Equipment Consulting

Becht engineers have expertise with most types of equipment found in the oil & gas production, refining, petrochemical, chemical, industrial gas and power industries:

– Fixed Equipment such as Piping, Valves, Pressure Vessels and Tankage;
– Fired Equipment such as Boilers and Fired Heaters; and
– Rotating Equipment (or Machinery) such as Compressors, Pumps and Turbomachinery.

Becht’s typical approach when managing Equipment Consulting projects is to bring a User’s/Owner’s perspective to address all  aspects of the equipment life cycle – from new equipment specifications for projects through engineering, procurement, construction, startup and beyond.  We consult in areas such as process and mechanical performance, maintenance, reliability, fitness-for-service and troubleshooting.  Most of our engineering staff held senior technical positions in the central engineering organizations of large multinational corporations that purchased, operated and maintained a wide range of equipment in their facilities. As such, Becht is well positioned to offer our clients all of the equipment-related services in the major areas listed below.  To view a detailed listing of each area of Becht Equipment Consulting services, click an area below


Becht Engineering has extensive experience and expertise in the design and analysis of mechanical components, including those for very severe environments such as very high temperatures and pressures. The coupling of extensive design experience and analysis capability enables us to take on the most challenging design projects. Added to this mix is our extensive experience in the relevant codes and standards, as we have participated in and chaired many of the committees that are responsible for those that govern the design of this equipment.

Technical Training

Becht Engineering employs several hundred senior specialists, serving the process and energy industries. Many of Becht’s specialists are also experienced instructors, with numerous years of experience in mentoring and teaching other professionals. Becht Engineering specialists teach a variety of technical courses around the world and are industry experts, who have spent their careers in pace setting owner-operator organizations.

Software & Solutions

Becht is engaged in meeting the engineering modeling and software needs of the Process and Power Industry through the development of proprietary software and custom applications. Our proprietary software applications include API 579-1/ASME FFS-1, 2016 edition compliant, Fitness-for-Service (FFS) evaluations, Risk-Based Work Selection (RBWS) and Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) planning.

Additionally, Becht is available to provide custom engineering analysis and software solutions to our clients.

Reliability Technologies

In today’s petro-chemical and refining industries, sustained long term reliability of facilities is a key to profitability and competitiveness. History shows that differences in Operating Expenses between best-in-class refineries, and poor performers, can be as much as 20-30MM$/YR. The cost of unreliability also impacts on lost opportunity via supply disruptions.  Safety and Reliability are inter-dependent.  Becht Engineering has the expertise and tools to successfully help clients with plant-wide, unit-wide, or equipment specific reliability issues. These proprietary technologies are documented in Becht’s Reliability Technology Manual. These technologies have been successfully implemented across North American and Global facilities including South America, Australia, Russia, Middle East, Asia and many other locations.

Process Consulting

Becht Engineering has Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) with experience in virtually every refining, petrochemical, and chemical processes.   Becht’s SME’s expertise includes equipment specific (e.g. heat exchanger), unit-specific (e.g. Crude Unit), and technology-specific (e.g. Hydroprocessing) knowledge gained over long careers typically with owner/operator corporations.  Becht routinely combines the services of our experts to solve unique problems that may include multiple facets.  We have capabilities including feasibility studies, process design, and a broad range of consulting services.

Most  SMEs have worked in premier owner-operator organizations giving Becht a unique perspective of problem-solving in an operating environment.  The Becht approach enables us to evaluate problems from an owner’s perspective and focus on providing a solution that works the first time.

Operations Support

Becht Engineering has many senior operations specialists who have retired after long careers with industry majors.  We are capable of supporting a broad range of client needs including training, mentoring, turnaround support, pre-startup checkout, and project execution support.  We can combine operations representatives from multiple levels within the organization to effectively support major capital projects.

Becht’s senior specialists have worked at all levels of owner operator organizations from board operator to operations director.  Having operations specialists who have worked in owner operator organizations for the duration of their careers enables us to provide practical solutions that work.  Becht specialists cover a wide range of areas including:

  • Shutdown & Startup Review
  • Pre-startup Safety Review
  • Process Hazard Analysis
  • HAZOP Support
  • Operating Procedures
  • Project Support
  • Operations Excellence
  • 3D Model Review
  • Training
  • Turnaround Support
  • Staff Augmentation
  • P&ID Review
  • Incident Investigation
  • Mentoring
  • Assessments
  • Chemical Cleaning Audit
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