Document Type


Publication Date



Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering | Industrial Technology

Course Number and Title

TSM 416: Technology Capstone


Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering


Industrial Technology (Akol, Hutson, and Ives); Agricultural System Technology and Environmental Studies (Oder)


Joseph R. Vanstrom and Jacek A. Koziel

Problem Statement

The Iowa State University BioCentury Research Farm (BCRF) is the first-in-the-nation integrated research and demonstration facility dedicated to biomass production and processing. This facility presents a unique opportunity for industry collaboration. It will accelerate innovation and production capacity associated with bio based fuels, chemicals, and products.

Lab processes for the research team are in varying formats, and may not encompass all relevant information and are not stored in the same location. This makes it challenging to cross-train staff, increase efficiencies and may lead to errors and re-work. When this problem is solved, the research team at the BCRF can increase work efficiencies, improve effectiveness of processes and ensure data quality and integrity. As of today, the research team cannot do this and our team will solve this problem by: a. standardizing the work and, b. developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s).

Our primary focus when developing an SOP, is the cotton moisture measurement of the samples. After this SOP is developed, then we will create a continuous improvement plan for future and existing SOP’s including SOP’s for all types of crops the BCRF accepts.