Reduce Water Stress

Golf course managers can use our platform to quickly spot and remediate golf course health issues such as water stress. It can quickly identify turf health problems and provide golf course superintendents with the most efficient watering strategy to keep golfers happy. While golf courses are typically equipped with automatic irrigation, our computer vision-enabled drones can help golf courses reduce their total water consumption by taking into account weather conditions, season, and topography.

Better use of Golf course irrigation systems

These can be optimized with our help to reduce water consumption while maintaining turf health, appearance, and playability. 

A lot of the information from drone flights can be used to modify irrigation scheduling so as to improve moisture consistency, decrease water use and to improve the playing conditions.

Aerial imagery to improve golf course irrigation manament

It is vital to examine the information produced by the drone also at ground level in order to maximise the use of the imagery. As an example, collecting soil moisture data using a hand-held moisture meter in those areas where the drone camera may have identified potential turf-health problems. 

Through repeated use of the drone and collection of soil moisture data, users can start to more closely interpret the digital imagery. Simply put, they may be in a position to properly interpret the digital images to identify whether an area is wet, dry, unhealthy or stressed due to foot-traffic.  

These aerial images also provide insight into water distribution patterns, identifying specific areas where water applications can be reduced, maintaining healthy turf, aesthetics and improving playability.

By obtaining the right data, problem areas and treatment progress can easily be tracked. Areas of stress can be spotted with ease and opportunities to reduce water consumption can be pursued.

Become a water conservation champion

Through our help, you will be able to create a water conservation strategy that identifies specific areas where water applications can be reduced or reallocated. You will also be able to measure progress towards your water conservation plan and implement further improvements to continue optimising water applications. Our water conservation strategies foster healthy turfgrass management while maximising water use efficiency.

Obsolete irrigation systems and how we can help

It is common to find installations with obsolete designs in irrigation systems, since many factors such as materials and even play have changed over time, especially in the last ten years. For this reason, the requirements for irrigation systems have also changed.

Moreover, there are many poorly designed facilities, with inadequate maintenance, poor hydro-energy management and ( often) a shortage of specialist irrigation knowledge.

it is common to find field irrigation designs lacking defined irrigation lines, and irregular triangulations that are not adapted to the terrain model, which leads to many areas with deficits and the need for supplementary watering with hosepipes. Due to these characteristics of the irrigation system, in the driest months, the field is not uniform, with big patches of dryness in some areas and excessive humidity in others.

For this reason, it would be necessary to:

– Redesign and resize the installations (piping, pumping, sprinkler coverage, etc.).

– Optimising the sprinkler positioning to achieve maximum uniformity and consumption optimisation.

– Exclusive irrigation in the most commonly used playing areas: tees, fairways, greens and course surroundings.

– Drainage systems: where the water is gathered from the water accumulation points and stored in tanks.

– Reservoirs: these reserve the water from the course and allow the water from the drainage systems to be reused.

Novel technologies – Drones and sensors

Using the latest technologies is of great importance for efficient water use and for improving the playability of the field (weather stations, measurements, computer systems, etc.). Water cost and efficiency savings are the main focus. Savings of 15-20% can be made by implementing these technologies, and even more if irrigation area is reduced.

Drones – a tool that quantifies turfgrass health with Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) imagery and produces 3D maps, are ideal for the design and development of more efficient irrigation systems and the identification of localised dry spots, flooding or the occurrence of disease.

Moisture and temperature sensors can measure soil moisture levels. They are an effective tool for saving irrigation water, something we can also help you with.