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Railway Interest Group

Below is the Calendar showing Chapter events for the Railway Interest Group.

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February 2012
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Managing Complexity in the North West and Integrating the Northern Hub

Railway Interest Group

Network Rail’s Offices, Square One, 4 Travis Street, Manchester, M1 2NY

1700H for 1730H

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Current Events

Time Location Details
23/02/2012 -
23/02/2012

1700H for 1730H
Railway Interest Group


Network Rail’s Offices, Square One, 4 Travis Street, Manchester, M1 2NY
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Managing Complexity in the North West and Integrating the Northern Hub


The Northern Hub Programme comprises a collection of infrastructure projects which come together to increase the capability of the railway system in the north-west of England. The purpose of the Northern Hub is to provide the network capability for train service enhancements necessary to facilitate economic growth across the north of England. The Northern Hub Programme is set against a backdrop of significant rail investment in the North, including major electrification programmes, significant re-signalling and re-control works and journey time improvement schemes.


There are 2 Documents for this event, click here to view

Future Events

Time Location Details
07/03/2012 -
07/03/2012

17:30H - 18:30H
Railway Interest Group


Atkins's offices in Euston Tower, 286 Euston Road, London NW1 3AT
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UK Railway System Reliability - Modelling the future - a case study


Nigel Best of Network Rail has agreed to talk to us on the topic above on Wednesday 7th March 2012, 1730H-1830H. The presentation will take place at Atkins's offices in Euston Tower, 286 Euston Road, London NW1 3AT.


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08/07/2012 -
12/07/2012

All Day
Railway Interest Group


ROME, ITALY
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Transportation Working Group




There is 1 Document for this event, click here to view
17/07/2012 -
17/07/2012

1700H for 1730H
Railway Interest Group


Arup’s offices in 13 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 4BQ
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Systems Engineering: Railway Operators get it too!


Systems Engineering techniques are increasingly applied with success in rail engineering design. Rail operating professionals, seeing the advantages, have grasped the essentials with alacrity.

Nigel Murphy and Steve Roberts set out some examples of such applications, illustrating how time, cost and risk have been reduced and performance and operability improved, in ‘softer’ operational design of the rules, methods of working and competence management systems necessary to deliver the railway for customers. They will draw upon examples over the last 12 years in the UK, and reference global examples for further illustration. They will argue that SE practitioners should view railway operations professionals as advocates, champions and co-practitioners and that System Engineering must embrace operational design in a systematic way rather than as an afterthought. The presentation will show that use of SE approaches by operators is a successful model for others to adopt and provoke debate on practical steps that SE practitioners should consider when developing new projects.



There are 3 Documents for this event, click here to view
11/09/2012 -
11/09/2012

17:00H
Railway Interest Group


London Underground’s offices at Templar House, 81-87 High Holborn, London WC1V 6NU
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Rail Interest Group AGM to be followed by The State of (Rail) Systems Engineering


There was a considerable rail contingent at the INCOSE international symposium in Rome in July 2012, including several RIG members. Rhianne, David and Bruce will present some considered reflections on the event. It won’t be a trip report. Instead they will analyse their experience to propose conclusions about:

  • Where SE is, in the rail sector and more generally;
  • Where it seems to be going; and
  • What this means for those interested in embedding SE ideas within rail organisations.

Audience participation will be encouraged so that we can pool our experience and form the most accurate picture of the state of rail SE. The conclusions will be refined in the light of contributions from the floor.



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17/10/2012 -
17/10/2012

17:00H
Railway Interest Group


University College London
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Deep Left Shift – SE and the Future Tube Upgrades


London Underground has already engaged in significant upgrades to the Victoria Line, Jubilee Line and the Sub-surface Lines, which commenced under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) agreements. Work does not stop there however and LU is now exploring programmes for possible upgrades of other deep tube lines; an opportunity for ‘left shifting’ and engaging system engineering right at the front of the lifecycle according to all the text books and SE protagonists.

Those deep tube lines yet to undergo a major upgrade (the Bakerloo, Piccadilly and Northern Lines, and, later, the Central Line) offer a variety of unique challenges. The desire for ever increasing levels of capacity, reliability and automation beyond anything ever undertaken on any previous line upgrade, within the constraints of topography, heat and the need for continuous service operation, makes it paramount to get the system design (assets, processes and people) right.......



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14/11/2012 -
14/11/2012

1700H for 1730H
Railway Interest Group


Parsons Brinckerhoff’s offices in 6 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YE
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Experience of System Engineering in Rolling Stock Development (A Manufacturer’s View)


Bombardier has been employing System Engineering techniques for a number of years to bring improvements in the integrity of the design and ensure timely product approval.

