The project aims to improve the safety and quality of sports fields by a process of defining, measuring and benchmarking the factors which contribute to the performance of a playing surface.
Participating clubs, representing different sports from around Australia, will be provided with an audit report on their playing surfaces and a summary of development options. The information gained will be used to generate a national database, produce a self-assessment tool and determine the need for new products in the turf industry.
|Full title||Best Use Modelling for Sustainable Australian Sports Field Surfaces|
|ID||Best Use Modelling Project (BUMP)|
|Dates||Start date: June 2007
End date: July 2009
|Project leader||Keith McAuliffe, Executive Officer, Sports Turf Institute (STI), Australia|
|Methodology||Sites were identified in conjunction with Parks and Leisure Australia and using the researchers´ industry networks.
The first step at a participating site is to obtain a history. This encompasses detailed information about the construction, management, maintenance and usage of each of the sports fields selected for inclusion.
Secondly, a range of tests are undertaken at pre-determined locations across a field. This varies with the sport being played due to different field usage patterns.
|Achievements||Since November 2007, the collaborative research team has benchmarked over 200 sports fields in various states and territories across Australia. STI and the department turf research staff have observed a number of sports surface parameters which have challenged turf managers and sporting associations.
High usage, poor irrigation uniformity, unfavourable species composition and compaction are impacting on the quality and safety of surfaces at single and multi-use venues.
On the positive side, many of these problems can be corrected over time with appropriate varietal selection, irrigation use, method of construction, levels of use and maintenance – providing sufficient support, education and much-needed resources are available.
|Project staff||Matt Roche, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|Collaborating agencies||Funded by Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL). Lead by Sports Turf Institute (Australia), in conjunction with the department and Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA).|
|Research locations||Participating sporting venues in Queensland and interstate.|
- Roche, MB 2008. Project to BUMP up sports field surface quality. Australian Turfgrass Management 10 (4) 82-83.
- Roche, MB 2008. Modelling for sustainable sportsfields. TurfCraft International. 121 (Jul-Aug.):13.