Guelph Center for Urban Organic Farming Final Design

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2010-01-25T16:30:26Z
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Hakimi, Rohan
Osika, Patricia
Snider-Nevin, Jeffrey
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This paper presents a low impact, energy efficient designed rainwater harvesting and irrigation system for the Guelph Centre for Urban Organic Farming at the University of Guelph. The system collects water from the roofs of nearby residence buildings, stores it and delivers it to the site as needed. An analysis showed that sufficient water is provided for summer and winter months by using 3068 m^2 of roof area with a 45 m^3 underground storage tank and a 136 m^3 irrigation pond. With these parameters drought would rarely occur at the farm and if it did occur it would last only a short period. Two solar panels that produce a total of 160 W are used to power the pump. The total cost of the system is $65 000.

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Created in fulfillment of the course requirements for ENGG*3100 Engineering and Design III. This course combines the knowledge gained in the advanced engineering and basic science courses with the design skills taught in ENGG*1100 and ENGG*2100 in solving open-ended problems. These problems are related to the student's major. Additional design tools are presented, including model simulation, sensitivity analysis, linear programming, knowledge-based systems and computer programming. Complementing these tools are discussions on writing and public speaking techniques, codes, safety issues, environmental assessment and professional management. These topics are taught with the consideration of available resources and cost.
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Drip Irrigation, Organic Farming, Rainwater Harvesting
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