Selection and Design of Pumping Stations and Lift Stations

Online /
Dec 9 - 10, 2021 /
Course Code: 12-1212-ONL21

  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Solve basic pumping system design problems including considerations for installation, operation and maintenance;
  • Select the most suitable equipment for your application and the ability to write practical specifications;
  • Maximize effective operational procedures and optimize use of system controls;
  • Reduce your maintenance problems and enhance system protection;
  • Prepare condition assessments and recommend upgrades to increase capacity.


The course will be beginner or intermediate level and will cover the design, installation and maintenance of pumping stations. It will include an introduction to pumps and pumping systems. The course will cover a general classification of different types of pumps and their characteristics, basic hydraulic principles, general sizing of pumps and pumping wells, calculation and design of the piping system, problem diagnosis and inspection.

Design criteria for water and wastewater pumping systems including the capacity to deal with variable flow rates and types, floatable objects, large solids and abrasive materials. The outcome of the design should be a suitable pumping system comprising efficient equipment, a cost-effective installation, smooth operation, and minimum downtime with normal maintenance. The hands-on design problems that you solve in this course/workshop under instructor guidance will enhance your understanding of design procedures.

You will learn to select the most suitable equipment for your application, appreciate the effectiveness of the design on installation, operation and maintenance.

Course Outline:

  • Pumping station fundamentals, types, and uses
  • Applied hydraulics
  • Pumps and their applications
  • Related pump station equipment
  • Motors and variable speed drives
  • Pumping station odour control
  • Supervisory control and data acquisition
  • Troubleshooting and condition assessment
  • Options to upgrade or increase capacity
  • Pumping station - inspection and maintenance
  • Case study and hands-on design exercise

Who Should Attend
Design Engineers • Superintendents and Operators • Water Resource Engineers • Utility Managers • Consulting Engineers • Project Managers • Environmental Engineers • Collection System Maintenance Engineers • Managers • Technicians and Technologists • Approval Agency Plan Reviewers

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Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

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Day I


Pumping Station Design Fundamentals

  • Selection Criteria and impact of site variables on design: Legislated requirements and Provincial and Municipal design criteria, land use types, environmental sensitivities, grade and site considerations, hydrologic considerations for pumping stations, force main installations, setback and site details (noise, odours, access, easements), and cost benefit study using discounted cash flow analysis

Selection and Classification of Pumps

  • Classification of the most used types of pumps, according to various criteria and legislation (flow energy sources, number of pumping chambers, axis of movement, installation, and applications)

Centrifugal Pumps

  • Operating principles (impeller, volute)
  • Features, advantages and disadvantages
  • End suction pumps
  • Horizontal or vertical, single or double suction pumps
  • Vertical in-line pump
  • Turbine pumps, centrifugal pumps with magnetic drive. Archimedes screw, etc.
  • Self-priming pumps

Positive Displacement Pumps

  • Operating principles
  • Rotary pumps and reciprocating pumps: features, advantages and disadvantages
  • Diaphragm pumps
  • Screw, gear and piston pumps
  •  Lobe pumps and progressive cavity pumps
  • Dosing pumps (peristaltic)

Usual Terminology

Applied Hydraulics

  • Preliminary analysis of the needs for a pumping system
  • Preliminary selection of pumps, pump material, piping and valves
  • Types of stations and preferred use including prefabricated or precast and cast-in-place concrete, wet well (manhole type), wet well and dry well
  • Preliminary design of pumping system
  • Pump intake design
  • Basic station and force main design
  • Pumping station layout
  • Flush systems
  • Air entrainment, cavitation and water hammer
  • Handling varying flow rates
  • Experimental and numerical method for the analysis and optimization of pumping systems (scale models, 2D and 3D, CFD digital models, simulations, etc.
  • Improvement of operating performance and identification of operating problems (operating efficiency, priming, flow control, bearing and mechanical seals, vibration control probe, temperature, etc.)
  • Impeller selection
  • Pump inspection and specification
  • Priming
  • Packing and Mechanical seal selection; bearings
  • Pump sensors
  • Affinity laws: influence on the speed of rotation, the diameter of the impeller on the flow rate, the total manometric head and the absorbed power (case studies, practical exercises)


Day II

Review of Day I Topics and Questions

  • Pump curves and affinity laws;
  • Calculation examples
  • Positive displacement pump sizing
  • Effect of slip, temperature, and abrasion
  • Other common and related problems.

