With a theme of Taking Charge of Change: Explore-Engage-Execute, the American Society of Irrigation Consultants (ASIC) is taking its 2014 National Conference to the venerable Benson Hotel in downtown Portland, Ore. The Conference, set for April 25 through April 27, is open to ASIC members as well as non-members.

ASIC Conferences have brought together innovative irrigation design professionals, leaders from allied organizations and representatives from the leading equipment manufacturers and suppliers for over 40 years. The informal atmosphere of the conference encourages collaboration and exploring forward-thinking solutions for the responsible use and preservation of water resources.

The Conference Committee, chaired by Brian Vinchesi of Irrigation Consulting, Inc., is planning an outstanding educational program including wide-ranging topics like fusible PVC, collaborative PDF drawing management tools, telemetry and irrigating structured and lightweight soils. In addition, sessions on marketing and business operations and discussions on current and pending Standards and Codes will be part of the program.

As in the past, the Conference will commence with the Bob Cloud Memorial Golf Tournament, which will be held at the Robert Trent Jones II-designed Heron Lakes Golf Course. For those who choose not to golf, at least one tour will be planned for that Saturday afternoon. The Welcome Reception is planned for Saturday night , and the educational programs will be presented through the day on Sunday and Monday.  Monday night’s Annual Banquet, including the presentation of the Sam Tobey and Roy Williams Awards, is annually a festive conference highlight.

Portland is a highly regarded destination city, and the ASIC encourages attendees to bring their spouses or significant others. A stay at the Benson Hotel, the myriad of things to see and do in Portland and the conference will provide a memorable visit.

Conference materials, including a complete agenda and registration materials will be available in early January. To be included on the ASIC mailing list, send an e-mail to Lynn@ASIC.org, or call Carol Colein at 508-763-8140.