Vibration, dynamics and noise

formerly BETA Machinery Analysis and SVT Engineering Consultants



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API Tanks, Valves, and Piping Conference & Expo
23-26 October
Seattle, WA

Michael Cyca is presenting A New, Risk-Based Approach to Avoid Vibration-Induced Fatigue Failure in Process Piping.

GPA MIdstream logoGPA Midstream – Appalachian Regional Conference
10 October
Seven Springs, PA

Jiten Mistry is discussing challenges with facility design, construction and operations as part of the panel A Blend of Expertise – Pre, During and Post Construction

Asset Integrity Conference
6 October
Aberdeen, UK

Maximising production by reducing the risk of vibration fatigue on aging assets
Roundtable facilitated by Robert Swindell, Vibration Engineering Lead

GMC 2017
GMRC Gas Machinery Conference (GMC)
1-4 October
Booth #618, David L Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Attend our presentations and stop by at booth #618 for a demo of our new, complimentary piping vibration software tool Veridian™.

VDN topics:

  • Back-to-Basics Vibration Problem Solving (lecture)
  • Solving Screw Compressor Package Vibrations (lecture)
  • Considerations for Flexibility Analyses of Piping Systems in Vibration Applications (lecture)
  • Using Business Intelligence Tools to Drive Asset Performance Management (lecture)
  • Reciprocating Compressor Fleet Reliability – Asset Management Approaches and Trends from the Field (short course)
  • Veridian – Free Piping Vibration Assessment Tools (technology update)

See the full schedule


TPS 201746th Turbomachinery & 33rd Pump Users Symposia (TPS)
12-14 September ***rescheduled to 11-14 December 2017 due to Hurricane Harvey***
Booth #2416, George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX

Check out our vibration demo or talk directly to our experts who will help you address vibration, dynamics and noise issues at your facility. 


  • "Benefits of installing restrictive orifice plates on the suction of reciprocating pumps – a pulsation and CFD perspective” by Kelly Eberle, principal consultant
  • "Plunger pump station - vibration induced cracks in piping" by Mena Ghattas, team lead
  • "Key differences in the design of piping systems for reciprocating and centrifugal pumps" by Kelly Eberle, principal consultant and Philippe Loustau, principal consultant


Webinar reducing acoustic insulation on process piping

Join Wood Group’s noise expert, Wayne Seeto, for an exclusive webinar on how you can safely decrease the amount of acoustic insulation on piping within your facilities; reducing costs, schedule delays and integrity issues.
Register now!


Eastern Gas Compression Roundtable (EGCR) 2016Eastern Gas Compression Roundtable (EGCR)
When: May 23-24
Where: Booth #414, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh
Join in on our technical training seminars where we will help you address vibration and dynamic issues at your facility. We also invite you to our booth #414 where you can check out our vibration demo and discuss your projects and questions directly with our technical staff. MORE INFO AND EGCR TRAINING SCHEDULE

Facility Integrity & Maintenance Conference, Insititute of Materials, Malaysia
When: May 4
Where: Table E5,  Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia
Attend our presentation "Practical Tips for Vibration Troubleshooting" or visit us at table R5 to talk about your vibration and noise concerns.
More info and schedule


API Inspection Summit

API Inspection Summit
When: 30 January - 2 February 2017
Where: Galveston Island, Texas
Michael Cyca is presenting "Vibration-Induced Fatigue - A Risk-Based Approach"

Predictive and Preventive Maintenance, Reliability and Asset Integrity Forum2017 Maintenance Excellence
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance, Reliability and Asset Integrity Forum
When: 31 January - 1 February 2017
Where: Brisbane, Australia
Romain Kabs is presenting "Inspection Planning Using RBI and IOW Best Practice"

Trinidad and Tobago Energy Conference 2016Trinidad and Tobago Energy Conference 2017
When: 23-25 January 2017
Where: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Philippe Loustau, Principal Engineer, will be at the Massy Wood Group booth to discuss rotating equipment reliability, dynamics, vibration and troubleshooting.

