This seminar provides an understanding of the fundamentals and terminology applicable to positive displacement and centrifugal pumps, conventional and automatic valves, piping and fittings, basic electrical, motor control components, motors, generators and basic control. Also provides a ‘holistic’ approach to the application and interrelationship of these water and wastewater handling components.
Attendees will garner an understanding for the basic physics and design of both positive displacement and centrifugal pumps. This will lead to comprehension of the proper application of pumps and how related factors affect their performance.
They will also learn how to determine the most suitable application selections for both conventional and automatic (piloted) valves, plus will learn how the latter operate. A useful understanding of piping and fittings basics for design will also be acquired.
A comprehension of real world fundamental electrical will be achieved along with an understanding of the components involved in typical electrical systems.
Motors and generators will be examined and explained, and an understanding of basic control system components and logic provided.
Engineers who are becoming involved in the design of pump and valve stations, or those wanting to know what equipment is available and how it should be applied.
Presenter: Doug Rhodes, P.Eng., FEC
Mr. Rhodes has had a unique career including a nearly even mix of both mechanical and electrical systems experience, and the appropriate relationships between them, while encompassing significant experience in the fields of sales, manufacturing and consulting. He has found that many seemingly complex electrical and mechanical systems can usually be comprehended once their basic operating principles, including an awareness of the terminology, are understood.
For some fifteen years with pump suppliers, he designed municipal package pumping systems, that included pumps, valves, piping, control systems and of necessity he became a Provincially licensed electrical contractor. He then worked with an automatic valve manufacturer located in Houston, Texas, ultimately becoming their Chief Engineer. He also has had two decades of consulting municipal engineering experience involving both mechanical and electrical systems.
Mr. Rhodes holds a B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Tulsa, is a Fellow of Engineers Canada and is a member of the AWWA Standards Committee on Pilot Operated Control Valves. He currently resides in Kelowna where he enjoys power boating on the nearby lakes.