Featured Service: Sports Field Audits

Sports Field Auditing requires a scientific evaluation (i.e. agronomic assessment) of each sports field, along with analysis and reporting on each facility. Quality auditing of sports fields requires a team of highly qualified experts, with extensive industry experience and the capacity to deliver and analyse data specific to your individual fields.

Technigro has teamed with IVM Group (IVMG) to form an industry leading partnership in the field of auditing. Together Technigro and IVMG have delivered over 500 sports field audits for a number of local government authorities throughout the south-eastern Queensland region. Our field assessments provide accurate information in a manner that is easy to understand and which can be used to effectively plan for the future maintenance requirements of a facility. Benefits generated from audits include:

  • Providing detailed analysis on the current condition of sports field assets
  • Prioritised field improvement programs enable proactive management of assets
  • Asset Owner/Lessee have the information to determine which activities should be undertaken within the available time-frames and budgets.
  • Asset lifetime is extended rather than fields being under constant repair or rebuild
  • Asset playability and usability is dramatically improved
  • Reduction in capital expenditure to manage assets over time

A tailored approach is always taken with the audit program for each council tailored to specific requirements and data needs. The following attributes listed can be assessed as part your field audit programs:

  • Turf Composition (i.e. percentage cover of desirable turfgrasses, weeds and bare ground);
  • Soil Profile (i.e. strata and soil texture classes as determined from soil cores);
  • Thatch Depth (i.e. thickness of thatch above soil surface);
  • Root Depth (i.e. depth that turf roots have penetrated into the soil profile);
  • Soil Nutrient Analysis (i.e. concentration and saturation of nutrients from soil samples);
  • Surface Hardness (i.e. surface resistance to impacts);
  • Soil Compaction (i.e. penetration resistance at 100mm and 200mm depth in soil profile);
  • Soil Moisture Content (i.e. percentage volumetric water content);
  • Surface Levels (i.e. evenness of field); and
  • Water Infiltration Rate (i.e. rate at which the soil is able to absorb water).

Other elements can be added to the program if required, including:

  • Turf Colour (i.e. an indication of the appearance and health of the turf);
  • Surface Traction (i.e. stability of surface and ability to contact surface without skidding); and
  • Ball Bounce (i.e. rebound of ball after being dropped from a height).
  • Field size and field profile.

What really sets the service offering apart it the ratings system for each attribute, which provides a simple and easy to understand measure for the data obtained during the audit. This is considered to be particularly relevant if reports are to be supplied to entities, such as individual sporting clubs, which may not have experience dealing with the sorts of technical data generated by the agronomic assessments that are conducted.

A rating between 1 and 9 will be given for each attribute in each field, based on the results of the field sampling and then an overall rating can also be calculated for each field by multiplying each attribute by a weighting.

Individual reports are then compiled for each field, detailing the findings of the field assessments and providing practical management advice. In addition to this, a summary report will also be provided that gives an overview of the findings for all of the fields and includes a prioritised and costed field improvement program. However, the exact reporting approach and requirements can be tailored prior to initiation of the project.

For more information on how you can implement a Sports Field Audit program for the proactive management of your assets contact Justin Sands at justin.sands@technigro.com.au or on 0403 047 701.

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