Workpackage number 9: Automatims and software Start date or start event: 0
Activity Type: RTD/Innovation
Participant ID

CSIC

ABACOTECH 

LRA 

SAPIAMA 

Person-month per participant

12 

52 

6


Objectives

  1. In-situ tests and valuation of innovating sensors for detecting soil and plant water status.
  2. Improvement of on-line control and monitoring of irrigation scheduling.
  3. Development of innovative control algorithms and software specifically designed for irrigation management.

Description of work

WP9 deals with the engineering aspects (design and control of the irrigation systems), using the outputs (knowledge, models) of the aforementioned WPs. Its contribution will be both on hardware (sensors, equipment) and on software (control algorithms, decision support system, expert systems). The participation of SME specialized in irrigation equipment and control (sensors, automatisms, computerized control) will ensure the suitable technical support for the technological developments and an efficient feedback with the teams involved in crop physiology and system modelling.

(Task 9.1) Development, validation and optimisation of an automated irrigation equipment that integrates the most adequate and pertinent plant and soil water indicators (months: 1-36).

The technological development of the hardware components will lead to the generation of an automated irrigation system with capacity to control the irrigation equipment (hydraulic bombs, control heads, electro-valves, electronic flow meters, etc.), integrating the plant and soil sensors tested and validated in WP2.

(Task 9.2) Development, validation and optimisation of algorithms and software for automated control of irrigation scheduling at farm level (months 1-36).

Two types of software will be elaborated: a) Professional Software System, with capacity to optimise irrigation scheduling by the incorporation and treatment of the information on climate, soil and plant water status (inputs). A versatile control algorithm, which could be adapted to each species and local factors, will generate the timing and frequency of irrigation (outputs). b) Training Software System, i.e. a simplified version of the Professional Software dedicated to farmers dissemination activities.

This new irrigation technology (hardware and software) will be developed by the firm ABACOTECH, in close collaboration with CEBAS-CSIC. Finally, the available equipments and software will be tested in farm pilots of Southeast Spain (CSIC), Agadir (SAPIAMA) and Lebanon (LRA)


Deliverables:

D32: Automated irrigation prototype based on plant-soil indicators (month 24)

D54: Software for automated irrigation scheduling (month 34).

D55: Hardware for irrigation control based on plant-soil indicators. Development of the final irrigation equipment after the validation and optimisation of the previous prototype (month 34)

D67: Booklets describing the hardware and software for irrigation management Guidelines for the use and maintenance of the new irrigation control system (month 36).


Milestonesand expected result:

Milestones: M9.1.Month 24: The first prototype of the irrigation control system should have been tested, for allowing the implementation of new scheduling algorithms. M9.2. Month 35: The validation and optimisitation of the control software in field experiments will be the neccesary step to develope guidelines for the use and maintenance of the new irrigation control system

Results: The technological development of the hardware and software components will lead to the generation of an automated irrigation system with capacity to control the irrigation equipment (hydraulic bombs, control heads, electro-valves, electronic flow meters, etc.), integrating the plant and soil sensors tested and validated in WP2.