April 11 - 13, 2017

Williams Tower - Houston, TX



This Gas Machinery Research Council (GMRC) class will provide attendees with the knowledge and tools to better identify, specify, address and resolve vibration issues affecting reciprocating compressors. The impact of equipment selection, operation and piping layout on pulsation, vibration and performance will be discussed. Attendees will actively participate in designing pulsation control and identifying support locations using tools provided by the presenters. An overview of torsional vibration and its impact on the design process will also be provided. The course draws on expertise, experience and best practices from senior industry experts

This will be an interactive class. Case studies incorporating actual compressor stations will be utilized, using different scenarios for the class to role play – and make decisions. The program will also include detailed computer modeling to make the scenarios realistic – with actual pulsation and vibration outcomes.

Course Content

  • Compressor Design Process to Improve Reliability
  • Vibration Overview
  • Compressor Operation and Performance and Their Impact On Vibration
  • Pulsation Analysis Throughout the Piping System
  • Mechanical Resonance in the Piping, Skid and Foundation
  • Torsional Vibration
  • Small Bore Piping
  • Piping Layout Considerations
  • Overview of Centrifugal Compressor Vibration Issues

 Who Should Attend

The course is recommended for technicians and engineers involved in compressor design or troubleshooting. This includes rotating specialists, design staff and field engineers 


Leading subject matter experts developed the program.  The task force/instructor list includes:

Additional contributors 

  • Michael Smith
  • Ralph Harris, Ariel Corp.
  • Brian Howes, Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise
  • Christine Scrivner, Kinder Morgan

Our sincere thanks to the companies and individuals whose time and talent made this workshop possible.  

 Professional Development Hours

This course qualifies for 18 Professional Development Hours.

Event Information

  • Course Fee: $795 for GMRC company employees;  $1095 for Non-members
  • Schedule: Class times are 8 am - 4 pm Tuesday/Wednesday, and 8 am to noon Thursday.
  • Each participant will receive a comprehensive workbook, a valuable resource that will provide benefits long after the completion of the class.
  • Breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks provided
  • Questions? Email .

Hotel Information

Westin Oaks (5011 Westheimer at Post Oak) or Westin Galleria (5060 West Alabama)

  • Corporate rate of $210 per night (single/double) (Deluxe Guestroom rate of $240)
  • Request the corporate rate for the Southern Gas Association (Corporate Rate Code 503711)
  • Call Reservations: 888.627.8514
  • Rate is based on inventory availability
  • Reservations for late check in can be guaranteed with a credit card or deposit
  • Cancellations more than 24 hours in advance of arrival result in no penalty charges
  • Reservation includes: 
    • Complimentary access to the fitness facility
    • Complimentary self-parking 
    • Complimentary internet in guest rooms

Event attendees must contact the hotel directly by phone to make reservations. Any contact to you from a third party claiming to be a booking agent for SGA/GMRC should be considered a scam.


Contact GMRC at or phone (972) 620-4012

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Past event information may include presentations, documents, agendas, photos, or other information.  Click on a link below to view more information for a particular event:

2015 Compressor Station Vibration and the Impact on Performance, Cost and Reliability

2014 Compressor Station Vibration and the Impact on Performance, Cost and Reliability

2012 Compressor Station Vibrations: Impact on Performance, Cost & Reliability