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Digital Strategy Webinar

Webinars 02 November 2021

Digital Strategy Webinar

 It has been estimated that 27% of TWI’s Technology Group product contains a significant digital content, and demand will only increase.

TWI has therefore been developing a Digital Strategy to exploit the opportunities in this area.

This has involved making sense of the Digital space in the context of TWI and its Members, and pulling together an approach to move Digital technologies forward.

This webinar will present the strategy itself and detail the areas of focus.


Rob Scudamore - Associate Director, Group Manager - Joining Technologies, Additive Manufacturing

Rob Scudamore

Associate Director, Group Manager - Joining Technologies, Additive Manufacturing

Rob joined TWI following a PhD in materials in 2000. He started working on AM in 2002 and has since mainly worked on metallic laser Direct Energy Deposition and laser Powder Bed Fusion. Rob now leads the topic corporately including areas such as processing, testing and inspection. He is Manager of the Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Group and an Associate Director at TWI.

Rob has been Chair of the UK AM National Strategy, and a committee member of the EC sponsored AM Platform and the EFFRA Partnership Board. He has chaired many workshops and conference sessions, and has run over twenty events promoting AM, including the Metal AM Symposium which attracted over 350 attendees from over 30 countries in November 2020. He is a Fellow of The Welding Institute and a Chartered Engineer.


Ujjwal Bharadwaj - Manager, Asset Life Cycle Management

Ujjwal Bharadwaj

Manager, Asset Life Cycle Management

Ujjwal leads a team of experts developing bespoke decision support approaches and software to enable asset operators make optimum decisions based on a variety of criteria, particularly those leading to measurements of risk and life cycle sustainability. The types of decisions that Ujjwal and his team provide support for include when and where to inspect and how to optimise run, replace, life-extend or decommission decisions; this requires establishing the condition of the asset system, at times requiring the use of data analytics, including machine learning.

Ujjwal has been with TWI since 2005 and is now manager of the Asset Life Cycle Management team in the Asset Integrity Management section at TWI. He is a risk management professional with more than 25 years of experience. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), with a Doctor of Engineering (EngD) degree from Loughborough University based on his work on approaches to risk-based life management of offshore structures and equipment. He read for an MSc in Risk Management from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) degree in Electrical and Electronics engineering from Mangalore University, India.

Tyler London - Technology Fellow / Section Manager – Numerical Modelling and Optimisation

Tyler London

Technology Fellow / Section Manager – Numerical Modelling and Optimisation

Tyler is responsible for computational engineering activities at TWI: developing mathematical models and applying engineering analysis techniques to support R&D, consultancy, product development, and failure investigation.

Tyler’s main areas of focus are related to manufacturing process simulations, fracture and fatigue assessments, and numerical optimisation. He is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Mathematician, Chartered Scientist and NAFEMS-certified Professional Simulation Engineer. Tyler supports multiple national and international codes and standards including the UK Nuclear structural integrity code R6 (weld modelling guidelines committee), British Standard 7910 (strain-based design and assessment committee), EN 13094 (FEA committee), and the NAFEMS Working Group on Manufacturing Process Simulation. Tyler has published more than 40 journal articles and conference papers and was part of TWI’s team that received first prize for residual stress predictions in the NIST International AM Benchmark competition.

Prof. Ian Cooper - Technology Fellow - Advanced NDE

Prof. Ian Cooper

Technology Fellow - Advanced NDE

Ian is a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in Non-destructive testing (NDT). On joining TWI in 2005 as a principle project leader at the specialist NDT Centre in Port Talbot, he specialised in NDT of composites. More recently, his work has concentrated on advanced NDT methods and automated robotic inspection systems and he was promoted to Technology Fellow in 2015.

A recognised expert in the inspection of composites and other difficult materials, he leads the highly successful IntACOM programme developing rapid automated inspection systems for composites and complex geometries. In 2016 he and co-authors were awarded the John Grimwade Medal for a paper on this work.

He is a Fellow of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing and is widely published in NDT and aerospace journals. He is President Elect of the BINDT and is active and influential on a number of committees that guide the development, application, training and certification of NDT. In 2016 he was made an Honorary Professor of Practice at the University of Wales, Trinity St David. In 2019 Ian received the BINDT Ann Birt award for NDE research and development and technology strategy development.





Darren Williams - Team Manager

Darren Williams

Team Manager

Darren is the Team Manager for the Welding Systems Integration team. The WSI team supports TWI's core mission, values and vision to ensure its members benefit from the latest developments in digital manufacturing. The focus is on

(1) assisting members with their digital manufacturing challenges and coordinating TWI's response to these opportunities by providing innovative project based solutions, and

(2) leading and managing TWI's digital automation strategy.

Darren's background is:

2004-2008 MEng: Electronic, Automated Control and Systems Engineering (The University of Sheffield) 2008-2013 EngD: Modelling the control and hydraulics of a LFW machine (Rolls-Royce/ The University of Bath and The University of Bristol)
2014: Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Bristol
2014: Chartered Engineer (IET)
2013-2015 Rolls-Royce: Coordination, setup, and implementation of a brand new automated state-of-the-art production facility (ABCF), maturing equipment from development through to production.


Mark Chinery - Software Development Manager

Mark Chinery

Software Development Manager

Mark has over 20 years’ experience in creating and delivering software applications to industry. Mark joined TWI in 2003 as a project leader in the software development section and, prior to this, worked in the submarine division of BAE Systems. During Mark’s time at TWI, he has been part of software developments across many industry sectors including construction, oil and gas, and power. Mark has spent a significant time in software development to support arc welding activities and improving the quality control of nuclear construction and repair. In addition, in Mark’s role as software development manager, he is the BCS Coordinator for TWI and a key member of the team for our TickIT Plus accreditation.


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