Jarrod, Jason, Jo, Margaret
4 weeks, Fall 2022
Final slide deck
I played a project management role by planning, organizing, and directing what needed to be completed each week, while ensuring the projects was on time and within scope.
The Delta Farmers Institute (DFI) mainly consists of a website for farmers located in Delta, the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. The website enables farmers to view trends and forecasts for water salinity (salt content), tides, and weather so that they can make crucial decisions regarding their crops.
A salt wedge exists where the ocean’s salt water meets the Fraser River’s fresh water. This creates unique challenges for Delta farmers because they must adjust their watering and irrigation schedules based on the salt wedge.
High salinity (salt content) can kill crops. Farmers visit the DFI website to see salinity info because different crops have different tolerances to salinity.
Irrigation periods only happen during certain times of the year. During these periods, farmers regularly check the DFI site.
Created a pre-questionnaire survey to gain data on the demographic we were meeting, and gain insights on the technology.
Evaluated the Delta Farmers Institute site using Jakob Nielsen’s 10 general principles for interaction design.
— Color is used effectively in diagrams making them really helpful to gather info quickly
— Water level diagram is really intuitive
— During the beginning and end of the irrigation season, info on the website could be updated more frequently
— Salinity information could be verified and cross checked with other resources
— Tide is important for people who don’t have a pump
— Too much information
— Slow user interface
— Need more historical data and details
— Difficult to use on safari, would prefer an app
— Real-time notifications and alerts when the water is at the right salinity level for crops, or when water levels reach a point of no return
Predictions & Analysis
— See patterns in historical data to compare to present day
— View long term data to anticipate trends
—Customize priority of information based on unique needs (preferred location)
— Change units of measurement (uS/cm, ppm)