We'll be at the Irrigation Association (IA) show in Las Vegas this Wednesday and Thursday (December 7 and 8). Stop by and check out our booth!
We'll also be teaching some classes about the benefits of CAD-based irrigation design. IA has approved these classes for Continuing Education (CE) credits, meaning they count toward the educational units required to maintain your license.
Wednesday, Dec 7:
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Land F/X – "How CAD Has Changed Traditional Irrigation Design"
It's no secret that CAD drafting differs greatly from hand drafting. We will discuss the major developments that CAD has added to the design process. For example, designers now have access to add-ons for CAD that never would have been available with hand drafting. What other benefits and opportunities does AutoCAD offer? What improvements can the addition of a tool designed specifically to handle irrigation design bring to your CAD drafting process?
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.: Nelson Irrigation – "CAD Design of Ag Sprinkler and Drip Irrigation Systems"
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Land F/X – "Real-World Cases: Working Through the Life of a Project"
Join us as we go through real-world examples of projects completed both with and without the use of CAD. This open discussion will allow us to see the effects and importance that site revisions, contractor changes, new employees, equipment changes, and change orders can have in the design and drawing process.
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Land F/X – "Using Legible Symbols for Irrigation Design in CAD"
In this session, we'll discuss the importance of a legible plan. What elements should an irrigation design include? What practices make the most sense when it comes to the detail that will be included in the plan? How do you make the plan readable, and where should the detail to convey the design go? Symbols have a major role in this process; how does CAD influence your symbols (pros and cons)? How do you deal with pre-assigned data to all manufacturer equipment? What can CAD provide to simplify this entire process while still allowing you to be quick and efficient?
Thursday, Dec 8:
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Land F/X – "Start-to-Finish Irrigation Design in CAD"
*A limited number of lunches will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis.
This course will take you from the concept through the scheduling phases of a project. We will go into the benefits of having access to live manufacturer equipment data and show you how to read this data. We'll also help you develop an understanding of what equipment is available to you and what to think about when choosing the specific equipment for your design. Accuracy is essential, so we'll go over some layout processes that will help you proceed quickly through head layout and piping. We'll also show you how to read the data that is being fed into your design. Finally, we'll provide an overview of the tools available to you for sizing pipes and running schedules.
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Nelson Irrigation – "CAD Design of Ag Sprinkler and Drip Irrigation Systems"