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The Special Theory of Holes: A Systems Thinking methodology applied to the exercise of power

Railway Interest Group

Room C308, Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB

1700 for 1730 to 1830

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Current Events

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17/05/2017 -
17/05/2017

1700 for 1730 to 1830
Railway Interest Group


Room C308, Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB
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The Special Theory of Holes: A Systems Thinking methodology applied to the exercise of power


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Kindly hosted by

Systems and Control Research Centre
School of Mathematics Computer Science and Engineering

City, University of London

 

Bio

After starting his career as a train driver, Scott Meadows moved into operations and performance at Network Rail where he worked with cross-industry groups to improve the industry’s safety and reliability performance. He is currently a principal consultant at Altran, working on the Programme and Systems Integration team for the Thameslink programme. Drawing on the doctoral research he started at Leeds University at the Institute of Transport Studies, he has written a systems model of power based on his experiences in the UK Railway Industry.

Synopsis

Power is like gravity and electricity. We know it exists through its effects; we often however, explore its consequences rather than the medium itself. We all work in or for organisations where the perception of power is distributed among many actors and, when we get that distribution wrong, the effects are adverse.

How do we explore power, its nature and basis, then? Can we use systems thinking to understand the power environment and to predict and prevent problems that may arise from the perception of power distributions?

The answer is yes: through system dynamic modelling. Here we can start to model our power environment, explored through three recognised faces of power, how power is developed and exercised. But we can also add a fourth face of power, in terms of system feedback, an element that is often overlooked.

This is the Special Theory of Holes. It is a systems dynamic model of the exercise of power, taking the inputs to ‘A’ who exercises (Overt, Covert and Latent power), over ‘B’, who has power exercised over them, to achieve something, classed as an output. However nothing exists in isolation. ‘B’ sometimes responds in ways we don’t account for or fully understand: this is their feedback to the system of power exercised by A. If we want to improve working conditions and the efficiency and efficacy of our organisations, dismissing system feedback can be costly. It is here where modelling the power environment can help us understand the exercise of power in play, and identify if it is reducing our overall capability.

 

Scott hopes that the presentation will offer systems thinkers a vision of how they may be able to use their skills to deal with problems at work that they previously thought that systems thinking could not reach.

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Future Events

Time Location Details
15/06/2017 -
15/06/2017

17:00 for 17:30 to 18:30
Railway Interest Group


RSSB (Royal Scott room, 4th Floor) The Helicon 1 South Place London EC2M 2RB
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Getting the most out of innovation with a systems approach and an open mind


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There is currently a whirlwind of excitement and anticipation around innovation related to intelligent infrastructure, internet of things and smart cities. Much of this is technology-led and predicated on ‘more data equals more benefit’.

Whilst an element of this future is reliant on more open and shared data, other fundamental keys to unlock benefits quickly reside in vision, outcomes and business models. 

In this presentation, Rakesh Gaur of Transport for London explores how the skills to resolving these parameters are positively aligned to those who can apply a whole systems engineering approach; focusing on key requirements, understanding trade-offs, managing risk and knowing how to deal with the unintended. 

He will describe how the Transport for London approach blends both challenge and vision-led innovation and explores the potential consequences when a systems approach is not followed.

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18/09/2017 -
18/09/2017

1745H-1930H
Railway Interest Group


London Underground 55 Broadway London SW1H 0BD
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Operational Concept to Working Railway: Developing an effective collaboration between operators and engineers on a major railway upgrade project


Effectively engaging operations personnel in the very earliest stage of railway projects is essential if we are to avoid extensive rework or having to live with operational workarounds for sub-optimal decisions at the beginning.

Michael Coultharde-Steer, Lead Operational Development Manager at LU, will describe how and where significant benefits accrue from involving Operational input in the context of major upgrade programmes and how User Requirements Specifications are derived by a small team that includes operational end-user representatives and LU’s system engineers.

For further details pleasee see attached flyer.

The presentation is being arranged by the South East Branch of the Institution of Railway Operators (IRO) in collaboration with the INCOSE UK Railway Interest Group.

There is no charge for attendance and the event is open to those who are not INCOSE or IRO members but places must be booked in advance.

BOOKING FOR THIS EVENT IS VIA THE IRO.

Please book by emailing se.comms@railwayoperators.co.uk. To ask any other questions, please contact the RIG Chair, Bruce Elliott at bruce.elliott@altran.com or on +44 (0)7970 694043.



