Category Archives: Technology

Sustainable turfgrass management model -further thoughts

I’ve been developing further the concept for a model which can be used as a learning aid for managers and providers (for example funding parties) of turfgrass surfaces. Effective turf management involves understanding many complex ecological interactions, this model aims to simplify these so they are more understandable and demonstrable. An additional anticipated benefit is that the model could be used to demonstrate to non-experts the impacts and consequences of various actions that can occur on a sports surface: particular questions to be

Nano learning – 3D learning element

I’ve just started to read “The Shallows: How the internet is changing the way we think, read and remember” (Nicholas Carr, 2010) with the narrative being developed in the book exploring how the Internet is affecting how we learn. Certainly a thought provoking book which I think can positively contribute to the discussion of why life-long learning is a definite benefit to the well-being (and health) of us all. This made me think back to my article on nano-learning from last year

Modelling Playing Quality – Ball Roll

Looking further into how to develop an all encompassing model which can be used to help manage turfgrass surfaces in a sustainable way, it’s clear there will need to be numerous sub-models for experimenting with different aspects of a complete system model. Linking the different sub-models will then be a challenge. I was initially thinking of carrying out the required calculations for the sub-models using php, however, I revisited the Jquery plugin Calx which can mimic Excel to a certain degree

Sustainable turfgrass management model

With the range of equipment, materials and technologies as well as the time pressures on staff, and overall staffing levels, an interactive model which focusses on turfcultural outcomes will certainly aid in decision making for a groundsman or manager of turfgrass surfaces. I suppose an initial question could be ‘Why bother?’ If someone is happy to continue as before, without giving much consideration to whether they are using their (and their employer’s) resources as effectively and efficiently as possible, and

Current issues related to rubber infill in 3G pitches: Perspectives challenged

There is much recent activity by some people on their concerns about the use of rubber infill in artificial sports surfaces (i.e. 3G pitches used for football and rugby). I thought a few reflections are in order on the question of “Shouldn’t this be put into perspective with all the known deaths and serious illnesses caused in modern society?” Do we really understand the concept of risk? Probably not. Government under increasing pressure to curb use of 3G pitches. This