Felix Reinders

President, International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage (ICID) & Research Team Manager, ARC-Institute for Agricultural Engineering

Felix Reinders

President, International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage (ICID) & Research Team Manager, ARC-Institute for Agricultural Engineering

Eng. Felix Britz Reinders is a professional engineer with 36 years of experience in the field of Agriculture and Civil Engineering. He holds specialization in water resources management and irrigation engineering, including research, design, training and mentoring. Born in 1955, Eng. Reinders completed his Engineering studies in 1979 from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He has authored many scientific and semi-scientific papers and articles in the field of the irrigation and served on various Water Research Commission projects.  Eng. Reinders is also a visiting lecturer at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, where he imparts knowledge on design and operation of Drip and Sprinkle irrigation systems.

Eng. Reinders has been actively involved in the establishment of the South African National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (SANCID) as a member of ICID in 1993. He served as the Vice Chairman of SANCID from 1993-1999 and as its Chairman for the period 2000-2003 and 2008-2014. Eng. Reinders was elected as Vice President of ICID for the period 2005-2008. He successfully chaired and organized the 51st IEC Meeting and 6th International Micro Irrigation in South Africa in October 2000. Under his chairmanship for the period 2008-2011, SANCID was adjudicated as the Best Performing National Committee of ICID.

Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney – Room Parkside 2 & E5.7

When: Day 1 – Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 10.15 – 10.45 & Day 2 – Thursday, 14 June 2018,  11.30 – 12.00

Abstract Outline: The presentation will showcase the following:
1. Introduction
Innovative technology that uses ultrasonic sound with testing to determine the effectiveness of cleaning the drippers.

2. Background
Statistics and installation of Drip irrigation in the world. More than 1000% growth over the last 30 years. Advantages of drip
Disadvantages of drip
Clogging of emitters is a result of bad water quality, mismanagement and maintenance problems.

3. Greendrum Technology
Description of the innovative technology that uses ultrasonic sound to effectively and quickly clean drippers.
The cleaning process of the machine and how it cleans the dripper lines internally as well as externally.
Complimented with video clips to showcase the operation.

4. Performance evaluation
Laboratory and field testing that gave some insight into the performance of drip irrigation systems under field conditions and how effective the cleaning process of the Greendrum technology was.
Factors which influence the performance.

5. Laboratory testing of drippers
Discharge, Emission and coefficient of discharge variation testing in the laboratory and in the field.
Test according to International standards.

6. Results
Laboratory testing results
New drippers
Used drippers
Greendrum testing
Field evaluation results

7. Conclusion
The innovative dripline cleaning machine’s results showed excellent results.

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