There are many ways of quantifying the performance of sports surfaces in order to inform their management and improvement. We are able to undertake all of those commonly undertaken for natural turf surfaces and some for artificial surfaces including:
Smoothness and evenness
These qualites are essential features of most sports surfaces. Tim Lodge invented a device for the measurement of golf green smoothness - the Lodgemeter. The patent for this was filed on 22 October 2005 and was granted to the inventor on 9 June 2010 (Patent No. GB2442787). The Lodgemeter represents a completely new idea in the field of golf playing quality assessment and we continue to refine and optimise the design.
We have also developed a device for measuring the evenness of sports surfaces. Although this is a Sport England requirement for example for football pitch appraisal, the method recommended to determine this we believe is less than satisfactory. Our device gives a much more reliable numerical statement of the degree of evenness of any surface.