Bevel Tech Group, Inc featured in Oil and Gas Journal

 

Bevel Tech Group, Inc was recently featured in the Oil and Gas Journal Supplement related to the work performed on Chevron’s Jack / St Malo deepwater project in the Gulf of Mexico.


The Jack / St Malo project is a key part of Chevron’s plan to boost its global production. The reservoirs are 25 miles apart, located about 280 miles southwest of New Orleans, Louisiana. Water depths are approximately 7,000 feet deep at the project site, and the reservoirs lie some five miles below the water surface.

Bevel Tech Group, Inc provides critical, precision machining of the ID and OD of deepwater pipe and components from three (3) inches to twenty eight (28) inches onsite with our proprietary CNC machines. The ability to mobilize almost anywhere in the world is a key cost savings benefit provided by Bevel Tech Group, Inc. The design of our portable CNC counterboring machines provide consistent quality results and minimizes schedule times by about four (4) times quicker than traditional manual pipe boring machines.

See the featured article below.

CHEVRON JACK ST MALO PUBLICATION

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Line Isolation and Hydrostatic Weld Test Services

 August 2016

Bevel Tech Group Inc provides Line Isolation and Hydrostatic Weld Testing using some of the
finest designed tools in the industry.

Line isolation has become a valuable service for industries because it can be performed safely and
can save considerable time and money for the Customer. The ability to isolate a line with our designed
tool can eliminate much of the pre-work associated with performing a tie-in, connection, or even
performing hot work on a line.

Using our tool can eliminate steps such as extensive decontamination of the line thus eliminating
numerous blinding points and scaffolding for those blinding points. This substantially reduces time
and costs for the Customer.

Our isolation tool has the combined ability to monitor the seals of the tool and to monitor upstream
pressure while venting to a safe location. There are two o’rings that are constantly monitored by the
pressurized medium filled zone in the annulus space between them. A gauge on the tool shows constant
static pressure, verifying the integrity of the seals and guarantees we have a positive isolation throughout
the duration of the planned work scope.

If needed, we can circulate medium around the annulus of our tool that allows the o’rings to remain intact
for high heat procedures such as PWHT, bake outs, or stress relieving.

Once welding has been completed, the same tool that was used for the isolation can be slightly repositioned
over the new weld and a localized hydrostatic weld test can be performed with just ounces of the testing
medium. Our tool can test weld neck flanges, slip on flanges, socket weld flanges, orifice flanges, branch
connections, and more.

Our Standard isolation/test tools range from 3/4 inches to 36 inches and are available at your request.
We have the tools for multi-schedule piping and can reach test pressures up to 2250 psig. If a size larger
than 36 inches is needed, contact us with your pipe size, schedule, and specific info and we can see if we
can supply you with a tool to meet your needs.

Line Isolation Test Tools            Line Isolation Test Plug

The line isolation and hydrostatic weld testing services broadens Bevel Tech Group, Inc’s ability to better
serve our Customers by offering “turn key”pipe cutting, isolation, and testing services.

We have the tools and manpower to handle all your project needs. Call or contact us today!

 

Staff Spotlight

Brian Birch

Brian Birch

Lead Field Supervisor for Isolation and Test and Bolt Torquing Services.

Job Description:

Plan and execute all Isolation and Hydrostatic Weld Test jobs and Bolt Torquing jobs. Oversee technicians in field performing work. Works closely with Chad Zeppuhar to acquire field work.

Years with BTG:   2 Years

Bio:

Married to Stacie Birch for 23 years. Have three children, Kevin (21), Kaitlyn (19), and Madilyn (9).

Enjoy LSU sports, NASCAR, and NHRA drag racing.

Worked for Carber for 16 years as Field Supervisor before joining Bevel Tech Group, Inc in 2014.

Field Machining, Turnarounds and Major Projects

July 2016

We hope everyone had a great 4th of July celebration with Family and Friends. We proudly say THANKS to all who served to protect the freedoms that we all enjoy each and every day. Remember in your hearts those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect us and our FREEDOM!

With the addition of the Line Isolation and Weld Test Plug and Hydraulic Bolt Torquing services in 2015, Bevel Tech Group, Inc leaps into the forefront as a leader in supplying various turnaround services under one Company.

