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:: Charles M. Burt ::


 
Charles M. Burt

Chairman of the Board, ITRC


Office: BRAE 08A-022B
Phone: 805-756-2379
Fax: 805-756-2433
cburt@calpoly.edu
 

  Ph.D., P.E., CID

  • Author or co-author of 120 articles and study guides, related to on-farm irrigation, canal modernization, and efficiency (See below for a partial list of publications).
  • First chairman of the IA Certification Board.
  • Extensive field and design experience in drip, sprinkler, and surface.
  • Extensive field and theoretical experience in canal / pipeline / pump modernization.
  • Work experience in 26 countries.
  • Registered Civil Engineer and Agricultural Engineer, California.
  • Registered Professional Engineer, Utah.
  • Person of the Year (1997) - The Irrigation Association.
  • Person of the Year (2000) - California Irrigation Institute.

 

   Retired Professor, BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department

 

   Education:

  • B.S., Soil Science, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • M.S., Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, Utah State University, Logan, UT
  • Ph.D., Engineering, Utah State University, Logan, UT

 

  Teaches the following University irrigation classes:

  • BRAE 331 Irrigation Theory
  • BRAE 532 Wells and Pumps
  • BRAE 533 Irrigation Project Design
  • BRAE 438 Drip Irrigation
  • BRAE 414 Irrigation Engineering
  • BRAE 440 Agricultural Irrigation Systems
  • BRAE 405 Chemigation

 

   Examples of publications by Dr. Charles Burt:

  • Burt, C.M., G. Stringham and D. James. 1976. Increasing Yields on Recently Graded Land Through Proper Phosphate Fertilization. Utah Science. Reprinted in Nov/Dec 1976 issue of Irrigation Age.

  • Burt, C.M. and J. Keller. 1976. Very Low Pressure Sprinkler Irrigation. ASAE Paper No. 76-2517. , and Utah State University 2111(d)-12 bulletin. Dept. of Agricultural and Irrigation Engineering.

  • Merriam, J., Shearer and C.M. Burt. 1980. Evaluating Irrigation Systems and Practices. Chapter 17 in the ASAE Monograph No. 3. M.E. Jensen, editor. Pp. 721-762.

  • Burt, C.M. and J. Lord. 1981. Demand Theory and Application in Irrigation District Water Delivery. Proceedings of the ASAE Specialty Conference on Irrigation Scheduling, held at Chicago, Ill.

  • Burt, C.M. 1983. Regulation of Sloping Canals by Downstream Regulation Control. ASAE Paper No. 83-2582. Presented at the winter meeting of ASAE in Chicago, Ill.

  • Burt, C.M., R. Walker and S. Styles. 1992. Irrigation System Evaluation Manual - rev 1992. A comprehensive, documented software package for evaluation of agricultural irrigation systems. Funded by the OWC, Calif. DWR. Pub. by ITRC, Dept. of Agricultural Engineering, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

  • Burt, C.M. and G. Gartrell. 1993. Irrigation Canal - Simulation Model Usage. 1993. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering. 119 (4):631-636.

  • Plusquellec, H., C.M. Burt and H. Wolter. 1994. Modern Water Control in Irrigation - Concepts Issues and Applications. World Bank Technical Paper Number 246. Irrigation and Drainage Series. The World Bank. Washington, D.C.

  • Burt, C.M. 1994. The Irrigation Consumer Bill of Rights. Irrigation Journal. Vol 44(4): 32-33.

  • Burt, C.M. and S. Styles. 2000. Drip and Microirrigation for Trees, Vines, and Row Crops, with special sections on buried drip. Published by the ITRC, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA. ISBN 0-9643634-2-9. 292p.

  • Burt, C.M. 1995. The Surface Irrigation Manual - A Comprehensive Guide to Design and Operation of Surface Irrigation Systems. Waterman Industries. Exeter, CA. ISBN 0-9639016. 373 p.

  • Burt, C.M. 1995. Guidelines for Establishing Irrigation Scheduling Policies. Theme V: Interaction Between Water Delivery and Irrigation Scheduling. ICID/FAO Workshop on Irrigation Scheduling: From Theory to Practice. Sept. 12-13. Rome, Italy.

  • Burt, C.M., K. O'Connor and T. Ruehr. 1995. Fertigation. Published by the ITRC, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA. ISBN 0-9643634-1-0. 326 p.

  • Burt, C.M. and S. Styles. 1996. Modern Water Control and Management Practices in Irrigation: Impact on Performance. FAO Technical Papers. Water Report 19. ISSN 1020-1203. 223 p.

  • Burt, C.M., R. Mills, R. Khalsa, and V. Ruiz. 1998. Improved Proportional-Integral (PI) Logic for Canal Automation. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering.

  • Burt, C.M., A. Clemmens, T. Strelkoff, K. Solomon, R. Bliesner, L. Hardy, T. Howell, and D. Eisenhauer. 1998. Irrigation Performance Measures - Efficiency and Uniformity. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering 123(6):423-442.

  • Burt, C.M.  2004.  Rapid Field Evaluation of Drip and Microspray Distribution Uniformity.  Kluwer Academic Publishers.  Irrigation and Drainage Systems 18:275-297.

