Sewage Pump Station and Pressure Main Design

A Training Seminar by KASA Redberg.


    Offline (In-Person) schedules for Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth, Australia.

    In-House sessions available upon request.



    The primary focus of this two day course is to provide guidance in the design of the most common types of sewage pump stations and pressure mains. These pump stations include upgrades to traditional dry-well stations, the design of new submersible sewage pump stations or the design of lift stations which utilise self-priming pumps.


    Who Should Attend:

    Engineers and technicians who work in the municipal water/wastewater industry and would like to know how to size, select, troubleshoot, test, install, operate and maintain pumps, piping, dosing systems, electrical equipment and ancillary equipment found in sewage pump stations and pressure mains.



    Delegate Pre-Requisites:

    It is a requirement that each delegate has an understanding of engineering structures and mechanical components. A basic understanding (trade level or higher) engineering maths would also be a necessity. Ideally, each delegate should have a degree or diploma in a relevant technical field or a higher level trade qualification.


    Seminar Objectives:

    At the completion of this seminar, each delegate should be able to:

    • Identify the most common sewage pump station types as well as the most common equipment (e.g. pump starters, control panels, dosing systems, odour control units etc) found in sewage pump stations.
    • Understand pumps, associated components, hydraulics and terminology.
    • Be competent in reading pump performance curves.
    • Appreciate the different piping materials and valves available for valve pits and pressure mains.
    • Understand the reasons behind standardisation of the design of pump stations and rising mains with due reference to WSAA codes.
    • Understand how to correctly determine the static and total dynamic head in a sewage pump system.
    • Troubleshoot pump operational problems.
    • Have a greater understanding of instrumentation used in sewage pumping systems.
    • Appreciate the issues related to septicity and odour.
    • Identify good and bad wet well geometries and designs.
    • Work within the constraints of piping runs and maintenance hole sizes when laying out a new pump station.
    • Appreciate the various construction methods available for laying rising mains (e.g. trenching, jacking, directional drilling).
    • Identify when a water hammer analysis is required and what the key remedies are for pressure surges.
    • Better appreciate issues such as mine subsidence, future population increases and the effect on the asset, negotiating with stakeholders and power supply issues.
    • Better appreciate the methods used to maintain pump stations and rising mains and how to design for safer and more efficient emergency maintenance action.


    Training Seminar Materials:

    All delegates receive:

    • The “Sewage Pump Station and Pressure Main Design” Training Manual – a reference manual comprising theory, worked example problems, tables , charts and illustrations etc based on the seminar outline. This manual has been designed to be a valuable future resource for the office or plant.
    • Certificate of Attendance – which states the number of hours of training and serves as documentary proof of attendance.


    In-House (Customised) Training:

    This training course can also be delivered as an in-house course. We have delivered courses to various water/wastewater agencies and water/wastewater infrastructure design consultancies around Australia since 2008.

    The content of the course can be customised to suit the specific equipment makes/models that you use at your agency or organisation. Additional material can also be included or non-relevant material can be excluded. In this way, this course can be completely customised to suit your needs.


    You can download KASA Redberg Course Information kit here LESS

    Course Curriculum

    Day 1:
    Terms and definitions 00:14:00
    Codes and standards 00:14:00
    Pump station and pressure main planning 00:14:00
    Traditional dry-well pump stations 00:14:00
    Wet-well (submersible) pump stations 00:14:00
    Lift-type pump stations (PD and centrifugal) 00:14:00
    Head losses and friction in pipes, fittings and valves 00:14:00
    WSAA approved methods and traditional methods 00:14:00
    Hydraulic Grade Lines 00:14:00
    Determining hydrostatic test pressures 00:13:00
    Pressure transients (aka “water hammer”) theory 00:13:00
    When to conduct a transient analysis 00:13:00
    Mitigation methods 00:13:00
    Traditional end-suction centrifugal pumps 00:13:00
    Wet and dry mounted submersible pumps 00:13:00
    Self-priming centrifugal pumps 00:13:00
    Progressive cavity pumps 00:13:00
    Affinity Laws and Characteristic Curves 00:13:00
    Matching the System to the Pump 00:13:00
    System Curve Calculations 00:13:00
    Troubleshooting 00:13:00
    Installation and Operation 00:13:00
    The Present Value Method 00:13:00
    The Allowable Velocity Method 00:13:00
    Common piping materials for pump stations 00:13:00
    Common pipe materials for pressure mains 00:13:00
    Pipe material selection criteria 00:13:00
    Day 2:
    Common valve types 00:12:00
    A special focus on air valves and air-entrapment 00:12:00
    Pressure ratings and stresses in pipes 00:12:00
    Introduction to AS2566 Buried Flexible Pipelines 00:12:00
    Thrust blocks and trench stops 00:12:00
    Pump starters – DOL, VSD and soft starters 00:12:00
    Pump station instrumentation – level and flow 00:12:00
    Pump station control and monitoring systems 00:12:00
    Overview of a typical electrical supply system 00:12:00
    Electrical kiosks and switchrooms 00:12:00
    Lighting requirements 00:12:00
    Emergency power 00:12:00
    Maintenance holes, emergency storage chambers, valve chambers and wet-wells: pre-cast versus cast- in-situ 00:12:00
    Pipe-laying: trenching, jacking and directional drilling 00:12:00
    Packaged self-priming centrifugal pump stations 00:12:00
    Packaged submersible pump stations 00:12:00
    Packaged progressive cavity pump stations 00:12:00
    Septicity and odour control – dosing systems and odour control units 00:12:00
    Guidelines for Safety, Operations and Maintenance 00:12:00
    Early stakeholder engagement and approvals 00:12:00
    Designing for mine subsidence effects 00:12:00
    Wet-wells 00:12:00
    Lift stations 00:12:00
    Buried station piping 00:12:00
    Clearances 00:12:00
    Power and communications 00:12:00
    Depths and gradients 00:12:00
    Level settings 00:12:00
    Access for maintenance and emergencies 00:12:00

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    Karl Danenbergsons is one of the founding Directors of KASA. He has been well known to KASA seminar attendees since January 2004 and he has successfully presented various seminars in public and private venues since that time. Karl’s experience with pump and piping systems spans more than twenty years. He has applied his knowledge of fluid storage, pumping and piping systems for major organisations such as ADI, BHP, James Hardie, Nalco and URS. He has held various positions in these organisations such as Design Engineer, Project Engineer, Process Engineer and Senior Project Engineer amongst others. Karl held the position of Engineering Division Manager for Nalco (1999–2005) and his group was responsible for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of chemicals handling and water treatment plants with a geographical coverage spanning China, Japan, Thailand, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia. He also held the position of Director – NSW Process, Mechanical & Electrical for URS (2011–2014). His group was responsible for the design of municipal pumping stations, mine water supply systems, mine dewatering systems, managed aquifer recharge systems as well as in-plant piping, process and electrical design work. Karl has lived and worked in the US whilst operating as a Design/Process Engineer specialising in slurry-based processes. He has also completed on-site commissioning and troubleshooting of chemicals and water treatment plants in countries such as Fiji, New Caledonia, USA, Italy, China and the UK. A transfer to KASA Redberg (UK) in 2007/08 resulted in specialist consulting activities in the areas of red mud disposal as well as sand/gravel operations.
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