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SiteControl Operator

Class Code 1104 - 16 hours

This software training is designed to introduce and instruct the operator on the basic and advanced operation of the SiteControl Central Control system software. Emphasis is placed on three areas: 1) Database construction 2) Program writing 3) Daily operation and run time/flow log analysis of the irrigation cycle. This training also takes the user through the key points of the start-up process, effectively integrating Flo-Manager®, using databases for importing, establishing maps, troubleshooting, and incorporation of “smart” features into programs and schedules. This training is also designed for the Water Manager engaged in the business of irrigation system management and monitoring including discussions of soil, plant and water relationships and advanced ET based irrigation scheduling. Prerequisite: This course requires a working knowledge of Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer operating systems.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Setup and configure the SiteControl software database in the Front Office and Map Office.
  2. Create and edit Programs in the Front Office and Map Office.
  3. Demonstrate how to conduct a Dry Run simulation.
  4. Analyze and interpret runtime  and other data using the Monitor/Log and Site Data Views section of the software.
  5. Develop Programs using advanced ET Options.
  6. Demonstrate how to utilize the Freedom feature of the software.
  7. Create Smart Sensors and Flow Sensors for use in the software.
  8. Demonstrate the Smart Pump feature of the software.

Course Outline

The material is presented in a combination of instructional methods. There will be lectures, demonstrations, and student practice sessions. The overall objective of this class is to introduce and instruct the end-user on the basic and advanced operation of the SiteControl Central Control system software.  Emphasis is placed on three areas:  1) Database construction 2) Program writing 3) Daily operation and run time/flow log analysis of the irrigation cycle.  This training also takes the user through the key points of the start-up process, effectively integrating Flo-Manager®, using databases for importing, establishing maps, troubleshooting, and incorporation of “smart” features into programs and schedules.  This training is also designed for the Water Manager engaged in the business of irrigation system management and monitoring including discussions of soil, plant and water relationships and advanced ET based irrigation scheduling. 

Unit 1 Introduction to SiteControl Operator
Unit 2  System Architecture (PowerPoint Presentation)
Unit 3 Startup Procedure
Unit 4 Site Pre-Work
Unit 5 Database Construction (Station Detail)
Unit 6 Database Construction (Site Data Builder)
Unit 7 Irrigation Scheduling Methods (Program Detail – Front Office)
Unit 8 Irrigation Scheduling Methods (Program Builder – Map Office)
Unit 9 Programming Exercises (Front Office)
Unit 10 Programming Exercises (Map Office)
Unit 11 Irrigation Execution
Unit 12 Dry-Run Exercises
Unit 13  Monitor/Log and Site Data Views
Unit 14 FloManager
Unit 15 Database Backup and Restore Exercises
Unit 16 Advanced Programming (ET Options)
Unit 17 Advanced Operations
Unit 18 Freedom System 
Freedom Command Exercises
Unit 19 Weather Station – Smart Weather
Weather Station Exercises
Unit 20 Sensors
Unit 21 Smart Pump
Unit 22 Rain Bird Messenger
Unit 23 Review & Quiz

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