    • Leadership
    • Mechanical Integrity
    • Process Eng
    • Turnarounds
  • Vice President - Administration

    matt wizemanMatthew Wizeman is a Certified Public Accountant with over 25 years of experience in accounting and finance. He received his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Florida and his BBA in accounting from Niagara University, where he graduated with honors. Matthew began his career in public accounting and then transitioned into the professional services industry where he worked for a few firms and served as a Controller for a boutique law firm in New York. Mr. Wizeman spent a few years as an entrepreneur where he owned his own company. Prior to joining Becht, he served as the CFO for a rapidly growing logistics firm for 14 years.

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    • Leadership
  • Director, Mechanical Integrity

    hoffman2012Rick Hoffman joined Becht Engineering in June, 2009 as a Senior Engineering Advisor. He has more than 39 years experience in engineering, reliability management and maintenance in the refining, petrochemical and synthetic fuels industries. Before joining Becht Engineering he was the Director, Specialty Engineering for LyondellBasell Industries. In this role he had worldwide responsibility for corporate technical support, mechanical engineering and maintenance for more than 40 chemical plants and two refineries. He was also responsible for capital project support, setting the strategic direction for Lyondell maintenance and reliability programs and all engineering and maintenance standards. 

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    • Due Diligence
    • Mechanical Integrity
  • Technical Authority - Becht Technical Solutions

    Becht Bobby Wright

    Mr. Wright has 38 years experience in downstream plant engineering, reliability, maintenance, inspection and mechanical integrity. He comes to Becht from Stress Engineering Services (SES) where he served as Principal in the Plant Services Practice since 2013 (Engineering Manager) and on the Board of Directors. He was responsible for the Downstream Plant Engineering Practice that included 5 offices.

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    • Machinery
    • Mechanical Integrity
    • Process Eng
  • Vice President - Becht Engineering

    Ted Princiotto

    Ted Princiotto has 40 years experience in the petroleum refining business, 30 years with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company and 12 years with Becht Engineering where he is Vice President of Engineering. While with ExxonMobil, he held various technical, supervisory, staff and management positions. He supervised the mechanical engineering, applied mechanics and rotating equipment sections, participated in six refinery startups worldwide including the demonstration unit and first commercial application of ExxonMobil’s FLEXICOKING process. He held positions in the Corporation’s Corporate Planning Energy Outlook Division, ran the Vice President of Engineering’s Staff responsible for budgets and workload/workforce planning.

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    • Mechanical Eng
  • Manager, Reliability Technologies

    king2012Mr. King has over 10 years of mechanical engineering experience in the Oil & Gas Industry. Mr. King’s areas of expertise include FCCU maintenance and turnarounds, pressure vessel design, and risk based reliability work. He has built turnaround work scopes and packages utilizing risk based work selection and developed equipment strategies for existing and grass roots units.  His turnaround engineering support includes unit coverage of FCC, HF Alkylation, Crude, Coker, Hydrotreating, Sulfur and Utilities

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    • Reliability
  • Engineering Manager

    Eileen ChantDr. Eileen Chant has 25 years of experience in the areas of engineering project management, modeling and performance evaluation of mechanical and energy systems. She has managed a number of projects developing and applying risk-based inspection methodologies and software tools for use by the process and power industry in developing cost-effective inspection and maintenance programs in accordance with API RP-580 and the ASME Inspection Planning Document, PCC-3. She has also managed projects developing and applying fitness-for-service software tools in accordance with API 579/FFS-1 and new methodologies for collection, management and statistical analysis of NDE data.

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    • Mechanical Eng
  • Reliability Services

    radha2012

    Arcot "Radha" Radhakrishnan's career has spanned over 45 years of worldwide involvement in the petroleum, chemicals and oil producing industries, including service with Shell Chemicals, Exxon Corporation and with ExxonMobil Corporation. At Exxon his R&D contributions included development of equipment technology for synthetic fuels (DOE) and the development/implementation of storage tank design and construction practices for atmospheric and low temperature services. His career has included a diverse range of technology assignments relating to capital projects, commissioning of new facilities, R&D,

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    • Reliability
  • Director, Advisor Resources

    Winkler

    Becht Engineering has more than 800 specialists on our worldwide roster, most with over 25 years experience in their specific areas of expertise. Becht Engineering's resources also include experienced and seasoned professionals (many with more than 30 years of experience in pace-setting owner organizations) who successfully manage, plan, review, and supervise process plant projects and turnarounds on behalf of the owner.

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  • Chief Engineer, Nuclear Services Division

    antaki2012

    Mr. Antaki, Fellow ASME, has over 40 years of experience in nuclear power plants and process facilities, in the areas of design, safety analysis, startup, operation support, inspection, fitness for services and integrity analysis, retrofits and repairs. George has held engineering and management positions at Westinghouse and Washington Group International, where he has performed work at power and process plants, and consulted for the Department of Energy (DOE), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He also is an

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    • Nuclear
  • Division Manager, Becht Engineering Canada, Ltd.

    seipp2012

    Mr. Seipp has over 15 years of experience in design and analysis of process and power equipment, vessels, piping, and structures. He has extensive analytical experience including linear and non-linear finite element analysis using ANSYS and ABAQUS, buckling analyses, steady-state and transient heat transfer and thermal stress analysis of pressure vessels

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    • Mechanical Eng
  • Division (Pono) Manager, Metallurgical and Corrosion

    Buchheim

    Mr. Buchheim is a recognized industry expert in damage mechanisms, sulfidation, wet H2S cracking, creep, HTHA, fire assessment, IOW’s, corrosion reviews, RBI, and FFS assessments. With his over 33years of experience, he has been involved in all aspects of materials engineering including corrosion prevention, failure analysis, fire damage assessment and fitness-for-service assessments in the entire range of fixed equipment primarily in refineries, but also petrochemical units and upstream facilities.

