Iowa State University Electrical and Computer Engineering EE/CprE 491/492
& Engr 466
Senior Design

 
Senior Design Projects: Dec 2004
 
Dec04-01: Collection Inventory Software
Dec04-02: Prototype Parking Lot Metering System -- Phase 2
Dec04-03: Custom Homebuilder Financial Assistant
Dec04-04: Lightning Protection of Transmission Lines and Distribution Lines
Dec04-05: Computer-Based Trading Room
Dec04-06: ERCOT Transmission Decision-Making Study
Dec04-07: Evidence Inventory and Tracking Program
Dec04-08: PDA-Based Marine Instrumentation
Dec04-09: Personal Record Keeper
Dec04-10: Growth and Characterization of Nanocrystalline Si:H Films for Photovoltaic (PV) Devices
 

 
Project Number: Dec04-01   (click to view the web site)
Title: Collection Inventory Software

Description: Americans, from small children to seasoned citizens, love to collect “things.” These collections range form the ordinary (baseball cards) to the highly unusual (ornate doorstops) and practically anything in between. A computerized inventory system would help collectors enjoy their collections more by allowing them to easily organize, account for, and control their collections. The objective of this project is to develop such a system. It must be easy to learn and use, yet be flexible enough to be easily customized to any of the many categories of collections. A relational database, which would allow for multiple categorization and access of collection members, should be considered for use as the underlying system with the development of attractive GUIs provided to facilitate its use. Both computer- and PDA-based implementations, perhaps with intercommunications capabilities between both platforms, should be considered. As a test of the proposed system, the team will attempt to categorize and inventory Prof. David Stuart’s music collection.

Faculty Advisor(s): Lamont & Patterson
Client(s):
 
Team Makeup:
HAMMELL ALLAN JAMES   RING MATTHEW JAMES  
KRONLAGE NEIL R   ROSS BRIAN FRANCIS  


Project Number: Dec04-02   (click to view the web site)
Title: Prototype Parking Lot Metering System – Phase 2

Description: ISU currently has two pay-for-parking lots that have computerized control units with receipt printout capability. Each unit is programmable. The initial cost of each unit begins at $10,000 and rapidly escalates to more than $75,000 as features are added. Working with the ISU Parking Division, an initial overall design was developed by the May04-02 project team. The design involves a dual-processor central unit and multiple user interface units. The May04-02 team will concentrate on the development of the user interface units, while the new team will develop the dual-processor central unit. The two teams will work closely together.

Faculty Advisor(s): Lamont & Patterson Client(s):
    ISU Parking Division
    Attn: Doug Houghton
    48 Armory
    294-1987
    dad@istate.edu
 
Team Makeup:
BEZDEK MIKEL A   REINSMA JOSEPH ERIC  
GOLDBACH JOHN RYAN   ROSS ANDREW J  
HALIM IRSAN      


Project Number: Dec04-03   (click to view the web site)
Title: Custom Homebuilder Financial Assistant

Description: Software for estimating, bidding, scheduling, tracking, and administering the paperwork required for a large construction project is readily available to large general contractors. It is, however, well beyond the scope and requirements of a smaller, custom homebuilder. This project will design, implement, and test a software package tailored to the needs of a smaller, custom homebuilder. The package will provide for conceptual and parametric cost estimating, bidding, scheduling, tracking, and administering the paperwork required for building a custom home. The package must account for such variables as weather and subcontractor experience levels and must allow for post-completion review and feedback to perfect the software variables and improve the utility of the package. Aid from construction engineering students and faculty as well as from various custom homebuilders is anticipated.

Faculty Advisor(s): Lamont, Patterson, & Sirotiak (CCE)
Client(s): TBA
 
Team Makeup:
BLACK JOSEPH DAVID   SABOTTA KENNETH Q  
ROHLFSEN BO JAROD   VONGILLERN JON ERIC  


Project Number: Dec04-04   (click to view the web site)
Title: Lightning Protection of Transmission Lines and Distribution Lines

Description: The project team will study utility line design trends and practices as they relate to lightning protection, and compare and contrast with Alliant Energy's current line design practices. The motivation is to benchmark state-of-the-art lightning protection line design practices and give credibility of Alliant’s practices to its customers. An additional step to be performed in this project or a follow-on project is to correlate lightning data obtained using the national lightning monitoring system with line faults and outages and create a priority list of worst performing circuits with respect to lightning in order to determine refurbishment of lightning arrestors. This additional step would focus on transmission first, and distribution second, since distribution data will be much less precise.

Faculty Advisor(s): Vittal
Client(s): Alliant Energy
 
Team Makeup:
CONRAD TIMOTHY J   MUHINDO SAM BAHATI  
DIETERICH DAVID MARCUS   NELSON ERIC SCOTT  


Project Number: Dec04-05   (click to view the web site)
Title: Computer-Based Trading Room

Description: The students are to design and implement the software for a software trading room in the new school of business to support commodity trading. The main emphasis is on computer-to-computer communication of trade offers and acceptances, tracking of all trades through the systems, and summary statistics on the trades offered and accomplished. The emphasis is on fault tolerant tracking of messages between traders. This project will involve 12 trading desks, one supervisor, and one clearing position at a minimum. The project should consider future requirements, especially for an extensive decision support system. Additional data will be input through a computer-based connection with the existing trading floors in Chicago and New York, primarily CBOT and NYMEX.

