Irrigation Services

Golf Irrigation Design Services

Sports enthusiasts are starting to pay more for the privilege to play on premium surfaces. The single most controllable and impactful factor in growing a superior grass surface is water. Effective irrigation is vital to the health, aesthetic appeal, and long-term value of your investment.

AI provides comprehensive discovery and analysis of your golf course or sports field to offer a thorough evaluation of the unique needs and challenges of each landscape. Golf course irrigation systems must account for a wide range of factors, including soil conditions, climate, play requirements and more. At AI, we take pride in performing all aspects of design and development, offering the most technologically advanced systems available. We provide only the best solutions for owners, superintendents, and irrigation system managers.

Working in collaboration with the course architects or club management/superintendents, our engineers deliver the most feasible and economical approach for each system, all while keeping in mind the client’s budget and expectations. In particular, AI looks beyond the initial construction costs to consider long-term management and annual water and power costs.

Sports Fields Irrigation Design

As athletic fields rise in usage and popularity, irrigation has become an integral part of the turf grass management industry. According to a 2014 study by the A.T. Kearney management consulting firm, the international sports industry is expanding at a rate higher than overall GDP growth.

An increase in specialized sports facilities, sports tourism, adventure travel, and the rapid progression of sports globalization and media coverage, have all contributed to the steady expansion of the irrigation industry. Most professional facilities now have irrigation systems to prepare and maintain their surfaces with quality and durability in mind.

Proper sports field irrigation is essential in offering maximum playability, aesthetic appeal, and long-term turf health. We utilize advanced technologies in the athletic irrigation field by employing the methods of horizontal directional drilling, as opposed to the traditional open cut trenching/plowing method. This minimizes field downtime and preserves field integrity. By drilling below the surface, we get players back on the field without even realizing the important work that has recently gone on right below their feet! As the popularity of High-Density Polyethylene Pipe (HDPE) increases in the golf course industry, we have adapted it to athletic field irrigation systems to provide better long term products for its end users and clients.

Water Management

We deliver certified system designs engineered to predict irrigation water requirements for landscapes and turf grasses. We can analyze peak irrigation demand, project annual water costs, and predict system water needs for any portion of the irrigation season.

We also develop water management strategies customized for your unique landscape and/or golf course. AI has performed several water management studies for clients throughout Canada and abroad. The needs of clients drastically differ depending on climate, budget/aesthetic expectations, soil conditions, and more.

We create programs for central control feasibility and selection, alternative water source payback analysis, and workstation integration and irrigation scheduling. We specialize in replacement plans and efficiency analysis for municipalities, golf courses, and others in need of updating an aging irrigation system.

Construction Services

The best irrigation designs are only as good as the installation AND operations of the system. To protect the owners’ investment, it is imperative to have the designer included during the purchase, layout and installation of a new irrigation system.

AI’s Construction services offer the following valuable benefits to the project:

  • Liaison between the Owner, Contractor, Vendors and Architect
  • Pre-construction review of the plan and consultation with the contractor to ensure the design intent, installation specifications, delivered materials and unique project requirements are met
  • An initial material inspection to ensure the materials meet the requirements of the design, specifications and submittals. During the order and delivery of large amounts of materials, it is important to mitigate any change or error by the contractor during ordering, as well as the vendors in delivery
  • Ability to adapt to revisions to the construction plan without compromising the integrity of the system
  • Provide installation inspections in regards to scheduling, materials, pipe depth, compaction, wiring and splices, joint restraint installation, cleanup and as-built field notes
  • Professional layout of the system. Significant changes may occur during construction as to the location and shape of features, such as moundings, greens, tees, fairways, bunkers, and rough perimeters. These changes greatly influence the layout of the sprinklers and are best performed by the one who designed the system.

Irrigation Auditing

Water audits calculate the uniformity and distribution of an existing irrigation system. Audits will reveal how to utilize your current irrigation equipment most efficiently, and how to conserve water and money through amended operations or upgrades to the existing sprinkler equipment. A System Analysis and Long Range Plan can be performed in conjunction with a Water Audit to evaluate how to best conserve and allocate water.

The Irrigation Audit includes:

  • Sprinklers uniformity tests
  • Evaluation of current and past water use
  • Determine irrigation scheduling: When? How Long? How Much? How Often?
  • Basic evaluation of existing system with recommendations for lowering water consumption
  • Training in the principles of efficient irrigation: precipitation rates, evapotranspiration (ET), infiltration rates, root zone depth, and crop coefficients
  • Assistance in developing an irrigation schedule based on ET rates
  • Schedule annual reviews to insure irrigation efficiency over time
  • Sprinkler uniformity testing

Irrigation Central Programming

AI irrigation computer programming ensures the system is operated as it was designed in regards to hydraulics and sprinkler layout. This includes accurate database entry of all the sprinkler data: nozzle size, pressure, flow, precipitation rates and more. This programming also ensures that the system hydraulics are integrated from the pump to the last sprinkler to perform at the optimum pressure, in the shortest time window possible.

AI is trained in all irrigation manufacturers’ software. Programming includes the combining of the system data with the As-Built map to offer a graphic representation of the course in the software – this is extremely beneficial to the superintendent during operation. AI will include effective basic scheduling to meet the superintendent’s needs and will coordinate installation and training of the system with the local distributor.

Construction Services

The best irrigation designs are only as good as the installation AND operations of the system. To protect the owners’ investment, it is imperative to have the designer included during the purchase, layout and installation of a new irrigation system.

AI’s Construction services offer the following valuable benefits to the project:

  • Liaison between the Owner, Contractor, Vendors and Architect
  • Pre-construction review of the plan and consultation with the contractor to ensure the design intent, installation specifications, delivered materials and unique project requirements are met
  • An initial material inspection to ensure the materials meet the requirements of the design, specifications and submittals. During the order and delivery of large amounts of materials, it is important to mitigate any change or error by the contractor during ordering, as well as the vendors in delivery
  • Ability to adapt to revisions to the construction plan without compromising the integrity of the system
  • Provide installation inspections in regards to scheduling, materials, pipe depth, compaction, wiring and splices, joint restraint installation, cleanup and as-built field notes
  • Professional layout of the system. Significant changes may occur during construction as to the location and shape of features, such as moundings, greens, tees, fairways, bunkers, and rough perimeters. These changes greatly influence the layout of the sprinklers and are best performed by the one who designed the system.