Distance - Pumping Stations Design and Retrofitting (1.2 CEUs)


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This course is approximately 3 weeks in duration.

Learning Method:

  • The PDDP program is more of a self-guided learning style.

  • You are required to read the notes and materials given, complete the follow-up assignments on your own, send in your questions prior to your 1 hour webinar meeting (if required) and be involved in live discussion via the internet.

  • Once you have completed the course, you will receive a certificate of completion

This course is a comprehensive and practical study of the design of wastewater, water distribution and sludge pumping systems. Guidance is provided for the planning and design of pump stations. Methods and procedures are given for determining pump configuration and selection, discharge system size, and sump dimensions. Pump house features are identified and construction and maintenance considerations are addressed.

An example of pumping station design will be conducted under the instructor’s supervision.

The objective of this course is to enhance the hydraulic design capabilities for a variety of engineers, technicians and technologists with different engineering backgrounds.

Who Should Attend
Engineers, technologists and others interested in the hydraulic design of pumping stations. This includes design engineers, pumping plant superintendents and operators, water resource engineers, wastewater utility managers, city and town engineers, consulting engineers, project managers, environmental engineers, collection system maintenance engineers, managers of technical services, technicians and technologists, approval agency plan reviewers and other individuals involved with hydraulic pumping stations design.

Though some discussion relates to other engineering disciplines and responsibilities, the information is basic and intended only to enhance the hydraulic designer’s ability to accommodate other needs and communicate with designers from other disciplines

After participating in the course, you will be able to:
  • Analyze existing pumping system and list deficiencies
  • Design a basic pumping system
  • Select the most efficient pumping type
  • Optimize the pumping system energy and operation
  • Reduce operational problems and enhance system protection
  • Develop a troubleshooting list and best practice

The PDDP Distance Education program works as follows:

  • Once you register for this course, you will be sent a login username and password for our online distance website.

  • You will receive the course notes in hard copy through the online website, you will receive a set of notes each week covering the course material.

  • A one hour video-conference session will be conducted by your instructor each week (if required). The objective of this session is to assist in solving the assignments, as well as answer student questions that should be sent to instructor early enough prior to the meeting time. In addition with being able to communicate with the instructor, you will also be able to communicate with other students in the same class and watch their questions being answered as well. (A high speed internet connection is strongly recommended for this feature).

  • Each set of exercises can be completed and submitted by the indicated date and your completed exercise will be marked online and and returned by your instructor.

  • To gain the most from your course, it is highly recommended that you participate fully in all discussions and exercises. Please remember that each course has a form of quiz or exercise at the end to test your understanding of the material. You will be informed of these dates when you receive the course schedule.

*Course commencement date is subject to instructor availability.

Ian Buchanan

Ian Buchanan B.Eng., M.Eng., Ph.D. Ian Buchanan has a B.Eng. in Civil Engineering, a M.Eng. (thesis-based) in Environmental Engineering, a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from McGill University, and is a registered professional engineer in the province of Alberta (APEGGA). He is an experienced academic and researcher, whose work as an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta in the areas of industrial and municipal wastewater treatment process development, modeling, and optimization has led to two book chapters and over 60 peer reviewed journal articles, conference papers, conference presentations, and engineering reports.

Dr. Buchanan has led more than 15 projects funded by industry, research organizations, and government departments. He has taught undergraduate courses in municipal systems engineering, environmental impact assessment, environmental protection, environmental engineering fundamentals, probability and statistics for engineers, and chemical and physical treatment processes. Graduate level courses include industrial wastewater management, biological waste-treatment processes, physical-chemical water and wastewater treatment, and environmental engineering measurements.

  • Pumping Stations Overview
    • Types of Pumping Stations
  • Types of Pumps
    • Kinetic Pumps
      • Centrifugal Pumps
      • Vertical Shaft Pumps
    • Positive Displacement Pumps
      • Rotary Pumps
      • Reciprocating Pumps
      • Pneumatic Pumps
  • Pump Hydraulics
    • Pump Head Terminology and Relationships
    • Power and Efficiency
    • Pump Characteristic Curves
    • System Head Curve
    • Procedure to Determine System Curves
    • Design Point and Operating Range
    • Multiple Pump Operation
    • Cavitation
    • Net Positive Suction Head
    • Net Positive Suction Head Available
    • Net Positive Suction Head Margin
    • Variable Speed Pumps
    • Affinity Laws
    • Specific Speed
    • Example of Pump Selection
    • Hydraulic Transients (Water Hammer)
    • Control of Hydraulic Transients
  • Wet Well Design
    • Wet Well for a Wet Well-Dry Well Station
    • Control of Intake Conditions
    • Debris and Sediment Handling
  • Wastewater Collection Pumping Station Design
    • Typical Layout of Wastewater Collection Pumping Stations
    • Main Components of Wastewater Collection Pumping Stations
      • Bar Screen Channel
      • Grit Removal Channels
      • Wet Well for Submersible Pumps
      • Wet Well and Dry Well for Dry Pumps
      • Discharge Pipes and Forcemain
  • Water Supply Pumping Station Design
    • Main Types of Water Pumping Stations
      • Well Pumping Stations
      • Distribution Pumping Stations
      • Booster Pumping Stations
      • Surface Water Pumping Stations
    • Main Components of Distribution Pumping Stations
      • Pumps
      • Suction Pipe
      • Storage Tank
      • Discharge Pipe
      • Valves
      • Stand By Generator and Fuel Supply
      • Main Electrical Control Panel
    • Main Components of Well Pumping Stations
    • Main Components of Booster Pumping Stations
    • Main Components of Surface Water Pumping Stations
  • Sludge Pumping Design
    • Hydraulics of Sludge Pumping
    • Sludge Pumping Systems
    • Types of Sludge Pumps

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Course Materials

Each participant will receive a complete set of course notes and handouts that will serve as informative references.


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