For more than a decade, at the ITAF Department (Engineering and Agri-Forestry Technology ) of Agriculture Faculty at the University of Palermo, were conducted under the hydraulic dimensioning of irrigation experimental research that formed the basis for developing methodologies for irrigation systems design. In particular, the studies made it possible, first, to develop methodologies for calculating the systems continuous and localized losses, and the identification algorithms, both of which approximate such rigorous, aiming to the design and testing of irrigation systems and the results are now recognized by the national and international scientific community.
The research started in the late 80's have helped to identify criteria for evaluation of continuous and localized pressure drop in the laterals where on-line emitters are installed , (Bagarello V., Ferro V., Provenzano G., Pumo D.) continued during 2002 to the new ones for in-line coextruded emitters, (Provenzano G., pumo D., God P. M.), in 2003 have allowed the development of a simplified procedure for the design and the analisys of simple laterals and, in spring of 2004, the development of an algorithm that allows, through a rigorous approach, the design and testing of irrigation networks.
The acquired know-how , from theoretical-Experimental investigations conducted in these years of research, has led to close approximations of computing and technological gaps usually accepted, and it was necessary condition to overcome the failure state of the art and laid the groundwork for the creation of new tools for agriculture.
Theoretical studies conducted in the research university (the years 1995 to 2005) has created an effective and versatile mean of calculation for the design of any modern system of irrigation
Finally, the simplicity of the algorithm makes it possible to implement software that can affect a market that currently has no products with similar characteristics and which allows the accurate design of the irrigation systems, both in a project phase and afield applications, reducing the computational burden that such design involves. It also recognizes the opportunity to exploit and enhance the scientific experience, extracting from the publications procedures already ripe to be brought to a professionists' market, identifying, for some scientific results, yet untapped potential from a commercial point of view.