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. / P. Eng., M. Eng.

Mr. Khayat has thirty years of experience in the design, preparation of drawings and specifications, and project management involving a variety of pumping stations both in Canada and abroad, He has participated in all project phases for numerous clients for the selection and design of all types of pumping stations including water and wastewater.

Mr. Khayat graduated with a Masters in Civil and Process Environmental Engineering and is currently employed by SNC-Lavalin. He serves as a Project Manager/Team Leader and is currently managing several major multi-disciplinary projects including large and small pumping stations involving both design and execution in urban or industrial environments.

As PEO and professional engineer in two other provinces, Christian Khayat has on numerous occasions, both in Canada and abroad, given courses and seminars on designing pumping station systems including courses in company settings, and at McGill University in Montreal. He is very involved within the consulting industry including best practices in the design of pumping stations. He has carried out several site visits in Europe and the United States to evaluate the performance of existing systems and select technologies.

He possesses skills in several areas including municipal infrastructure, potable water, wastewater pumping and treatment of urban, industrial and institutional effluents, and sludge pumping and treatment. He is responsible for preliminary studies, the preparation of plans and specifications in civil engineering, industrial mechanic solutions for environmental processes, and municipal infrastructure. Mr. Khayat's experience also covers construction supervision, start-ups and commissioning of pumping stations.

Mr. Khayat has acted as a lecturer at colleges and universities including McGill University to train managers and operators of drinking water and wastewater plants. He participates in the training of engineers, particularly with the Educational Program Innovations Centre (EPIC), as well as McGill University for more than ten years.

Mr. Khayat has developed strong management skills to lead projects both overseas and in Canada, and to establish and maintain relationships with clients and with his peers.

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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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