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2024 Training Courses

- May 9, 2024 -

The 2024 Training Courses have been set!

The 2024 Calgary Pump Symposium will host 5 full day paid training courses, the subjects of which are outlined below. Once the instructors have been finalized this page will be updated with their information.

The 2024 course offerings are:

Course 1 - Slurry Pumps

Course 2 - Centrifugal Pump Fundamentals

Course 3 - TBD

Course 4 - Mechanical Seals

Course 5 - Pump piping system design to avoid vibration and fatigue failures

Course 1

Course 1​ - Slurry Pumps


This expanded course will cover the specification, operation and maintenance of slurry pumps used in a wide variety of applications. The focus will be on the differences between slurry and non-slurry pumping applications, with many real-world examples given. This course is intended for engineers and technicians who are involved in the specification, reliability improvement or operation of slurry pumping systems.

Course Outline:

  • The basics of slurry pipeline flow, including settling and non-settling slurries and deposition velocity

  • Slurry classification and its impact on pump selection

  • Construction and operation of both centrifugal and positive-displacement slurry pumps

  • The recommendations contained in ANSI/HI Standard 12.1-12.6-2011 "Rotodynamic (Centrifugal) Slurry Pumps"

  • System curves and slurry system hydraulic design

  • How to interpret multi-speed slurry pump performance curves

  • The effect of solids size and concentration on both pump operation and pump wear

  • Slurry pump operation monitoring techniques, and detection of incipient failure

  • Wear measurement and interpretation of pump wear patterns

  • Total cost of operation, versus capital costs

  • Dredge pumping 

  • Froth pumping

  • Relative merits of different sealing and gland water control systems



Dan Wolfe, P.Eng.

Senior Associate - Mechanical, Syncrude Research

Dan Wolfe is a Senior Mechanical Associate in the Research and Development group at Syncrude Canada.  Since starting his engineering career in the downstream oil industry in 2000, Dan has gained experience in a variety of areas, including Catalytic Cracker, Sulphur Recovery and Utility Plant operations.  With Syncrude since 2007, Dan has focused on health monitoring and reliability improvement of equipment such as centrifuges, crushers, heavy hauler engines and slurry pumps and piping.  Dan has studied slurry pump wear in oil sands applications extensively, and has published several papers on the topic.  A graduate of McMaster University, Dan holds bachelors and masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering.

Course 2​ - Centrifugal Pump Fundamentals


This course will cover the basic Hydraulic and Mechanical design aspects of centrifugal pumps with some emphasis on the API 610 standard, hydraulic re-rates and pump testing.

Course Outline:

  • Definition & Charteristics of a Centrifugal Pump

  • Impeller Design and Effects

  • Cavitation & Recirculation 

  • Series & Parallel Operation

  • Pump Types & Design Features 

  • System design & Hydraulic Attributes 

  • Types of Bearings & Vibration 

  • API 610 Pump Classification, Design Features & Material of Construction 

  • Hydraulic Re-Rating of Pumps 

  • Pump Testing


Gary Fitch

Head of Product Engineering (North America) & Global Advance Engineering, Flow Equipment, PE Division, Sulzer Pumps (U.S.) Inc.

Gary has been involved in Hydraulic design and Advance Engineering teams for the last 25 years with Sulzer Pumps in Europe and North America.

Nicolas Lagas, MS Mech. Eng

Head of Product Design, Flow Equipment (North America), Sulzer Pumps (U.S.) Inc.

Nicolas has been with Sulzer Pumps for 16 years with previous experience in rotordynamics, finite element calculations. He led our German product development for 3 years and is now leading product design and development in Portland OR since 2017.

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Ryan Haack, BA Mech. Eng

Senior Project Engineer – Product Engineering (North America), Sulzer Pumps (U.S.) Inc.

Ryan has been with Sulzer pumps for 12 years in the Product Engineering group with a focus on new developments and a specialty in bearing arrangements. He has 22 total years in the pump industry.

Course 3 - TBD



Course Outline:

  • TBD



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Course 4 - Mechanical Seals


This course is aimed at professionals that are end users, OEM, Project or contractor personnel who work with or specify rotating equipment in the chemical or hydrocarbon processing industry.  The course will focus on basic and advanced concepts with the aim of providing attendees with a working knowledge of mechanical seals and sealing systems.

