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Joseph Priestley Society meeting March 12, 2015  11:30 am - 2:00 pm

Jeffrey A. Johnson, “The Great War and the German Chemical Industry: Origins of the Dual-Use Dilemma”


To register go to link

http://www.chemheritage.org/visit/events/public-events/2015-03-12-jps.aspx


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  • 27 Jan 2017 10:51 AM | David Henry Vahlsing (Administrator)

    Expert Witness in Swiss Arbitration Court

    Becht advisors have provided a wide array of experience and background to our clients including serving as technical experts in a legal setting on many financially significant cases.


    In one example, our team was hired to develop economics impact of a broken five-year term agreement for our client to recover a wide range of petroleum oils and slop for an international oil company.  Our client had provided staff and equipment on site but their client then decided to back out of the contract and did not pay any of the expenses accrued to the date of notice.  Considerable legal effort was exercised to work out a settlement but the buyer of their services refused.


    Our client, who found us by Internet search, was impressed by our many years of relevant experience in the petroleum refining business, and hired us for the project. 


    We examined the petroleum processing and pipeline facilities of their intended client in great detail.  This included three trips to London for preparation and the final trip was for our day in court.


    The refineries were examined for crude throughput on an annual basis including evaluation of the capacity of each of the downstream processing units.  Our study revealed that there was considerable product loss or that a percentage of the crude oil was not making it to the refineries.  The computed loss of crude and/or oil products was unbelievably large.

    API separator expert witness2In addition, the method for handling slop oil and catchment from refinery oil sewer systems routed to API separators was also reviewed.  At this location, oil was stored for periods of time in open pits, leading to large losses due to evaporation in the hot sun.  Our thermodynamics expert modeled the pits with consideration of sun strength and duration, wind velocity and other factors.  He provided a measure of loss of oil in just a 24 hour period that was astounding.


    In addition we evaluated practice of the company’s pipeline with respect to oil produced when pigging the lines.  Based on miles of pipeline and conventional rate of pigging and amount of slop produced, our pipeline expert provided an estimate of oil loss due to the practices used at their location.  This too was significant.


    I presented our results to a tribunal of judges in the Swiss International Arbitration court in London.  Our data were exhibited using video connections with our experts who remained in the USA but were assisted by me serving as an expert witness, coordinating the team effort in front of the three Swiss judges.


    Our client is extremely satisfied with our technical work and would hire us again for any and all of their future oil-related projects that require Becht Engineering skills.


    Becht Engineering is a world-class engineering services group with offices across the country and focusing on the Oil & Gas, Energy, Reliability, Corrosion and Heavy Lift areas.  For more information on Becht, please visit our website at 
    http://www.becht.com



  • 07 Sep 2016 11:02 AM | Roman Bielski

    A  member of CCN, Dr. Peachman, was a part of an inspection the state agency performed at a large butcher's operation. He asked a young salesperson:

    - This thing in the window. Is it a pig's butt?

    - No, sir. It is a mirror. 

  • 12 Jul 2016 8:47 PM | Roman Bielski

     

    God was highly concerned with chemical consultants. Their status in societies is not as high as it should be, they have major difficulties finding customers, they are considered by many as those who promote non-safe environmental practices, etc. Perhaps chemical consultants are an endangered species. After a short discussion with himself God decided to visit the Earth and act.

    He was hired by a huge chemical company to address major problems at one of the processes in the Texas facility. The yield of the final product was only 38% instead of expected 72%. Moreover, the product formed in the lab was white and crystalline. The plant product should be almost pure based on the analytical data but was a gray, ugly oil.

    The issue was not easy to solve but God had no problems. He proposed to increase the pH at stage II (during the second step) from 7.6 to 7.8.     

    -It will solve all your problems. I promise - he said.

    -But why? - they asked.

    -I cannot tell you. Just try – was his response.

     

    They did not have much to loose so they did. It turned out that his solution worked like a dream. The yield of the final product of the process was above 95%, it was crystalline and the crystals where beautifully white. They paid the consultant’s fee and he went off to other consulting jobs.

    A few days later one of the company executives asked the plant manager:

    -How did the new consultant do?

    -Well, we were not impressed at all. He didn’t even bother to ask what the melting point of our final product was.

  • 13 May 2016 3:59 PM | Dr. John Newport (Administrator)

    Don, a former and dedicated Chair of CCN passed away on May 9. His obituary can be found 

    at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/philly/obituary.aspx?pid=179954916. Those of us who knew him benefited from his friendship and knowledge and will miss him and his lively discussions and insights. We extend our condolences and sympathy to his family.

  • 18 Mar 2016 9:21 PM | Dr. John Newport (Administrator)
    • CECON Division of Becht Engineering

      Position Description

      Position: Client & Market Manager

      Date: 3/1/2016

      A. Position Scope

      The Client and Market Manager’s prime responsibilities are: 1) broker contracts between CECON DIVISION

      potential science and engineering clients and the independent consultants in CECON DIVISION’s network in

      support of Becht Engineering Contract section, 2) implement and manage active consulting projects, 3) take

      technical and market ownership of defined applications and market sectors, and 4) provide professional

      coverage to the CECON DIVISION business, clients, consultants and marketing programs.

