The New Indian Express | By Express News Service | 16th June 2016 |
UDUPI: A team of final year civil engineering students of Shri MadhwaVadiraja Institute of Technology and Management (SMVITM) has developed a device to monitor concrete curing and irrigation operations. The team of Bantakal, Avinash Kumar, Rayan Benzen Nazareth and Arjun B K worked under the guidance of Pruthvin C Shetty (Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering) and Deepak Rao M (Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Unplanned usage of water during concrete curing leads to wastage. The associated manpower requirement, if not monitored ends up in structural and financial damages to the owner. Additionally, in order to promote agriculture, the government has been providing free/subsidized power for irrigation pump sets. As a result, farmers irrigate their lands day and night without knowing the actual water requirement of the crops they grow, which results in the wastage of water and energy.
The temperature of the concrete is monitored by using a temperature sensor (LM 35) and a moisture sensor (HL- 05) for soil moisture content. When the values cross the predefined threshold values, the micro-controller (Arduino UNO) will trigger the respective motors for pumping the water and will operate for predetermined periods. The notifications of these operations will be sent to the owner’s mobile phone. The device can also be operated manually using the android application. The work conducted is a pioneering step towards introducing automation in the field of civil engineering and agriculture. The equipment is cost-effective and helps in efficient use of manpower and energy. The device also helps in better management of time and water. Most importantly, it gives the user the comfort of performing curing and irrigation operations off-site. This academic project was recognised and funded by the Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology, Bengaluru. – Courtesy