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VIRTUAL SUMMER Tech 2020

September 14 - 17, 2020

All sessions will be held via Zoom Webinar. 
Log-In Information will be sent to registered attendees the day prior to each session.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE DATE:  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020

SUMMER TECH COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2020

Alternative Water Sources for Landscape Irrigation

  • Monday, September 14, 2020
  • 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Instructor: John Raffiani
  • 2 CECs - Water Conservation
  • IANJ Members = $50/Non-Members = $100

Description (click to read more)

Description:  This is a class that will demonstrate various methods to conserve water by using other sources. It will spark ideas and new business offerings all with the ultimate goal-finding and using water not from a public supply. This reduces wear and tear on the entire infrastructure-piping, pumps and electrical supplies-and saves money!

About the Instructor: John Raffiani has been installing and servicing irrigation systems since 1966-over 16,800 to date. He has completed projects ranging from small residential systems to up to 100 acre sites including homes, shopping centers, corporate office parks, athletic fields, and condominiums in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, and California. He is a Licensed Irrigation Contractor in NJ, an IA Certified Irrigation Contractor (CIC), an IA Certified Technician (CIT), a Certified Backflow Tester, a Rutgers Certified Fertilizer Applicator and is a member of IANJ, IA, NJLCA, NJTA and NEWWA. He also teaches at the National IA Irrigation Show & Education Conference.

Field Hydraulics Troubleshooting
  • Monday, September 14, 2020
  • 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Instructor: Craig Borland
  • 2 CECs - Water Conservation
  • IANJ Members = $50/Non-Members = $100

Description (click to read more)

Description: This class will cover how to: understand basic hydraulics, learn the rules of 3 in determining system capacity, evaluate current system hydraulics, and system troubleshooting (least amount of digging)

About the Instructor: Craig Borland has worked for Toro Irrigation/Irritrol for the past 26 years. During that time he has managed the Controller Repair Department and the Service Center Repair program, and also held positions as Warranty Administrator, Inside Sales rep, and is currently working as Field Service Manager in the Irrigation Division. Craig provides technical support for the Engineering, Legal, Technical Support and Marketing departments, and the Micro division, among many others. He holds a B.S. in Fruit Science with a Minor in Ornamental Horticulture from Cal Poly–San Luis Obispo. He has taught classes for the Irrigation Association for the past 18 years, and also serves on the IA Education Foundation Committee as a Subject Matter Expert.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2020

Irrigation VS. Sprinkler Systems, Two Different Things

  • Tuesday, September 15, 2020
  • 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Instructor: Chris Keating
  • 1.5 CECs - Water Conservation
  • IANJ Members = $40/Non-Members = $80

Description (click to read more)

Description: This class will illustrate how our industry places more value on the hardware and little value on why we construct the systems. It will show how to identify the seasonal water needs of the landscape and then approach the design and construction of the system that will meet those demands. We will demonstrate Et, and soil’s infiltration rates as well as how gravity affect water’s movement in soil. This will all tie together by considering the most efficient way to design and construct a sprinkler system so that it can properly deliver irrigation.

About the Instructor: Chris Keating began his 46 year career as a contractor in New Jersey in 1974 installing hydraulic sprinkler systems. His time in the industry has been spent contracting, working in various distributorships in NJ and VA as a salesperson or executive manager. He’s worked for Toro for the past 13 years in sales. During his career, he’s served on the IA board of directors, as chair of the Irrigation Foundation, as president of the Irrigation Association of New Jersey, and currently as treasurer of the Carolinas Irrigation Association. Chris has presented technical and business classes to thousands of contractor and distributor attendees. His training is based in common sense and is informed by his years as a contractor. He’s “walked the walk”. Chris currently lives in Richmond, VA. He has spent time in NJ, FL, TX, MO, MD, and VA.

Basic Irrigation Design – Part 1

  • Tuesday, September 15, 2020
  • 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Instructor: Jim Laiche
  • 1.5 CECs - Water Conservation (for each day - 3 CECs WC total if both days are completed)
  • IANJ Members = $75/Non-Members = $150 (for the full 3 hours)
  • NOTE:  THIS IS A 2 DAY CLASS – PART 2 WILL BE HELD THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 at 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Separate Registration is required for Part 2.

