Sid Rodrigues

Digital Services Commercialisation Specialist

Digital Services Commercialisation Specialist

Sid Rodrigues CEng MIMechE

What is your current role?

I am the Digital Services Commercialisation Specialist at TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory. I am responsible for reaching out to new and existing customers to help them unlock the potential of their continuous data capture from their assets.

What is your academic/industrial background?

I have a master’s degree in Product Engineering from Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne and a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). I have also recently completed an intensive course in Data Science using R Programming and Python.

Over the last 20 years, I have worked in various industry domains such as Oil & Gas, Mobile Hydraulics, Marine Engineering and Additive Manufacturing.
What are your main areas of expertise? My expertise lies in Mechanical Engineering Design, Subsea Asset Integrity and Hydraulics. However, I have a keen interest in Condition Based Monitoring using Data Analytics.

What specific tasks and responsibilities does your job entail?

I am responsible for identifying potential customers and create long term relationships that lead engineering companies to a decarbonised and sustainable future through data driven initiatives. I help clients to solve complex problems by extracting meaningful insights from their data and help drive decision-making to reduce operational costs and increase lifespan of their assets.

What are your current key projects and who are your key clients?

We have a lot of initiatives ongoing with condition-based monitoring of assets using data driven modelling. Condition-based calibration for mass flow meters used in the fuel bunkering industry is one that I am particularly looking to develop with early adopters of the technology.

How did your interest in engineering develop?

From an early age I liked to get my hands dirty trying to fix things in the house even if they were not broken. I learned a lot my from my mistakes. Mechanical engineering as a career was a no brainer.

What most excites/interests you about working at the company?

Having recently trained in Data Science, I wanted to work in the field of data analytics but also wanted to use my 20 years of mechanical engineering experience. As such, this role was just right for me where I get the opportunity to work with data analytics in the mechanical engineering domain.

What future trends do you see developing in your area of work?

Data driven transformation being the key enabler for Industry 4.0, organisations have started to unlock the value from their data. As such, I see tremendous growth potential in the field of condition-based monitoring of assets and the growing need for IoT sensors to capture asset data in real time.

I also see huge potential in the marine fuel bunkering industry using mass flow meters where continuous data capture during the bunker delivery process could help clients reduce costs through a more dynamic operating schedule and further improve reliability of custody transfer of marine fuel.

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