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The Cirrus™ and Cirrus LINK™

Specifications
The computerized central control system shall be the Rain Bird Cirrus as hereinafter specified. It shall be capable of controlling three (3) independent, 18-hole golf courses, each consisting of greens, tees, fairways, approaches, perimeters, roughs and miscellaneous areas. The central shall include the Rain Bird “P” Series computer system as hereinafter specified. The central equipment shall include a satellite or decoder__________ interface unit, an uninterruptible power source, a power circuit surge arrestor and a grounding network grid with surge arrestors, all as hereinafter specified.
All Cirrus central control systems shall be “Hybrid” compatible. All Cirrus Hybrid

systems will have the ability to control 4 different types of communication interface; 4 of the same type of communication interface or a combination of either. To support these additional interfaces, one 9-pin serial port shall be available for each interface. In addition to these items, in order for a Cirrus system to be capable of Hybrid communication, an additional Interface (MIM, MIM LINK or LDI) must be ordered.
Cirrus Software—The Cirrus software shall operate in the Microsoft® Windows® environment and shall be capable of controlling any one or up to three (3) types of field unit systems; (1) “hard-wired” satellite field units; (2) “radio” operated, LINK satellite field units, or (3) “hard-wired” decoder field units. The hard-wired satellite-based systems shall be capable of controlling 28 channels on each of a maximum of four (4) different two-wire communication paths. Each channel shall be capable of controlling a maximum of 24 satellite stations or a total of 8,064 (using 3 MIM interface units in Hybrid mode) satellite controller stations. The radio LINK type satellite system shall be capable of controlling 28 channels on each of a maximum of four (4) different groups of LINK satellites. Each channel shall be capable of controlling a maximum of 24 satellite stations or a total of 8,064 (using 3 MIM-LINK interface units in Hybrid mode) satellite controller stations. The two-wire satellites and LINK satellites shall be the basic 16-station configuration with capability of expanding to 72 stations maximum, in modules of 8 stations per additional module. Total number of station outputs for each satellite shall be as shown on the drawings and/or as directed. The decoder-based system shall have the capacity to control a maximum of 2,000 (using 4 LDI interface units in Hybrid mode) decoder stations and activate up to 4,000 solenoids.
Continuous “on-line” communication between central computer/interface unit and the field satellite or decoder units shall provide “true” central control. Continuous field unit “feedback” status information shall be registered at the. Cirrus shall be a program/schedule-based system providing maximum flexibility of programming and giving the operator absolute and full control of the entire system. The Cirrus system shall be capable of unlimited programs residing in the system at one time. Each program shall be further defined by a number of smaller “schedules.” A maximum of fifty (50) programs and up to 50 schedules may be operated simultaneously. All programming shall be maintained in the computer memory and on the hard drive from which they shall be executed. Programming shall NOT be “downloaded” to the field units. It shall NOT be possible to change or reprogram from the field thus assuring the operator full control at all times. A “time window” may be defined for each individual program, confining its operation to this specific time period. Individual schedules shall be capable of being designated for up to 12 “start times” within the specified time window for their program. Individual programs shall be capable of being designated for up to 6 “start times.” It shall be possible to prioritize programs to optimize irrigation. It shall be possible to designate the sequence of operation of areas and the sequence of operation of stations in these areas within a given schedule.
The Cirrus system shall provide for the selection of three (3) different flow measurement units - U.S. gallons per minute, cubic meters per hour or liters per second. Cirrus shall also provide for the selection of any one of twenty-one (21) different languages for display.
