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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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