This two-day course will be conducted by Peter Smith, P.Eng., M.Sc., Principal Mechanical Engineer with Helmsman Projects and one of Alberta’s foremost experts in design of liquid pipeline pump stations. Attendees will gain a better understanding of liquid pipeline pump station design requirements, rules-of-thumb, and design aspects. While the course focuses on mechanical/process design, some basic piping, electrical and instrumentation is also covered. Attendees will gain confidence in predicting pump station requirements and design and modification of pump stations.


Peter Smith is a professional engineer with over 35 years of experience. More than 25 years of this has been in the design of over 200 pumping stations and pumping systems for pipelines, terminals, petrochemical plants and irrigation systems as Lead Mechanical Engineer or Lead Mechanical/Process engineer. Clients have included Alberta Energy Company Ltd., Enbridge (Interprovincial Pipeline Ltd.), Kinder Morgan (Terasen, Corridor and Trans Mountain Pipeline), Husky Canada, Pembina Pipelines Inc., TransCanada Pipelines, Inter Pipeline Ltd., Suncor (Petro-Canada), Keyera, Access Pipeline, and Alyeska Pipeline Service Company.

Peter’s projects as lead mechanical/process engineer include:

  • Corridor Pipeline System – four pipelines with six pump stations and over 49,000 installed horsepower
  • Electrification of the Alaska Pipeline – four pump stations with 89,000 installed horsepower,
  • Corridor Expansion – over 200,000 installed horsepower planned for the ultimate configuration.

Peter also recently served as a subject matter expert for Enbridge; teaching, mentoring, trouble-shooting existing facilities problems, and helping rewrite their pump specifications and engineering standards.


  1. To give a basic understanding of many of the design requirements of liquid pipeline pumping stations and show how to overcome many typical design problems.
  2. To impart many “rules-of-thumb” learned over an extensive period working on numerous pump stations for many different clients with varying ways of doing things.
  3. To give a basic understanding of the purpose and function of many systems contained in a pump station and give insight on how to design them effectively.
  4. To review and explain the use of spreadsheet programs for aspects of pump station design which will be included on a disk for the attendees.


This course is primarily intended for designers (engineers or technologists) in the mechanical, process, electrical and instrumentation fields who design, operate, upgrade or modify pipeline pump stations. It would be of benefit to project managers or engineers, estimators and pump station operators to help in understanding the limitations of existing pumping systems, potential causes of existing problems and possible system improvements.