Category Archives: Learning

Artificial Intelligence and Turf Management

OK, this isn’t something you normally see in the same sentence but I’m having a brief thinking session on the potential for using artificial intelligence – AI – (well, this depends upon its definition) to help aid manage turfgrass surfaces more effectively. Essentially this is developing the turf management model concept from earlier postings in March and April 2017. There are many variables within turf management and many of these are poorly understood, especially regards how one variable might interact with one or more other variables. However, this

Grass identification – made easier?

Grass identification by vegetative means isn’t the easiest of tasks to carry out, especially with some 170, or so, grasses that might be encountered within the British Isles. However, with the pervasiveness of mobile smart phones and the logical workings of computers (bits of 1 or 0; basically switches of On/Off or Yes/No) it seems quite reasonable to develop an easy to use web app to help in deciding which grass is being identified when out in the field. Alternatively we could develop a

Continuing to develop

Personal or career development are ongoing processes and can start from an early age. Learning doesn’t stop when one reaches a certain age or achieves a certain role within an organisation. With the rate of technological and social change the desire to maintain and update work skills and to develop personal skills is never more pressing than at the present time. This image from someone’s recent tweet provides an illustration of the difference between previous concepts of learning and how we need to

Work with nature, not against it

A successful turf surface is one where the groundsman or greenkeeper works with nature, not against it. What I mean by this is that we must nurture nature by understanding ecological processes and the impacts maintenance activities and weather conditions have on these processes. Don’t try and force grass to grow (making it weak, more susceptible to disease and easier to wear and be kicked out of a surface) by applying an incorrect fertiliser or with a late in the year fertiliser application just

Open data – use it for fun or serious business decisions

Data are (yes it’s plural) everywhere, but what is available as ‘open data’ is also vast. “Open data is data that anyone can access, use or share. Simple as that. When big companies or governments release non-personal data, it enables small businesses, citizens and medical researchers to develop resources which make crucial improvements to their communities.” (The Open Data Institute, https://theodi.org/what-is-open-data) Where can you find open data? Well, local authorities, Governing Bodies and Government funded research projects provide a wealth