Document Type


Publication Date



Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering | Industrial Technology

Course Number and Title

TSM 416: Technology Capstone


Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering


Industrial Technology (Davis, Ely, Espinosa-Gonzalez Bellolio, Wozniak)


Michael E. Anderson and Jacek A. Koziel

Problem Statement

Our client Fred Davis is a Part-time farmer who works on his small-scale family farm called Davis Farms, located in Sioux City, Iowa. Cleaning chicken coops on a consumer level is a long and tedious process that can be dangerous to your health. The heat and the repetitive movements of bending over and shoveling can cause strain on the body. Our main focus in this project is to manufacture a prototype that will improve cleanliness and time efficiency. In turn, the Prototype will minimize the strain caused on our client's body; improvement will be demonstrated through our gradual ergonomic-focused surveys and quantitative data achieved through controlled field testing. These improvements will take place through the implementation of our Prototype, "The Pooper Picker Upper," which will be designed/manufactured by our team. With the Implementation of our Prototype, our client will be able to improve his work environment by making it less tedious and more time-efficient. If this Prototype proves to be a great success, we could help other small-scale chicken farmers who may be facing similar difficulties using a shovel to clean.