Industrial companies regularly execute turnarounds to clean out, repair, or refurbish their equipment for efficiency or to meet OSHA regulations. With the large demand for people and these services, lots of companies struggle to find the needed manpower and services for these 2-4 week turnaround time frames.

Experienced craftsmen and technicians are much harder to find these days and companies often have to reach out to contractors or vendors out of state. Many contractors only have a small selection of experienced craftsmen and couple those experienced hands with “helpers” to meet the manpower needs. This leads to inexperienced workers who cannot take the lead to perform the required tasks. This type of situation can really get out of control, coupling one experienced worker with as many as 4-6 inexperienced hands. We don’t believe this is a good practice and often leads to mishaps, injuries, or even non-acceptable work. At Bevel Tech Group, Inc, we use the accredited NCCER training, testing, and certification methods to make sure that all of our craftsmen are truly certified and competent.

Bevel Tech Group, Inc now has so many services that we can offer, why not give us a try, and maybe you’ll see what our Customers have learned. Using a local company has many advantages, including hiring of local workers, being able to respond in a short time or when a crisis develops. All our technicians are local, and most have many years of experience performing all the services we offer.

Here is a quick glance at some of the services we can offer:

  • Certified Millwright Services, both shop and field services
  • Metrology work using the FARO Vantage laser
  • Field Machining Work and Services
  • Line Isolation and Hydrostatic Weld Test Services
  • Hydraulic Bolt Torquing Services
  • Shop and Fabrication Work
  • Pipe Machine and Tool Rentals
  • And Much More!

If you don’t see the service you need listed above, contact us as we probably can provide you with the services you need.

Our Line Isolation and Hydrostatic Weld Test service and Hydraulic Bolt Torquing services continue to be a huge success especially for turnarounds and capital project work. We use the finest tools to execute this work and our technicians have years of experience performing this work.


Employee Spotlight

Chad ZeppuharChad Zeppuhar, Sales and Accounts Manager

Description:
Establish, develop, and maintain business relationships with current customers and prospective customers. Help coordinate the involvement of company personnel, including support, service and management resources, in order to meet our customers’ expectations. Proactively assess, clarify, and validate customer needs on an ongoing basis. Prepare clear and effective cost estimate/quotes for current and prospective customers.

Years of Service with Bevel Tech Group Inc:
2 Years

Bio:
Over 20 years experience in the Petrochemical Industry. Started off in the industry working for Turner Industries as a pipefitter helper. In 1996 went to work for CARBER. Started off working as a helper and over the years worked my way up to Operations Manager. I helped start the CARBER offshore division and managed the Baton Rouge operations for 8 years. Experience based in machining, bolting, line isolation and hydrostatic testing.

Married to Farrah Zeppuhar. Have a son Tanner 14 and daughter Presley 11

Hobbies:
Playing Golf, Hunting and LSU Sports

Bevel Tech Group Inc. – Metrology Services – PEMS

Metrology Services – PEMS – Pipe End Measurement System

Bevel Tech Group Inc has a long history of working with companies in the deep-water oil exploration business. When we first started counterboring deep water pipe ends for these companies many years ago, everything was new to both the oil companies and Bevel Tech Group Inc. We started counterboring pipe ends with manually operated clamshells and performed all measurements with calipers. As deep-water depths increased, tolerance specifications for the piping, especially steel catenary riser piping grew much tighter. Bevel Tech Group Inc was the leader in performing this kind of work, and we essentially became the “experts” in this technology. We have counterbored thousands of pipe ends that now are in production in the Gulf of Mexico.

As business in this area grew, and tolerances because so much more stringent, we invested time and money to develop several of our own proprietary CNC machines that easily exceeded the limits required by our customers. Our proprietary CNC machines would produce 4 times the amount of production than the manually operated machines. Bevel Tech Group Inc wrote counterboring procedures and specifications that were adopted by the major oil companies and are still used today.

Another need of the major oil companies was to have 3rd party verification measurement processes of all pipe ends. This was especially important after the incident of the Deep Water Horizon disaster. That’s when PEMS became another valuable service for our clients.

