Irrigation design and consulting

Cherry Irrigation offers a full stand-alone design and consulting service that includes all agricultural irrigation systems and crops, whether it is open-field or undercover farming.

If you require only some of the design steps and not the full package, we can assist you as well. We also specialise in pumphouse/head control designs, automation systems and mainline reticulation systems.

A typical process starts with an initial consultation – here we quote or supply an estimate of the design cost. Before any design and planning activities start, we do a needs assessment and a topographical survey. We also meet with the relevant stakeholders such as soil scientists, agronomists and greenhouse manufacturers. The process concludes with us drawing up plans, technical documents and drawings, as well as a bill of quantities.

Step 1

Initial consultation & needs assessment

In our initial consultation, you’ll tell us what your needs are and provide details that may impact our design. We’ll want to know what type of crop and water requirements the design will have to cater for, as well as further details like scheduling requirements, plant or row spacing, irrigation and/or fertigation method, automation and type of structure (if applicable). Based on our discussions, we will provide information on what the design will entail and the estimated cost to complete the design process.

Step 2

Topographical survey

We conduct a detailed topographical survey with our state-of-the-art and precise real-time kinematic (RTK) GPS equipment or aerial survey. We provide a professional aerial survey service with fully orthorectified mosaic imaging and topographic information. The high-resolution mosaic is suitable as a replacement in Google Earth as background (overlay) for planning by the client. The mosaic and topographic product is suitable for engineering and irrigation design, for example in CAD and GIS systems.

Step 3

Stakeholder involvement

We make the lay-out plans electronically available to all stakeholders (with the client’s permission). Our designers then sit down with the client and stakeholders like soil scientists, agronomists, consultants and greenhouse manufacturers to get their input and requirements.

Step 4

Water and energy budget

We work out a water budget and the energy requirements, taking all the input, details and requirements into account.

Step 5

Design and planning

We do the overhead planning, water storage sizing, as well as the design of the head control, mainlines, infield, automation and fertigation systems.If applicable, we also incorporate roof water collection, drainage and drain water recirculation.

Step 6

Plans, technical documents & drawings

The process ends with us supplying the client with plans, technical documents and drawings. Once the design is completed, a bill of quantities is prepared and handed over to the client.