2019 Training Courses

- September 26, 2019 -

The 2019 Training Courses have been set!

The 2019 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 2019 course offerings are:

Course 1 - Slurry Pumps

Course 2 - Centrifugal Pump Fundamentals

Course 3 - Electric Motors and Variable Frequency Drives

Course 4 - Intermediate Mechanical Seals and ABSA/CRN Discussion

Course 5 - Pump Selection


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



Calum MacAskill

Order Related Engineering Manager, Sulzer Pumps (U.S.) Inc.

15 years experience in pump mechanical design in North America and Europe, 12 years of that with Sulzer Pumps. 


Ankur Kalra, P.Eng.

Hydraulic Design Engineer – Advance Engineering, Sulzer Pumps (U.S.) Inc.

Ankur has over 7 years’ experience in the design and analysis of rotating equipment. For the past 5 years he has been involved in the Hydraulic design of Centrifugal pumps for Sulzer.


Course 3 - Electric Motors and Variable Frequency Drives


This course will cover AC electric induction motor design and applications, as well as the applications of VFDs.

Course Outline:

  • Motors

    • Motor Basic Types​

    • Common motor types used in pumping industry - squirrel cage induction motor

    • Basic principle of operation

    • Motor contruction/testing and operation as applicable to pumping industry

    • Basic introduction to common industry standards

    • When to select IEEE-841, API-547, or API-541

    • Vibration issues in motors

    • Most common problem areas with examples - as applicable to the pumping industry

  • Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs)

    • VFD basics - system architecture, introduce terminology​

    • Why is a VFD required?

    • Typical benefits

    • Pump application considerations - includes process control aspects, energy savings, and advantages of VFDs in process control

    • Mechanical effects of VFD on pump motor train

    • Installation/selection considerations as applicable to the pumping industry

      • Size/speed limitations​ for VFD application

      • Industry standards applicable to VFD

      • Challenges and gaps in the standards

    • When to use VFDs vs when it is not economical?

    • Common problem areas with case studies (Reliability aspects of VFDs in the pumping industry)



Jochem Kamstra
Business Development Manager Large Motors & Drives, Siemens Canada
Jochem Kamstra is a Mechanical Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in manufacturing from the Saxion University in The Netherlands and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Thermofluid Dynamics from the Osnabrueck University of Applied Sciences in Germany. 
Jochem started his career with Ingersoll Rand in 2002 and joined Siemens in 2008 as an application engineer. Jochem has extensive application engineering knowledge of motors and drives, most recently as a business development manager responsible for supporting customers across Canada for their motor and drives requirements.
Jochem’s focus over the years has been application support in the Process Industries with the main focus on Oil & Gas, Mining and Pulp & Paper.


Patrick Robinson

Senior Partner, Altelec Technical Services

Patrick Robinson is senior partner in Altelec Technical services. Patrick graduated with honors as a mature student from NAIT in Edmonton in 1995, in Electrical Engineering Technology. Patrick started working with Altelec the next day and has worked in the field of motor control and protection in the intervening 24 years. Patrick has presented to the IEEE and other forums many times including participating in technical papers, and is involved in design considerations of VFDs with Siemens.


Course 4 - Intermediate Mechanical Seals and ABSA/CRN Discussion


This training course is divided into two parts, the first is an Intermediate Mechanical Seals course, and the second is a discussion on ABSA/CRN requirements associated with mechanical seals.

Part 1 - Intermediate Mechanical Seals Course:

The first half of the course is intended to meet more in-depth learning needs of end-user/OEM/contractor personnel working with rotating equipment, such as centrifugal pumps used in process industries.

Part 2 - ABSA/CRN Discussion:

This presentation discusses the Safety Codes Act, in the field of pressurized piping and equipment connected to pumps. Gaining clarification and learning the key details of the scope of this act, and where pump experts can find update information regarding the subject.

Using visual aids we will explore piping and vessel regulations in Alberta, their goals and targets, as well as highlight what pump experts need to know about CRN numbers. One key area highlighted is the misconceptions of requirement.

By the end of this session, participants will have a clear understanding of some of the Alberta Boilers Safety Association's (ABSA's) more ambiguous requirements, and improved insights into Alberta Pressure Equipment Regulation. Having a good understanding of ABSA's requirements is often challenging, this session highlights ten of ABSA's requirements which often require more clarity.

Course Outline:

  • Mechanical Seals

    • 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


    • Applicability of ABSA/CRN for mechanical seal systems and small bore pump piping

    • Design registration exceptions​

    • Accountability and reliability

    • PSV requirements



Andrew Mathias

District Manager - Canada, Flowserve FSG

Andrew Mathias began his career with Flowserve in 1980 and has worked in the UK, Saudi Arabia and Canada. Andrew has held positions in Technical Sales, Field Service, Operations, and is presently District Manager for Project Sales in Canada supporting OEMs and Engineering Companies.


Curtis Thompson, P.Eng.

Technical Sales Representative, John Crane Canada Inc.

Curtis began his career with John Crane in 2002 after completing his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta. He has held roles in engineering and technical sales, providing technical support for commissioning, troubleshooting, and training activities.


Amin Sabzevari P.Eng., CRM
Aspen Technology Solutions Ltd.
Amin Sabzevari P.Eng, CRM, is a Professional Engineer and Certified Carbon Reduction manager and co-founder of Aspen Technology Solutions Ltd in Calgary. Amin has more than 20 years of oil and Gas engineering experience on three continents. He is also a course developer, trainer and public speaker.


Course 5 - Pump Selection

NOTE: Participants are expected to know Pump Fundamentals 101 with knowledge of pump curves and basic theory of how different pumps work.

Course Outline:

  • Picking the correct pump type for specific applications:

    • What type of pump to pick for light hydrocarbon (ethane, propane, etc.)​

    • Viscous applications (bitumen, cold crude, etc.)

    • Light abrasive services (ore preparation area in oil sands mining, sump tanks, light slurry like lime or Magox)

    • Low NPSHa applications (API Type VS6, when is a larger slow model applicable, what model has tolerance to run dry or better handle cavitation issues)

    • Self-priming versus sump pumps (are modifications necessary)

    • Low shear applications (positive displacement pumps)

    • Run dry applications (multiphase, pad pumps, AODD, hydraulic diaphragm, sliding vane, lobe pumps)

    • Low flow, high head applications

  • Sometimes there would be multiple types of pumps that could be selected, sometimes it would be limited. When not to use a certain type of pump is also important

  • Course covers:

    • Horizontal centrifugal​

    • Vertical centrifugal

    • Inline pumps

    • Regenerative turbines and side channels

    • All types of reciprocating pumps

    • All types of rotary positive displacement pumps

  • Application type case studies that have challenges could be reviewed, such as:

    • Boiling fluids from a bullet,​

    • Flare knockout drum service (VS4 sump pump, PC pump, and other low NPSHr pump types)

    • Pipeline pump - variable suction pressure and flow

    • Blending - constant discharge with variable flow



Johnny Van Der Linden

Global Product Manager, Flowserve Corporation

Johnny Van Der Linden is a Global Product Manager in the Marketing & Technology group at Flowserve Corporation.  Since starting his career in the pumping industry in 1995, Johnny has gained experience in a variety of areas, Application Engineering, Field Services, Sales, Educational Services, Root Cause analysis and Product Management. He has 25 years’ experience in pump industry and had multiple assignment in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa.