Roosevelt DaCosta is a Jamaican Registered Professional Electrical Engineer who holds a BSc Upper Second Class Honours in electrical engineering from UWI and have over 42 years of professional experience in standards development and application, metrology (measurement) infrastructural development and traceable measurement systems, quality infrastructure and auditing, electrical and mechanical systems design, material and equipment specifications, material quantification and costing, contractor selection through competitive tender, contract monitoring and management as well as plant commissioning.
He spent his first 7 years after graduation working as a design engineer with Home and Overseas Consultants Limited where he rose from the rank of Trainee Engineer to Chief Design Engineer. His tenure with Home and Overseas Consultants resulted in him designing numerous building electrical systems, power utility distribution lines, internal and external lighting systems, substations, developing several specifications and contract documents, conducted several contractor selection processes through competitive tender and managed many construction programmes. He was seconded to Harza Engineering Co. of Chicago USA for three months in each of the years 1973, 1974, 1975 and 1976 during which time he designed and managed the construction and commissioning of the Duncans Substation in Trelawny, a pillar of the JPS power transmission system.
Mr. DaCosta joined the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) in 1977 as head of its Electrical / Electronic Laboratory and rose through the ranks to Group Director of Engineering acting at times for the Managing Director. His tenure at the BSJ saw him pioneering the development of the world’s first comprehensive Energy Efficiency Building Code with World Bank financing. He also developed the first Jamaica Electrical Installation Standard JS 21; several construction materials, appliance and test standards; several metrology and testing labs. He implemented quality systems to the wide range of Measurement and Testing Laboratories constructed through his initiatives and developed these labs to the point where they enjoyed widespread international recognition. The Mass Lab to this day enjoys German accreditation and is able to conduct calibrations and issue reports on the letterhead of one of the world’s top metrology lab, the Physicalisch Techniche Bundesanstalt (PTB). During his tenure at the Bureau he was also responsible for metricating Jamaica.
Mr DaCosta has held several international posts in the science and technology area among them being, member of the Governing Council of the hemispheric metrology body Systeme Internacional de Metrologia (SIM), President of the Caribbean Metrology System and member of the Board of Directors of NCSL International, the world’s largest science and technology body concerned with measurement technique development, measurement quality and dissemination of measurement issues.
Since leaving the BSJin 2001 Mr DaCosta has been offering consultancy services in Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Designs and Specifications, Construction Cost Estimating,Project and Construction Management, Standards Development and Application, Measurement Systems & Infrastructure Development as well as Quality Systems Auditing. Among the projects done under his Hi-Tech Consulting Services firm are development of 11 National Building Codes (NBC) between 2004 & 2009 for the Jamaica Institution of Engineers and BSJ,participated in the drafting of National Building Act and Regulations, first updating of the 11 NBCs, designing code compliant electrical, mechanical & fire systems for high rise residential & office buildings and project manager/engineer for the expanded & upgraded Energy Efficiency test labs at the BSJ.