Final Report

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Description:

The Final Report Guidelines are the primary reference document for this assignment.

Requirements and Grading:

The Final Report is held to professional standards of language and format and is evaluated by staff in the ECE Editorial Services, who also check theses and dissertations for the department. The report is also evaluated for technical content and organization by the course staff. The Grading Rubrics are available for both English/Formatting and Technical Content , but here are some pointers:

  1. If you didn't click the link above, the Final Report Guidelines should be your first stop.
  2. Use a template to help get the formatting right (Microsoft Word template or LaTeX template).
  3. Since your Final Report is similar in purpose to a thesis, you may find the Thesis Writing Guidelines helpful for style and formatting.
  4. For citations, you may also find the IEEE Citation Reference guide useful.
  5. Please note the maximum number of pages (20) allowed for the final report. This does not include your references or appendices.You will be penalized for going over the maximum number of pages and/or not following the prescribed format.
  6. Submission and Deadlines:

    The Final Report document should be uploaded to My Project on PACE in PDF format by the deadline on the Calendar.

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!