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On-Site Training - Pumping Systems

Pumping Systems (PDF)

Purpose and Background

This seminar presents the basics of pumping systems design and specifications for civil engineers. An emphasis is placed on the application of pumping systems in municipal water and wastewater systems.

Topics covered include pump and system hydraulics; centrifugal  pump selection; interpretation of manufacturer's pump head-capacity curves; types of pumping stations; series and parallel operations; variable speed systems friction losses in sludge pumping; specifying of pumps; and some common pump operating problems.

This seminar will provide the hydraulic engineering design needed for successful pump station projects and for providing pumping systems with the necessary hydraulic flexibility required on water and wastewater treatment plants and pumping stations.

Seminar Benefits

  • Determine which engineering relationships apply to specific pumping situations
  • Know the impact of pump machine construction on hydraulic performance
  • Learn how to marry theoretical hydraulics with practical pump station and system design
  • Learn the latest approaches in wet well design including the new Hydraulic Institute/ANSI Design Standards
  • Learn how to design correctly for viscous sludges without using inaccurate "rules of thumb"
  • Share positive experiences with other designers and engineers

Summary Outline

Earn 1.6 Continuing Education Units (1.6 CEUs)

  • Pump Types and Classification
  • Basic Hydraulics
  • System Hydraulics
  • Pump Selection
  • Systems Operations
  • Types of Stations
  • Shop Drawing Review
  • Wastewater Pumps
  • Water Pumps
  • Sludge Pumping
  • Station Design
  • Avoiding Design Blunders

Who Should Attend

  • Civil, Design, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers
  • Consulting Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Specification Writers
  • Construction and Mechanical Contractors
  • Plant Superintendents and Operators
  • Approval Agency Plan Reviewers

Seminar Instructor

David J. Hanna, P.E., M.ASCE, is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with an M.S. in Environmental Engineering, and a B.S. in Marine Engineering/Mechanical from the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Mr. Hanna is a Professor at Ferris State University with faculty responsibilities in the construction management and surveying engineering programs. He worked for several consulting engineering and construction management firms for eighteen years before joining the faculty at Ferris State University in 1991. Mr. Hanna  is a professional engineer in Ohio. He has designed numerous pumping stations and pumping systems associated with water and wastewater projects. Sizes of the facilities range from 80 gallons per minute to 30 million gallons per day. His experience includes design, construction administration, construction installation and quality control, and startup of new facilities as well as evaluation and troubleshooting of existing pumping and treatment facilities. Mr. Hanna has served as an instructor on hydraulics, pumping systems and treatment processes to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Department of Health with operator training and certifications programs. He is a technical reviewer of pumping standards for the Hydraulic Institute and a member of ASCE.

Contact Information

All of ASCE's face-to-face seminars are available for On-Site Training. For details and/or needs-based training programs, please complete the online request form or contact:

John Wyrick
Senior Manager, On-Site Training Worldwide
ASCE Continuing Education
1801 Alexander Bell Drive
Reston, VA 20191-4400
Tel.: 703-295-6184 

Lauren Obermeier
Senior Coordinator, On-Site Training Worldwide
ASCE Continuing Education
1801 Alexander Bell Drive
Reston, VA 20191-4400
Tel.: 703-295-6432 

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