Faculty Advisor(s): Sheble
Client(s): ISU College of Business
 
Team Makeup:
FITCH DANIEL STEVEN   SAILLARD STEVEN RICHARD  
GODIL FAHIM MOHD ALI   TIWARI VIPUL  


Project Number: Dec04-06   (click to view the web site)
Title: ERCOT Transmission Decision-Making Study

Description: The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has responsibility for operating the Texas Transmission Control Center in Austin, Texas, which monitors and controls the Texas Transmission System, one of the three electric power interconnections in the continental United States. One of the most important control center functions is security-related decision-making, where measurements are taken throughout the transmission system, communicated back to the control center, and processed into a power flow model, so that the power flow model can then be utilized to perform "what-if" analysis (e.g., what if line 832 is lost, what if generator 73 is lost, etc) in order to determine the security level of the system. If the security level is deemed too risky, some kind of action must be taken by the operator in order to decrease the risk. This process is currently implemented at ERCOT (and at most control centers in the country) using a deterministic (non-probabilistic) approach. ERCOT is interested in using a probabilistic approach developed recently at Iowa State University and available via a set of Matlab routines which provides assessment and suggested decisions based on risk indices. In this project the students will refine and update these Matlab routines and apply them to a transmission model of the ERCOT system. The expected deliverable will be, for a single power flow model, a comparison of the deterministic results typically obtained at the ERCOT control center to a set of risk-based results obtained from the ISU software.

Faculty Advisor(s): McCalley Client(s): Steven Myers
ERCOT Control Center
 
Team Makeup:
ANDERSON JACOB DEE   OO AUNG MYO  
LINK RYAN MATTHEW   STORMS CHRISTOPHER LEE  
MCBREEN JAMES D      


Project Number: Dec04-07   (click to view the web site)
Title: Evidence Inventory and Tracking Program

Description: Most criminal prosecutions include the presentation of some form of evidence to the court. The item may be small like a cigarette butt or large like vehicles and household appliances. There may be a single piece of evidence or thousands of pieces. One consistent fact regarding all items accepted as evidence by a court is that the agency presenting the item must thoroughly document how it got the item, what it did with the item, and who had access to the item. Without such a “chain of custody,” evidence may not be accepted for consideration at trial. The O.J. Simpson case is a good example of what can happen when evidence is mishandled.

The Boone Police Department wants to develop a system for documenting and maintaining a record of the chain of custody for every item that it collects or stores. Ideally this would be done by a computer program to allow for quick searches of items. As a minimum, the computer program would have the following requirements:

  1. Allow for searches based on victim’s name, suspect’s name, case number, date, item description, or storage location.
  2. Print prescribed reports based on the above factors.
  3. Provide a means to document every change the item undergoes (e.g., movement to a new location, repackaging, testing, copying of contents, etc.).
  4. Employ “digital signature pads” to facilitate unique electronic identification of each person responsible for each step in the series of events along with a date and time stamp.
  5. Allow for items to be flagged, notifying the user when certain time-based events are approaching.
  6. Be capable of printing a property tag to attach to the item (perhaps using bar codes?).
  7. Be network-based to allow officers to access the information anywhere within the network but be protected from unauthorized access or modification of records.
  8. Provide automatic documentation of every inquiry for each item.
  9. Allow for the use of a PDA or other handheld device to facilitate searches and audits.
  10. Provide automatic completion of frequently used forms (lab submittal request, return receipt, release form and notification letter, etc.).
  11. Allow for the attachment of photographs of each item.

Faculty Advisor(s): Mina & Daniels
Client(s):
 
Team Makeup:
BITTERMAN ANDREW DAVID   LO YIN-CHEUNG  
CHONG ROYSON CHERN-YEE   SANDERS JENNIFER SUE  


Project Number: Dec04-08   (click to view the web site)
Title: PDA-Based Marine Instrumentation

Description: The sponsor of this project envisions a system that uses a PDA as a marine multi-function instrument to display the following functions as a minimum: wind speed, wind direction, boat directional orientation and true heading, and boat speed. Additional parameters may be added as determined by the team and sponsor. The unit shall operate in wireless mode using low cost sensors and transceivers. The project end product will be a working prototype including both hardware and software and all design data. The sponsor has available anemometers, flux detectors, and software tools for use in the project. The final product may be marketed as a low cost electronic kit and as a slightly higher cost completed unit.

Faculty Advisor(s): Sheble
Client(s):
 
Team Makeup:
DESAI RITESH RAJAN   HUBER JACOB JOHN  
GENTER SEAN SHORT   MYERS MICHAEL SCOTT  


Project Number: Dec04-09   (click to view the web site)
Title: Personal Record Keeper

Description: The goal of this project is to develop a personal record keeper for a computer or possibly a PDA that would maintain records to assist a person with such things as insurance records, tax records, plans for moving and product warranty information. The software would contain different sections to help the user easily maintain the necessary records. It would include such things as item name by type, model number, serial number, purchase date, purchase cost, vendor name, warranty length, 800 telephone numbers, a digital picture, and whether or not the item is tax deductible. It would allow the user to maintain a record of whom to notify (friend, businesses, magazines, etc) when moving from one location to another.

Faculty Advisor(s): Jacobson Client(s): Senior Design
 
Team Makeup:
KROGMEIER TYLER R   SCHAMBER SARAH SUE  
MOELLER RYAN MICHAEL   SEDLAK LUCAS  


Project Number: Dec04-10   (click to view the web site)
Title: Growth and Characterization of Nanocrystalline Si:H Films for Photovoltaic (PV) Devices

Description: Nanocrystalline Si:H is a new electronic material with potential use in photovoltaic devices. In this project, the materials will be grown using plasma deposition; their optical, structural, and electronic properties will be characterized, and working PV devices will be made.

Faculty Advisor(s): Dalal
Client(s): Vikram Dalal
 
Team Makeup:
HAUSCHILDT JASON A   STIELER DANIEL P  
LOEHLEIN NICHOLAS EDWARD   SZUREK SCOTT GREGORY  

 

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