2. Systems Analysis
The irrigation system is the most important and expensive maintenance tool a modern golf course will ever purchase. It needs to be maintained at a very high level in order to produce the turfgrass conditions as demanded by today's golfer. The modern day Golf Course Manager/Superintendent has so many duties that they are not physically able to monitor and repair all of the irrigation system components as needed and must trust members of the staff to keep the system in optimum condition. The Irrigation Designer is staffed with irrigation industry professionals and we see many items that will make the irrigation system work better on every project. During this phase a report will be generated that describes the system in general terms such as condition and life cycle expectancy of the many irrigation components. The Irrigation Designer will furnish a source for the Client to purchase the 24 hour pressure recorder directly from. Client will to use nightly to gather pressure data while the irrigation system operates. It will be the Golf Course's responsibility to move this measuring device around the course and return the data results to the Irrigation Designer for analysis.
This pressure graph will record 24 hours of pressure data and is an EKG type of monitor showing the results indicating the amount of stress the irrigation system is subject to. The Irrigation Designer will also take a copy of the current central computer data to be reviewed and included in the final analysis report.
2b. Existing Plan Review
The irrigation system is one of the "hidden components" of a golf course, if the design and installation phases were performed correctly, the maintenance should be minimum. Unfortunately it is a line item component that is very expensive as to the proportion of the construction budget and subject to "Value Engineering" ideas that may affect the long term financial success of the project.
In the event a plan has been prepared by a firm whose primary interest is selling product the Irrigation Designer is available to provide a review service of the irrigation plan. A properly designed plan should include the following components:
• Typical sprinkler performance graph showing efficiencies of the proposed products