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2019
September

TPS

Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia
10 to 12 September, Houston, TX
Get a free pass to the exhibit hall
Attend our presentations and visit us at booth #2525

  • Study of pulsation dampeners design for reciprocating pumps
  • Diagnosing plunger pump shutdown with multi-channel data logging and analysis

Small-bore vibration training

Free webinar: testing the limits
25 September, online, three time slots available
Learn how to manage the risk of small-bore piping failures and vibration-induced fatigue


CPS 2019Calgary Pump Symposium
26 to 27 September, Calgary, AB

  • Attend our presentations on pump system design and troubleshooting
  • Visit us at table 10
  • Learn more


GMRC

GMRC Gas Machinery Conference
29 September to 3 October, San Antonio, TX

Attend our presentations (see below) and visit us at booth #237!
Learn more

Lectures

  • Torsional challenges with a wide range of compressor performance
  • Reciprocating compressor foundation design with steel piles
  • Engine pedestal design case study and lessons learned
  • Case study of solutions to screw compressor package vibration
  • Operational modal analysis
  • Shake, rattle and grow – empirical data on the effectiveness of vibration supports in a thermal growth environment

Short course

  • Introduction to pulsation and vibration on reciprocating compressors

Technology update

  • One clamp to rule them all (part II) – control of vibration and thermal growth in piping systems


May

Eastern Gas Compression Roundtable (EGCR)
21 to 23 May 2019, Pittsburgh, PA

Wood is presenting six practical short courses:

  • Solving screw compressor package vibrations
  • Plunger pump basics, common issues and measurement techniques 
  • Resolving vibration issues on reciprocating compressors
  • Pipe supports for vibration and thermal growth service 
  • Using business intelligence tools to drive asset performance management improvements             
  • Trends in noise management and reducing acoustic insulation

Visit us at booth #518!

Learn more

April

MACHSERV Rotating Equipment Maintenance & Condition Monitoring Conference + Exhibition
24 to 25 April, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Paul Crowther is presenting Integrating an RBI approach for vibration-induced fatigue failure of piping systems into a reliability program

Learn more

GSRMSGulf South Rotating Machinery Symposium (GSRMS)
23 to 25 April 2019, Baton Rouge, LA
Meet our field engineering and reliability experts at booth #8 and attend our technical short courses:

  • Plunger pump reliability – methods to avoid vibration and troubleshoot unexpected problems
    Tue, 10:00 a.m.- noon
  • Back-to-Basics vibration problem solving
  • Wed, 1:00–3:00 p.m

ClampOn Tech Day
3 April 2019, London, UK

The hidden threat of equipment failure due to vibration on subsea systems has already resulted in several cases of production stoppages, leaks, and reduced equipment lifetime. By means of screening and/or advanced simulation during design, together with subsea measurement of vibration, this threat can often be removed.
Rob Swindell, Vibration Engineering Lead, Wood, will demonstrate how to address this during the design stage and on operational facilities. He will also present monitoring solutions.
IPEIA logoLearn more

Welcome, Tony O'Shea!
Wood appoints Tony O’Shea to lead its vibration, dynamics and noise team.
Read the press release

February

IPEIA Conference (International Pressure Equipment Integrity Association)
26 Feb to 1 Mar 2019, Banff, Canada

Visit our vibration and integrity management experts in Banff.
Stephen Hall presents "Dynamic RBI – addressing non-linear behavior and data uncertainty".
Stop by at booth #58 (second floor)!

January

API Inspection and Mechanical Integrity SummitAPI Inspection and Mechanical Integrity Summit
28 to 31 January, Galveston, TX 

Learn about the latest advancement in NDE, virtual reality training and piping vibration management.

Visit us at booth #719 or attend our technical presentations:

  • Vibration Integrity Management – New Tools to Avoid Fatigue Failure - Michael Cyca, Wood (Tue, 3:15 pm)
  • Making Sense of Piping Vibration Measurements - Michael Cyca, Wood (Tue, 4:25 pm)
  • Improving Inspection Reliability with Advanced Nondestructive Testing Techniques - Shannon Matthewson, Wood (Thu, 1:00 pm)

Schedule and registration

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News archive

  • 2018
    2018
    December

    Read the latest edition of our technical newsletter
    Topics: Foundation design, VDN video, motion amplification, wedge clamps, digital reliability, LNG piping integrity, pipe strain
    Read the newsletter 2018-II

    November

    IMM International Applied Vibration Conference (IAViC) 2018
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 21 to 22 November
    Rob Swindell will present The Energy Institute AVIFF Guidelines: 10 Years of Learning
    View the flyer
    Book a technical presentation with Rob for your group

    Norwegian Petroleum Society – DVM conference
    Bergen, Norway, 6 to 7 November
    Rob Swindell will present Through-life management of vibration induced fatigue in process systems
    Learn more

    Technical breakfast – piping vibration
    Bergen, Norway, 8 November
    Managing vibration-induced fatigue risks in process piping systems
    Join us for a complimentary technical session with Rob Swindell, one of the world's leading experts on piping vibration and fatigue.
    Spaces are limited. Please register by Monday, 5 November to secure your place.
    Register now

    October

    Asian Downstream Summit
    Singapore, 31 Oct to 1 Nov

    Bryan Eunson, SVP Asset Integrity Solutions, will discus The industrial internet and industry 4.0: the future of smart manufacturing at the keynote roundtable:

    • How can digitalization help improve the overall operation of the plant?
    • Key objectives and potential obstacles for digital transformation
    • What opportunities and challenges lie ahead for manufacturers—and what will it take to win?
    • Driving digital infrastructure performance to meet key business objectives
    • How does Industrie 4.0 and manufacturing fit into downstream digitalisation?

