Jim has been in the irrigation industry for 35 years, during which time he has worked in many parts of Queensland from the tropical north through the golden west to the urban, temperate south. With this diversity of locations and the wide variety of irrigation types, there is little in the way of pressurised irrigation with which Jim has not been involved.
In Far North Queensland he worked with Dunlop IBC in Innisfail. Dunlop there serviced three main areas: agricultural, fishing and mining.
Having a sound base in pumping has been a major benefit in the move to the more prosaic agricultural and urban irrigation. From Innisfail where Jim had subsequently worked with another company, Cole Drilling and Irrigation, which specialised in agricultural irrigation and water well drilling, he moved to Bundaberg. His arrival in Bundaberg coincided with a growing demand for irrigation as the Childers/Isis irrigation scheme was beginning to deliver irrigation water to formerly dry farms.
Where irrigation had been installed in the region, it was either by surface irrigation or travelling irrigator, expensive to operate and time consuming. Working at AgTec, the smallest irrigation company in Bundaberg, it was necessary to survive to develop a new idea, something that was innovative and offered an alternative to the high operating cost systems being offered by our opposition.
The concept of sub-surface drip irrigation was conceived and developed for use under sugar cane. It was expensive to purchase, however it significantly lowered operating costs, reduced labour costs and dramatically raised both the tonnage per hectare and the CCS, (the all-important sugar content of the cane). Some of the systems installed in the late 80's and early 90's are still operational today, 25 years later.
While most of his work has primarily been agricultural in nature, he has also carried out many projects in the commercial turf, domestic turf, multi-storey building and sports field irrigation areas. The fundamentals of irrigation still apply in these fields but there are a differing set of disciplines that come into play that, if ignored, can jeopardise the success of a design or installation.
Another area where he has done a considerable amount of work is in the dispersal of treated effluent from sewerage treatment plants. With the advent of the mining boom, the construction of mining camps requires that such camps are able to treat their waste on site and dispose of it also on site. Dispersal areas are defined by a MEDLI report and, dependent upon the recommendations of this report, sub-surface drip or above ground spray systems are designed to comply with the DEHM requirements. This is a specialist area, and in Queensland, requires a plumber's license and a BSA license endorsed to do this work. Jim has these qualifications.
In all of these facets of the irrigation and pumping industry, the computer has become a very necessary tool in not only the precision of design but also in the presentation of the finished works. To this end he has been trained in AutoCAD, IrriCAD, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel etc.) and in a wide range of pumping and irrigation industry specialist design programs.
Jim has excellent communication skills and has been successful in the design/sales field over many years. He relates well to people of all ages and from differing backgrounds and endeavours always to be culturally sensitive. His approach is to work with people in a collegiate manner that acknowledges their individual skill and abilities, marries it to his own and together, problems are solved.
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