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2022 Symposium Presentations

Presentations for the 2024 Symposium day are coming together.​ Presentation topics are being reviewed and as abstracts and presenters bios come in they will be added below. When a final schedule is ready it will be released on the website, and emailed to the Calgary Pump Symposium mailing list.

The 2024 Symposium presentations are as follows:

Group 1 - End-User


Group 2 - Design


Group 3 - Projects


Group 1​ - End-User


The presentations below are geared towards professionals working at owner/operator companies or as an end-user.

Group 1 - End User

Introduction to Reciprocating Pumps


Reciprocating power pumps have long been employed in process situations in which high differential pressure is required at relatively low flow rates. API 674 pumps include crankshaft driven plunger pumps as well as steam or gas driven direct acting pumps. 

For the 2022 Calgary Pump Symposium Celeros FT would like to present an “Introduction to Reciprocating Pumps.” This presentation will cover topics related to the selection and sizing methodology for reciprocating pumps in process services with an emphasis on component basics, materials of construction, and reliable operation. There will also be discussion on common problems, effects between the pump and system, and diagnosing common issues.


Jeff Ortego

Aftermarket Engineering Manager​, ClydeUnion Pumps

Jeff Ortego is the North American Aftermarket Engineering Manager for ClydeUnion Pumps. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2011 and has been a reciprocating pump specialist since joining ClydeUnion in 2014.

He has performed a variety of reliability improvements and product development projects in a wide range of services including hot oil units, steam pump maintenance improvements, mitigation of packing failures, and metallurgical upgrades.

Group 2​ - Design

The design group presentations are geared towards specific design features of different pumps.

Rule Based Seal Selection for Pipeline Services


The completion of an appropriate mechanical seal selection can be a daunting task for the user reviewing all potential influencing application factors. The process complexity is compounded when weighing the various advantages and disadvantages of numerous potential mechanical seal configurations and support system arrangements potentially suitable for the operating parameters.


This presentation will identify the intricacies of selecting mechanical seals for varied hydrocarbon pipeline applications and will suggest a rule-based methodology for simplifying the seal and support system selection. The selection method will consider the pumped fluid variables, application, and operational regimes, as well as the legislative and non-legislative requirements for containment strategies and leakage management. The types of seal and support system solutions available by fluid type will be discussed, considering various local user or national preferences. The paper will identify the core attributes that affect seal selection and expand on the benefits and advantages on each solution.


Raul Escontrias

North American Pipeline Account Manager​, John Crane

Raul Escontrias is the North American Pipeline Account Manager for John Crane based out of Houston, TX.

He joined John Crane in 1997 and in his current role serves as a technical resource specific to the pipeline

industry. His primary duties are interfacing with corporate engineering groups for pipeline operators to

establish best practices for design criteria, assist with on-site troubleshooting, formulation of recommendations

on new applications and to facilitate client training. He has held additional engineering roles within John

Crane, including Reliability and Regional Engineering positions in the United States in the refining, specialty

chemical processing and petrochemical markets. As a graduate of Texas A&M University with a BS in

Engineering, he has over 25 years of technical field expertise.

Group 3 - Projects

The presentations below are geared towards the spectrum of projects in Western Canada's Oil & Gas industry.​

Group 3 - Projects

APEGA Authenticating Professional Work Products Standard


Authenticating Professional Work Products. Although an APEGA practice standard, it still requires interpretation and discretion on the part of the engineer. Common questions include:


Who is required to authenticate and validate? What should I be authenticating? The client has asked the vendor to authenticate? Is this technical information final? What is an engineered good, and what standards apply to engineered goods?


APEGA will focus on these questions and more while using examples to generate discussion and provide practical interpretation in the context of this symposium.


Dale Vanhooren, P.Geoph.

Practice Review Advisor, APEGA

In his role, Dale is responsible for conducting permit holder practice reviews, which includes advising registrants and ensuring professional obligations are met when it comes to practising engineering and geosciences in Alberta. Dale’s 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry has primarily been focused on data-intensive resources and unconventional development, managing technical teams onshore in North America. He often presents APEGA’s Permit to Practice seminar and holds practice review workshops to further educate registrants on practice requirements.

John Nugent, P.Eng.

Practice Review Advisor, APEGA

As a practice review advisor, John conducts reviews on APEGA permit holders to ensure safe and competent practice in Alberta. John has 25+ years of experience as a professional engineer working in the oil and gas industry in Newfoundland and Labrador, and Alberta, as a structural engineer, project engineer and manager, and quality manager. He is a certified ISO 9001:2015 internal auditor, completed the National Certified Investigator & Inspector Training basic program, and presents APEGA’s Permit to Practice seminar.

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