Calculation of static and total dynamic head (interactive exercise with the participation of all)

  • Understanding gauge readings
  • Understanding pump performance curves
  • Computing total dynamic head: Simple application with a self-priming pump
  • Computing total dynamic head: Simple application with a flooded suction
  • Computing total dynamic head: Simple application with a submersible pump
  • Calculation of system head curves.

Motors and Variable Speed Drives

  • Different motor types/construction
  • Constant speed versus variable speed
  • Types of drives
  • Classification and type of enclosure
  • Different types of Starter and variable speed drives
  • Generator requirements (long-term versus short term)

Net Positive Suction Head (NPSH) Calculation (interactive exercise with the participation of all)

  • NPSH required and NPSH available
  • Examples of calculation of the NPSH under various conditions

Multiple pump systems

  • Series and parallel pumping (advantages and limitations)
  • Examples of how to increase the flow
  • Examples of how to increase the total head
  • Typical parallel/series pumping applications

Related Pumping Equipment

  • Piping
  • Valves and check valves
  • Canadian registration number
  • Meters
  • Screens and comminutors
  • Station layout and geometry
  • Force main piping

Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)

  • Data acquisition
  • Equipment control
  • Instrumentation
  • Alarm handling
  • Communication systems
  • Remote monitoring (types and installation considerations)
  • Backup systems – both local and disaster planning, and business continuity

Troubleshooting a Pumping System

  • A basic checklist will be presented and further developed by involving participants who will apply it against a scenario provided to them.

Pumping Station - Inspection and Maintenance

  • Discussion of types of maintenance
  • Inspection procedures
  • Preventive maintenance
  • Discussion of Computerized Maintenance Management Systems and their impact on the maintenance inspection process
  • Managing breakdown and injury emergencies

Pumping Station Case Study – Rehab/Force Main/Metering

  • Practical exercises on the use of charts and tables
  • Presentation of recent real construction cases in an industrial and / or municipal environment

Questions and Answers and Feedback from Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment


Christian Khayat, ing., M. Ing.

M. Khayat cumule trente ans d’expérience en conception, préparation de plans et devis, gestion de projets avec une variété projets de valorisation des matières organiques et des boues au Québec en Ontario et ailleurs.

M. Khayat ing. est titulaire d’une maîtrise en génie civil et environnement de l’École polytechnique de Montréal. L’expérience de M. Khayat couvre entre autres la valorisation de la biomasse, l'aménagement, la conception et le suivi de centres de traitement des résidus organiques et de traitement des eaux, l'analyse et la modélisation des procédés; les des impacts lors de la recherche de zones favorables à l'implantation de centres de gestion de résidus organiques et le suivi des exigences imposées par les Lois et Règlements.

Christian Khayat est actuellement à l’emploi de SNC-Lavalin. Il agit comme directeur de projets/chef d’équipe en dirigeant la conception et supervisant l’équipe de travail pour des projets d’envergures ou de moindre envergure impliquant plusieurs ingénieurs et professionnels dans le domaine de la bio-méthanisation et le compostage des matières organiques et des boues d’épuration.

Christian Khayat a donné à plusieurs reprises des cours et de séminaires sur le traitement des matières organiques et les matières résiduelles par la bio-méthanisation et le compostage tant au Québec, en Ontario et ailleurs. Il connait bien les technologies depuis plus de vingt ans et a participé à plusieurs projets au Québec et ailleurs. Il a également participé à plusieurs missions en Europe, aux États-Unis et ailleurs pour évaluer et choisir les technologies ainsi que pour visiter des sites pour évaluer et apprécier les meilleures pratiques actuelles dans le monde.


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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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