A built-in “Flo-Manager®” feature shall automatically and dynamically distribute and limit flow within the system, to eliminate hydraulic “overload” while maintaining maximum system operating efficiency, without the requirement of entering flow zone or branch piping data. The system shall also be capable of entering complete flow management database information for up to six (6) independent pump stations; up to 250 piping network branches and up to 500 flow zones for each pump station. This shall result in the highest efficiency of pump station operation, shortest watering cycle time and conservation of energy. During operation, individual flow graphs shall be automatically generated for each of the three (3) courses, with individual station activity information being presented in colorful charts. Flow graphs shall be automatically maintained on file for future access and reference.
The Cirrus “SMART WEATHER™” scheduling shall monitor and respond to climatic conditions as they occur by tracking evapotranspiration (ET) rates and other sensory inputs. “SMART WEATHER” shall also track weather conditions for future reference. SMART WEATHER shall provide automatic response from user-defined thresholds on up to 5 Weather Stations. The SMART WEATHER responses shall be provided to the computer for programmed response and shall be capable of sending an alphanumeric page to the user for alarm conditions.
The Cirrus system shall also provide for programs to be set to adhere to manual water budgeting; at the system level, at the individual program level and/or at the individual schedule level. A “WaterSaver” feature shall provide water budgeting capabilities from 0 to 300% in 1% increments. Automatic rain shutdown shall be possible with the integration of a rain sensor.
The Cirrus CYCLE + SOAK™ feature works with Flo-Manager to achieve maximum efficiency and conservation during irrigation. CYCLE + SOAK helps control water application on slopes and in areas with poor drainage. CYCLE + SOAK maintains the pumping station demands while preventing over application in challenging areas of the course. The CYCLE + SOAK feature will ensure the maximum cycle time defined by the user is never exceeded, and will not change with changing runtimes. A “Dry Run” feature shall provide for testing of a program and will also make the necessary adjustments before actually operating it in the field. A printout of the “Dry Run” results shall be possible as well as being displayed on the monitor.
An innovative, guided initialization and “start-up” programming method in Cirrus shall result in a customized “Quick Start™” program that gets the system up-and-operating in the shortest possible time. Built-in rotor database tables shall provide for easy specification of station sprinklers for custom irrigation scheduling. Precipitation rates for each station shall be automatically calculated with the selection of sprinkler model, pattern and spacing. A graphic display of the golf course can be achieved using any of three (3) methods: (1) import GPS and AutoCAD as-built drawings*, (2) create a map using the Scorecard function, or (3) import a picture of the course as a bmp or tif drawing file. When importing AutoCAD as-built drawings* all layers of the original AutoCAD files shall be available to the user as layers in Cirrus. Each hole can be defined to indicate the areas to be irrigated such as greens, tees, fairways, approaches, perimeters, roughs and miscellaneous areas. The system shall provide for multi-station programming and operation of satellite stations. A station data table shall give complete database information for each individual station.
A unique “QuickIRR™” method of programming shall provide for a quick and easy method to automatically build programs to meet all irrigation challenges and allow programming by specific areas and designating sequence of operation of these areas. This feature is enhanced in Cirrus by providing the ability to program multiple courses. Select the course, hole, area, sequence and run time then Cirrus will do the rest.
The Cirrus system shall be capable of direct manual access of any station, at any time.

