Australian Sports Turf Consultants (ASTC) provides independent sports field auditing of natural turf facilities, including elite and community sports fields, golf courses, racetracks and bowling greens. ASTC is also positioned to provide independent advice to Australian and international professional sport bodies.
Achieving improved accessibility, safety and quality sporting surfaces requires a clear understanding of the factors affecting the performance of the surface. Factors include venue usage, design, construction and maintenance. To quantitatively define and measure these factors and assess any limitations present, it is essential that an independent sports facility audit be undertaken.
Councils, community and elite sports facilities who have contracted ASTC to conduct sports field auditing have in turn requested repeat testing, otherwise known as benchmarking. Sports facility benchmarking enables the client to track how their facility is performing based on earlier data, seek additional turf maintenance advice, maintain their asset and show a duty of care to the end user.
To help sports facilities collate and analyse turf performance data and GIS data collected in the field, ASTC launched the Australian Sports Turf Database. The secure database allows field staff and clients to review, map and manage collected data. The Australian Sports Turf Database is particularly useful for councils when they need to audit their sports fields and prioritise which of the fields is to receive an allocation of their annual budget to conduct routine, minor or major works to improve turf quality and safety.
Specialist sports fieldauditing and or benchmarking services may include, but not limited to following the following tests using a range of performance testing tools:
- Traction testing.
- Surface hardness testing (Clegg Impact Hammer).
- Compaction testing (hydraulic penetrometer).
- Soil moisture testing.
- Water infiltration testing.
- Irrigation auditing (distribution uniformity testing).
- Field levels can be assessed by undertaking a grid survey.
- Identification of surface levels by grid survey; micro levels, undulations and trip hazards.
- Turf quality and cover, including weed identification, incidence of pests and disease.
- Analytical testing including independent soil, nutritional and organic matter content testing can also be conducted.
- Observation of turf maintenance practices and field usage.
- Collected data is entered into the secure Australian Sports Turf Database.
A detailed report on observations made and recommendations to improve turf quality and save resources is provided.