Irrigation Design and Auditing

21st January 2018 – 22nd January 2018
Majestic Hotel
Bookings Closed
Continuing Professional Development

Credits: 12

Was your irrigation system put under pressure in 2017? Does your irrigation system need auditing to improve its eficiency and effectiveness? Is your irrigation system becoming old, ineficient and requiring upgrading?

Irrigation is an important element of golf course management to ensure quality, consistent, playing surfaces. It is required to supplement natural precipitation during periods of dry weather and aid with maintenance practices such as the washing in of wetting agents etc. On this basis it is imperative it functions when required, particularly as it is the most expensive single item of maintenance equipment on any golf course. With the ever pressing demands on water resources with in our environment, water needs to be used efficiently and this requires an eficient irrigation system.

The aim of this workshop is to provide an understanding of irrigation system design and auditing to enable informed and accurate decisions to be made when managing, adding to, or upgrading your golf course irrigation system.

The practical design sessions will take into account the key learning areas of how to:

Audit/evaluate an irrigation system; decide upon the areas to be irrigated; decide upon the application quantities required and the overall watering time window; correctly position and space sprinklers including sprinkler selection to ensure uniform application of water; precipitation rate and run time calculations to enable accurate irrigation scheduling and water application including system summary sheet; outline pipework sizing and principals of friction loss and outline pump duty analysis/calculations.

The workshop will discuss and demonstrate, using a worked example, of a basic irrigation design helping delegates to understand the principals of irrigation design. Delegates will prepare their own six hole irrigation designs in small groups.

The principals of how to audit/evaluate your own irrigation system will be also be discussed throughout the workshop.

Learning Outcomes:

  • How to establish an eficient irrigation system
  • Deciding upon the areas to be irrigated, correct sprinkler selection and spacing for irrigation of key surfaces
  • Sprinkler precipitation rate and run time calculations to enable accurate irrigation scheduling and water usage
  • Worked example of small irrigation design
  • Six hole irrigation design
  • How to audit your irrigation system to improve efficiency and save water

Presented by Adrian Mortram, Design Consultant & Managing Director, Robin Hume Associates Ltd

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