Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Automated machinery for Agriculture farming

Video on Farm automation

Fully automated Hydroponic greenhouse factory

Fully Automated hydroponics greenhouse factory for lettuce and other leafy vegetable cultivation. Growing media iron concentrations, micro-climatic factors (temperature, humidity), watering, fertilizer application are fully automated. From seeding to harvesting whole factory runs with very less human involvement.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Google SketchUp, Google 3D Warehouse and Google Earth for 3D Landscape modeling

Google SketchUp
SketchUp 3D modeling program was originally developed by @Last Software Inc., a small software company in Colorado, USA in 1999. SketchUp rapidly became popular after @Last Software Inc. was purchased by Google Inc. in 2006. 
From its debut release SketchUp had a simple, playful user interface than other traditional 3D modeling software. SketchUp 8 is the latest release with support to both Windows and Mac operating systems. Part of its popularity comes from Google making a standard version available for free.
Google 3D Warehouse
3D Warehouse is a database and a search engine for free 3D models. It enables SketchUp users to share their models with other users and acquire free geometrical elements for their designs.
SketchUp users usually share their smaller models as well as complete site designs in 3D Warehouse, and that has made it the largest database of 3D models. It contains 3D models of plants, building materials and almost all kinds of template models needed for architects, engineers, students and 3D enthusiasts of all ages. Using models from 3D Warehouse, allows SketchUp users to create large and detailed models with ease. 
Google Earth
Google Earth is a Web GIS platform made of thick client approach, originally invented by geospatial Software Company called Keyhole Inc. and now owned by Google Inc. It supplies 3D satellite views of the earth surface as well as valuable geo-environmental and spatial datasets for land management practices. 
Google Earth’s aerials and terrain can be uploaded to SketchUp to get real earth surface experience for site designers. Once imported into SketchUp, the aerials and terrain can be used to model site plans and buildings onto the surfaces. SketchUp models can be exported and viewed in context within the Google Earth interface. As important, the SketchUp models in Google Earth can be saved as Google Earth file format (.kmz).
Information layers of weather, global awareness and disaster warnings in Google Earth helps SketchUp planners to adjust buildings and landscapes appropriately. Latest additions such as space-time feature and other real-time data services are useful in early planning stages for precise decision making. 


3D ENVIRONMENTAL MODELING TOOL FOR SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPE DESIGNING

Landscape can be defined as the appearance of land, which includes its shapes, textures and colors. It also reflects the way in which its various components combine to create specific patterns and pictures that are distinctive to particular localities. During landscaping, human beings alter the landscape to add aesthetics and to obtain some functional benefits.
Plants with its dynamic relational functions together with other biotic and abiotic entities in the environment play a major role in landscapes. Plants used as soft landscape materials. In designs not only enhance aesthetics of the design, but also perform some architectural and environmental functions in addition to health, social and economic benefits. A good landscape design based on proper time-tested design ideology and plant placement is an essential part of landscape project planning. Biomass reduction due to various constructions can be restored by well planned interior and exterior plant-scaping practices, and it is the modern way of reducing the carbon foot print of built infrastructure. 
Landscaped areas give a variety of environmental benefits which includes control of soil erosion, stabilization of banks, prevention of air pollution, noise abatement, glare reduction, heat dissipation, wind break, cooling and shading. According to Kaplan (1989) natural elements such as plants improves mental health via a positive therapeutic impact. Spending in green outdoor common spaces is related to stronger social interaction among residents. Luttik (2000) found that attractive landscape types were shown to draw a premium of 5-12% more in housing prices over less attractive environment settings in the Netherlands. 
All these functions may vary as plants constantly change with time. Certain changes are permanent such as increase in height of a plant while certain changes are seasonal such as flowering and fruiting. Thus plants follow permanent and cyclic changes. Therefore, it is important to visualize these changes before implementation of the design so that the customer can perceive the intended outcome.
Computer aided designing (CAD) software have made it possible for designers to test the future appearance and the intended outcome of the designs, thus useful in adjusting the designs prior to making the final decision before construction.  Traditional CAD software helps to test different types of options such as building materials, textures and colors. However, using traditional CAD systems are inadequate for today's challenges in construction industry, as designers have to deal with issues such as climate change and disasters.  Designers need to be familiarized with design systems that support sustainable procedures and methodologies to overcome future challenges in the landscape industry. However, the introduction of virtual modeling systems such as SketchUp has given planners and designers the opportunity in testing models beyond engineering and architectural aspects. SketchUp have capabilities such as shadow management, daylight simulation, terrain modeling, building information modeling and energy analysis. Most importantly, it is an easy learning, user friendly rapid modeling tool.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

AGRES 2010

The students who completed the research projects in different areas of Agriculture, will be presenting their findings to Judges, academics, professionals, entrepreneurs from a number of private and Govt sector agriculture organizations. Each student had undergone 6 month Research. A booklet containing “Complete Proceedings of 80 research projects” will be released at the opening ceremony, which contains the outcome of each student’s work.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Agrochemicals for extraordinary yield

CIC Agribusiness is the major Agrochemical suppliers in Sri Lanka.
Don't believe in this video.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Degree in Horticultura

What can you do with a degree in horticultural science?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

AGRES Agricultural Research Symposium of Wayamba University of Sri Lanka

Agricultural Research Symposium of Wayamba University of Sri Lanka
(AGRES) was initiated in 2001 and 9th version of it was held in
this august. Objectives of AGRES is to promote agriculture research,
provide opportunity to undergraduats to present their findings
with other institutions. Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation
Management of Wayamba University is planning to organize the
10th Agricultural Research Symposium in style next year.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Agricultural Research Symposium "AGRES"

9th Agricultural Research Symposium of Wayamba University
will be held on 11th & 12th August 2009.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Aquaculture

Learn bout effective use of water by an Austrian farmer.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Compost for your Garden

Learn how to make comost for your Garden plants.


Video about Organic Garden Composting from youtube.com
See more videos about Organic Garden Composting

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Maize Growers Association

Video about Maize Growers Association. They explain about
maize cultivation.