Drip Irrigation Design & Supplies

Drip Irrigation Design & Supplies

KIM is a small firm located in Kibbutz Amir, in the Upper Galilee of Israel. The company focuses on irrigation design, 3D modeling for pipe systems, mapping, GIS, frame design, and analysis and WEB application development for engineers.

General Information We Request from Clients

  1. We need polygon marking over Google Earth files (kmz) or a survey map . If a survey map is not sent, Google Earth topography will be used in the design or High-Res satellite date. If you already have a specific layout for the piping network, you must mark it before we begin the process on the first map.
  2. Marking Water Sources.. This can be any sort of pond, lake, river, etc., as well as marking a preferred pumping method (i.e., centrifugal pumps, submersible, borehole). If a pressure system exists, marking the water source is required.
  3. Defining crop type. This includes the daily water usage of crops, the distance between rows, distance, between laterals.
  4. Emitter type. Sprinkler, drip, pivot, etc. If you are using a specific emitter, please send a PDF of the product data.
  5. Pipe types. For both the main and sub-main types. For example PVC, PE, steel, GRP.
  6. Fittings standard for flanges. Examples: DIN2502, BS4506, ISO7005.

General Information about Drip Irrigation Design & [email protected] KIM

Irrigation design at KIM is divided into two main sections. Mapping + BOM, and 3D Detail + BOM.

A map is a two-dimensional representation of the designed field, and the BOM includes mostly the “infield components,” meaning main pipe, sub-main, fittings, laterals, manual valves, and other components that repeat on land and are represented by a symbol on the map.

The 3D detail is a 1:1 representation of an assembly that serves as a unique system on the field. For example, an irrigation head, pump station, barrier valve, filtration system, fertilizer head. A 3D detail is presented by a drawing which contains a couple of views (usually top, front, and isometric) and BOM with “balloons” on at least one of the views (typically the isometric one).

Defining the details to be modeled for each project is a must. It is also crucial to keep in mind as the client, what exactly are you paying for. The contractor that installed the system should likewise have a clear understanding of what to do when s/he reads the drawings.

How the Process Works

We get the information (listed above) from the client and start mapping the area with Autocad. We will then send the polygons and their respective areas to you for review. We wait for your approval before moving onto the irrigation design.  This usually takes 1 to 4 days, including client review.

The next step is the hydraulic calculation. We will draw according to calculus and create a clear and easy to read map. There will you find piping diameters, flow rates, critical velocity, and required head. You can review and take notes on this map. The notes will be written in the PDF directly using the program “Foxit Reader” (which is free.)

The next step is to finalize the map according to the client notes and create the aesthetic changes necessary as well.

3D details will be created according to the client request, and a drawing for each detail will be reviewed and approved by the client. We will also supply the BOM on .csv or .xls format, depending on the client’s request.

The client will choose whether s/he prefers to order the parts from Israel or a preferred supplier. The advantage of ordering from Israel is that we already have most of the top manufacturers here and our BOM refer to item codes which belong to local manufacturers.

Steel manifold and steel filters can also be supplied from Israel from known and partnering factories. We create for them a set of shop drawings and they build up the manifolds for a 1:1 ratio, and afterward take care of paint, finish type, and packaging details.

Pricing and Corrections

A price quote will be sent for the design before commencing work. Each project is unique and will have its own specific quote according to its needs. For projects that use nearly identical configurations, a price per hectare is possible. This type of project demands a set of defined rules set by you to create a standard.

We hope to assist you in your future projects. We can help you succeed and serve your clients at the highest level. We are a small team, we react fast, we give attention to each project carefully, and we are here to serve those who believe in details.

Cannabis farming

Getting to Know Cannabis Farming

[fusion_text]Israel’s agricultural industry is ripening for the beginning of medical cannabis export, with the expected passage of medical export legislation by the end of the year. The timing is particularly fruitful for growers who are interested in succeeding in a new venture that is still in its infancy. The rewards are also high: Israel’s Health and Finance ministries have assessed that international exports would generate $4 billion in revenues annually.

Getting started in the cannabis industry involves commitment and some planning, just like with any other new venture.

Knowing Your Cannabis Industry

While recreational use of marijuana remains illegal in Israel, medical cannabis has been legal since the 1990s. Currently, cannabis is available out of one main hospital, but under new regulations, it will become available in pharmacies throughout the country. Staying on top of regulation changes and developments is a must.  

Growing Cannabis Wisely

Cannabis, as with any plant, is vulnerable to pests, weather, and drought. This means calculating the pros and cons of investing in an indoor facility, versus dealing with elements of nature with an outdoor facility. Outdoor growing regulations may develop over the first wave of new farms approved by Israeli legislation.

Monitoring the pH levels of your soil is also necessary, as cannabis plants prefer pH environments of 5.9 to 6.5. Commercial fertilizers tend to make soil more acidic.

Optimal day temperatures for cannabis plants are 24 to 30 degrees Celsius (75 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit), making Israel’s warmer climate, quite ideal during the daytime. Do not allow temperatures to drop below 13 degrees Celsius, as this causes the plant to go into shock.

Cannabis roots need a lot of space and tend to expand quickly, so choose a pot that allows at least 5 gallons per plant. The bigger the receptacle, the bigger the yield.

Cannabis plants require both dark and light photoperiods (artificial light: 16-24 hours of light, 0-8 hours of darkness), so lights need a timer to create intervals. The plant can handle both high pressure sodium and metal halide lamps, as studies have shown benefits for metal halide during the vegetative phase of growth, and high pressure sodium for the reproductive phase.

Use Your Water Wisely

One cannabis plant can use up to 22.7 liters of water per day. To obtain the maximum efficiency and cost saving you can achieve, drip irrigation provides a neat solution for growers. Controlled irrigation directly onto the surface or root zone provides your crops with all the nutrients and water they need to grow. Research has shown that drip irrigation saves you about 50% of the water you’d have spent using a sprinkler, plus you reduce the use of fertilizers significantly.

What does this mean to you? Elevated chances for increased revenue and crop yields.

Think Energy-Efficient Greenhouses

An energy efficient greenhouse can cut down the costs of growing by half. Studies have shown that sustainable building is not only environmentally sound, but also beneficial for profit margins, even with large-scale facilities.

Ventilation is another factor for growing cannabis. Proper levels of CO2 must be maintained, as well as strong air circulation.  [/fusion_text]