    • B. Detailed Responsibilities

      1. Actively manage client leads as assigned by the CECON Group Manager of The CECON DIVISION of

      Becht Engineering or On-Boarding Coordinator. Activities include, but are not limited to, discussion with

      clients about the scope and nature of their projects, negotiating and finalizing client contracts, and

      managing client or consultant issues.

      2. Provide sales forecasts, and manage job leads and projects utilizing the job management system, and

      manage client relationships.

      3. Develop a market and technical focus for CECON DIVISION in specified markets and applications as

      agreed upon between the Client & Market Manager and the CECON Group Manager of the CECON

      DIVISION of Becht Engineering, utilizing current consultants in the CECON DIVISION network and

      supplementing consultants as defined by management. Drive CECON DIVISION’s branding in these

      markets, attend market sector conferences, and solicit new business via phone, email programs and

      personal visits (as approved by the CECON Group Manager of the CECON Division of Becht Engineering).

      4. Basic professional office coverage to include, but not limited to, office and phone coverage, recruiting and

      registering new consultants, providing support for CECON DIVISION administrative tasks such as reviewing

      consultant resumes, and attending CECON DIVISION Staff meetings.

      5. Implement and manage active consulting projects staffed by a team of CECON DIVISION consultants on an

      as-needed basis

    • C. Position Requirements

      1. A technical college degree and plus 10 years of experience in science, engineering, or a technical business.

      Technical and/ or market experience in a defined area.

      2. Interpersonal and telephone skills with the ability to handle and close sales leads, elicit client needs, and

      talk to different people outside of CECON DIVISION.

      3. The ability to discuss technical consulting services, negotiate, execute, and manage contracts, manage

      client relationships, and manage technical projects.

      4. Skilled using MS Office and a computer to access, use, and update databases and to electronically

      communicate with associates, consultants, and clients.

      5. Work may be conducted from the CECON DIVISION office or remotely; however, on average for part-time

      personnel, a minimum of two days per week should be spent in the office.

      6. The ability to read, write, type, use the telephone, stoop to kneel to retrieve items, lift office supplies,

      push/pull doors, and climb stairs

    • D. Compensation and Reporting Relationship

      1. Compensation shall consist of a base monthly salary and a commission based on project gross margins.

      2. Must work cooperatively with the CECON Staff and the network of consultants.

      3. Reports to the CECON Group Manager of the CECON Division of Becht Engineering.



  • 25 Feb 2016 11:00 AM | Dr. John Newport (Administrator)

    Remember that business.usa.gov is a very useful resource for those with an entreprenurial spirit  and hosts many free seminars at locations across the country.

    This week is National Entrepreneurship week

  • 06 Feb 2015 9:56 AM | Dr. Keith D. Wing (Administrator)

    See results of the survey of CCN members from August 2014.  

    best regards,  Keith Wing   08162014.CCN.MemberSurvey.pptx 

  • 16 Apr 2014 10:33 AM | Dr. John Newport (Administrator)
    If you have any ideas for future meeting subjects please let us know. We are always looking for topics of interest to consultants as well as for suggestions for speakers.
    We are putting together the fall meeting schedule. Right now the September and November slots are open. In October John Brennan will be giving a talk on chemical weapons
  • 12 Jan 2014 11:49 AM | Dr. Keith D. Wing (Administrator)

    The following is a repeat of the email blast we sent out several weeks ago.


    The new Chemical Consultants Network (CCN) website is built upon and hosted by the member management system Wild Apricot (WA; almost 7000 other organization members) and will help us grow CCN and serve members better.  We have worked to transfer information from the old website to this new one, and customized features for consultants. 

    New features include

    ·         Easy, intuitive navigation.  Just explore and click.

    ·         Login with secure individual ID/password (temp will be sent by email) to premium member-only area. 

    ·         But public view allows potential clients to find the right consultants.

    ·         Once you log in, individual premium members can now edit/modify their own profile pages, including photos, contact updates, external webpages and more information about services

    ·         External searches for consultants via Google or other search engines, using the same URL's you had previously, or your new WA URL.   New members henceforth will just have the new WA URL.  Google ranks CCN highly for searches for chemical consultants, and this will continue.

    ·         Internal searches for consultant expertise by category and geography

    ·         Areas for posting presentations, including past meetings

    ·         Event announcements, including upcoming CCN meetings.  We can more easily collaborate with other chemically related groups, and extend our communication reach

    ·         Blog areas, covering topics of interest to premium members interested in growing a chemically-based knowledge community of microbusinesses.  This can include sharing ideas, organizing and now a weekly job board for chemists, biochemists and chemical engineers

    ·         A resources section that provides advice to premium members, such as tips on starting/maintaining a consulting business.

    ·         Facile online payment for either meetings or website dues, either through Paypal or using a separate non-Paypal associated credit card

    ·         Other premium member services which we'll develop during 2014

    ·         Administrative advantages

    ·         Finally, we have a complete, portable database of paid premium CCN members including all contact and expertise information .  Easier to communicate with and update all members

    ·         Easier posting of relevant material

    ·         Automated reminders of upcoming events and payments and payment acknowledgements

    ·         All online payments integrated with the member database, making it easier to track your payments

    ·         Automated software upgrades and backup of all data, ensuring data loss prevention

    ·         Overall, we can divert more energy to serving ongoing members, as well as reaching out to new members.  Also, ensures integrity of member transactions with CCN.

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