BETA brings good vibes to Wood Group

BETA Machinery Analysis (BETA) has come into the Wood Group fold, bringing engineering expertise in the highly specialized field of vibration and dynamics.

The company started in 1967 providing engine and compressor analysis with the first commercially available engine compressor analyzer in Canada.

It has built on this experience for the past four decades to become a globally-recognised consultancy from its Calgary base; employing approximately 100 personnel primarily across Canada, U.S., China and Malaysia.

BETA adds an important string to the Wood Group bow. It forms a primary element of the global Integrity Management Service Line of Wood Group Kenny (WGK). President Russ Barss explains why BETA services are crucial to solving industry challenges.

"Vibration is a costly issue for production facilities, especially near rotating equipment and the associated piping system. If not managed proactively, it will lead to fatigue failures in pipes and vessels with significant operational and safety consequences.

"Becoming part of Wood Group will give us the support and strength to provide an enhanced global breadth of service to our customers.

"Our current focus is on the topsides, utilities, refineries and facilities (TURF) sector, but our services are also easily transferrable to the subsea sector."

The partnership will result in opportunities for BETA in three key areas:

  • Green and brownfield projects requiring vibration, pulsation, dynamic, surge and other design analysis
  • Piping and machine vibration inspection programs
  • Troubleshooting and monitoring activities

Wood Group Kenny CEO, Bob MacDonald, highlights what BETA brings to the table.

"This is a great fit strategically, operationally and culturally; providing mutual growth opportunities. The specialist vibration and noise services BETA brings bolster the all-off-facility engineering solutions we provide to the energy, renewables and industrial sectors.

"Work has commenced on integrating BETA within Wood Group and together we have already identified growth opportunities for BETA through the locations we operate and our extensive long-term customer relationships"

"Bringing BETA on board also allows WGK to grow its Canadian presence and provide a platform to enhance the current service offering in this important geography."

Mark Linton, technology and innovation director, adds: “BETA has a diversified client base: the strong relationships it has founded are testament to the expertise of their staff.

"Their experience in advanced vibration, pulsation stress and dynamic analysis of piping systems and machinery during the design and production phases are key elements in integrity management, and strengthen Wood Group’s capabilities across the asset lifecycle."