Full system remote control via handheld radio or remote telephone commands shall be possible with the integration of The FREEDOM™ System. The Cirrus system shall provide for an individual course, daily and seasonal logs for record keeping and easy compliance with regulatory requirements regarding water usage. A unique “Cost Estimator” feature shall provide projections of water and power costs for specific irrigation cycles which can be used in establishing budget requirements.
The Cirrus decoder-based system shall provide an automatic decoder and line condition testing program for easy check-out and troubleshooting of the system.
Pump Profiling™—The system shall provide user-definable pump consumption to increase operation and decrease power consumption during added peak electrical periods.
Hardware (Computer) —Furnish and install at the central location a Rain Bird “P” Series computer system consisting of the following minimum specifications:
500 MHz Pentium® III processor

128 MB RAM

6.4 GB Hard Drive

USB Optical Mouse

56K Modem

R/W CD-ROM Drive

Integrated Sound

External Speakers

Quiet Key 104 keyboard

17" Flat-Panel Monitor or better
Preinstalled software shall consist of:

The Rain Bird Cirrus program

Map Import Software

PcAnywhere communication software

Norton Utilities software

Norton Anti-Virus software

Rain Bird SmartWeather Software

Rain Bird FREEDOM handheld Software

Microsoft® Windows XP Professional
Voltage Stabilizer—At the central location, furnish and install a combination voltage stabilizer and uninterruptible power source unit. Unit shall have a rated output of 600VA and 400 Watts. It shall be suitable for 50/60 Hz operation with input power of 120VAC. The unit shall operate in the AC mode from 92VAC input up to 132VAC input regulating the output voltage within proper limits. Boost capability shall be +12%. Transfer to attery mode shall occur at any input voltage less than 92VAC or greater than 132VAC. Return to AC mode shall occur when input voltage reaches 98VAC or greater or drops to less than 126VAC on the high side. Typical transfer time shall be in the 2 millisecond range. In battery mode output shall be a true Sine wave form. Output voltage regulation shall be + or - 5%. Frequency regulation shall be + or - 0.1 Hz. Battery back-up shall have a minimum time of approximately 12 minutes minimum at half load capacity. The unit shall have a painted enamel metal housing and four (4) electrical outlets.
Power Surge Arrestor—At the main electrical panel and on the circuit supplying the central equipment, furnish and install a Model “Z1” Zap Trap surge arrestor. Unit shall be for 120 Volt, single-phase power rated for 100 Amps. It shall have a discharge capacity of 15,000 Amps at an 8 x 20 second pulse. It shall have a clamping voltage of 130 Volts and a response time of 1.5 N/sec. Surge arrestor shall be as manufactured by Tytewadd Power Filters, Springfield, Missouri 65807-phone 417-887-3770.
System Grounding Grid—At the central control location, as close to the Interface unit as possible, install a 3-rod grounding grid. This shall consist of three (3) - 5/8" Diameter x 8' long copper or copper clad ground rods arranged in a triangular pattern with each rod at least 8' away from any other rod. The rods shall be tied together below ground using #10 gauge or larger bare copper wire and brass clamps. A separate clamp shall be used for each attachment. Rods shall be driven into the ground with top 6" below the finish grade. Install a standard 12" x 18" x 12" rectangular valve box around the top of any rods connected by a grounding wire to a surge arrestor, the grounding lug of a piece of equipment or an MGP-1 grounding plate assembly. This shall provide future access to inspect and/or maintain it properly. Other rods shall have a standard 6" diameter round valve box and cover installed around the top of the rod for future access.
A #10 gauge or larger bare copper ground wire shall be run from the grounding lug of the MIM or MIM LINK interface unit or from the line termination box of the decoder-based system, out and attached to one rod of this 3-rod grounding grid. On each two-wire path, coming from the interface unit or line termination box and going out to the field satellite units or the field decoders. Furnish and install an MSP-1 surge arrestor, which is to be mounted in an MGP-1 grounding plate assembly that is securely attached to one rod by means of the “U” clamps provided. Connect the MSP-1 arrestor into the two-wire path. A 10 OHMS or less resistance shall be maintained at the grounding grid if at all possible.
Hard-Wired Interface Unit—(two-wire satellite system)—The interface unit shall be a Rain Bird Interface Module (MIM) unit with all solid-state electronic circuitry. It shall provide the necessary interface between the computer and the field satellite units.

The interface unit shall provide both communication from the computer out to the field satellite units and “feedback” communication from the field satellite units to the computer. It shall be capable of controlling four (4) two-wire paths of 28 independent channels each. Status lights shall indicate activity on the two-wire paths as well as the channels being operated on the various two-wire paths and the individual stations in operation on each of these channels. A memory switch shall provide for past performance data. The unit shall have the capability of manually operating any stations of any satellites directly from the MIM unit. The MIM unit shall be complete with 117/220 VAC power supply cord and an RS-232-C communication cable to be connected between it and the serial port of the computer. The MIM unit shall be constructed of heavy gauge steel with rust preventative plating and a “baked-on” enamel finish. The unit shall be mounted near the central computer. The MIM shall have a power supply fuse and a resettable circuit breaker on each of the two-wire output circuits. Connect a #10 gauge or larger bare copper ground wire to the ground lug of the MIM unit. Route it out and connect it to one rod of the 3-rod grounding grid using a brass clamp.
LINK Interface Unit—(radio LINK satellite system)—The interface unit shall be a

