Online Irrigation Seminars

Available for purchase on IA’s online store, these one-hour online seminars address the underlying how to’s of efficient irrigation and water management. Seminar topics are available for both turf and landscape and agriculture professionals and are worth 1 CEU each.

Turf-Landscape Irrigation Topics

Analyzing Water Sources for Landscape Irrigation (2013)

While many landscapes have relied upon potable water or fresh water for irrigation, there are many other alternate water sources that can be developed on-site. This presentation will look at how to analyze all of the potential water sources available and choose those that will best serve the needs of a particular landscape site. This seminar qualifies for one New Jersey CEC/WC.

Auditing of Landscape Drip Irrigation Systems (2011)

Learn about the practical things that can be measured and verified when auditing drip irrigation systems in the field, including ways to calculate an application rate to make better irrigation schedules. This seminar qualifies for 1 New Jersey CEC/WC.

Auditing: Soil Moisture vs. Catch Cans (2016)

Catch can audits measure sprinkler performance, while using a portable soil moisture sensor will measure the effectiveness of the irrigation. Both methods are valid and help correlate sprinkler performance with soil moisture uniformity that affects irrigation scheduling and ultimately the appearance of the turfgrass.

Automating Water Flow Measurement With Sensors (2012)

Measuring flow and water usage is critical to managing water resources. This session explores the appropriate use of flow sensors. This seminar qualifies for 1 New Jersey CEC/WC.

Basics of Filtering (2011)

This session provides an overview of the many types of filters available, as more projects use alternate water supplies for landscape irrigation. This seminar qualifies for 1 New Jersey CEC/WC.

BMP - Basis of Design (2017)

This seminar will discuss in detail what a basis of design is, what needs to be included and how it is used once an irrigation system has been installed. Learn why the BOD is a best management practice to improve irrigation efficiency.

Catchment Systems for Alternate Water Sources (2012)

Presented by the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association, this session covers the many types of storage tanks available that enable the use of alternative water for irrigation. This seminar qualifies for 1 New Jersey CEC/WC.

Commissioning an Irrigation System (2015)

New green codes and standards are being adopted, which often require that the irrigation system be inspected and commissioned. This seminar discusses the commissioning process.

Deficit Irrigation for Managing Landscapes (2013)

Maximizing the use of water to achieve the desired results takes knowledge and understanding of the soil-plant-water relationship. This becomes increasingly important during times of water shortages. This seminar will look at various controller programming strategies that can be used to reduce water use and still maintain healthy lawns and landscapes. This seminar qualifies for 1 New Jersey CEC/WC.

Do’s and Don’ts of Backflow Prevention Devices (2012)

Many projects are becoming more complicated with multiple sources of water and points of connection. In this session, water experts discuss how to can protect water sources. This seminar qualifies for 1 New Jersey CEC.

Earning Points for Green Projects (2016)

A common goal of most green programs is to reduce or eliminate the use of potable water from irrigating the landscape. This seminar will look at various volunteer programs such as LEED, Sustainable Sites and Green Globes and consider the prerequisites and how points for irrigation systems and using alternative water sources are awarded.

Estimating Landscape Plant Water (2012)

There are many factors that influence plant growth in the urban environment. This session provides guidance on methods to better estimate plant water use. This seminar qualifies for 1 New Jersey CEC/WC.

ET & Irrigation Management (2016)

Evapotranspiration information is often used to provide a reference for determining the amount of water that is applied to plants. This presentation will look at where the weather stations are located compared to the site being managed, how ET is calculated, and then what to consider when modifying the reference ET to estimate landscape water requirements for different types of plants.

Field Study of Uniformity Improvements from Multistream Rotational Spray Heads (2011)

This presentation will look at actual field applications of new nozzles to improve the performance of existing irrigation systems. In addition, the session will cover the most effective way to use the innovative nozzles to improve distribution uniformity. This seminar qualifies for 1 New Jersey CEC/WC.

Graywater Irrigation (2013)

Graywater is an alternate source of water that can be used for irrigation, but it has specific code requirements for how the irrigation system is designed and installed. Also, the seminar will discuss water quality issues that must be dealt with and what considerations should be included when selecting equipment to harvest, store and distribute the water to the landscape. This seminar qualifies for 1 New Jersey CEC/WC.