  • Burt, C.M., A.J. Mutziger, R.G. Allen, and T.A. Howell.  2005.  Evaporation Research - A Review and Interpretation.  Journal Irrig. Drain. Engr. 131(1): 37-58.

  • Mutziger, A.J., C.M. Burt, D.J. Howes, and R.G. Allen.  2005.  Comparison of Measured and Modified FAO 56 Modeled Bare Soil Evaporation.  Journal Irrig. Drain. Engr. 131(1): 59-72.

  • Allen, R.G., A.J. Clemmens, C.M. Burt, K. Solomon, and T. O'Halloran.  2005.  Prediction Accuracy for Projectwide Evapotranspiration Using Crop Coefficients and Reference Evapotranspiration.  Journal Irrig. Drainage. Engr. 131(1): 24-36.

  • van Overloop, P.J., J. Schuurmans, R. Brouwer, and C.M. Burt.  2005.  Multiple Model Optimization of Decentralized PI-Controllers on Canals.  Journal Irrig. Drain. Engr. 131(2: 190-196.

  • Burt, C.M. and B. Isbell.  2005.  Leaching of Accumulated Soil Salinity Under Drip Irrigation.  Trans. of ASAE 48(6): 2115-2121.

  • Burt, C.M.  2007.  Volumetric Irrigation Water Pricing Considerations.  Irrigation Drainage Syst. 21:133-144.
     
  • Burt, C.M. and S.W. Styles. 2007. Drip and Micro Irrigation Design and Management for Trees, Vines, and Field Crops. Practice plus Theory. 4th Edition. ISBN 978-0-9643634-4-1. 396 p.
     
  • Burt, C.M., X. Piao, F. Gaudi, B. Busch, and NFN Taufik. 2008. Electric Motor Efficiency Under Variable Frequencies and Loads. ASCE Journal Irrig. Drain. Engr 134(2):129-136.
     
  • Styles, S.W., C. Burt, F. Gaudi, and S. Orvis. 2008. Assessment of ITRC’s Rapid Evaluation Procedure for Drip/Micro Irrigation Systems. ASCE Journal Irrig. Drain. Engr 134(3):292-297.
     
  • Clemmens, A.J., R.G. Allen, and C.M. Burt. 2008. Technical Concepts Related to Conservation of Irrigation and Rain Water in Agricultural Systems. Water Resources Research.44,W00E03,doi:10.1029/2007WR006095. Pub. 29 July 2008
     
  • Perry, C., P. Steduto, R.G. Allen, and C.M. Burt. 2009. Increasing Productivity in Irrigated Agriculture: Agronomic Constraints and Hydrological Realities. Agricultural Water Management. Elsevier B.V. doi:10.1016/j.agwat.2009.05.005
     
  • Burt, C.M., S.Orvis, and N. Alexander. 2010. Canal Seepage Reduction by Soil Compaction. ASCE, Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering 136(7):479-485 : URL: http://link.aip.org/link/?QIR/136/479 DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)IR.1943-4774.0000205
     
