OptiSurface On The Moon!

Did you see Optisurface.com written on the moon last night? In a light hearted way, Google has personally thanked OptiSurface for our contribution to supporting them upon their 10th anniversary. I wish they thanked me with some of their shares at the price 10years ago but this will have to do I guess. They wrote…

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Smart Drainage Designs

Example of a property in Victoria with a 10cm ponding analysis wrapped over a 3 dimensional topographic model (Vertical Scale exeragerated.) We have recently begun working with OptiSurface Designer software to develop efficient surface landforming designs for irrigation and dryland agriculture.   We see huge potential for this software in areas prone to water-logging and…

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Tripod Farmers take up Trimble FieldLevel2 3D machine control system and Optisurface Designer

Prominent Victorian lettuce growers Tripod Farmers have enlisted the services of BMS LaserSat to implement the installation of a Trimble RTK GPS/GNSS FieldLevel2 3D machine control levelling system to be fitted to their recently purchased NH T8040 tractor and 3200 JNR scraper to be used in conjunction with Optisurface Designer for their row/bay raised sprinklers…

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OptiSurface and Auto-steer GPS key to cost-effective erosion control

News release, 27 July, 2010, Queensland DPI Farmers who have invested in 2 cm accuracy RTK Global Positioning System (GPS) auto-steer tractor guidance technology have the added bonus of being able to collect highly accurate elevation data to map cost-effective drainage lines and erosion control structures. When this topography data is combined with satellite imagery,…

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Optisurface Designer V1.1 Release

Version 1.1 of OptiSurface Designer will be released within the next week.                   This version includes new features and significant improvements including: New Runoff Analysis feature that allows simulation of water depth and velocity – for examining erosion hotspots New Edit Proposed Topography with points and breaklines…

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800ha OptiSurfaced for Lateral Move and Drip Irrigation

Davco Farming completed 800ha (2000acres) of Optisurface Landforming in 2009 on ‘Oaky’ in North Queensland, Australia. The area is made up of 9 fields of approximately 88ha each which will be irrigated by lateral move and/or subsurface drip irrigation. The design surfaces are made up of OptiSurface 1D (single direction drainage) and OptiSurface 2D (two…

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Optisurface Design For Blueberrys on Raised Beds

Attached pdf document that shows an Optisurface Design Report for a field in Washington State, US to be converted to grow blueberrys on raised beds. Upgraded Drainage Analysis feature in Optisurface Designer showed how the ponding areas were to increase from 8% of field to 48% of field when the raised beds were added. This…

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Win an iPod Nano and $300 in OptiSurface Credits

Add a blog\news story of your Optisurface project with photos to this website and go into the draw for the iPod Nano and $300 in OptiSurface Credits. Prize drawn after first 5 blogs received or 20 Dec 2010, which ever comes first. So at least a 1 in 5 chance. BONUS: Every blog gets $100…

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Keytah Dryland Drainage Application (Part 1)

The latest application of OptiSurface Landforming is to a large dryland field on Keytah, NSW, Australia. Keytah is a 53,000 acre dryland and irrigated cropping and cattle operation owned by Sundown Pastoral Co and situated west of Moree, NSW, Australia. Manager Andrew Parkes is recognised as an industry leader when it comes to apply innovations…

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Drainage Analysis Feature for OptiSurface Designer

In the latest release (version 1.0) of OptiSurface Designer a Drainage Analysis feature has been added to allow the user to examine drainage paths, pondind depths and flow directions. It can be found under Menu: Tools>>Drainage Analysis.. Example output: Drainage Analysis Summary Field Area (ha): 293.05 Ponded Area (ha): 86.91 Ponded Percentage (%): 29.7 Ponding…

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