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VIRTUAL WINTER Tech 2023

January 16-19, 2023

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:  FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2023

WINTER TECH COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2023

Irrigation Systems Electrical Analysis

  • Monday, January 16, 2023
  • 10:00 a.m  – 1:00 p.m.
  • Instructor: Craig Borland
  • 3.0 CECs (General)
  • IANJ Members = $75/Non-Members = $150

Description (click to read more)

Description:  This course will cover controller troubleshooting, field wiring diagnosis and voltmeter usage in relation to irrigation electrical systems.

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.

The Law of Unintended Consequence
  • Monday, January 16, 2023
  • 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Instructor: Chris Keating
  • 2.0 CECs (Water Conservation)
  • IANJ Members = $50/Non-Members = $100

Description (click to read more)

Description: Sometimes, doing the right thing can lead to unintended outcome. When we properly use the Cycle/Soak controller functions when scheduling, we repeatedly operate zones multiple times each day. If we don’t use check valves, this can create numerous fill/drain/refill cycles in lateral piping. This class calculates the water wasted, looks at potential savings, and discusses system dynamics not thought about when using these features. It also discusses different types of check valves for sprinklers.

About the Instructor: Chris Keating began his 47+ 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 14 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 is the current chair of the IA’s new Professional Mentoring Program. 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 of varied experience. He’s “walked the walk”. Chris currently lives in Richmond, VA. He has spent time in NJ, FL, TX, MO, MD, and VA.

Plant, Soil and Turf Type and the Implications for Irrigation Contracting

  • Monday, January 16, 2023
  • 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Instructor: John Raffiani
  • 2 CECs (Water Conservation)
  • IANJ Members = $50/Non-Members = $100

Description (click to read more)

Description: The objective of this course is to provide you with the knowledge and terminology to determine a beneficial watering schedule based on multiple factors relating to plant materials and soil strata. Learn to suggest (and implement where feasible) water saving ideas for your client’s landscape.

About the Instructor:  John Raffiani been installing and servicing irrigation systems since 1966-more than 16,900 to date. He has completed projects from small residential systems up to 100-acre sites (in phases)-Homes, Shopping Centers, Corporate Office Parks, Athletic Fields and Condominiums in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona and California. Additionally, he has installed large scale landscape and drainage projects for the HOA market.

He is a Licensed Irrigation Contractor in NJ, an IA Certified Irrigation Contractor, an IA Certified Irrigation Technician, a Certified Back Flow tester, an NDS Certified Drainage Contractor, a Rutgers Certified Fertilizer Applicator and an IA Authorized Regional Instructor. He has written and taught many Continuing Education Credit courses and Webinars for the National IA, the NJ Irrigation Association, the NJLCA, the MNLA and the CICA. He is an active member of the IANJ, IA, NJLCA, NJTA and NEWWA.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2023

Managing Site Water Use in 3 Steps

  • Tuesday, January 17, 2023
  • 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Instructor: Ted Moriarty
  • 2.0 CECs (Water Conservation)
  • IANJ Members = $50/Non-Members = $100

Description (click to read more)

Description:  This class offers a concise, practical approach to managing the amount of water used on any landscape. Using the steps—predicting water usage and measuring actual usage, troubleshooting for water waste and monitoring and maintaining system performance provides the student with an understanding of how to implement a practical and effective site water use plan.

About the Instructor:  Ted Moriarty is beginning his 35th year in the irrigation industry. He has worked as a branch manager, sales manager and area manager in distribution. He has worked sales representative for two major international irrigation equipment manufacturers. Ted now owns and operates Smart Watering Company, a Boston MA based irrigation consulting business specializing in water management issues, industry training and servicing and retrofitting residential and commercial irrigation systems. He holds IA Certifications in Design (commercial), Contractor, and Landscape Irrigation Auditor. Ted has been training industry professionals for nearly all of his years in the industry. In 1998, he became an Irrigation Association instructor, and has developed and updated several IA classes. In addition to this, he has developed curriculum for and provides training for the licensing requirements in North Carolina, New Jersey and Connecticut. Ted also provides training for water purveyors and government agencies.

Green Codes and Water Restriction Updates

  • Tuesday, January 17, 2023
  • 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Instructor: Ted Moriarty
  • 2.0 CECs (NJ Codes & Laws)
  • IANJ Members = $50/Non-Members = $100

Description (click to read more)

Description: Green codes are here to stay—landscape design requirements, days of the week water restrictions and labelled product purchasing mandates, to name a few. This class will provide the student with the latest in green code developments and how the implementation of these codes will impact the green industry. A special focus will be the International Green Construction Code, EPA WaterSense and IAMPO’s Green Plumbing Code. Strategies to comply and actually profit from what appears to be a restrictive environment will be discussed.