Rain Bird “MIM LINK” unit with all solid-state electronic circuitry and two-way radio and receiver, with ___________ radio frequency. It shall provide the necessary interface between the computer and the LINK field satellite units. The interface unit shall provide true two-way radio communication from the computer out to the LINK field satellite units and “feedback” radio communication from the LINK field satellite units to the computer. It shall be capable of controlling up to 448 LINK channels within a maximum of four (4) groups. Status lights shall indicate activity on the various groups as to LINK satellites being operated and the individual stations in operation on each of these satellites. A memory switch shall provide for past performance data. The unit shall have the capability of manually operating any stations of any satellites directly from the MIM LINK unit. The MIM LINK unit shall be complete with 117/220 VAC power supply cord and an RS-232-C communication cable to be connected between it and the serial port of the computer. The MIM unit shall be constructed of heavy gauge steel with rust preventative plating and a “baked-on” enamel finish. The unit shall be mounted near the central computer. The MIM LINK shall have a power supply fuse.
Furnish and install, outside on the building or on an antenna tower, near the central equipment location a Rain Bird model “ANT-02”, “ANT-03” or Yagi type antenna.

An RG8 type coaxial cable shall be attached to the antenna and routed into the building near the floor and near the MIM LINK unit location. Furnish and install inside the building on the wall near the floor, a PolyPhaser Model IS-IE50LU-C1 surge arrestor to which the coaxial cable shall be connected to the antenna terminal on this surge arrestor. Furnish and install from the equipment terminal of the surge arrestor an RG8 type coaxial cable and connect it to the coaxial cable connection on the MIM LINK interface unit. Connect a #10 gauge or larger bare copper ground wire to the antenna and a second ground wire to the ground lug on the surge arrestor. Route each of these ground wires and connect them to one rod of the 3-rod grounding grid at the central location. Furnish and install all necessary mounting clamps, brackets, etc. as may be required for the antenna, coaxial cable, ground wires and the surge arrestor. Also connect a #10 gauge or larger bare copper ground wire to the ground lug of the MIM LINK interface unit and route it out and connect it to one rod of the 3-rod grounding grid using a brass clamp.
Decoder Interface Unit—(decoder-based system)—The interface unit shall be a

Rain Bird Decoder Interface “LDI” unit with all solid-state electronic circuitry. It shall provide the necessary interface between the computer and the field decoder units.