Impacts of Irrigation in Building Rating Systems (2018)

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. 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.

Irrigating Green Roofs (2017)

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.

Low-impact Development & Irrigation: Navigating the Maze of Regulations (2018)

Current low-impact development regulations that affect landscape and irrigation design have conflicting requirements. Become more knowledgeable about smart decision practices including the use of irrigation technology that meet the reduced water-use requirements.

Measuring Landscape Water Use (2016)

In this session, based on numerous residential and commercial audits, Dr. Kelly Kopp will present findings on the amount of water used in the landscape and compare to estimated water demand. Part of the presentation will include a look at both irrigation performance and landscape composition and how irrigation efficiency can be improved.

A New Way to Evaluate Sprinkler Performance (2015)

This seminar introduces attendees to sprinkler operational efficiency. This performance metric evaluates how sprinklers distribute water when used in different spacing configurations.

Pressure Regulation to Improve Irrigation Efficiency (2017)

This seminar will explore the options of controlling excess pressure at the point of connection, at the zone control valve and the individual sprinkler.

Proper Grounding Techniques (2011)

This session covers the theory of electrical surges and how to make better decisions when specifying or installing grounding equipment. This seminar qualifies for 1 New Jersey CEC.

Rainwater Harvesting — Engineered Failures (2011)

This session examines rainwater harvesting projects that have failed and why. As rainwater harvesting becomes incorporated into more landscape irrigation projects, awareness of potential problems will aid irrigation professionals in avoiding these problems and help ensure success. This seminar qualifies for 1 New Jersey CEC/WC.

Rainwater Harvesting for Irrigation (2013)

This session will look at all of the necessary components and equipment used to collect rainwater, hold it in storage and then use the water for landscape irrigation. The importance of protecting water quality by how it is collected helps make this source of water a viable alternative to using potable water to irrigate plants. This seminar qualifies for 1 New Jersey CEC/WC.

Rainwater Harvesting — Underground Storage Design and Construction (2011)

This session explores the various types of products available for storing water, covering the pros and cons of water storage products, and provides tips for proper installation. This seminar qualifies for 1 New Jersey CEC/WC.

Refining the Landscape Coefficient for Improved Irrigation (2011)

Learn to create more effective irrigation schedules in this session, which covers how to better estimate plant water needs when using evapotranspiration data. This seminar qualifies for 1 New Jersey CEC/WC and North Carolina CE.

Return on Investment for Irrigation Upgrades (2011)

This session looks at the many innovations in irrigation products and the return on investment for upgrading systems to perform more efficiently. This seminar qualifies for 1 New Jersey CEC.

Smartphone Apps for Irrigation Management (2015)

Learn about the latest tools for managing irrigation systems and their differences. You will also discover how to implement them to help you become a more effective water manager.

Solvent Welding PVC Pipe (2017)

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.

Starting With Efficiency (2011)

From the point of view of the water provider, this presentation discusses how high efficiency should be the starting point when designing or installing an irrigation system. This seminar qualifies for 1 New Jersey CEC/WC.

Sustainable Landscapes & Water-use Efficiency (2015)

Learn key principles of sustainable landscapes and their impact on reducing water use. Understand how landscape modifications and the use of technology provide new opportunities for irrigation professionals to become part of the solution to managing water resources.

Treating Alternative Water for Irrigation (2012)

Learn about various ways to treat alternative water so it can be used for irrigation systems. Considering the many codes in place dealing with alternative water today, this session is a must for irrigation professionals. This seminar qualifies for 1 New Jersey CEC/WC.

Using Drones to Improve Irrigation Management (coming soon) (2018)

Unmanned aerial vehicles (also known as drones) equipped with the right sensors can provide information about the condition of the landscape that is difficult to ascertain from the ground. Learn practical applications of using UAVs, including types of sensors, analyzing data and rules for save operation.

Using Water Budgets as a Management Tool (2013)

No matter the size of the landscape, knowing how much water is required and then measuring the water applied is an important step in being a professional irrigation manager. This seminar will look at strategies used to reduce water use and still maintain a viable landscape even during drought conditions. This seminar qualifies for 1 New Jersey CEC/WC.