  • Howes, D.J., C. M. Burt, and B. F. Sanders. 2010. Subcritical Contraction Design for Improved Open Channel Flow Measurement Accuracy With An Upward-Looking ADVM. ASCE, Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering 136(9):617-626.
  • Perez Urrestarazu, L. and C. M. Burt. 2011. Caracterización Energética de Bombas. Un Caso Práctico en California. VI Congreso Ibérico de Agro Ingeniería. Universidade de Évora, Portugal. 5-7 Sept.
  • Burt, C.M. 2011. Challenges of the Irrigation Engineering Shift to Modernization, and Away From Construction of Dams and Canals. N.D. Gulhati Memorial Lecture for International Cooperation in Irrigation and Drainage. 21st ICID Congress on Irrigation and Drainage. 19 October. Tehran, Iran.
  • Burt, C.M. 2011. Agricultural Irrigation Using Municipal Effluent. Proceedings of the Innovations in Irrigation Education Conference at the 2011 Irrigation Show of The Irrigation Association. Nov. 6-8. San Diego, CA
  • Burt, C.M. 2011. Earthquakes and Irrigation in the Mexicali Valley. Proceedings of the Innovations in Irrigation Education Conference at the 2011 Irrigation Show of The Irrigation Association. Nov. 6-8. San Diego, CA
  • Burt, C.M. 2011. Drip Irrigation System Cost Sharing by Irrigation Districts for Water Conservation. Sixth International Conference on Irrigation and Drainage. US Committee on Irrigation and Drainage. Nov. 15-18. San Diego, CA
  • Dennis Gracia, A., C.M. Burt, and M. Paredes V. 2011. Irrigation Engineering in Seismic Zones - Mexicali Valley, Mexico. Sixth International Conference on Irrigation and Drainage. US Committee on Irrigation and Drainage. Nov. 15-18. San Diego, CA
  • Sweigard, J., C.M. Burt, and P. Rietkerk. 2011. Pipeline and Canal Downstream Control System for Recirculation - Patterson ID Case Study. Sixth International Conference on Irrigation and Drainage. US Committee on Irrigation and Drainage. Nov. 15-18. San Diego, CA
  • Orvis, S., C. M. Burt, and L. Perez U. 2011. Characteristics of Irrigation Pump Performance in Major Irrigated Areas of California. Sixth International Conference on Irrigation and Drainage. US Committee on Irrigation and Drainage. Nov. 15-18. San Diego, CA
  • Burt, C.M. 2012. Irrigation District Conveyance Infrastructure Challenges. Talk to the California Irrigation Institute. January 30, 2012. Sacramento, CA.
  • Perez Urrestarazu, L. and C. M. Burt. 2012. Characterization of Pumps for Irrigation in Central California: Potential Energy Savings. ASCE, Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering 138(9):815-822.
  • Burt, C.M. 2012. Response to: “Water-use efficiency and productivity: rethinking the basin approach” by Gleick et al (2011). Water International 37(2). pp 183-197. Contained within a broader response by H.D. Frederiksen, R.G. Allen, and C. Perry.
  • Burt, C.M. 2012 Eficiencia de Riego en Valle de Mexicali Distrito 014. XV Congreso Internacional en Ciencias Agrícolas. 25 Oct. 2012. Instituto de Ciencias Agrícolas-UABC. Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
  • Paolini, A., C.M. Burt. 2012 Challenges of Metergate Calibration to Comply with California's SBx7-7. USCID Reno
  • Burt, C.M. and S.A. Orvis. 2012. The Ins and Outs of Regulating Reservoir Designs. USCID Reno
  • Burt, C.M. and K. Feist. 2012. Irrigation Pump Performance with Sand Wear. USCID. Reno, Nev.
  • Howes, D.J., C.M. Burt, and K. Feist. 2012. Basin-Wide Remote Sensing of Actual Evapotranspiration and Its Influence on Regional Water Resources Planning. USCID Reno
  • Burt, C.M. 2012. The Irrigation Sector Shift From Construction to Modernization: What is Required for Success. Irrig. And Drainage. Published online in Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary.com) DOI: 10.1002/ird.1703. 8 p.
  • Burt, C.M. 2013. Irrigation System Regulating Reservoirs. Proceedings of ICID Conference. Marden, Turkey. Sept. 2013.
  • Burt, C.M. 2014. Chapters 1 and 2 in Wahlin, B.T. and D.D. Zimbelman (ed.) . Canal Automation for Irrigation Canals. ASCE Manuals and Reports on Engineering Practice No. 131. ASCE, Reston, VA. 260 pp.
  • Howes, D.J., C. M. Burt, and L. J. Hoffman. 2014. Evaluating Net Groundwater Use from Remotely Sensed Evapotranspiration and Water Delivery Information. Presented at the International Irrigation Association Technical Conference in Phoenix, AZ. December.
  • Burt, C.M. 2014. Regulation of Agricultural Groundwater Nitrates in California. Proceedings of the USCID Fall 2014 Conference held in Phoenix, AZ. Feist, K., and C. M. Burt. 2014. Flow Measurement Options for Canal Turnouts. Proceedings of the USCID Fall 2014 Conference held in Phoenix, AZ.
  • Burt, C. M. (Chair), R. Hutmacher, T. Angermann, B. Brush, Daniel Munk, J. duBois, M. McKean, L. Zelinski. 2014. Conclusions of the Agricultural Expert Panel. Recommendations to the State Water Resources Control Board pertaining to the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program, in fulfillment of SB x 2 1 of the California Legislature. Sept. 9. http://www.itrc.org/swrcb/index.html
  • Sadowska, A., P-J. van Overloop, C. Burt, and D. Schutter. 2014. Hierarchical Control of an Irrigation Canal: Application to the Central California Irrigation District Main Canal. (In review)
  • Burt, C.M. 2016. Managing Drip Filter Backflush Water. Presented at 2016 Irrigation Show, Las Vegas, Nevada, December 6-7. 6 pp.
  • Burt, C.M. 2016. Estimation of ET for Groundwater Models Using the ITRC-METRIC Process. Presented at 2016 NGWA Groundwater Week, Las Vegas, Nevada, December 6-8, 2016. 8 pp.
  • Burt, C.M. and S.W. Styles. 2016. Drip and Micro Irrigation Design and Management for Trees, Vines, and Field Crops. Practice plus Theory. 5rd Edition. ISBN 978-0-692-63479-0. 420 p.
  • Burt, C.M.,. 2017. Using Electricity Consumption to Estimate Water Volumes Pumped from Wells. Irrigation Training & Research Center. Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, CA. 9 pp.
  • Feist, K., C.M. Burt and R. Pierce. 2017. Case Study: West Stanislaus Irrigation District Modernization. In Proceedings of World Environmental and Water Resources Congress. May 21-25, 2017. Sacramento, CA.
  • Styles, S.S, K. Feist and C.M. Burt. 2017. Improving Flow Measurement Accuracy Using a Portable Irrigation Turnout Calibration Unit. In Proceedings of World Environmental and Water Resources Congress. May 21-25, 2017. Sacramento, CA.