An easy-to-use system that enables farmers to reduce agricultural water waste through real-time data cleaned up at this year's Canadian Engineering Competition held at McGill University March 4-6.
Designed by five electrical and computer engineering students, Project Reservoir is an agricultural water control and environmental monitoring system consisting of low-cost field sensors which collect real-time soil and environmental conditions.
Ryan Gibson, Austin Cousineau, Ian Murray, Stuart Alldritt and Nicole Jiang won first place in the Innovative Design Competition, the W. R. Petri Engineering Design Award for Technical Excellence, and the CEC Award for Outstanding Environmental Awareness.
Project Reservoir is a recipient of funding from the Engineer of the Future Trust.
Second place in the Innovative Design Competition went to fourth-year Waterloo nanotechnology engineering students Wenbo Cui, Stuart Murray, Laura Bahlmann and Eric Beauregard for GraFET. The sensor uses a graphene based transistor and a dipole detection method to quickly detect toxic gases.
Waterloo teams capture additional top CEC prizes
First prize in the Junior Design Competition was won by second-year Waterloo mechatronics engineering students Colin Cooke, Mitchell Catoen, Michael Jonas, Jake Fisher. The competition involved building a single drawbridge which could span 50 cm, 75 cm and 100 cm gaps without any modifications.
Second place in the Senior Design Competition was awarded to third-year Waterloo mechatronics engineering students Wesley Fisher, Kenneth Geertsema, Daniel Lizewski and Eric Shi. The students were given 10 hours to design a robot to collect food packets and water for a village with obstacles along the way including sand, gravel, mountains and a river.