PEMS Pipe End Measurement System
PEMS is a pipe end laser measurement system (laser) developed by Bevel Tech Group Inc as an alternative to the traditional caliper measurements for pipe ends. The PEMS laser measurement system can be used prior to counterboring to help companies determine the optimum diameter bore of the deep water pipe. And of course, it can be used to validate the target specifications of all pipe ends after counterboring is completed. PEMS is capable of providing over 2000 wall thickness measurements per pipe end and delivers the data in a friendly Excel spreadsheet.

 

Staff Spotlight:

Brody

Brody Meaux, PEMS System and Operations Leader
Job Description:
Manage the day-to-day operations of Bevel Tech Group Inc. Pipe End Measurement System (PEMS). Responsibilities include, but not limited to, field operations, R&D of the PEMS Laser tool and software, data compilation & reporting, training of PEMS personnel and working sales in conjunction with our dedicated sales staff.

Years with BTG:
Since March 2015

Bio:
Twenty years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Upon graduating high school in 1996, in order to pay for further education, I began my career at the age of 17 as a welder helper at Acadian Contractors Inc. Attended Gulf Area Technical College in Abbeville Louisiana and graduated in 1998 with a degree in Drafting & Design Technology. Soon after I secured a job at Corne Lemaire Group (Architecture firm) in Lafayette Louisiana as a draftsman. However my career in the architecture field was short lived. After 18 months I realized that I had a strong passion for fieldwork and therefore the oil and gas sector was a better personal career path. In 2001 I managed a steel distributor company named Sam Guarino & Co in Abbeville, La. In 2003 I was hired by SPT Energy Group located in Abbeville Louisiana. I worked there as both Operations Manager and End Dimension Manager for 12 years.
Married in July of 2002 to Mandy Meaux, and blessed in 2009 with a set of healthy twins, Benjamin and Emmalyn.

Hobbies:
 Fishing, Camping, Hunting, Woodworking, and Sports Enthusiast.

Can I See A Show Of Hands

Bevel Tech Group, Inc Logo

Working with industrial power tools is always dangerous, and workers should be properly trained on how to safely use them. At Bevel Tech Group, Inc., we work with a lot of industrial type tools. At first thought, people seem to think that pneumatic tools are much safer than electric or hydraulic, and in many ways they are. But working with industrial tools, no matter if electric, hydraulic, or pneumatic driven can lead to severe injury or death if the operator of the tool is not careful.

Hand safety is always a threat when working with industrial tools, especially ones that are rotating in nature and geared down to cut and shape heavy metals. These machines do not speak, or understand yells or screams; they just keep doing what they’re doing. They will overpower you in a split second, and more times than not leave you severely injured.

One of the first and foremost safety precautions that Bevel Tech Group, Inc. mandates is that there will be no jobs involving just one person when working with industrial pneumatic, hydraulic, and/or electric driven rotating tools. The second technician is always dedicated as an additional safety backup and monitors the machining activity at the energizing source where he/she can immediately stop a machine in case the operator falls into danger. On machines as powerful or as large as we usually use, if you were to get snagged by a machine, it normally is so powerful that it will seriously hurt, disfigure, or kill you before you can get to the stop mechanism. The machine doesn’t recognize danger, so we have to mitigate those dangers to keep people safe.

Besides our strict and proven policy utilizing a second technician stationed 100% of the time at a stop or trip mechanism, Bevel Tech Group, Inc. continues to evaluate any safety threat we identify and our engineering department works vigorously to resolve and mitigate those threats. Mitigation can be performed thru procedures or by redesigning any piece of the mechanical equipment to prevent injury.

Our engineering department has developed several enhanced safety mechanisms to mitigate or eliminate job threats, keeping our employees and our rental customer employees from being injured while performing tasks associated with equipment that we regularly use.

To mitigate the scenario of an accidental or premature opening of the valve handle that energizes the machine, all of our equipment has now been retrofitted with “dead man” valves. Previously, on some of our rotating cutters, trip pins had to be positioned manually in either an ON or OFF position, putting the operators hand close to the moving parts of the machine.  The pin actuator allows this function to be done pneumatically, and at a safe distance away from the cutter.

The grip valve allows air to power the machine only when the operator is holding the valve and squeezing a lever that opens the valve.  When released the valve automatically goes back to a closed position cutting off air to the machine until squeezed again.