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15/11/2017 -
15/11/2017

1700
Railway Interest Group


Room 309, Roberts Building, University College London, Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7JE
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Railway Control & Safety Systems as a Closed-Loop Negative Feedback Control System


As part of his academic research into producing a Systems Engineering Framework for Railway Control and Safety Systems, Karl King has produced a generic functional model for these systems which he has concluded can be modelled as a closed-loop negative feedback control system. Karl proposes that utilising this system model and approaching the Railway Control and Safety System from the point of view of a closed-loop negative feedback system will make it more clear what sub-systems are responsible for achieving and maintaining a required number of trains per hour from the service and therefore enable a more targeted approach to railway upgrades.

This presentation will describe the development of Karl's model and explain how it can be shown to be analogous to a negative-feedback control system as well as how this will enable a more targeted approach to upgrading Railway Control and Safety Systems to achieve improvements in line capacity

There is no charge for attendance and the event is open to non-members but places must be booked in advance. To book, obtain directions or to ask any other questions, please contact the RIG Chair, Bruce Elliott at bruce.elliott@altran.com or on +44 (0)7970 694043.

28/03/2018 -
28/03/2018

1700
Railway Interest Group


Atkins, Euston Tower, 286 Euston Rd, London NW1 3AT
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System Safety in the Big Data World


 

System Safety in the Big Data World
Julian Stow, Institute of Railway Research, University of Huddersfield 

 Wednesday, 28th March 2018,

 Atkins, Euston Tower, 286 Euston Rd, London NW1 3AT
1700H Doors open, 1730H-1830H Presentation

The paper outlines research being undertaken at the University of Huddersfield Institute of Railway Research to understand how the big data revolution might be applied to enhance railway system safety with the eventual goal of moving from lagging indicators to real-time or even possibly leading safety indicators. The paper will examine the most promising applications identified to date and will illustrate these with examples from research projects currently underway at the University. These include automating analysis of free text records of safety ‘close calls’, developing tools to count red approaches to signals on a national basis to aid understanding of SPADs and approaches to integrating big data into safety bow ties. It will discuss the parallels between big data to enhance safety and operational performance and it will briefly consider the possible impacts on the staff who have to deliver the daily operation of the railways in the future. The paper concludes with the authors personal views on the potential future developments in this field.

Julian Stow is Assistant Director at the Institute of Railway Research at the University of Huddersfield. He has 18 years’ experience in the rail industry specialising in rail vehicle dynamics and wheel-rail interface engineering and he has led a wide range of projects for the GB rail industry in these areas. He is currently responsible for the delivery of a programme of research work under the strategic partnership between RSSB and the University of Huddersfield. Julian is a chartered engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

The meeting will take place at Atkins, Euston Tower, 286 Euston Rd, London NW1 3AT. There is no charge for attendance and the event is open to non-members but places must be booked in advance. To book, click book button on the INCOSE Calendar for this event or contact the RIG Board Member, Mike Morua at m.morua@fnc.co.uk.

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is an international professional society for systems engineers whose mission is to foster the definition, understanding, and practice of world-class systems engineering in industry, academia, and government

The INCOSE UK Rail Interest Group has been formed:

  • To provide a forum for those interested in Systems Engineering in rail to network in a less formal environment, to exchange good practice and to provide mutual support in an area which can require some sustained perseverance;
  • To promote, improve and share the practice of Systems Engineering within the rail industry;

  • To foster connections with other professional bodies within rail and thereby promote cross fertilisation of knowledge and experience across sectors and community disciplines; and

  • To promote awareness of INCOSE UK and encourage membership within the rail industry.

    For further information about the RIG, see www.incoseonline.org.uk and follow the ‘Groups’ link.



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24/04/2018 -
24/04/2018

17:00 - 18:30
Railway Interest Group


Network Rail, James Forbes House, 27 Great Suffolk, London, SE1 0NS.
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Practical Lessons in Writing a System Specification


As soon as a project to deliver a system is born, the team to procure and deliver the system will be assembled. Those key to building the specification are:
1. The eventual users (the customer) of the system in question such as operators and maintainers,
2. The project tasked with delivering the system itself, and
3. A few experienced technical ‘side-cars’ with the knowledge of what other similar operators ask for and what comparable systems can do.
 
After constructing a thorough, systematic contract development process, this team will then set out on the road to building up the most perfect system requirements specification ever written.
 
