The drought may have lessened some—for now—but the need to conserve water when irrigating probably will always be a fact of life for those designing and managing irrigation systems on urban landscapes, says a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.
To help professional irrigation managers meet this need, AgriLife Extension has planned two training sessions on computer-aided irrigation systems in early December at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 17360 Coit Road in Dallas.
Computer-aided design, commonly known as CAD, replaces older practices which involve sketching and rulers, a calculator and, in the case of irrigation systems checking for compliance with state regulations, says Charles Swanson, AgriLife Extension landscape irrigation specialist, College Station.
The first training is slated for Dec. 4-5 and will introduce students to CAP irrigation design. On both days, the instruction will last from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost of the course is $295. The instructors will be Swanson and Guy Fipps, AgriLife Extension irrigation engineer and professor with Texas A&M University in College Station. Enrollment for that course is limited to 15 students.
"The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has approved the offered course for 16 hours of continuing education credits for licensed irrigators, technicians, and inspectors taking the course," Swanson says.
The second course on Dec. 6 will cover advanced CAD irrigation design. The fee is $165 with instruction from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enrollment also is limited to 15 students. The TCEQ has approved an additional eight continuing education credits for licensed irrigators taking the advanced course.
To take the advanced course, students must have taken the two-day basic course, or some other computer-aided design software class and have a working knowledge of RainCAD or ProContractor Studio packages.
For more, contact Swanson at 979-845-5614 or by Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.