April 23-25, 2014 - Omni Park West - Dallas 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, Beta Machinery Analysis
  • 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 Wednesday/Thursday, and 8 am to noon Friday.
  • 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

  • Omni Park West - 1590 LBJ Freeway, Dallas TX 75234. 
  • Phone 1-800-843-6664 to request the GMRC rate of $149. or CLICK HERE  for online reservations
  • Cutoff date:  March 31, 2014
  • Event attendees must contact the hotel directly (either by phone or the posted hotel reservation link) 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 and someone will be happy to assist you



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