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    • CorrosionMaterials
  • Division Manager - High Energy Power Plant Piping Engineering

    fronek frankFrank Fronek 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...

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    • Mechanical Eng
    • Piping
  • Director - Power Generation Services

    zoll gregGreg Zoll is a 30-year veteran in the electric power industry with extensive consulting, project development, Owners and Independent Engineering experience. He has extensive knowledge in strategic project planning, project siting and development, permitting, infrastructure development, cost, performance and life cycle cost estimating. He is experienced working in the US and in South East Asia including Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and China. 

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    • Mechanical Eng
  • Heavy Lift Manager

    joe collins

    Joseph (Joe) Collins is the Heavy Lift Division Manager for Becht Engineering Co., Inc. He is providing Consulting and Design Services for Lifting and Transport of process equipment, machinery, chemical, refining and nuclear vessels and components.His duties include consulting to clients using the world’s largest cranes and super heavy lift projects.

    Mr. Collins has over 45 years of experience in the heavy lift industry. He has served as Commissioner and later as Vice President for the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO). Joe also served as a member of the Cranes and Derrick Advisory Committee (C-DAC) to OSHA, which wrote and delivered the initial draft of the new OSHA Crane Safety Standard. In January 2011, Engineering News Record magazine honored Joe as one of the “Top 25 Newsmakers” for his work with C-DAC.

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    • Heavy Lift
  • Manager Richland Office

    George Abatt

    Dr. Abatt, Fellow ASCE, has over 30 years experience in engineering practice, education, and management of multi-disciplinary engineering teams.  He has authored numerous technical reports and presentations in his professional career that highlight his technical expertise with linear and nonlinear structural analysis, seismic analysis, soil-structure interaction, fluid-structure interaction, and impact analyses.  Dr. Abatt has acted as a Subject Matter Expert for both the US Department of Energy and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  He is the Vice-Chair of the ASCE Dynamic Analysis of Nuclear Structures Committee and is the Manager of the Richland, Washington Office of Becht Engineering.

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    • Nuclear
  • Senior Engineering Fellow and ASME Past President 2014-15

    Bob Sims2017Mr. Sims is a recognized authority in risk-based technologies for optimizing inspection and maintenance decisions; design and analysis of high pressure equipment, including high pressure, high temperature (HPHT) equipment for oil and gas exploration and production and he has extensive experience in mechanical integrity evaluations of existing equipment and Fitness-For-Service analyses. Mr. Sims has served as President of the ASME and member of the 

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    • Mechanical Eng
  • Senior Engineering Advisor

    Frikken2012

    Mr. Frikken is an internationally recognized authority in piping systems, valves, and the development of standards and specifications. His work with Becht includes designing new piping systems, analyzing existing piping systems, assisting manufacturers with respect to code compliance issues, and providing instruction on process piping and piping flexibility analysis courses. Don has received a number of awards including the ASME B31 Forever Medal for Excellence in Piping, and the ASME Melvin R. Green

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    • Mechanical Eng
    • Piping
  • Process Engineering and Process Safety Manager

    eric ye bechtEric Ye is the Process Engineering and Process Safety Manager for Becht Engineering.  Mr. Ye is responsible for ensuring that client’s needs are meet with the highest level of quality and that projects are properly coordinated, resourced, and delivered in a timely manner.  Mr. Ye is also responsible for developing offerings and business development for the Process Engineering and Process Division by cultivating existing or developing new relationships and identifying/developing new opportunities and offerings.

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    • Process Eng
  • Manager - I/E/A Engineering

    john justusJohn Justus is the Manager of I/E/A (Instrument, Electrical and Analyzer) Engineering. In this role, he oversees engineering consulting in instrumentation, controls, automation, power and analyzer engineering. John’s career has taken him through a variety of roles in this field and in managerial roles with Exxon Chemical, Exxon Research and Engineering, and Exxon Refining in multiple locations throughout the world.

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    • Inst/Elec Controls
  • Division Manager - Dimensional Technologies

    swymn mikeInvolved with laser scanning since 1998, Mike cofounded Becht's Laser Scanning Division in 2009. He began his career designing piping systems and working with 3-D models as an end-user of laser scan data.

    Mike’s extensive knowledge in all aspects of laser scanning has served him well. He has worked with all of the popular digital design software available.

    Earlier in his career, Mike started the HiCAD Laser Scanning Division in 1999. In five years it grew to the largest service provider in the U.S. (prior to being sold). In addition to laser scanning, he has worked with all of the major 3-D design platforms - such as AutoCAD, PDS, PDMS-2, Smartplant and Autoplant Bentley.

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    • DimensionalTechnologies
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