This highly motivated and enthused team will race into action with much energy but may start to struggle when it becomes clear that each of the three corners of the triangle of expertise has differing points of view and different areas of concern e.g. existing practices, safety, operational flexibility, cost, safeguarding, reliability, innovation or risk control. The apparently perfectly prescribed processes for procuring the obvious solution can become clouded in confusion, disagreements and uncertainty. The momentum may slow, the programme may slip, costs can escalate and, most worryingly, the stakeholder may start to question the project and its ability to deliver.
 
The challenge becomes one of turning the customer’s remit, scope and general concept of operations for the new system into a comprehensive, precise, verifiable and ‘correct’ specification for supply of that system, whilst wading through dozens of new terms, variously-grasped models, strategies, processes and deliverables including high-level principles, plans and concepts.
 
This study aims to use recent experiences in identifying and refining requirements for a system, in the lead-up to and immediately after a contract for supply has been awarded. It is hoped that these will demystify the process of moving from the customer’s aspirations and project goals to clear, specific requirements for the system being procured. These lessons can be used by future projects to chart a path to the specification which gives those overseeing its creation more confidence that the journey will not take longer than expected, cost more than was budgeted for and be a rougher ride than is necessary.
 
The ideas presented here focus on recurring topics observed by the author and the lessons which can be learned from them, so that the case can be made for a more robust process for getting a solution that is fit for purpose, and no more and no less than what is needed by the eventual users.
30/04/2018 -
30/04/2018

17:00 - 18:30
Railway Interest Group


Mott MacDonald 10 Fleet Place London EC4M 7RB
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SAFECAP - Automating SSI Data Testing Using Formal Methods


Dominic Taylor, Systra Scott Lister

Alexei Iliasov, University of Newcastle

Thursday, 1st March, London 1700H Doors open, 1730H-1830H Presentation

The increasing complexity of modern railway signalling systems, both in terms of geographic coverage and of functionality, poses a major challenge to verification of compliance with safety requirements. The challenge is exacerbated by the scarcity of skilled resources to undertake verification activities in proportion to the number of projects underway. Automation of design and / or verification of configuration data for signalling systems has been proposed as a means of addressing this challenge.

This presentation presents a practical approach to automated verification that uses computer science formal methods to enhance the efficiency and accuracy of verification activities whilst integrating with existing processes.

Formal methods are mathematical techniques for the specification, design, analysis and verification of software and hardware systems. They have been successfully used in several industrial domains, including transport, defence, telecommunications and nuclear power. Recent advances in formal methods are making it possible to successfully apply them in developing a range of complex applications. Development of computerised railway signalling systems is an area in which formal methods are now becoming widely used.

The meeting will take place in Mott MacDonld's office in 10 Fleet Place, London, EC4M 7RB. There is no charge for attendance and the event is open to non-members but places must be booked in advance. To book, obtain directions or to ask any other questions, please contact RIG Organiser Karl King on k.king@fnc.co.uk or 07403 293935.

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is an international professional society for systems engineers whose mission is to foster the definition, understanding, and practice of world-class systems engineering in industry, academia, and government

The INCOSE UK Rail Interest Group has been formed:

  • To provide a forum for those interested in Systems Engineering in rail to network in a less formal environment, to exchange good practice and to provide mutual support in an area which can require some sustained perseverance;
  • To promote, improve and share the practice of Systems Engineering within the rail industry;
  • To foster connections with other professional bodies within rail and thereby promote cross fertilisation of knowledge and experience across sectors and community disciplines; and
  • To promote awareness of INCOSE UK and encourage membership within the rail industry.

 For further information about the RIG, see www.incoseonline.org.uk and follow the ‘Groups’ link.

26/09/2018 -
26/09/2018

17:00-18:45
Railway Interest Group


SNC-Lavalin Atkins’s offices in Euston Tower 286 Euston Road London NW1 3AT
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Applying the INCOSE SE Competence Assessment Framework in the Rail Sector


1700H Doors Open, 1725H-1845H Event

Finding people with the right skills to perform railway Systems Engineering (SE) is a challenge that is frequently discussed at RIG meetings. The INCOSE SE Competence Framework cannot solve that problem but it can contribute to a solution by providing an objective means of assessing SE competence which, in turn, can underpin recruitment and staff development.

