Brisbane City Council Sports Field Audits 2020
During Summer and Autumn of 2020, a total of 556 sports fields were assessed as part of the Brisbane City Council Sports Field Audit project undertaken by IVM Group.
Objective of the audits
- Measure the current condition of each sports field.
- Provide information to Council that will increase its understanding of the condition of the city’s sports fields.
- Generate data that can be compared with past and future audits.
- Provide a prioritised field improvement program, with potential costs, based on the data collected for each field.
- Deliver summary reports for each field, including practical management advice, that will provide sports clubs with information essential in the development of a proactive turf management program.
- Data to be collected from 5 or 6 sampling locations in each field.
- The location where each of these samples were collected and the data from each sample point was recorded using a Smart Phone App.
- In addition, some other information and general observations were also made (i.e. pest infestations, safety hazards etc.)
- The field assessments were followed by detailed analysis of the data.
- A ratings system was developed in order to provide a simple and easy to understand measure for the data obtained during the audit.
- An overall rating was calculated for each field (This rating is not just an indication of the general appearance of the field, but also takes into account a wide range of other important aspects that are not visually apparent (e.g. soil characters, playability, safety etc.).
- Individual reports were generated for each of the fields, ready for distribution to the sporting clubs.
- An overall report was written for BCC that outlines the methods used and provides an overview of the findings.
- A spreadsheet has also been developed which includes all of the data, along with a prioritised and costed field improvement program.