Our Houston office has moved

New address:
15115 Park Row Drive
2nd Floor
Houston, TX  77084


12th SABIC Technical Conference (STC-12) Wood GroupSABIC Technical Conference - Asset Integrity Excellence
When: November 6-9
Where: Jubail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Mark Hutchinson is presenting "High-Frequency Vibration in Piping Systems”


GMRC Gas Machinery Conference
When: Oct 2-5
Where: Booth #610, Denver, CO
Wood Group is presenting six papers and short courses, latest research findings, technical courses, and new technologies AGENDA 
Visit us at booth #610 to see our interactive vibration demo or to talk to Wood Groups's dedicated vibration, dynamics & noise experts.


IPE 2016International Pipeline Conference & Exposition
When: 26 - 30 September  2016
Where: Booth 421, TELUS Convention Centre, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Chris Harper is presenting a paper: "AIV and FIV in Pipelines, Plants, and Facilities"  Download (PDF)
Visit us at booth 421

EFRC 2016European Forum for
Reciprocating Compressors

When: 13-15 September 2016
Where: Düsseldorf, Germany
Kelly Eberle is presenting a paper: "Vibration Assurance of Scrubbers for Reciprocating Compressor Packages"

Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia45th Turbomachinery & 32nd Pump Users Symposia
When: 12-15 September 2016
Where: Booth #2134, George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston
Check out our vibration demo or talk directly to our experts who will help you address vibration, dynamics and noise issues at your facility. 


Read the first edition of the VDN Newsletter


Eastern Gas Compression Roundtable (EGCR) 2016Eastern Gas Compression Roundtable (EGCR) 2016
When: May 24-26
Where: Booth #414, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh
Join in on our technical training seminars where we will help you address vibration and dynamic issues at your facility. We also invite you to our booth #414 where you can check out our vibration demo. MORE INFO AND EGCR TRAINING SCHEDULE

IPA Convex40th Indonesian Petroleum Association Convention and Exhibition (IPA CONVEX)
When: May 25-27
Where: Canadian Trade Delegation booth, Jakarta Convention Center, Jakarta More Info on IPA

SVT Engineering joins Wood Group VDN

SVT Engineering Consultants join Wood Group
Wood Group boosts its vibration, dynamics and noise (VDN) engineering service with the acquisition of  Australia-based SVT Engineering Consultants. SVT further expands the global technical expertise established with the acquisition of BETA Machinery Analysis in June 2015 and augmented by an expert team in Southampton, UK, at the end of 2015. The acquisition also enhances the geographic footprint of Wood Group’s VDN service, making it a truly global offering. Read more


Surge Control Design for Centrifugal Compressor Systems
New tools enable a leap in accuracy for centrifugal compressor surge prediction.
Three levels of analysis help users determine the optimal design for their surge control system, in terms of machine protection, station functionality, and capital cost.
Find out more

Subsea Tiebacks 2016
The Wood Group Kenny Americas team is exhibiting at Subsea Tiebacks 2016 in San Antonio from 22-24 March.
Rob Swindell, Vibration Engineering Lead and Technical Authority with Vibration, Dynamics & Noise (BETA) will be speaking at the booth. Visit the SSTB microsite for more details.

Asia Turbomachinery & Pump Symposium

Asia Turbomachinery & Pump Symposium, 22-25 February, Singapore
Thank you for visiting us at the ATPS in Singapore, where we had a booth and presented two papers.
Article by Turbomachinery International Magazine: ATPS shines in a tough market 

IPEIA Conference, 22-26 February, Banff
VDN presented a paper and exhibited at the International Pressure Equipment Integrity Association Conference in Banff.


BETA opens new office in the UK
Following the acquisition by Wood Group, BETA expands on its established vibration, dynamics, and noise business with the appointment of three senior engineering experts who will lead a team of up to 20 people in the UK. Read the full press release here
Meet the team - find out more about the new UK leadership team here: New UK Office
For more information on our extensive capability download our brochure (PDF)

GMC 2015

GMRC Gas Machinery Conference

When: Oct 4-7
Where: Booth #513, Austin Convention Center
BETA is presenting latest research findings, technical courses, and new technologies to reduce vibration Agenda 
Visit us at booth #513 to see our interactive vibration demo or to talk to BETA's dedicated design and field experts.


