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Golf Course Midterms Are Here!

Golf Course Midterms Are Here!

Wait, what?! Midterms? Isn’t that something I dealt with in school? Technically, yes. But, even in the professional environment, the anxious feeling of taking midterms occurs. It’s right around this time every year, regardless of your location. Maybe your weather has been completely unbearable and as a result, disease or pests have riddled your property. But, unpredictably you relied on that rainstorm to pass through because your pump station couldn’t maintain pressure overnight. Or maybe you wanted to add that extra protectant to your tank mix but didn’t quite have it in the budget. Perhaps your staff has been somewhat
An Agronomy Drone With a Mind of Its Own

An Agronomy Drone With a Mind of Its Own

Drones have become common in industries that need to cover a lot of ground like film productions, fossil fuel extraction, archaeological digs, military surveillance, forestry, and agriculture. The field of agronomy has been particularly aided by drones when it comes to studying plant health and management. Drones can capture and analyze small details on individual plants from over a hundred meters high. Farmers are starting to line up for this new technology.
Trend: Drones Give Golf Courses An Eye In The Sky

Trend: Drones Give Golf Courses An Eye In The Sky

Most every weekday, just before noon, Kevin Hauschel carries his drone to its designated launch site, attaches its propellers and sends an all-systems-go text to a pilot more than 2,500 miles away. Promptly, the drone launches and begins its GPS-programmed, 20-minute flight across Meadow Club’s 18-hole golf course in Fairfax, Calif. It’s a routine that might, for some, get tedious. But Hauschel, golf course superintendent at the San Francisco-area club, watches in wonder. Every time his drone takes wing, he sees something most other superintendents cannot: the future.
Automated Runway Inspection with GreenSight and Machine Learning

Automated Runway Inspection with GreenSight and Machine Learning

At our recent trip to JIFX 19-3, we got a chance to take some great high-resolution imagery of one of the runways on the base. We’ve been thinking about this application for our platform for some time as it is one that we often get asked about. We leveraged the machine learning stage of our data processing pipeline to generate some automated runway quality criteria, detecting cracks and other issues. This is mostly a proof of concept but something we could easily turn into a production reporting capability.
A Perfect Marriage: Superintendent Blends Turf and Tech

A Perfect Marriage: Superintendent Blends Turf and Tech

Most of us are familiar with Thomas Edison’s definition of genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration. Here’s another one you’ve probably heard a million times: Necessity is the mother of invention. Jason VanBuskirk, who founded one of the golf industry’s rare tech startups (and whose company was recently acquired by another), bridles at the genius label. “I’ve always thought of myself as the resident geek,” he says. But if we meld the two aphorisms above and salt that mixture with a serious case of viral encephalitis, we’ve outlined the factors that led one superintendent — whose work-life balance