The Framework was originally developed by organisations in the defence sector but is being increasingly applied in the rail domain. This event will provide an opportunity for those curious about the Framework to understand not only what it is and how it works but also to learn how it can deliver value, what the challenges are and how these challenges may be overcome.

Kevin Gedge of Network Rail and Jane Sanders of Bombardier Transportation are both involved in deploying the Framework within their organisations, They will introduce the Framework, describe their experience of using it, outline some of the challenges that their organisations have faced and describe how these challenges have been overcome.

Ian Presland of Charterhouse Systems is Professional Development Director at INCOSE and a key member of the INCOSE International Competency Working Group. Ian will introduce the recently-released internationally-agreed version of the Framework, describing how it was developed and a pilot project to use competency as a basis for assessing applications for Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) status.

This event is being allocated a slightly longer slot than normal to allow others to contribute their experiences and views with the aims of starting to form an industry view on the Framework and to establish a network of people interested in the Framework in order to foster further exchange of experience. 

The meeting will take place at SNC-Lavalin Atkin's offices in Euston Tower 286 Euston Road London NW1 3AT.  There is no charge for attendance and the event is open to non-members but places must be booked in advance.  To book, obtain directions or to ask any other questions, please contact RIG Organiser, Michael Morua at m.morua@fnc.co.uk or call 07763455171.

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is an international professional society for systems engineers whose mission is to foster the definition, understanding, and practice of world-class systems engineering in industry, academia, and government

The INCOSE UK Rail Interest Group has been formed: 

  • To provide a forum for those interested in Systems Engineering in rail to network in a less formal environment, to exchange good practice and to provide mutual support in an area which can require some sustained perseverance;
  • To promote, improve and share the practice of Systems Engineering within the rail industry;
  •  To foster connections with other professional bodies within rail and thereby promote cross fertilisation of knowledge and experience across sectors and community disciplines; and
  • To promote awareness of INCOSE UK and encourage membership within the rail industry.

For further information about the RIG, see www.incoseonline.org.uk and follow the ‘Groups’ link.



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23/10/2018 -
23/10/2018

17:00 - 19:00
Railway Interest Group


55 Broadway London SW1H 0BD
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Progressive Assurance and how it Applies to Digital Railway


 

Complex projects are becoming the norm, interdisciplinary projects coupled with advanced digital technologies are making the assurance landscape more challenging.  From managing requirements and assuring system interfaces to providing proactive integration, verification and validation of the solutions; only progressive assurance, unifying the suppliers and client in joint delivery, provides the necessary guarantee of success.

 

Tim Whitcher is Solution Lead (Digital Railway) for WSP UK. He brings more than a decade of professional engineering experience within safety critical industries, from assistant tester to technical authority having led, managed and delivered advanced, and SIL-rated, control and infrastructure implementations valued in the low thousands to the multimillions.

 

The meeting will take place at TfL’s offices in 55 Broardway, London SW1H 0BD. There is no charge for attendance and the event is open to non-members but places must be booked in advance. To book, obtain directions or to ask any other questions, please contact RIG Organiser Karl King on k.king@fnc.co.uk or 07403 293935.

 

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is an international professional society for systems engineers whose mission is to foster the definition, understanding, and practice of world-class systems engineering in industry, academia, and government

 

The INCOSE UK Rail Interest Group has been formed:

 

  • To provide a forum for those interested in Systems Engineering in rail to network in a less formal environment, to exchange good practice and to provide mutual support in an area which can require some sustained perseverance;

  • To promote, improve and share the practice of Systems Engineering within the rail industry;

  • To foster connections with other professional bodies within rail and thereby promote cross fertilisation of knowledge and experience across sectors and community disciplines; and

  • To promote awareness of INCOSE UK and encourage membership within the rail industry.

    For further information about the RIG, see www.incoseonline.org.uk and follow the ‘Groups’ link.

 



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14/11/2018 -
14/11/2018

17:00 - 18:30
Railway Interest Group


Mott MacDonald 10 Fleet Place London EC4M 7RB
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Systems Thinking, Innovation and Railways: Can We Make it Happen?


