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As specialists in irrigation, we have developed SmartAudit – an innovative irrigation management tool specific to us at SWE.

SmartAudit encourages irrigation efficiency, improves land manager awareness of the importance of quality in irrigation design and servicing, and delivers real operational, financial and production improvements for our viticultural and winery clients.

Successfully managing irrigation requires specialist measurement – knowing how to take the measurements, where to take the measurements and how to interpret the measurements. SmartAudit, undertaken by our experienced staff, gives you accurate, specialist knowledge you can rely on.

SmartAudit is able to evaluate and optimise your irrigation through providing an in-depth analysis of your irrigation system, pinpointing areas requiring immediate maintenance and those which will require maintenance or replacement in the next two years. SmartAudit also identifies opportunities to improve system performance.

A SmartAudit can highlight problems such as poorly functioning irrigation systems, degradation of systems caused by faults, such as incorrect operating pressures and much more. All of which, if left unrectified, can lead to unexpected and often avoidable breakdowns.

The SmartAudit process involves trained staff and expert design engineers visiting your site and measuring system performance, assessing condition of your irrigation components and efficiency of design, and measuring again specific performance criteria, including:

  • Uniformity
  • Impact on crop quality
  • Energy use (running costs)

Results are then analysed and recommendations (in the form of a benchmark report) are made for servicing, efficiency improvements, and future problem areas.

Where we partner with you to implement the recommendations we are able to retest and report on results – comparing the ‘before’ and ‘after’ for you. This approach incorporates a feedback loop that provides for continuous improvement.

There are many benefits to you undertaking and implementing SmartAudit, including:

  • Improved uniformity of water delivery, improving plant health and yields.
  • Gaining a better understanding of the complexities of irrigation design and the benefits of regular maintenance.
  • More efficient use of water, which reduces wastage. A financial and environmental consideration.
  • Lower running costs often result from a SmartAudit. For example, your plant may be over spec and be using more electricity than necessary.
  • Fewer breakdowns and increased irrigation lifespan, meaning decreased maintenance and less wastage.
  • Enabling more accurate forward planning and budgeting, for capital expenditure for future maintenance and upgrades.
  • Creating open discussions, about environmental impact management, green development ideas, land improvement and regional water conservation and management.

SmartAudits are generally updated annually to keep your systems running at their optimum for your business.

To find out more about how our SmartAudit might save you money, and optimise your systems, please give us a call.

SWE's innovative SmartAudit, a comprehensive audit for vineyards, wineries and more

SmartAudits are now also available for wineries, factories, food processing facilities and educational institutions

Contact us to find out more