This has been undertaken in an industry environment where customer needs and the regulatory framework have been subject to significant changes. This presentation will focus on some of SE techniques employed and challenges faced in their implementation. Charles and Paul will describe their practical experience of:

  • Performing SE within short product design and build cycles
  • Managing stakeholders: Customers, Infrastructure Managers, Regulators
  • Implementing Requirement Management techniques


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19/02/2013 -
19/02/2013

1700H for 1730H
Railway Interest Group


Parsons Brinckerhoff’s offices in 6 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YE
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What is going on in UK rail systems engineering?


A useful side benefit of regular attendance at RIG events is building up a picture of what is going on in UK rail systems engineering but it does take a little while for the picture to emerge. This session is focussed on building that picture in one hour. We invite you to come along and talk for no more than 3 minutes about what your organisation is doing in rail SE. You are encouraged to send me one slide in advance which we will have ready for you to speak to but you can talk without a slide if you want to. (And you can just listen as well.)

If the RIG membership doesn’t let us down (and it never has in the past), participants will leave the session with a more comprehensive overview of who is doing what in UK rail systems engineering than anyone else on the planet.



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27/02/2013 -
27/02/2013

All Day
Railway Interest Group


One Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London, SW1H 9JJ
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Has 3rd Rail Had its Day? The Conversion of the SR 3rd Rail Network to 25kV Overhead.


This event is organised by the Railway Engineer's Forum, not INCOSE, but tackles a very system-oriented topic and may be of interest to INCOSE members.

For further details please click the link below to see the event flyer.



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01/05/2013 -
01/05/2013


Railway Interest Group


London
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Integrating Systems Engineering and Systems Safety Engineering


Dr Robert Davis and Paul Cheeseman, TPD, 1730H, Wednesday, 1st May 2013, LU's offices in Holborn, London. A review of experience in preparing systems safety handbooks for the rail industry and a look at the challenges and opportunities associated with integrating good practice in Systems Safety Engineering with good practice in Systems Engineering.



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21/05/2013 -
21/05/2013


Railway Interest Group


London
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The changing face of London and Southeast Railway Architecture


Tony Ramanathan, Network Rail, 1730H, Tuesday, 21st May 2013, RSSB's offices at the Angel, London. Tony will discuss GRIP and Network Rail's approach to railway scheme design in the context of schemes that are under way and planned.



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Past Events

Time Location Details
24/01/2012 -
24/01/2012

1700H for 1730H
Railway Interest Group


Network Rail’s offices at 40 Melton Street, London, NW1 2EE
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Crossrail: making the right decisions, picking the right technologies


Crossrail will run from Maidenhead and Heathrow, through 21 kilometres of new twin-bore tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It will bring an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes commuting distance of London's key business districts. When Crossrail opens it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration across the capital, helping to secure London's position as a world leading financial centre, and cutting journey times across the city.



There are 2 Documents for this event, click here to view
29/11/2011 -
29/11/2011

1730H - 1830H
Railway Interest Group


London Underground's offices in 55 Broadway, London SW1H 0BD
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Defence in Depth - Identify Defence Elements within a Railway Transport System


The RIG is honoured and delighted to be able to announce that Alain Cointet of RATP has agreed to talk to us on the topic of "Defence in Depth: Identify Defence Elements within a Railway Transport System" on Tuesday 29th November 2011, 1730H-1830H. The presentation will take place at London Underground's offices in 55 Broadway, London SW1H 0BD.


There are 5 Documents for this event, click here to view
22/11/2011 -
22/11/2011

1700H for 1730H
Railway Interest Group


London Underground, 55 Broadway, London SW1H 0BD
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Decision Making from Data: Causes and Uncertainty


This talk describes a case study in the use of data and probabilistic modelling for decision making and the wider applications of the principles to other problems in Systems Engineering.

The case study, an on-going collaboration between Queen Mary University of London and RSSB, concerns the safety of rail passengers using stations. RSSB co-ordinates the Rail Industry's collection of passenger incident data and this data is used to track the risk of different categories of accidents. However, rather than 'what is the current risk?' what if we want to know 'How can the risk be reduced?'. For this, we need to model causally: how far would the risk be reduced by feasible safety improvements. We show that incident data alone is not sufficient for this: we need to integrate other sources of data and use probabilistic modelling to approximate complex relationships.



There are 2 Documents for this event, click here to view
18/10/2011 -
18/10/2011

1700H for 1730H
Railway Interest Group


Finmeccanica, 39 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0EU
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A Duffer's Guide to TRAK


You may be heartily sick of hearing people bang on about systems architecture. Why should the RIG be any different...

TRAK's mission is to make doing systems architecting simple. Even I can do it!

In this 30 minute, fun-filled session Colin Wood, co-creator of TRAK (he doesn’t speak highly of the other one), will explain how the least amongst us can quickly get up to speed and produce some quite natty models that the MD will fall over backwards for, at least if he's in a good mood. Bring him along if you can.



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20/09/2011 -
20/09/2011

1000H to 1600H
Railway Interest Group


University of Birmingham
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How can systems engineers and asset managers work together better?