    Bryan will also chair the session Plant operations, assets and engineering.

    Stewart Wharton, Regional Manager – Asia Pacific will present Creating a successful digital asset: digital asset strategies that yield a real return on investment

    • What is a digital asset and why is it an essential element of any operational excellence programme?
    • Successful implementation of digital asset strategies
    • How to plan a successful approach that tackles real near-term issues and yields fast benefit

    Asian Downstream Summit 2018


    Maintenance, Reliability, Operations
    Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, 24-25 October

    Workshop: Fundamentals of vibration problem solving
    Visit us at table 17!
    Learn more

    Asset Management Conference
    Aberdeen, UK,  3-4 October 2018

    Understanding the changes to vibration risk as assets age
    Learn more

    GMRC Gas Machinery Conference
    Kansas City, MO, 1-3 October

    Lectures

    • Reciprocating compressor foundation design with driven steel piles
    • Effects of pipe strain and flange misalignment on vibration in reciprocating compressor systems
    • Control of torsional vibrations in direct-driven separable reciprocating compressors

    Short courses

    • Foundation design practices for reciprocating and rotating machinery
    • Piping design practices for reciprocating and centrifugal pumps

    Technology update

    • One clamp to rule them all – control of vibration and thermal growth in piping systems

    Learn more

    GMRC

    September

    Read our latest technical newsletter

    European Forum for Reciprocating Compressors
    13-14 September 2018, Madrid, Spain

    Ramin Rahnama will present Effects of pipe strain on vibration in reciprocating compressor systems

    Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia
    17-20 September, Houston, TX
    Attend our short course: Differences in piping system design for reciprocating and centrifugal pumps
    Get a free pass to the exhibit hall

    Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia

    Noise and Vibration Engineering Conference
    17-19 September 2018, Leuven, Belgium

    Vibration integrity assessment on LNG process pipework
    Learn more

    International Pipeline Exposition

    Visit us at booth #1202!
    Get your free pass by 18 September.

    Rotating Machinery Technology and Innovation
    25-27 September, Dubai, UAE

    Mark Brennan will present Driving asset performance management with business intelligence tools
    Learn more
     

    August

    Founders of BETA Machinery Analysis

    Article: BETA vibes

    A lot can change in half a century. After 50 successful years, our vibration, dynamics and noise team (formerly BETA Machinery Analysis) has a rich heritage of experience, skills and hairstyles to draw from.

    Read more in the latest release of Inspired magazine

    June

    Register nowScrew compressor webinar

    Join our free webinar on Wednesday, 20 June 2018 and learn how to minimise the risk of vibration-related failures on screw compressor packages.

    May

    Eastern Gas Compression Roundtable (EGCR) 2016Eastern Gas Compression Roundtable (EGCR)

    Thank you for attending our training courses and visiting our booth at the Eastern Gas Compression Roundtable (EGCR) this year.
    We hope to see you again in Pittsburgh next year.

    IPEIA logoMarch

    IPEIA Conference, 7-9 March, Banff, Canada

    VDN presents a paper "Vibration integrity management – new tools to avoid fatigue failure" and exhibits at the International Pressure Equipment Integrity Association Conference in Banff.

    Wood supports IPEIA as a gold sponsor.


  • 2017
    2017
    December

    TPS 201746th Turbomachinery & 33rd Pump Users Symposia (TPS)
    11-14 December
    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. 

    Presentations:

    • "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 Kelly Eberle, principal consultant
    • "Key differences in the design of piping systems for reciprocating and centrifugal pumps" (short course) by Kelly Eberle, Michelle Witkowski (Wood) and Thomas Newman (SPX FLOW)

    Free webinar on new piping stress modelling techniques for more accurate designs.
    13 December
    Register now

    Piping stress webinar


    November

    IMM Vibration Conference
    16 November
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Visit us at Table 5 and attend our presentation:
    Specifying and Managing Appropriate Reciprocating Pump and Compressor Design Studies


    Free webinar on how to manage piping vibration with our new software tool Veridian.
    8/9 November
    Register now

    Piping vibration webinar


    Calgary Pump Symposium
    3 November
    Calgary, AB

    The Calgary Pump Symposium is a non-profit event with technical presentations, discussion groups, short courses and exhibits.

    We will present two case studies:

    • Benefits of installing restrictive orifice plates in recip pump suction piping
    • Vibration-induced cracks in plunger pump piping

    Visit us at table 10 to talk with our experts or check out our anti-vibration product line.


    October

    Wood logoWood Group has combined with Amec Foster Wheeler to form a new global leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets.

    To find out more about Wood, visit the new Wood PLC website


    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


    September

    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. 

    Presentations:

    • "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

    August

    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!

    May

    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

    March
    January

    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


  • 2016
    2016
    November

    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”

    OCTOBER

    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.

    September

    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. 

    August

    Read the first edition of the VDN Newsletter

    MaY

    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

    April
    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

    March

    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.

    February
    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.


  • 2015
    2015
    December

    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)

    October
    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.

    September

    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. 

    August

    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

    JUNE

    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.

    May

    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 

    APRIL

    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.


    2014

    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.

    October

    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)

    September

    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.

    June  

    BETA launches its new website. Check out the new look of www.BETAMachinery.com 

    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

    May

    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.

    April

    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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