Design and simulation of autonomous anti-rain construction site cover system

Moses Poloko Molatlhegi, Adamu Murtala Zungeru, Jwaone Gaboitaolelwe, Caspar Lebekwe

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Water distribution systems mostly involve laying of pipes with the digging of trenches to lay down water pipes as a significant activity. During rainy seasons, trenches tend to fill-up with rainwater before the said pipes could be laid. This poses a danger to workers and residents due to potential landslides. This paper presents the design and simulation of an autonomous anti-rain construction site cover system (AARCSCS), which automates the process of covering a trench or excavation site when it rains. The system was designed for a water distribution system constructor in BIUST, who experienced flooding of a trench due to heavy rainfall before pipes could be laid. As a result, the project was delayed, and more costs were incurred in dealing with the flooding. The focus was to design a circuit that could interface with a trench-cover mechanism able to extend and retract to cover or uncover dug trenches, hence preventing flooding of the trenches. The designed system is based on a rain-sensor module, a bidirectional 12V DC motor, and a 12V DC dual power supply to achieve complementary motor control. The system was simulated and tested on Proteus and performed well according to the design requirements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3000-3007
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Research and Technology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Environmental Engineering
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • General Engineering
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Artificial Intelligence


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