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Global Team for Irrigation in Africa. General Inputs . Calculating Cost/Revenue of farm . Purdue University National University of Rwanda. Field Dimensions. Performance Curves. Crop Data. Calculating Operating Cost of Systems. Summary of Results. Labor Data.

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Global Team for Irrigation in Africa

General Inputs

Calculating

Cost/Revenue of farm

Purdue University

National University of Rwanda

Field Dimensions

Performance Curves

Crop Data

Calculating Operating Cost of Systems

Summary of Results

Labor Data

ME 463 Students: Tim Bond, T. Reid Gray, Jeremy Koehler, Erin Potrzebowski, Tyler Williams

Calculating Capital Cost of Systems

Pump

Data

Part

Cost

Global Irrigation Simulator

GTIA Mission Statement

Global Team Technologies

  • Objectives:
    • Provide a method of summarizing research and analysis for future projects
  • Determine the feasibility of irrigation on any hillside field
  • Determine profit, operating cost, and capital cost
    • Allow relaxation of constraints
    • Different crops/water requirements, different field dimensions, different labor situations, etc…
    • Highlight direct areas for improvement
    • Method:

Our mission is to “develop an agricultural irrigation system to aid in reducing poverty in the Gashora Sector of Rwanda using environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable design practices.”

  • Using technologies to overcome communication obstacles:
  • GlobalHUB: online global teaming & collaboration website
  • Rappture: Rapid application infrastructure, online hosting of scientific tools
  • Livescribe Pulse™ Smartpen: digitized design notebooks
  • Weekly global meetings using GMail™’s built-in chat features

Assessment Trip

January 5 – 14, 2009

Where: Kigali, Rwanda; Butare, Rwanda; Gashora Sector, Bugesera Region, Rwanda

Research

  • Technology
  • Extraction
    • Petrol Pumps
    • Solar Pumps
    • Hand Pumps
    • Treadle Pumps
  • Movement
    • Pipes
    • Hoses
    • Junctions
  • Storage
    • Tanks
    • Pits
    • Trenches
  • Distribution
    • Buckets
    • Furrows
    • Sprinklers
    • Drip
  • Conclusions and Results:
    • User friendly interface with easy to change inputs
    • Recommended system is tabulated in a bill of materials
    • Output graphs provide clear and concise summaries of the results.
    • Released as open-source tool under GPL for other groups to improve code and continue development.
  • Tasks Accomplished:
  • Met NUR teammates
  • Established team expectations
  • Met with Bugesera farmers
  • Defined initial customer requirements
  • Visited Rwandan suppliers
  • Met with government officials
  • Created preliminary budget, task list, and timeline
  • Sustainability
  • Economic
  • Environmental
  • Social
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