Description (click to read more)

Description:  Basic Irrigation Design - covers hydraulics, product applications, sprinkler head layout, pipe routing and sizing, and friction loss calculations. 

About the Instructor: Jim Laiche received his BS in Horticulture and Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University. He has worked professionally as a landscape architect and design-build contractor prior to working with The Toro Company. Jim has been a Regional Sales Manager, Golf Sales Manager and is now the Water Conservation Business Manager with emphasis on central control equipment. Jim has taught hundreds of irrigation workshops at various national universities including LSU, UGA, Mississippi State University, University of Arkansas, NC State, Penn State, UVA and Virginia Tech. He has worked with many large institutions on reducing their irrigation water use, including Disney, University of Notre Dame, Central Park, General Mills, Yum Brands the US Capitol, Marriott and Darden Restaurants. He has obtained his landscape architect license, certified designer with the Irrigation Association, and Texas irrigator license. Jim was recently recognized by the American Society of Irrigation Consultants with the Roy Williams Memorial Award for contributions to the irrigation industry.

Troubleshooting Large 2-Wire Systems

  • Tuesday, September 15, 2020
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Instructor: Mike Hartley
  • 1.5 CECs
  • IANJ Members = $40/Non-Members = $80


Description (click to read more)

Description: This unique, informative, and fun class will be a fresh look at 2-wire in a way you have not looked at it before. We will take the mystery out of two wire by going through the components, understanding the issues, and explaining the tools and how to use them. The course is applicable for any manufacturer’s two wire products. Bring an open mind and bring your questions. This is meant to be interactive, so be prepared to join in on the conversation.

Instructor: In 1986, after earning a degree in Architectural drafting, Mike went to work for Philadelphia Turf as a golf irrigation system designer.  Three years later Mike moved to Golf Irrigation Sales for Eastern PA and four years after that Mike moved to the position of Irrigation Manager.  The company changed to Turf Equipment and Supply in 2007 and the position title changed to Golf Irrigation Manager.  Mike was rewarded Toro’ highest honor of a Toro Master Salesman in 2019.  He was a Toro National Blazer award winner in 2002 and has SCPS and CSE sales certifications and has been a Certified Irrigation Designer since 1994 and a Certified Golf Course Auditor since 2011. 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2020

Defining Your Value Proposition, Discovering Your Path to Productive Solutions

  • Wednesday, September 16, 2020
  • 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Instructor: Chris Keating
  • 1.5 CECs
  • IANJ Members = $40/Non-Members = $80

Description (click to read more)

Description:  This class will help each individual contractor determine what is unique about their company and employees. It will help them understand that much of what we do is driven by habit and not actual planning. I will help them understand how to position their company in their market for maximum opportunity. The class also covers how to be an effective leader which is essential to creating a culture of success.

About the Instructor: Chris Keating began his 46 year career as a contractor in New Jersey in 1974 installing hydraulic sprinkler systems. His time in the industry has been spent contracting, working in various distributorships in NJ and VA as a salesperson or executive manager. He’s worked for Toro for the past 13 years in sales. During his career, he’s served on the IA board of directors, as chair of the Irrigation Foundation, as president of the Irrigation Association of New Jersey, and currently as treasurer of the Carolinas Irrigation Association. Chris has presented technical and business classes to thousands of contractor and distributor attendees. His training is based in common sense and is informed by his years as a contractor. He’s “walked the walk”. Chris currently lives in Richmond, VA. He has spent time in NJ, FL, TX, MO, MD, and VA.

Basic Troubleshooting Controller-Field Wiring

  • Wednesday, September 16, 2020
  • 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Instructor: Craig Borland
  • 2 CECs
  • IANJ Members = $50/Non-Members = $100

Description (click to read more)

Description:  In this class, you will learn: basic system review, controller troubleshooting, volt meter usage, field wire failures and wire connections

About the Instructor: Craig Borland has worked for Toro Irrigation/Irritrol for the past 26 years. During that time he has managed the Controller Repair Department and the Service Center Repair program, and also held positions as Warranty Administrator, Inside Sales rep, and is currently working as Field Service Manager in the Irrigation Division. Craig provides technical support for the Engineering, Legal, Technical Support and Marketing departments, and the Micro division, among many others. He holds a B.S. in Fruit Science with a Minor in Ornamental Horticulture from Cal Poly–San Luis Obispo. He has taught classes for the Irrigation Association for the past 18 years, and also serves on the IA Education Foundation Committee as a Subject Matter Expert.

