Creating intelligent technologies for land and water based industries

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Oct 19, 2013 (3 years and 9 months ago)

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Creating intelligent technologies for land and water based industries

Who is LVL ?


Research and development company focused on
providing technology solutions for NZ industry



LVL is a 100% subsidiary of Lincoln University with an
independent board



Lincoln Ventures


Smart sensors and equipment to assist NZ
-
based industries to
differentiate their products in the global marketplace and manage
production
-

utilise microwave sensing, machine vision and biosensors;


Water research and modelling
-

supplying tools that enable regional and
central government and water users to manage ground water quality and
allocation/use for sustainable use of
NZ’s

water resource;


Chemical application research and training to develop best management
practices, technologies and models to balance pesticide use, sustainable
primary production and environmental protection;


Irricad
-

a globally distributed computer software package for designing all
types of pressurized irrigation systems. Includes GIS
-
linked layout,
engineering design and B.O.M.



Interactive, remote real
-
time
collaborative electron microscopy


This project is to allow researchers from New Zealand and
around the world to use their specialised electron microscopes
remotely. These microscopes are specialised for electron
tomography (three
-
dimensional reconstruction of sub
-
micron
structures)


a technique that has wide application within
biological, medical and material sciences.

The project has created a software application through which
users can access real
-
time high
-
quality digital microscope
images and access limited microscope controls. They can also
converse naturally with the microscope operator using video
and voice, and use sketching/diagrammatic whiteboard
communication using software such as
Evo
.


This project was funded by the KAREN Capability Building Fund
round
2
at the end of
2007
.


Interactive, remote
real
-
time
collaborative
electron microscopy

IRAP Integrated Research for Aquifer Protection

AquiferSim






FRST funded research
-

multi
-
scale collaboration
between eight organisations


Improve understanding of
cumulative effects of non
-
point nitrate contamination
of ground water on alluvial
plains


Involves experimental work
and modelling


Models to estimate what is
happening out there:



the big picture


Now


in the future (with
further intensification)

(From Linda Lilburne


LandCare
)

Spring
-
fed stream catchments

IRAP Integrated Research for Aquifer Protection

WebFarmSim


Allows a user to simulate
various types of farm
systems, such as:


Dairy Farms


Traditional Cropping Farms


Intensive Cropping Farms


Sheep and Beef Farms

and study the effect on
nitrate leaching of varying
irrigation and
fertiliser

management.



Farm System Models

I have worked with the following systems:


DairyNZ’s

Whole Farm Model


simulates dairy farms in
considerable detail


Lincoln University’s
LincFarm



simulates various types of farms,
especially sheep farms.


PoohSim



Lincoln University PhD (Andrew Bates) (funded by
DairyNZ
)


investigating nitrogen dynamics on a dairy farm
-

simulation of urine and dung patching on a Dairy Farm with specific
example of Lincoln University Dairy Farm (but can do any)


WebFarmSim



the farm simulation project for the
IRAP

project


Now working with
ApSim

(from Australia) for new version of
WebFarmSim

for the
IRAP

project


Cumulative Agrichemical Residue Tracking

Allows monitoring of
spraydrift
.

Two intended groups of users:


Farmers/contractors spraying on
farms


Regional councils to monitor overall
effects of cumulative spraying and
spraydrift
.


This project integrates GIS data,
meteorological data and chemical
data, and is an example of an e
-
research project.




Irrigation Software



Used to design all types of
pressurised irrigation systems


Marketed under
AEI Software.

IRRICAD used for Agricultural,
Horticultural and large turf
systems.

FastQuote

used for domestic and
small turf.

Developed and sold since
1988
.

Over
800
users (packages sold) in
35
+ countries.

We have also used our expertise in
this area to develop
specialised

software for various irrigation
manufacturing companies.

Irrigation Drawing
Tool

We created a drawing tool
for Reece Irrigation in
Australia to be used on their
website.

Customers can upload an
image (e.g. from
GoogleMaps
) of their
garden, draw in its features,
and submit it to Reece for a
quote for irrigation.

Their consultant then
import their drawing into
Irricad
, to “tailor an
irrigation solution to their
needs”.


This application was written
in Flash (CS
4
, AS
3
)


Smart sensors and measurement
technologies

Development of non invasive measurement technologies and
sensors for quantity and quality parameters using microwave,
machine vision and biosensors




Kiwifruit Counter


Grape Sense

A tool for mapping early indicators of spatial quality variation to measures at
harvest, to facilitate early intervention and hence maximise crop value.






SciTOX


Biosensor for measuring toxicity of waste


Very fast toxicity screening


ideal for waste water


Product
commercialised

by
SciTOX


Conclusion


At LVL we have a good history of collaboration.


We have a good knowledge of e
-
research and implemented a
KAREN CBF
-
funded project.


We have a wide range of technical expertise, including (but not
limited to):


Programming C# Flash, C++, Java and many other languages


Interactive web applications (ASP.NET, Flash)


e
-
Research expertise, especially in grid computing, HPC


Development of sensors
utilising

machine vision, microwave
sensing and biosensors