Additionally, there is a second push valve that operates the trip pin actuator.

Pictured below, these valves allow the operator “hands free” operation at a safe distance from the machine with a positive locking mechanism to prevent any accidental actuation of start up.

Another safety feature added to our clamshell pipe-cutting field machining equipment fleet is the automatic trip feed/ dead man air caddy. This allows the operator total “hands free” start up operation along with “hands free” feed actuation at a safe distance away from the machine.

As history tends to repeat itself, we should never turn our heads to a possible threat, but immediately mitigate the threat by performing an analysis to determine the proper corrective action.

At Bevel Tech Group, Inc., we continue to evaluate threats and mitigate them. It’s just the right thing to do.

 

Staff Spotlight

Chris LeGeaux, Engineer and Shop Supervisor

Chris LeGeaux

Name:     Chris LeGeaux

Title:       Engineer/Shop Supervisor

Job Description:

Main duties include: Quotation through completion of shop jobs. Oversee maintenance of shop building, equipment, and vehicles.  Order tools, materials and supplies for shop and field work.  Provide input on design and fabrication of job specific fixtures and equipment.  Create and maintain all equipment drawings. Coordinate work of outside suppliers.

Years with BTG:        6

Bio:     Thirty plus years of experience in drafting, design, and engineering work in roadway construction, material handling, rock quarrying, and now pipe and flange weld prep.  Worked at Martin Marietta – Aggregate Division, Southern Scrap, Wink Inc., and several small engineering consulting firms.  Also, 3-1/2” years of teaching experience at college level.

Married to Sheri Rohde LeGeaux with one daughter (Jennifer), and one step-son (Bryan) with three grandchildren.

Hobbies – Military history, hobby machining, and my daughter’s and grandkids sports.

NCCER Training and Assessment Center

Bevel Tech Group, Inc Achieves Accreditation as a NCCER Training and Assessment Center

In late 2013, Kevin Bourgeois, Owner and Operations Manager of Bevel Tech Group, Inc, set a goal for his company to become an accredited NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) training and assessment center.

Kevin’s idea was to offer NCCER training and certification for employees interested in advancing their skills while employed at Bevel Tech Group, Inc. Each interested employee would follow a structured NCCER training program under the instructions and guidance of Mike Murray, a certified NCCER instructor, millwright and supervisor for Bevel Tech Group, Inc.

In early 2014, Bevel Tech Group, Inc. began the process to establish and finalize all the NCCER requirements to become accredited. This included Mike Murray and Mary Bourgeois completing the NCCER (Master Trainer, Training Sponsor and Administrator Certification) training program.

It also included setting up a training and assessment center that meets NCCER guidelines. In mid 2014, Bevel Tech Group, Inc. obtained “candidate” status from NCCER, after establishing all the necessary pre-qualification requirements, and began training and assessing employees. On July 31st, 2015, Bevel Tech Group, Inc. passed the NCCER audit and, on August 13th, 2015, proudly became a NCCER Accredited Training and Assessment Center.

So What is NCCER?

NCCER is a not for profit 501 (c) (3) education foundation created by the construction industry to develop standardized curriculum with portable credentials and to help address the skilled construction workforce shortage.

NCCER is recognized by the industry as the training, assessment, certification, and career development standard for the construction and maintenance industry. To learn more about NCCER click this link www.nccer.org


Employee of the Month

Mike MurrayMike Murray, Millwright Project Manager / Training Coordinator

Job Description:
Manage Millwright Projects at multiple locations, Estimate, Plan and Schedule Millwright Projects, Train Technicians in Millwright (NCCER) and Field Machinist (BTG) Crafts, Maintain NCCER Accreditation, Work with Safety Department to keep all employees current in Safety Training and Site Orientations.

Years with BTG:
Mike has worked for Bevel Tech Group Inc for approximately 7 years.


Bio:

Started in industry in 1993 working at DuPont in Delisle, MS. Mike has 22 years experience as a Millwright/Machinist in many areas of the trade.

Mike has been married for 22 years and has two children, a son who is 21 and a daughter who is 9. “When I am not at Bevel Tech you can find me at home with my family or in the Gulf of Mexico with a fishing pole in my hand.”