Water Movement in Soils & its Implications for Landscape Drip Irrigation (2013)

As drip and microirrigation systems are used more and more for irrigating landscapes, it is necessary to understand how water moves in the soil so that the emitter or microsprays can be placed appropriately to apply water that will encourage good root development. This seminar qualifies for 1 New Jersey CEC/WC.

Water Quality of Alternate Water Sources (2016)

While water is wet, not all sources of water are fit for applying to plants. This seminar will look at water quality issues with various sources of alternate water sources and what needs to be considered to either treat the water or decide it can’t be used before applying it to the landscape. This is valuable knowledge when considering the use of on-site alternate water sources for the irrigation system.

Water Quality for Ornamental Plants/Landscaping (2013)

With the stress on potable water supplies, there has been increased attention on using alternate water supplies for landscape irrigation. While plants don’t need potable water, they do need water that is of sufficient quality to not cause harm or damage to the plant.  This seminar will consider the water quality requirements of plants in the managed landscape. This seminar qualifies for 1 New Jersey CEC/WC.

Watering Within the Lines: Water Use Restrictions vs. Water Budgets (2013)

Austin Water has accomplished significant water savings through watering day and time restrictions. The Alternative Irrigation Compliance Pilot Program was created to find out if setting limits on quantity could achieve similar or greater savings, while allowing customers greater flexibility with their watering schedules. This seminar qualifies for 1 New Jersey CEC/WC.

Weather-based Irrigation Controllers: Features That Maximize Performance (2018)

Weather-based controllers come with a variety of features that can enhance irrigation management and improve irrigation efficiency. This seminar will consider the features that maximize performance, compare a number of popular controllers and discuss how to achieve the maximum benefit.

Workforce Training (2017)

This two-part seminar focuses on how adults learn and how to deliver effective training. The first hour will explore how adults learn and ways to do effective in-house training. The second hour will share proven methods for delivering information based on learning concepts from the first hour.

Agriculture Irrigation Topics

Auditing Ag Drip/Microirrigation Systems (2011)

Auditing ag drip/microirrigation systems can be a complex process. One needs to measure how well the emissions devices are performing and the implications on irrigation scheduling and optimizing yield. Included in the discussion are problems found in microirrigation systems and their possible remedies.

Auditing Center Pivot Systems for Nozzle Performance (2013)

Are you sure you are getting an even application of water over your field?  This discussion will look at how to conduct an audit and to measure the performance of the nozzles. With this information, better decisions can be made about what repairs might be needed or how to better manage water resources knowing how the nozzles are applying the water.

Benefits of Pressure Compensation (2011)

Explore and compare the use of pressure and nonpressure compensating emission devices for agriculture drip irrigation systems. Both real-world and theoretical case studies are discussed in this session.

Calculating Precipitation Rates for Mechanized Ag Irrigation Systems (2013)

Do you know how much water your irrigation system is applying? If not, then you need this seminar to learn how to calculate the rate at which water is being applied, which is essential in creating proper irrigation schedules. Effective water management can reduce water and energy use without significant impacts on yield.

Irrigating With Variable Rate Irrigation (2013)

This seminar is more than just talking about what VRI is and about how to use it as a water management strategy. The seminar will look at various applications and discuss how to maximize irrigation efficiency.

Irrigation for Vegetable Crops (2013)

Best practices for irrigating high value horticultural crops and managing water resources during drought will help the producer make better decisions for the best yield. Additionally in today’s market, irrigation and food safety are of concern.

Maintenance of Microirrigation Systems (2013)

The overall efficiency of microirrigation systems can be compromised if they are not maintained regularly. This seminar will touch on the items that need to be checked routinely to keep a system working optimally.

Recent Advances in Remote Sensing for Mechanized Irrigation Management (2013)

Technology continues to play an important part in improved irrigation management. This seminar will explore how to monitor center pivot or lateral move machines remotely with the use of sensors.

Solutions for Maximizing Irrigated Areas Using Moving Sprinkler Systems (2012)

With all the benefits of mechanized irrigation, one of the challenges has been irrigating 95 percent or more of a particular field. This seminar explores various economical solutions to maximize the irrigated area, increase the overall yield and simplify management considerations.

Water Movement in Soils (2013)

This seminar will cover important aspects of the soil-water relationship and why understanding this will help improve decisions about irrigation. Reviewing the concepts and principles will help the irrigation manager increase irrigation efficiency.