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Smart Connection Consultancy releases updated guidance for Synthetic Sports Surfaces

Smart Connection Consultancy releases updated guidance for Synthetic Sports Surfaces
December 2, 2019

As part of an ongoing commitment to knowledge sharing, collaboration and advocacy to the industry, Smart Connection Consultancy has released its latest and most advanced generation of Smart Guides for Synthetic Sports Surfaces.

As one of the world's leading synthetic sports surface consultancies, Smart Connection Consultancy is committed to sharing the latest industry insights and surfacing technology to help local government, the education sector and community sport meet growing demands for sports fields.

The highly regarded Smart Guides for Synthetic Sports Surfaces are the only independent and comprehensive resource of its kind available within Australia, and are conveniently packaged into five easy to navigate volumes:

Volume 1: Surfaces and Standards - sharing the latest standards of all the key sports, how the synthetic systems are constructed, whole of life costings for synthetic grass, rubber and acrylic surfaces.
Volume 2: Football Turf - Synthetic and Hybrid - exploring how the latest technology has been embraced by all codes of football, including Australian rules, rugby union, rugby league and football.
Volume 3: Environmental and Sustainability Considerations - exploring key environmental issues including microplastics, recycling and green engineering as well as how to embrace sustainability principles.
Volume 4: Challenges, Perceptions and Reality - an independent review of all the global research on key challenges around synthetic surfaces including player safety and injuries, environmental considerations, health concerns and heat.
Volume 5: Maintenance of Synthetic Long Pile Turf - exploring FIFA research with practical examples for Australia and the importance of maintenance linked to the intensity of usage.

A globally recognised consultant, Martin Sheppard, Managing Director of Smart Connection Consultancy and author of the Smart Guides is the Technical Advisor for Football Federation Australia, Rugby Australia, NRL, AFL and various state football federations. 

He explains “the aim of this third generation of Smart Guides is to provide organisations who are interested or responsible for embracing synthetic surface technology to meet growing demands, with easy access to knowledge to help their decision making.

“From a decade of experience, supporting over 75 projects in Australia worth in excess of $150 million, I have identified industry leading best practices for how facilities can be managed, programmed and maintained to optimise their life expectancy and maximise usage. I have shared these insights to allow organisations to appreciate proven solutions.”

Sheppard is also the co-founder of the National Sports Convention.

The Smart Guides can be downloaded free of charge from the Smart Connection Consultancy website

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