We’ve Saved Your Seat – 2019 DIA Expo

The Dallas Irrigation Association is in final preparation mode for their 2019 Expo. This coming year’s Expo will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at the Plano Event Center for Dallas and Fort Worth area irrigation professionals. As in last year’s Expo, the DIA will be offering three tracts of classes giving each attendee eight hours of TCEQ approved CEU hours. As in recent years, irrigation, technician, inspector, and backflow licensees will be eligible for CEU hours. Furthermore, this year, the DIA has added CEUs for water and waste water licensees.

In addition to offering CEU hours, the DIA has one of the largest vendor fairs in the area. In 2018, there were close to 40 tables occupied by some of the industry’s top manufacturers, reps for new products, and non-profit organizations. Vendors come well equipped with product and printed materials and are ready to answer questions and provide solutions to the needs of DFW industry professionals.

Expo Instruction Lineup

The DIA works to bring requested content to DFW landscape irrigation professionals based on surveys from previous year’s expos. This year is no different. The 2019 Expo promises to bring new and valuable content along with favored repeat content presented with a fresh perspective. Therefore you’re not going to want to miss the 2019 Expo’s class lineup including, but not limited to the following.

Understanding Soils and Soil Infiltration

Dr. Tony Provin, award winning professor and researcher from Texas A&M, will be presenting this class tract where soil composition types become the precursor to designing irrigation application. Learn how soil profiles and compaction determine both water storage and movement. Dr. Provin will also explore strategies to increase water capture and extend time between irrigation events.

Remote Water Management

Tony Shores, another industry veteran with over 28 years of experience will be teaching this highly requested class. It will include assessing the irrigation system, weather, plant and soil types, and WIFI, cellular, radio, and ethernet communication methods.

Irrigation Design

Join industry veteran and TCEQ training provider, Mark Ostertag, for an informative class that includes tried and true techniques. Design concepts discussed will include head layouts, zoning and sectioning, calculating flows, precipitation rates and scheduling, and consumption.

Drip Design and Installation

John O’Connell, a state accredited irrigation instructor and 35 year veteran irrigator, will be DIA’s drip class. Satisfying the most requested course from last year, learn why drip is used, design fundamentals, installation techniques, and troubleshooting.

Irrigation Tools and Safety

Rick McNabb, a nationally renown trainer, will teach his class, geared towards technicians but valuable to anyone in the industry. It will outline the technician’s description and responsibilities, help professionals understand the irrigation system with or without a plan, separate electronics from hydraulics, and detail the top irrigation troubleshooting tools including tool ownership and management.

Irrigation Industry Resources

“Irrigation Industry Resources” will be presented by Tammy Swor, experienced professional in support roles with both the state and local associations. The multitude of resources available to the Texas irrigation professional will be discussed in detail. Additionally, this presentation will include resources valuable to endusers that promote licensed irrigators and make the case for smart irrigation techniques.

Introduction to Cross Connection Control

DIA Board member and owner of C2 Services, Don Godfrey, will be back for this year’s BPAT tract. This is a new BPAT class and will provide CEUs for backflow, irrigation, inspector, water and waste water licensees. In addition to definitions and terminology, Don’s presentation will include backflow, backpressure, and backsiphonage principles, knowledge of hazard classifications, types of cross connections, a review of incidents, and knowledge of prevention methods and installation guidelines.

The Fine Print

The Dallas Irrigation Association offers both online (pre-regsitration) and registration the day of at the door. A price break is given to online registrants along with this year’s featured DIA promotional item*. Individual attendees can register online for $150 while groups of five or more can register for $135 each. Registration fees at the door for both individuals and groups are $165 each. Do yourself a favor and register online to get a discounted registration rate, DIA’s promo item (a really nice double-walled water bottle etched with DIA’s logo), and time to enjoy coffee and danishes and vendor booths before the first class begins at 8:00 a.m. sharp.

Online registration is open for individuals, groups, and vendors at https://dallasia.brushfire.com/events. Don’t wait, online registration ends on January 5, 2019!


* DIA Online Registration Promotional Item: Enjoy this 20 oz, double wall insulated water bottle with your online registration. It has a high gloss finish and stainless steel body etched with the DIA logo. It’s dual opening lid makes for easy cleaning and adding of ice cubes. DIA water bottles will only be distributed to those who register online. Online registration ends on January 5, 2019.

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