We are delighted to announce the arrival of our new team member, Konstantinos Tsitsilonis, who is our new Lead Marine Project Engineer at Datum Electronics. His knowledge in intelligent engine condition monitoring, engine digital twins and diagnostics algorithms has a great importance in delivering our highly innovative products to help shipowners reduce their running costs as well as emissions.
Konstantinos (or Kostas as he is preferred to be called) graduated first in his class from the University of Strathclyde in 2018 with an MEng in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. He always had a keen interest in vessel performance monitoring and management as the means to reduce the shipping industry’s environmental footprint. He undertook his first energy management project as a Junior Engineer in Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore shipyards, also followed by working as Research Assistant in the University of Strathclyde to develop a novel methodology for energy management of marine diesel engines. Kostas involved himself with Datum Electronics which was looking to give new strength to its existing product line-up, by developing an intelligent engine condition monitoring software to go along with its already successful torque-meter sensors.
On a daily basis, Kostas is developing algorithms and codes which are used to perform engine diagnostics based on the measurements obtained from our torquemeter. This primarily includes setting up a virtual version of the real engine (digital twin), as well as deploying Artificial Intelligence algorithms, that attribute changes in the measured torque to specific engine faults. As a result, the in-depth diagnostics provided by our torquemeter and our advanced in-house software, give our team information about the engine’s condition, without requiring expensive sensor networks and intrusive inspections to be made for which normal vessel operations must be halted. This also acts as a basis for a Decision Support System which provides engineers with precise information regarding the engine’s condition, resulting to an easier, cheaper, and more precise maintenance process, reducing overall engine running costs.
In addition to the above, Kostas coordinates government funded projects that Datum Electronics is taking a leading role in to create partnerships with other key players in the industry and fund our research and development activities.