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Landscape Irrigation Design Process

Class Code 3200 - 8 hours

The key to the popularity of this course is its “practice what you learn” approach. Throughout the day, there are opportunities to perform practical exercises in residential design. Gain and reinforce the following concepts:

  • Hydraulics
  • Determining irrigation requirements
  • Sizing pipes/valves
  • Site location of controllers
  • Selecting sprinklers and spacing ranges
  • Proper layout of valves
  • Calculating system pressure requirements
  • Preparing a final irrigation plan.
    (Note: A Rain Bird product catalog is provided in class, but students may bring any manufacturer’s catalog they wish to use)

Course Objectives

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

  1. Obtain accurate site information
  2. Identify and lay out hydrozones
  3. Select and lay out components
  4. Use hydraulic principals to establish zones and pipe layouts
  5. Prepare a final irrigation plan


Working knowledge of basic irrigation system hydraulics

Course Outline

Unit 0 Introduction to Course
Unit 1  Hydraulic Review
Unit 2 The Design Process
  • Gather Site Information
  • Determine Water Supply
  • Measure Hydrozones
  • Select and Layout Emission Components
  • Total GPM per Hydrozone
  • Lateral Pipe Placement
  • Mainline Pipe Placement
  • Pipe Sizing
  • Electrical System
  • System Function Verification
  • Final Irrigation Plan