EVP, Viridis

Viridis founding partner with more than 20 years of experience in developing and commissioning technology systems for industrial clients. He has led projects in Latin America, Europe, and the United States for companies in different industrial sectors. He is a specialist in the design and deployment of technology solutions for shop-floor management. He holds a MSc and a BSc in Computer Science from UFMG.


Publications by Ricardo Giacomin


Energy and utilities management: how to adapt to an ever-changing environment

Submitted by Ricardo Giacomin on Mon, 08/28/2017 - 17:33
The business environment has been changing rapidly and profoundly in recent years. These changes are the result of a much more challenging competitive environment, continued pressure for increased operating performance, economic crises, tougher regulatory and corporate governance issues, more rigid regulatory and governance requirements, and closer integration into the value chain, among other causes.

The Viridis system has a built-in BPM tool that is integrated with all its modules. The Viridis BPM tool allows each company to define how they should execute the processes of costing, forecasting, budget management, contract management, performance management, and many others. In addition, it provides metrics of execution of all processes, allowing greater visibility and continuous improvement of managerial workflows. Click here and read more about Viridis's Products. 

Complex Event Processing in Energy and Utilities Management Systems

Submitted by Ricardo Giacomin on Thu, 03/30/2017 - 21:11
An energy & utilities management system covers many disciplines such as instrumentation and measurements, energy performance indicators (EnPI), equipment consumption models (ideally inferred using machine learning methods), cost accounting, budget construction and execution, among others. It is possible, for instance, to systematically generate events that signal the loss of communication with a sensor or meter, that log the moment that a given piece of equipment stops producing and becomes idle, that identify low energy performance of an asset in comparison with its historical behavior, among other things.

The Viridis platform employs a CEP - complex event processing - framework to analyze and process events generated by various sources. Energy meters, commercial contracts, or even production forecast scenarios generate events that are processed through expressive, human-friendly rules. Different actions may be triggered including notifying personnel in real time on their mobile devices, or even interfacing directly with control systems for automated corrective action.

Data vs Facts

Submitted by Ricardo Giacomin on Wed, 03/08/2017 - 18:32
When discussing energy management practices in different companies, we often hear “proud” managers arguing that they are doing very well because they have thousands of tags being registered in a historian system, they already receive a daily consumption report for each production line, they account for all costs on the first day of the following month, or even that they have the history of the last 3 years of invoices for the thousands of sites in their operation. It doesn’t take long – usually around 5 questions – for them to understand that all they have is data, and that data alone does not reveal the relevant facts that would lead to effective actions.

Viridis builds energy & utilities management solutions based on big data. To us, however, large amounts of data are not enough. Our products employ contextualization algorithms, pattern recognition algorithms, automated model inference, and relevant fact identification from a large data lake fed from sources all over the operation. One of our differentiators is to help answer the “whys” of energy consumption and effectively promote actions to improve efficiency.

The revolution of industrial systems and the collapse of a pyramid

Submitted by Ricardo Giacomin on Fri, 02/03/2017 - 16:14
Industrial companies are now at the start of a revolution. The framework of new technologies that drive the so-called Industry 4.0 movement, including the Internet of Things, cyber-physical systems, and big data, promote the development of new solutions that do not adhere to the classical hierarchical structure outlined above. On the contrary, they demand a more flexible, free perspective, without fixed integrations nor closed systems.

Energy Management Systems: neither ERP, nor MES, nor PIMS

Submitted by Ricardo Giacomin on Fri, 01/20/2017 - 12:05
After a period of investments in Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) systems, by the end of the 1990s and early 2000s, many industrial companies turned to their own operations and invested heavily in Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and Process/Plant Information Management Systems (PIMS).

Viridis supplies an integrated energy and utilities platform, with different products and integrate and complement other systems such as ERP, MES, and PIMS. Learn more about Viridis’s products by following this link.

Audit invoices to enhance control over your company’s energy & utilities costs by improving invoice management

Submitted by Ricardo Giacomin on Tue, 11/22/2016 - 12:32
A well-executed energy and utilities invoice management system enables a series of other processes that can contribute to enhancing control over costs. Invoice auditing is one of these processes, which consists of auditing invoices from concessionary companies and suppliers, in order to verify if the values charged and additional information match the consumption that occurred during that period, the contractual rules, and the regulation standards from every segment.

Viridis delivers invoice management and automatic invoice auditing services, taking into consideration the rules of each regulation agency. Viridis’s software platform also integrates directly with the measurement infrastructure and compares the information with the values indicated in the bills, automatically identifying inconsistences and incorrect collections.