Instructor: Ted Moriarty is beginning his 35th year in the irrigation industry. He has worked as a branch manager, sales manager and area manager in distribution. He has worked sales representative for two major international irrigation equipment manufacturers. Ted now owns and operates Smart Watering Company, a Boston MA based irrigation consulting business specializing in water management issues, industry training and servicing and retrofitting residential and commercial irrigation systems. He holds IA Certifications in Design (commercial), Contractor, and Landscape Irrigation Auditor. Ted has been training industry professionals for nearly all of his years in the industry. In 1998, he became an Irrigation Association instructor, and has developed and updated several IA classes. In addition to this, he has developed curriculum for and provides training for the licensing requirements in North Carolina, New Jersey and Connecticut. Ted also provides training for water purveyors and government agencies.

Using Variable Frequency Drives for Pumps

  • Tuesday, January 17, 2023
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Instructor: Jim Gurzler
  • 1.0 CEC (General)
  • IANJ Members = $25/Non-Members = $50

Description (click to read more)

Description:  Once thought to be only for the largest irrigation pump stations, variable frequency drives (VFDs) have many advantages over conventional pump controls. They can even be used to control other components. But VFDs can be difficult to understand their benefits for an irrigation system or how to select them. This 1-hour course shows the benefits and how to choose them as well as the different applications beyond controlling just pumps.

Instructor:  Jim Gurzler of Reasonable Outdoors LLC has over 25 years of experience with irrigation, including golf course, commercial and residential applications, along with extensive pump experience and has served on the GCSANJ education committee and on the Pocono Turfgrass Board as Editor.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2023

Hydraulic Fundamentals for Irrigation Professionals

  • Wednesday, January 18, 2023
  • 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Instructor: Ted Moriarty
  • 2.0 CECs (Water Conservation)
  • IANJ Members = $50/Non-Members = $100

Description (click to read more)

Description:  Hydraulic Fundamentals for Irrigation Professionals—This class provides the student with a solid background in the fundamental principles of irrigation design. This information will never be out-dated, and whether the class serves as a solid introduction to those new to the industry or as a great refresher class for more experienced people, it’s a class that will provide good information to help solving field problems and/or design challenges.

About the Instructor: Ted Moriarty is beginning his 35th year in the irrigation industry. He has worked as a branch manager, sales manager and area manager in distribution. He has worked sales representative for two major international irrigation equipment manufacturers. Ted now owns and operates Smart Watering Company, a Boston MA based irrigation consulting business specializing in water management issues, industry training and servicing and retrofitting residential and commercial irrigation systems. He holds IA Certifications in Design (commercial), Contractor, and Landscape Irrigation Auditor. Ted has been training industry professionals for nearly all of his years in the industry. In 1998, he became an Irrigation Association instructor, and has developed and updated several IA classes. In addition to this, he has developed curriculum for and provides training for the licensing requirements in North Carolina, New Jersey and Connecticut. Ted also provides training for water purveyors and government agencies.

Drip Scheduling and New Tech

  • Wednesday, January 18, 2023
  • 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Instructor: Ted Moriarty
  • 2.0 CECs (Water Conservation)
  • IANJ Members = $50/Non-Members = $100

Description (click to read more)

Description:  Drip irrigation is becoming more of a solution to address many of the water conservation issues our industry is being asked or required to address. Scheduling drip irrigation requires somewhat of a different approach than does overhead watering and programming efficiency is the desired outcome. Drip has been used in landscape applications for at least 3 decades, and much has been learned to better approach this extremely water conservative irrigation method. However, using drip irrigation doesn’t ensure that water will not be wasted. New techniques and new technologies are making a difference and will be discussed in this class.

About the Instructor: Ted Moriarty is beginning his 35th year in the irrigation industry. He has worked as a branch manager, sales manager and area manager in distribution. He has worked sales representative for two major international irrigation equipment manufacturers. Ted now owns and operates Smart Watering Company, a Boston MA based irrigation consulting business specializing in water management issues, industry training and servicing and retrofitting residential and commercial irrigation systems. He holds IA Certifications in Design (commercial), Contractor, and Landscape Irrigation Auditor. Ted has been training industry professionals for nearly all of his years in the industry. In 1998, he became an Irrigation Association instructor, and has developed and updated several IA classes. In addition to this, he has developed curriculum for and provides training for the licensing requirements in North Carolina, New Jersey and Connecticut. Ted also provides training for water purveyors and government agencies.

NJ Codes & Laws As They Relate To Irrigation Contracting

  • Wednesday, January 18, 2023
  • 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Instructor: John Raffiani
  • 2.0 CECs (NJ Codes & Laws)
  • IANJ Members = $50/Non-Members = $100

Description (click to read more)

Description:  An in-depth review of the key points in our Licensing Act, Building Codes, Permits, Consumer Affairs Contract Requirements (yes-they apply to you!), Utility Mark outs and Back Flow testing.