Traditionally, Systems Engineering (SE) and Asset Management (AM) have been separate disciplines: SE has focussed on building optimal systems while AM has focussed on delivering business objectives throughout the asset lifecycle.

The aim of the workshop is to help practitioners of the two disciplines work together better. At the end of this workshop, participants will have developed a shared understanding of:

  • The overlaps between SE and AM
  • How the two disciplines (processes, standards and tools) relate to each other
  • How SE supports AM throughout the asset’s lifecycle

The workshop is also an opportunity for participants to network and broaden their horizons.

The workshop will start with scene-setting presentations and participants will then work together to identify opportunities for SE and AM practitioners to work together better and to formulate actions to exploit these opportunities.



There are 5 Documents for this event, click here to view
06/07/2011 -
06/07/2011

1700H for 1730H
Railway Interest Group


UCL, London
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Crossrail: making the right decisions, picking the right technologies


Crossrail will run from Maidenhead and Heathrow, through 21 kilometres of new twin-bore tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It will bring an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes commuting distance of London's key business districts. When Crossrail opens it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration across the capital, helping to secure London's position as a world leading financial centre, and cutting journey times across the city.

As Crossrail transforms from development to delivery, the time has come to make the big decisions that will either make or break the project. This presentation examines some of those big decisions, the issues surrounding them and why they are so important to get right at this point.



There is 1 Document for this event, click here to view
14/06/2011 -
14/06/2011

1700H for 1730H
Railway Interest Group


Arups offices at 8 Fitzroy Street, London,W1T 4BQ in the Emmeson Room
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A Systems Solution for Mid Tunnel Vent Shafts (LU Cooling the Tube Programme)


A previous presentation by David Steward discussed organisational options for embedding systems engineering into the team. Since then there have been significant changes to the programme and team structure. This presentation looks at how systems engineering has been embedded and addresses some of the key system issues for the programme. It will also present and example of systems definition of one of the programmes key deliverables, i.e., a Mid Tunnel Vent Shaft Upgrade.

The session covers:

  • How systems engineering was incorporated into the organisation
  • Outline definition of a Mid Tunnel Vent Shaft as a system
  • Revision of the requirements structure
  • Managing interfaces
  • Validation / Assurance


There are 2 Documents for this event, click here to view
07/06/2011 -
07/06/2011

1000H to 1500H
Railway Interest Group


Euston, London
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Responding to the whole system challenges of the McNulty rail value for money study


The McNulty report is due to be published in mid-May, proposing a range of changes to GB mainline rail. It is expected to recommend the need for a more whole systems, whole life approach to managing railway assets and enhancement programmes.

Whilst this is excellent news for systems engineers, implementation of the study recommendations is not a ‘done deal’ and will require concerted effort by railway organisations and individuals.

The aim of the workshop is to explore the McNulty recommendations and inform the systems engineering profession’s response to them. This is a chance for you to help shape that response and to meet key members of the McNulty study team and key systems engineering decision-makers.

The event is free but you do need to book. Please contact the RIG Chair, Bruce Elliott on +44 (0)7970 694043 or bruce.elliott@arbutus-tc.co.uk to book of if you have any questions.



There are 2 Documents for this event, click here to view
21/03/2011 -
21/03/2011

1700H for 1730H
Railway Interest Group


Invensys Rail’s offices at Euston House, 24 Eversholt Street, London, NW1 1AD.
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Performance and Risk Modelling - Lessons from 30 years


Dick Vote is Chairman of the IMechE Safety and Reliability Group and a founder member of the Safety and Reliability Society where he is a member of Council. After several years doing front line engineering at sea he has increasingly specialised in performance and risk modelling. He was one of the very first users of the MoD Systems Availability Model and carried out the first validation of the predictions while also responsible for the machinery design project. His experience since then has been principally in oil and gas but also has carried out modelling for power generation and distribution systems, building services. The models have included “dynamic simulation” interactive mimics, reliability, availability and integrity assessments together with maintenance and support strategies. Aspects such as economics and revenue, from first principles are also described!

While it would be impossible to describe all this in detail in an hour, this presentation will describe the journey, the successes and the lessons learned and show how modelling using commercially available spreadsheets can be of advantage to the reliability and safety professional.



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04/03/2011 -
04/03/2011

1700H for 1730H
Railway Interest Group


London Underground’s offices at 55 Broadway. London SW1H 0BD
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The Systems Engineer of the Future: A View from the President-Elect


John A. Thomas is president-elect of INCOSE and a Senior Vice President and chief systems engineer of Booz Allen Hamilton. He leads teams that plan and execute multi-million dollar complex system programs. His clients include U.S. government and industries worldwide. John’s current focus is supporting complex systems development activities for the U.S. federal government. John will discuss the skills and wisdom required from future system engineers to operate successfully across the roles demanded within the program management organizations, responsible for development and deployment of complex programs.


There are 3 Documents for this event, click here to view