Sportsturf Agronomist, STRI
Michael has over 30 years' experience in the testing & bench-marking of natural & synthetic surfaces and conducting condition & usage audits. He also has specialist skills in R&D, soil & water analysis, computing and statistical analysis. He has conducted numerous research trials and product development work for the turf & horticultural industries including the evaluation of new pesticides, fertilisers, turfgrass varieties and management techniques. Michael is a regular speaker at industry seminars and conferences, has authored two turf books, had papers published in scientific journals as well as written numerous articles for Turf magazines.
Sportsfield Condition & Usage for Sustainable Asset Management
Sportsfields are a vital part of a community and need to be managed appropriately. They are costly to develop and will quickly become degraded and unsafe if overused or inadequately maintained. On-going management of usage is critical as concentrated and excessive use, especially during winter, can result in significant damage to turf cover and surface evenness. Equally important is the provision of sufficient maintenance inputs to allow the turf surface to cope with and repair from the damage caused by player wear.
STRI Group have developed a bespoke online portal which allows sports turf performance & condition data from multiple sources (e.g. hardness, cover, health etc.) to be collated, viewed remotely and analysed. The online portal collates common management information of a sports surface and links this to its quality. This includes pitch usage models, management practices, and inputs to the surface.