Course Outline:

  • When would you select a single seal, dual unpressurized seal, dual pressurized seal, a seal with a ‘back-up’ containment seal and what are the appropriate piping plans for each.

  • Solving case study issues where miss-selection of seals and/or seal system piping plans could have or did result in unreliable or troublesome operation.

  • Conduct a detailed observation analysis to identify and resolve mechanical seal failures associated with rotating equipment

  • Overview of mechanical seal engineering principles

  • API Piping plan overviews and best practices for the most common types



Course 5 - Pump piping system design to avoid vibration and fatigue failures


The goal of this short course is to provide insight into the design considerations and industry best practices for reciprocating and centrifugal pump installations to minimize vibration that can lead to fatigue failures of mainline and small bore piping.


Industry surveys show that more than 20% of unplanned product releases are due to fatigue failures caused by vibration. These product releases have an immediate impact on the reliability and economics of operating machinery assets as well as posing significant safety and environmental risks. Piping designers are often unaware of the specific requirements for fatigue and vibration control in a vibratory service such as piping in a centrifugal and reciprocating pump installation. Solving fatigue and vibration problems after a project has been completed or commissioned is costly and results in significant downtime.


Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • Introduction to centrifugal and reciprocating working principles

  • Fundamentals of vibration and pressure pulsations as related to pump systems

  • Review of existing standards and industry design practices to avoid fatigue and vibration problems

  • Centrifugal and reciprocating pump piping system design practices for vibration control

  • Pipe support designs that are suitable for vibration service

  • Project management techniques to reduce vibration risksDefinition & Charteristics of a Centrifugal Pump

Who Should Attend:

This short course is for engineers, managers and technical staff involved in the design, commissioning and installation of industrial centrifugal and positive displacement pump and piping systems.

Course Outline:

  • Introduction to reciprocating and centrifugal pumps

    • This section will discuss centrifugal and reciprocating pump basics. It will focus on the fundamental working principles of each pump type, performance curves, and the advantages and disadvantages.

  • Demonstration of different components in a centrifugal and reciprocating pump

    • A pump demo will be used to engage the class and discuss the different components of a centrifugal and   reciprocating pump. Attendees will learn about pulsation dampeners to get an idea about their size and application.

  • Overview of vibration

    • This section will review key terminology used in the industry, as well as provide an overview of causes of vibrations and the vibration equation.

  • Pressure pulsations in pump systems

    • This section will discuss pulsation terminology and how pulsations are generated in pumps, as well as how they propagate and amplify in the piping system (acoustic resonance). The class will learn how pulsations create high dynamic forces in the piping that can cause high vibrations, pipe ruptures and fatigue failures. The section will include case studies, class exercises and discussion time.

  • Piping system design for centrifugal and reciprocating pumps

    • This section will discuss the relevant industry standards and industry best practice for centrifugal and reciprocating pumps. Differences and similarities in the design requirements will be highlighted and demonstrated with case studies. The concepts of dynamic flexibility, mechanical natural frequencies, frequency avoidance, and forced response analysis will be explained. Design of the piping system as well as the foundation requirements will be discussed and demonstrated by case studies and a class exercise.

  • Small-bore connection and small-bore piping design

    • Failures of small-bore connections and small-bore piping account for many fatigue failures on new pump installations. Little design attention is paid to these items. Design practices and industry best practices will be presented to mitigate small-bore failures. Case studies will be presented.

  • Project management and planning

    • A key part of a successful pump project is proper project management and planning. Proper definition of the project scope, specifications and project milestones will be discussed as a means of ensuring the necessary measures are taken to reduce the risks of fatigue failures and vibration in the pump and piping system.


Kelly Eberle 2022

Kelly Eberle

Principal Consultant, Wood

Kelly is a Principal Consultant with Wood’s vibration, dynamics and noise team (formerly BETA Machinery Analysis) since 1988. Kelly graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1986. He has been a professional member of APEGA since 1991. 
Kelly has accumulated a wide range of design and field experience, particularly in the area of pressure pulsation analysis and mechanical analysis of reciprocating compressor and pump installations. The scope of his design experience includes acoustical simulations, thermal flexibility studies, dynamic finite element analysis, structural analysis and foundation analysis.

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