The interface unit shall provide both communication from the computer out to

the field decoder units and “feedback” communication from the field decoder units to the computer. It shall be capable of controlling, over a two-wire path, up to 500 (max.) single decoders and up to 1,000 (max.) solenoids. The LDI unit shall be complete with 117/220VAC power supply cord and a communication cable, which shall be connected between the LDI interface unit and the serial port of the computer. Connect a #10 gauge or larger bare copper ground wire to the ground lug of the LDI and route it out and connect it to one rod of the 3-rod grounding grid using a brass clamp.
MSC+ Field Satellite Units—(hard-wired MSC+ satellite system)—Furnish and install, where shown on the drawings and/or where directed, Rain Bird Model MSC+ PP (plastic pedestal) or MSC+ SS (stainless steel pedestal), 16 station, two-wire field satellite controllers. In addition, furnish and install additional OSM-8 valve output modules for each basic satellite field unit to configure it for the total number of station outputs indicated on the drawings and/or as directed.
PAR+ES LINK Field Satellite Units—(radio PAR+ES LINK satellite system)—Furnish and install, where shown on the drawings and/or where directed, Rain Bird Model PAR+ES LINK PP or PAR+ES LINK/R PP (plastic pedestal) or PAR+ES LINK SS or PAR+ES LINK/R SS (stainless steel pedestal), 16 station, radio LINK type field satellite controllers. Those satellite units, with radio/modem units, shall be furnished with dome hood type antennas. In addition furnish and install additional OSM-8 valve output modules for each basic satellite field unit to configure it for the total number of station outputs indicated on the drawings and/or as directed. For those units so indicated on the drawings and/or where directed, furnish and install CAM LINK units.
MSC+ LINK Field Satellite Units—(radio MSC+ LINK satellite system)—Furnish and install, where shown on the drawings and/or where directed, Rain Bird Model MSC+ LINK PP or MSC+ LINK/R PP (plastic pedestal) or MSC+ LINK SS or MSC+ LINK/R SS (stainless steel pedestal), 16 station, radio LINK type field satellite controllers. Those satellite units, with radio/modem units, shall be furnished with dome hood type antennas. In addition, furnish and install additional OSM-8 valve output modules for each basic satellite field unit to configure it for the total number of station outputs indicated on the drawings and/or as directed. For those units so indicated on the drawings and/or where directed furnish and install CAM LINK units.
PAR+ES Field Satellite Units—(hard-wired PAR+ES satellite system)—Furnish and install, where shown on the drawings and/or where directed, Rain Bird Model PAR+ES PP (plastic pedestal) or PAR+ES SS (stainless steel pedestal), 16 station, two-wire field satellite controllers. In addition furnish and install additional OSM-8 valve output modules for each basic satellite field unit to configure it for the total number of station outputs indicated on the drawings and/or as directed.
Field Decoder Units—(decoder-based system)—Furnish and install, where shown on the drawings and/or where directed, Rain Bird Model FD-101, FD-102, FD-202, FD-401 or FD-601 decoders. All decoders shall be solid-state electronic circuitry and epoxy potted in a sturdy plastic case suitable for direct burial. Each decoder shall be factory set for a specific response code(s) with code number(s) permanently and prominently marked on the decoder case. Also furnish and install in the two-wire path, where shown on the drawings and/or where directed, Rain Bird Model LSP-1 surge arrestors. One LSP-1 ground wire shall be attached to the solenoid core tube and the other to a 4' copper ground rod, installed near the LSP-1 surge arrestor.
Wire—(hard-wired satellite system and decoder-based system)—Furnish and install, for the two-wire communication paths, double jacketed type wire, consisting of two tin-coated type UF insulated (4/64" PVC), soft drawn, annealed solid copper conductors. The two conductors shall be color-coded (one RED the other BLACK). The second outer jacket shall be a solid color, high density, polyethylene insulation. Jacket colors and conductor sizes shall be as shown on the drawings and/or as directed.
Weather Station—Furnish and install, where shown on the drawings or where directed,

a Rain Bird Model WS-PRO-SH, direct hard-wired or Model WS-PRO-PH remote telephone operated, On-Site Weather Station. The station shall monitor the following daily critical weather conditions: wind direction, wind speed, solar radiation, air temperature, relative humidity and rainfall. Sensors shall be polled every 5 seconds and the data recorded in a micrologger located in the Weather Station mast. The Weather Station shall be furnished complete with 120Vor240V/16V step-down transformer,

12-Volt battery and both calling and answering modems, for the WS-PRO-SH and with answering modem for the WS-PRO-PH unit. For the WS-PRO-PH unit furnish and install, at the computer, a modem and a dedicated telephone line at both the computer location and the Weather Station location. For the WS-PRO-SH unit, the communication wire between Weather Station and central computer shall be Belden #9883 direct burial type cable, consisting of three twisted wire pairs and with metal shield. Furnish and install the necessary MSP-1 surge arrestors, to be wired into the communication wire paths and power wires, at both the Weather Station location and at the central equipment location, as well as, the required MGP-1 grounding plate assemblies in which the MSP-1 surge arrestors are to be mounted.
Furnish and install a 3-rod grounding grid, at the Weather Station location, as previously specified for the central system grounding grid.

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