Water, Water Everywhere - Let's Drain the Lot of It!

  • Wednesday, September 16, 2020
  • 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Instructor: John Raffiani
  • 1.5 CECs 
  • IANJ Members = $40/Non-Members = $80

Description (click to read more)

Description: This course demonstrates various site drainage solutions from municipal to residential. Many issues can be resolved with simple solutions and the business opportunity here is a bonus. You already dig and install piping-take it to the next level and solve other problems for your existing and new clients.

About the Instructor: John Raffiani has been installing and servicing irrigation systems since 1966-over 16,800 to date. He has completed projects ranging from small residential systems to up to 100 acre sites including homes, shopping centers, corporate office parks, athletic fields, and condominiums in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, and California. He is a Licensed Irrigation Contractor in NJ, an IA Certified Irrigation Contractor (CIC), an IA Certified Technician (CIT), a Certified Backflow Tester, a Rutgers Certified Fertilizer Applicator and is a member of IANJ, IA, NJLCA, NJTA and NEWWA. He also teaches at the National IA Irrigation Show & Education Conference.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2020

Basic Irrigation Design – Part 2

  • Thursday, September 17, 2020
  • 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Instructor: Jim Laiche
  • 1.5 CECs Water Conservation (for each day - 3 CECs WC total if both days are completed)
  • IANJ Members = $75/Non-Members = $150 (for the full 3 hours)
  • NOTE:  THIS IS A CONTINUATION OF THE PART 1 CLASS OFFERED ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 

Description (click to read more)

Description:   Basic Irrigation Design - covers hydraulics, product applications, sprinkler head layout, pipe routing and sizing, and friction loss calculations.

About the Instructor: Jim Laiche received his BS in Horticulture and Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University. He has worked professionally as a landscape architect and design-build contractor prior to working with The Toro Company. Jim has been a Regional Sales Manager, Golf Sales Manager and is now the Water Conservation Business Manager with emphasis on central control equipment. Jim has taught hundreds of irrigation workshops at various national universities including LSU, UGA, Mississippi State University, University of Arkansas, NC State, Penn State, UVA and Virginia Tech. He has worked with many large institutions on reducing their irrigation water use, including Disney, University of Notre Dame, Central Park, General Mills, Yum Brands the US Capitol, Marriott and Darden Restaurants. He has obtained his landscape architect license, certified designer with the Irrigation Association, and Texas irrigator license. Jim was recently recognized by the American Society of Irrigation Consultants with the Roy Williams Memorial Award for contributions to the irrigation industry.

HDPE Fusion For Large Irrigation Systems

  • Thursday, September 17, 2020
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Instructor: Mike Hartley
  • 1.5 CECs
  • IANJ Members = $40/Non-Members = $80

Description (click to read more)

Description:   This interactive class will include an overview of the different fusion techniques as well as a practical discussion on which fusion type is better suited for various installation challenges. We are expecting this to be an interactive class, so bring an open mind and be prepared to ask your questions. Butt fusion, electrofusion, sidewall fusion and socket fusion will be presented and discussed.

About the Instructor: In 1986, after earning a degree in Architectural drafting, Mike went to work for Philadelphia Turf as a golf irrigation system designer. Three years later Mike moved to Golf Irrigation Sales for Eastern PA and four years after that Mike moved to the position of Irrigation Manager. The company changed to Turf Equipment and Supply in 2007 and the position title changed to Golf Irrigation Manager. Mike was rewarded Toro’ highest honor of a Toro Master Salesman in 2019. He was a Toro National Blazer award winner in 2002 and has SCPS and CSE sales certifications and has been a Certified Irrigation Designer since 1994 and a Certified Golf Course Auditor since 2011.

