Team Vision for Problem Definition Phase
- Review project information according to PRP with the customer, to develop a problem statement
- Develop norms & values for the team
- Identify key stakeholders
- Develop use cases
- Meet & Interview with the customer and see the current status
- Review constraints
- Review customer requirements
- Review engineering requirements
- Define benchmarking parameters
- Define risk and action to minimize risk
- Research various “Vertical Farming” methods currently being used
- Research types of plants and their lifecycle
- Research effects of air flow in vertical farming
- Develop project plans for the System Design Phase
- Team developed a problem statement, norms & values, stakeholders, and a use scenario.
- Team travelled to Harbec Plastics to interview examine the previous project prototype.
- Team and customer reviewed constraints, customer & engineering requirements.
- Team defined benchmarking parameters, risks, and actions to minimize risks.
- Researched vertical farming methods, types of plants and their lifecycle, and effects of air flow in vertical farming
- The project plans for the system design was created
Project SummaryThe benefits of vertical farming systems allow plants to use less water and is less prone to diseases than traditional farming.The adaption of vertical farming has been difficult to achieve in the past due to inefficient energy usage and large upfront installation costs. However with the introduction of LEDs and breakthroughs in material science, a cheap and carbon neutral solution is possible. We are looking to improve the Surculus, a prototype technology designed with maximum yield in mind. It has barriers that need to be passed in terms of both in water and energy consumption, as well as the limited types of crop the current designs allow it to harbor. The goal of this project is to pinpoint the absolute necessary resources to accomplish what conventional farming is able to do — or possibly do it even better. Ultimately, our group aims to uncover technological solutions to non-sustainable practices.
A link to the working document: Use Scenarios
Project Goals and Key DeliverablesExpected end result of the project, what the customer can expect to receive at the end of the project.
Customer Requirements (Needs)
A link to the working document: Customer Requirements
Engineering Requirements (Metrics & Specifications)
A link to the working document: Engineering Requirements
- $500 budget
- Reduce carbon footprint wherever possible
- Utilize reusable or recycled material
- Run on renewable energy
- Provides safe to eat crops
- Within as many FDA regulations as possible
- Be within reasonably comparable efficiency as conventional crop growing in
the framework of lifecycle assessment
|Bob Bechtold/HARBEC Plastics||Customer|
|Charlie Tabb||Faculty Guide|
|RIT||University of MSD Team|
|MSD Team||Product Designers|
|Consumers||Who will be primarily consuming the produce|
House of Quality
A link to the working document: House of Quality
A link to the working document: Risk Assessment
Design Review Materials
- A link to the presentation can be found GrowUP
- A link to the notes from the review session can be found here
Plans for next phase
Working link to Gantt chart: Project Schedule