May 2018

Design of Municipal Pump and Valve Stations

Utilizing the Holistic Application of Mechanical Pumps and Valves and Electrical Power and Control

Status: Advanced registration is now closed. A limited number of registrations will be accepted at the door.
Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Time: Day 1: Mechanical: Pumps, Valves and Stations
Registration and Breakfast: 7:30 AM–8:00 AM
Seminar: 8:00 AM–5:00 PM

Day 2: Electrical: Power and Control
Registration and Breakfast: 8:00AM–8:30 AM
Seminar: 8:30 AM–3:30 PM
Location: Hyatt Regency 655 Burrard Street Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7
Presenter: Doug Rhodes, P.Eng., FEC
Credit: Day 1: 8 Professional Development Hours (PDH) 
Day 2: 6 Professional Development Hours (PDH) 
Cost: Engineers and Geoscientists BC Members (until April 24, 2018):
Package (Day 1 and 2): $700.00 + GST = $735.00
Day 1: $375.00 + GST = $393.75
Day 2: $350.00 + GST = $367.50

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Members (after April 24, 2018):
Package (Day 1 and 2): $900.00 + GST = $945.00
Day 1: $475.00 + GST = $498.75
Day 2: $450.00 + GST = $472.50

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Student Members:
Package (Day 1 and 2): $450.00 + GST = $472.50
Day 1: $237.50 + GST = $249.38
Day 2: $225.00 + GST = $236.25

Package (Day 1 and 2): $900.00 + GST = $945.00
Day 1: $475.00 + GST = $498.75
Day 2: $450.00 + GST = $472.50
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by April 24, 2018 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
Contact: Shirley Chow | Professional Development Specialist
Direct: 604.412.4865
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This seminar provides an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals and terminology relating to both the mechanical and electrical aspects of municipal pump and valve station design. The mechanical session on day one covers water and wastewater pumps, conventional valves, automatic valves and related appurtenances. The electrical session on day two covers power distribution, motors, generators, and control. Attend both! This seminar combines two previous presentations that have been enhanced and with additional new material, particularly on power and control.

Seminar Objectives

  • Attendees will acquire an understanding of the basic physics and design for all types of water and wastewater pumps. This will lead to a comprehension of the proper application of pumps and how related factors affect their performance.
  • They will also learn how automatic (pilot-operated control) valves operate and how to select them for various waterworks applications, plus will learn how the latter operate. A useful understanding of conventional valves, piping and fittings will also be acquired.
  • Basic station design guidelines will be appreciated.
  • An understanding of real world electrical distribution and equipment will be achieved, including motors and generators.
  • Basic control system ladder logic development will be understood along with the relationship to PLC/RTU programming. Attendees will also be aware of the potential applications made possible by the capabilities of the latter. Basic instrumentation will also be appreciated.

Day 1 Topics: Mechanical – Pumps, Valves, Stations 

  • M1 – Professional Considerations
  • M2 – Kinetic Pump: Physics
  • M3 – Kinetic Pump: Design
  • M4 – Kinetic Pump: Water Types
  • M5 – Kinetic Pump: Wastewater Types
  • M6 – Other Pump Types
  • M7 – Conventional Valves
  • M8 – Automatic Valves
  • M9 – Station Design: General
  • M10 – Station Design: Water
  • M11 – Station Design: Wastewater
  • M12 – Station Design: Pressure Reducing

Day 2 Topics: Electrical - Power and Control

  • E1 – Power: Basics
  • E2 – Power: Components
  • E3 – Power: Single Lines 
  • E4 – Power: Hazardous Locations
  • E5 – Power: Motors and Generators
  • E6 – Control: Basics           
  • E7 – Control: PLC/RTU
  • E8 – Control: Specialties
  • E9 – Control: Instrumentation

Target Audience

Engineers who are becoming involved in the design of municipal pump and valve stations, or those wanting to know how related mechanical/electrical equipment should be applied.


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 15 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 2 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 chair of the AWWA Standards Committee on Pilot Operated Control Valves. He currently resides in Kelowna where he enjoys power boating on the nearby lakes.

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