Irrigation Seminars

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

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

2018 Landscape Irrigation Seminars

Weather-based Irrigation Controllers: Features That Maximize Performance

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Presenter: Mark Crookston, CAIS, CIC, CID, CIT, CLIA, CLWM
Weather-based irrigation controllers have been on the market for a number of years. These controllers come with a variety of features that can enhance irrigation management and improve irrigation efficiency. This seminar will consider those features that maximize performance and how to program the controllers to achieve the maximum benefit. Included will be a comparison of a number of the popular controllers and how they performed over an entire season using the ASABE X627 standard for testing weather-based irrigation controllers.

Low-impact Development & Irrigation: Navigating the Maze of Regulations

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 3:40 p.m.-4:40 p.m.
Presenter: Mari Garabedian
Current low impact development regulations that affect landscape and irrigation design often have conflicting requirements between applicable codes or jurisdictional agencies. As communities adopt sustainable and green practices, you have the opportunity to become a knowledgeable partner in the process. This seminar will consider smart design practices including the use of irrigation technology that meet the reduced water use requirements.

Impacts of Irrigation in Building Rating Systems

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Presenter: Brent Mecham, CAIS, CIC, CID, CIT, CGIA, CLIA, CLWM
A new trend in green building is the use of rating systems to evaluate the impact of the structure and building site on the environment and use of resources. These are new and each has some unique aspects on how they evaluate the landscape and irrigation system on the use of water resources. This presentation will provide an overview of the various methods being introduced in green building programs and the potential to influence landscape design and irrigation methods.

Using Drones to Improve Irrigation Management

Thursday, Dec. 6, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m, 
Presenter: Stephen Smith, PhD, FASIC, CAIS, CLIA
Unmanned aerial vehicles (often referred to as drones) equipped with the right sensors can provide information about the condition of the landscape or field that is difficult to ascertain from the ground. This seminar will discuss the practical applications of using UAVs including the types of sensors that are useful, analyzing the data and some basic rules for safe operation.