44th Turbomachinery & 31st Pump Users Symposia
When: Sep 14-17, 2015
Where: Booth #2019, George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston
Join in on our Tutorial introducing a new and greatly enhanced method of surge control.
We also invite you to our booth #2019 where you can check out our vibration demo or talk directly to our experts who will help you address vibration issues at your facility. 


Featured News Story: "BETA brings good vibes to Wood Group"
BETA has come into the Wood Group fold, bringing engineering expertise in the highly specialized field of vibration and dynamics... read more


Wood Group Acquisition of BETA Machinery Analysis

BETA Machinery Analysis has been acquired by Wood Group (WG). BETA will operate under Wood Group Kenny, specifically within the WG Integrity Management business. WG and BETA are an excellent fit both operationally and culturally, providing both with significant growth opportunities. BETA’s customers will not experience any changes due to this acquisition and the company will continue to be led by its existing management team under Russ Barss, BETA president.

GMRC - New Guideline for High-Speed Reciprocating Compressor Packages

This recently released GMRC guideline is recommended for engineers involved in new high-speed reciprocating compressor installations. With 17 chapters, the guideline covers all areas of the compressor system, including specification, installation, commissioning, and reliability. In addition to the detailed guideline, the GMRC offers a 3-day course on this topic (the next one in spring 2016). Led by ACI ServicesBETA played a key role in supporting the research and development of this industry guideline.


Eastern Gas Compression Roundtable (EGCR)
When: May 19-21
Where: Booth #314, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh
Join in on one of our technical training seminars where we will help you address vibration issues at your facility. We also invite you to our booth #314 where you can check out our vibration demo. More Info and EGCR Training Schedule 


Brian Howes wins 2015 APEGA Technical Award
Congratulations to BETA’s Chief Engineer Brian Howes on winning the APEGA Frank Spragins Technical Award 2015 (the engineering Oscar) for outstanding accomplishments! This award is presented to members of APEGA who are recognized by their peers for their integrity and expertise and for their outstanding accomplishments in fields related to engineering or geoscience. Read more

BETA Bulletin
Read our latest BETA Bulletin Vol. 24-1 including our current training schedule, news, R&D update, 'Ask the Expert', technical articles, and upcoming events.


This year started off fast and things haven't slowed down for our staff or our clients all around the world. We have expanded our offices in Calgary, Houston, Kuala Lumpure, and China with more staff in every sector. It has been a busy year for BETA analysts, so this growth in staff means faster response for our clients.


GMC October 5-8, Nashville, TN. BETA presents several technical papers and will have our interactive vibration demo at the booth. Presenters also gave updates on the GMRC research projects we're championing, Read about a couple of them here:

Damping Solutions to Address Resonance (pdf)

Predicting the Power Cost of Reciprocating Compressor Manifolds (pdf)


BETA will be at these conferences and invites you to join us:

EFRC September 11-12, Hofburg, Vienna. BETA presents technical paper and invites you to visit our booth at the European Forum for Reciprocating Compressors.

Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia September 22-25, Houston, TX. Meet Jordan Grose, Gary Maxwell, Rich Bennekemper and Gufran Noor at booth 1202. People love the vibration demo.


BETA launches its new website. Check out the new look of 

The Gas Machinery Research Council (GMRC) has many research projects. BETA continues involvement in a multiyear research project sponsored by the GMRC to reduce mechanical vibration on gas compressors. This initiative also involves direct support and involvement by El Paso, Ariel, Cameron, Dresser-Rand, Exterran, CSI, Propak, Valerus, Boardwalk and Chevron. For more information on this project and others, refer to GMRC website


Existing production platforms off Malaysia, Australia, China, Thailand, and other nearby countries are experiencing vibration problems on compressors, various pumps, and engine-generators. Recently, BETA has been awarded several projects for customers such as Shell, Petronas, Bluewater, Chevron, and CNOOC, to evaluate the structural dynamics, machinery dynamics, and associated piping systems for offshore facilities to identify improvement recommendations.

EGCR May 13-14, Eastern Gas Compression Roundtable at Robert Morris University, near Pittsburgh, PA. Many attended BETA's three technical presentations and checked out the scrubber demo.


GMRC Training Week April 23-25 Compressor Station Vibration in Dallas, TX; BETA facilitates this course with other industry leaders. The interactive scrubber demo is a hit with participants.

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