Irrigation Seminars

Top experts in the field offer practical techniques, best practices and how-to’s for landscape irrigation. Each landscape irrigation seminar is a one-hour session that provides detailed coverage on a focused topic.

The IA is partnering with the Florida Irrigation Society to offer additional business irrigation seminars during the education conference. Though these classes are sponsored by the FIS, attendees from all states are welcome!

Schedule is subject to change. Irrigation seminars are open to all attendees with a full registration. Participants will earn 1 CEU for each one-hour session.

Landscape Irrigation Seminars

Irrigating Green Roofs

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Presenter: Lynda Wightman, CGIA, CLIA
Vegetated roofs and walls are growing in popularity and are being specified in many diverse climates. This seminar will explore what kind of information is needed to design an appropriate irrigation system, what types of systems work best, and how to manage the system to use water efficiently.

Solvent Welding PVC Pipe

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2:40 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.
Presenter: Stephen Gardiner
Did you know that there are standards for how to solvent weld PVC pipe? ASTM D2855 Standard Practice describes the process by which pipe must be joined together. This seminar will teach you the basics about cutting, fitting and using primer and cements for solvent welding.

BMP — Basis of Design

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Presenter: Brian Vinchesi, CGIA, CIC, CID, CLIA, CLIM, CLWM
Basis of Design is a narrative description of the design and management of the irrigation system to meet the needs of the landscape and the owner’s project requirements. This seminar will discuss in detail what a Basis of Design is, what needs to be included and how it is used once the irrigation system has been installed. Learn why the BOD is a best management practice to improve irrigation efficiency.

Workforce Training Part 1: How Adults Learn

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Presenter: Kurt Thompson, CGIA, CIC, CID, CIT, CLIA, CLWM
One of the biggest challenges in the market currently is finding qualified personnel to install and maintain irrigation systems. This seminar will explore how adults learn and ways to do effective in-house training. Investing in training is really a win-win opportunity when you understand how your crew will learn best.

Workforce Training Part 2: Delivering Effective Training

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 1:10 p.m.– 2:10 p.m.
Presenter: Kurt Thompson, CGIA, CIC, CID, CIT, CLIA, CLWM
Do you know how to share your wealth of knowledge with someone who doesn’t have much experience but seems interested? This seminar will share proven methods for delivering information based on learning concepts from Workforce Training Part 1. Help your crew turn knowledge into real skills that will get the job done right and improve irrigation performance.

Pressure Regulation to Improve Irrigation Efficiency

Thursday, Nov. 9, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Presenter: Brent Mecham, CID, CLWM, CIC, CAIS
How do you control excessive pressure? This seminar will explore the options of controlling excess pressure at the point of connection, at the zone control valve and at the individual sprinkler.

Business Irrigation Seminars

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Efficient Management of Your Vehicle Fleet

Thursday, Nov. 9, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Think you need to hang on to your work vehicles because they are paid off? After this presentation on best practices for managing your fleet (1 to 100 vehicles), you will be better prepared to know when to sell and when to hold.
Florida Course #6927780

Impact of New Tax Regulations on Your Business

Thursday, Nov. 9, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Yes, death and taxes are a given. But, don’t let taxes be the death of your company. This workshop will help you learn to talk intelligently with your CPA on tax planning and stay ahead of any new federal tax regulations that could impact your business.
Florida Course #6927780 / 0611897

Top Five Employment Law Issues Facing Contractors

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Employers need to be more careful than ever when employing, paying, providing benefits to and terminating workers. Covered in this workshop are: legal requirements for recording time, overtime and travel time; use of independent contractors; vetting new hires; recent developments in employment discrimination; and rapidly developing laws concerning social media and computers in the workplace.
Florida Course #6927780 / 0610856