June 20, 2024: 10 am – 4 pm SK Time: CWRA 2024 Irrigation Design Workshop

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This full-day workshop is intended to provide a comprehensive understanding of the agronomic and technical aspects of designing irrigation infrastructure plans. The workshop is open to all professionals & students who would like to better understand how modern irrigation projects are planned, designed, and constructed. This workshop will cover fundamental technical concepts covering the spectrum of design applications ranging from on-farm irrigation systems through to large scale water management systems.

During the day, the following topics will be covered:


  1. Overview of irrigation methods and irrigation water management strategies used in Canada.
  2. Irrigation system design at the field scale.
  3. Irrigation districts and water delivery.
  4. Operation of reservoirs, canals, and pipelines.
  5. Process for new irrigation infrastructure projects.
  6. Best practices from the field: Case study of Alberta irrigation industry standards


Willemijn Appels, Ph.D., Senior Research Chair, Mueller Irrigation Research Group. Lethbridge College

Even Derdall, M.Sc., P. Eng., Biosystems Engineer, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Chris Gallagher, P. Eng., Senior Irrigation Engineer, Stantec

Denis Matis, Operations and Infrastructure Manager, Alberta Agriculture and Irrigation

Warren Helgason, Ph.D., P.Eng. Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil, Geological, and Environmental Engineering, University of Saskatchewan