About the Instructor: John Raffiani been installing and servicing irrigation systems since 1966-more than 16,900 to date. He has completed projects from small residential systems up to 100-acre sites (in phases)-Homes, Shopping Centers, Corporate Office Parks, Athletic Fields and Condominiums in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona and California. Additionally, he has installed large scale landscape and drainage projects for the HOA market.

He is a Licensed Irrigation Contractor in NJ, an IA Certified Irrigation Contractor, an IA Certified Irrigation Technician, a Certified Back Flow tester, an NDS Certified Drainage Contractor, a Rutgers Certified Fertilizer Applicator and an IA Authorized Regional Instructor. He has written and taught many Continuing Education Credit courses and Webinars for the National IA, the NJ Irrigation Association, the NJLCA, the MNLA and the CICA. He is an active member of the IANJ, IA, NJLCA, NJTA and NEWWA.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2023

Two-Wire Troubleshooting

  • Thursday, January 19, 2023
  • 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Instructor: Craig Borland
  • 3.0 CECs (General)
  • IANJ Members = $75/Non-Members = $150

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.

Dripline Installation-Design Considerations and Methods for Various Situations

  • Thursday, January 19, 2023
  • 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Instructor: John Raffiani
  • 4.0 CECs (Water Conservation)
  • IANJ Members = $100/Non-Members = $200

Description (click to read more)

Description:   A great course for anyone from beginner to advanced. Many updated designs, techniques, uses and a brand new concept that combines the pressure regulation of spray heads with dripline applications by utilizing Control Kits to offset the high cost of pressure regulating mist heads. Additional topics include water movement in soils, calculating water requirements and proper scheduling to round out an information-packed course.

About the Instructor:  John Raffiani been installing and servicing irrigation systems since 1966-more than 16,900 to date. He has completed projects from small residential systems up to 100-acre sites (in phases)-Homes, Shopping Centers, Corporate Office Parks, Athletic Fields and Condominiums in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona and California. Additionally, he has installed large scale landscape and drainage projects for the HOA market.

He is a Licensed Irrigation Contractor in NJ, an IA Certified Irrigation Contractor, an IA Certified Irrigation Technician, a Certified Back Flow tester, an NDS Certified Drainage Contractor, a Rutgers Certified Fertilizer Applicator and an IA Authorized Regional Instructor. He has written and taught many Continuing Education Credit courses and Webinars for the National IA, the NJ Irrigation Association, the NJLCA, the MNLA and the CICA. He is an active member of the IANJ, IA, NJLCA, NJTA and NEWWA.

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.

JIM GURZLER (Click to read about Jim)

Jim Gurzler of Reasonable Outdoors LLC has over 25 years of experience with irrigation, including golf course, commercial and residential applications, along with extensive pump experience and has served on the GCSANJ education committee and on the Pocono Turfgrass Board as Editor.

CHRIS KEATING (Click to read about Chris)

Chris Keating began his 47+ 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 14 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 is the current chair of the IA’s new Professional Mentoring Program. 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 of varied experience. He’s “walked the walk”. Chris currently lives in Richmond, VA. He has spent time in NJ, FL, TX, MO, MD, and VA.

TED MORIARTY (Click to read about Ted)

Ted Moriarty is beginning his 35th year in the irrigation industry. He has worked as a branch manager, sales manager and area manager in distribution. He has worked sales representative for two major international irrigation equipment manufacturers. Ted now owns and operates Smart Watering Company, a Boston MA based irrigation consulting business specializing in water management issues, industry training and servicing and retrofitting residential and commercial irrigation systems. He holds IA Certifications in Design (commercial), Contractor, and Landscape Irrigation Auditor. Ted has been training industry professionals for nearly all of his years in the industry. In 1998, he became an Irrigation Association instructor, and has developed and updated several IA classes. In addition to this, he has developed curriculum for and provides training for the licensing requirements in North Carolina, New Jersey and Connecticut. Ted also provides training for water purveyors and government agencies.

JOHN RAFFIANI (Click to read about John)

John Raffiani been installing and servicing irrigation systems since 1966-more than 16,900 to date. He has completed projects from small residential systems up to 100-acre sites (in phases)-Homes, Shopping Centers, Corporate Office Parks, Athletic Fields and Condominiums in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona and California. Additionally, he has installed large scale landscape and drainage projects for the HOA market.

He is a Licensed Irrigation Contractor in NJ, an IA Certified Irrigation Contractor, an IA Certified Irrigation Technician, a Certified Back Flow tester, an NDS Certified Drainage Contractor, a Rutgers Certified Fertilizer Applicator and an IA Authorized Regional Instructor. He has written and taught many Continuing Education Credit courses and Webinars for the National IA, the NJ Irrigation Association, the NJLCA, the MNLA and the CICA. He is an active member of the IANJ, IA, NJLCA, NJTA and NEWWA.

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