Two-Wire Troubleshooting

  • Thursday, September 17, 2020
  • 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Instructor: Craig Borland
  • 2 CECs
  • IANJ Members = $50/Non-Members = $100

Description (click to read more)

Description:   This class will cover how to: understand two-wire systems, compare two-wire systems to conventional basic troubleshooting principals directed to two-wire, and wire connections

About the Instructor: Craig Borland has worked for Toro Irrigation/Irritrol for the past 26 years. During that time he has managed the Controller Repair Department and the Service Center Repair program, and also held positions as Warranty Administrator, Inside Sales rep, and is currently working as Field Service Manager in the Irrigation Division. Craig provides technical support for the Engineering, Legal, Technical Support and Marketing departments, and the Micro division, among many others. He holds a B.S. in Fruit Science with a Minor in Ornamental Horticulture from Cal Poly–San Luis Obispo. He has taught classes for the Irrigation Association for the past 18 years, and also serves on the IA Education Foundation Committee as a Subject Matter Expert.

MEET THE SPEAKERS

CRAIG BORLAND (Click to read about Craig)

Craig Borland has worked for Toro Irrigation/Irritrol for the past 26 years. During that time he has managed the Controller Repair Department and the Service Center Repair program, and also held positions as Warranty Administrator, Inside Sales rep, and is currently working as Field Service Manager in the Irrigation Division. Craig provides technical support for the Engineering, Legal, Technical Support and Marketing departments, and the Micro division, among many others. He holds a B.S. in Fruit Science with a Minor in Ornamental Horticulture from Cal Poly–San Luis Obispo. He has taught classes for the Irrigation Association for the past 18 years, and also serves on the IA Education Foundation Committee as a Subject Matter Expert.

MIKE HARTLEY (Click to read about Mike)

In 1986, after earning a degree in Architectural drafting, Mike went to work for Philadelphia Turf as a golf irrigation system designer. Three years later Mike moved to Golf Irrigation Sales for Eastern PA and four years after that Mike moved to the position of Irrigation Manager. The company changed to Turf Equipment and Supply in 2007 and the position title changed to Golf Irrigation Manager. Mike was rewarded Toro’ highest honor of a Toro Master Salesman in 2019. He was a Toro National Blazer award winner in 2002 and has SCPS and CSE sales certifications and has been a Certified Irrigation Designer since 1994 and a Certified Golf Course Auditor since 2011.

Chris Keating (Click to read about Chris)

Chris Keating began his 46 year career as a contractor in New Jersey in 1974 installing hydraulic sprinkler systems. His time in the industry has been spent contracting, working in various distributorships in NJ and VA as a salesperson or executive manager. He’s worked for Toro for the past 13 years in sales. During his career, he’s served on the IA board of directors, as chair of the Irrigation Foundation, as president of the Irrigation Association of New Jersey, and currently as treasurer of the Carolinas Irrigation Association. Chris has presented technical and business classes to thousands of contractor and distributor attendees. His training is based in common sense and is informed by his years as a contractor. He’s “walked the walk”. Chris currently lives in Richmond, VA. He has spent time in NJ, FL, TX, MO, MD, and VA.


Jim Laiche (Click to read about Jim)

Jim Laiche received his BS in Horticulture and Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University. He has worked professionally as a landscape architect and design-build contractor prior to working with The Toro Company. Jim has been a Regional Sales Manager, Golf Sales Manager and is now the Water Conservation Business Manager with emphasis on central control equipment. Jim has taught hundreds of irrigation workshops at various national universities including LSU, UGA, Mississippi State University, University of Arkansas, NC State, Penn State, UVA and Virginia Tech. He has worked with many large institutions on reducing their irrigation water use, including Disney, University of Notre Dame, Central Park, General Mills, Yum Brands the US Capitol, Marriott and Darden Restaurants. He has obtained his landscape architect license, certified designer with the Irrigation Association, and Texas irrigator license. Jim was recently recognized by the American Society of Irrigation Consultants with the Roy Williams Memorial Award for contributions to the irrigation industry.

JOHN RAFFIANI (Click to read about John)

John Raffiani has been installing and servicing irrigation systems since 1966-over 16,800 to date. He has completed projects ranging from small residential systems to up to 100 acre sites including homes, shopping centers, corporate office parks, athletic fields, and condominiums in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, and California. He is a Licensed Irrigation Contractor in NJ, an IA Certified Irrigation Contractor (CIC), an IA Certified Technician (CIT), a Certified Backflow Tester, a Rutgers Certified Fertilizer Applicator and is a member of IANJ, IA, NJLCA, NJTA and NEWWA. He also teaches at the National IA Irrigation Show & Education Conference.

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