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1/16
First class meeting 4:00p - 5:50p 3002 ECEB
1/23
Second class meeting 4:00p - 5:50p 3002 ECEB
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Third class meeting 4:00p - 5:50p 3002 ECEB
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2/6
Fourth class meeting 4:00p - 5:50p 3002 ECEB
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2/13
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2/20
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2/27
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3/27
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4/17
Mock demo During weekly TA mtg
Mock demo During weekly TA mtg
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Mock demo During weekly TA mtg
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4/24
5/1
Final papers due 11:59p
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Lab checkout 3:30p - 5:00p 2070 ECEB
Award Ceremony and Pizza 5:00p - 6:00p 3002 ECEB

S.I.P. (Smart Irrigation Project)

Jackson Lenz, James McMahon

S.I.P. (Smart Irrigation Project)

Featured Project

Jackson Lenz

James McMahon

Our project is to be a reliable, robust, and intelligent irrigation controller for use in areas where reliable weather prediction, water supply, and power supply are not found.

Upon completion of the project, our device will be able to determine the moisture level of the soil, the water level in a water tank, and the temperature, humidity, insolation, and barometric pressure of the environment. It will perform some processing on the observed environmental factors to determine if rain can be expected soon, Comparing this knowledge to the dampness of the soil and the amount of water in reserves will either trigger a command to begin irrigation or maintain a command to not irrigate the fields. This device will allow farmers to make much more efficient use of precious water and also avoid dehydrating crops to death.

In developing nations, power is also of concern because it is not as readily available as power here in the United States. For that reason, our device will incorporate several amp-hours of energy storage in the form of rechargeable, maintenance-free, lead acid batteries. These batteries will charge while power is available from the grid and discharge when power is no longer available. This will allow for uninterrupted control of irrigation. When power is available from the grid, our device will be powered by the grid. At other times, the batteries will supply the required power.

The project is titled S.I.P. because it will reduce water wasted and will be very power efficient (by extremely conservative estimates, able to run for 70 hours without input from the grid), thus sipping on both power and water.

We welcome all questions and comments regarding our project in its current form.

Thank you all very much for you time and consideration!