 

The Rail Technical Strategy (RTS) sets the UK’s vision of a technology-driven better railway system for the country, creating a framework for research and development. This is complemented by the recently published Capability Delivery Plan (CDP) defining the specific steps that need to be taken in order to achieve the vision. Similarly, and perhaps surprisingly, our European counterparts are following an equivalent approach with the publication of the Shift2Rail updated Multi Annual Action Plan (MAAP) which includes a vision and a catalogue of railway innovation capabilities and a roadmap defining how to achieve these. In addition, this is mirrored at international level by the UIC producing a research and innovation strategy including a capabilities plan. Can all this alignment mean that we finally can have some joined up thinking on how to carry out research and innovation that is relevant and with real impact? Where does systems thinking fit in all this?

 

The talk will have two distinct parts. It will introduce and explore the aspects described above, followed by an overview of a practical example linked to one of the capabilities identified in these strategic plans. Specifically, an overview will be presented of a current UK research project developing a new braking system concept for overall system capacity improvements.

 

Roberto Palacin has 20 years experience as an academic working on research related to rail and transport systems. He is currently leading a Railway Systems Research Group at Newcastle University as well as being degree program director for mechanical and systems engineering. Roberto has been involved in research projects on subjects such as strategic development of transport systems, energy efficiency of urban and mainline rail systems, urban mobility and sustainability, development of innovative railway concepts, energy optimisation of rail systems, intermodality of the European rail network and development of modular concepts for high-speed. Roberto’s research interests revolve around two main aspects, application of a systems approach to energy conservation and human-systems interaction and include mobility and mass-capacity in the context of MaaS (urban and long distance), improving railways energy efficiency, connectivity and the development of ergonomic and design-led railway environments.



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05/12/2018 -
05/12/2018

1700-1830
Railway Interest Group


1700H Doors open, 1730H-1830H Event WSP House, 70 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1AF (meeting rooms 1-05/06)
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Migration Strategies – Who Needs Them!


A large number of route upgrade programmes that include projects covering disciplines such as signalling, the permanent way, stations, overhead electrification, ticketing, traffic management and other capability improvements are planned within control period 6 within the UK railway industry.  These individual improvement programmes shall lead to a step change in capability that require an integrated and united systems engineering process and migration strategy in order to realise their benefits effectively.

Programme management processes align project outputs to benefits so that benefit realisation can be managed, measured and delivered.  The programmatic, technical, time phasing and assurance approach and benefits realisation should be addressed in an effective Migration Strategy.  The Migration Strategy provides the vision and stakeholder agreed guidance to implement and put into service the new integrated capabilities so that objectives are met within the performance, cost, time and risk parameters agreed by stakeholders.

However, implementation of these route programmes is not merely complicated, it is complex with multiple dependencies, interactions and emergent behaviours, requiring expensive and comprehensive testing programmes to mitigate the impact.

This presentation will highlight these areas of concern and provide systems engineering approaches that complement the programmatics so that major risks can be mitigated and benefit realisation maximised.

The System Engineering approaches covered in this presentation are:

1)  Modelling and Simulation;

2)  Architectural analysis; and

3)  Model Based Systems Engineering

The objective is to show how these methods could be implemented in a manner that is consistent with a route’s business and renewals strategy and are easy to communicate to stakeholders.

The speakers are Mike Morua and Karl King.  They are systems engineers and members of INCOSE and are both currently employed at Frazer-Nash Consultancy as Senior Consultants. Both have experience of the development and delivery of large rail projects involving infrastructure, signalling, telecommunications and rolling stock including such complex upgrade projects as ETCS and CBTC systems.  Mike has experience in defence telecommunications and energy infrastructure projects and has worked in the US and Australia.  Karl has worked on major rail projects, specialising in Command Control and Signalling Programmes, including ERTMS, CBTC and Traffic Management for projects such as Crossrail, Thameslink and the Victoria Line Upgrade Programme.  He has also worked on major railway upgrades in the Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Germany, USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Mozambique, Guinea, Taiwan, India, Kuala Lumpur, Panama, Brazil, UAE and Israel.

The meeting will take place at WSP House, 70 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1AF (meeting rooms 1-05/06). There is no charge for attendance and the event is open to non-members but places must be booked in advance. To book, obtain directions or to ask any other questions, please contact RIG Organiser, Michael Morua on m.morua@fnc.co.uk or 07763 455171.

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is an international professional society for systems engineers whose mission is to foster the definition, understanding, and practice of world-class systems engineering in industry, academia, and government

 The INCOSE UK Rail Interest Group has been formed:

  • To provide a forum for those interested in Systems Engineering in rail to network in a less formal environment, to exchange good practice and to provide mutual support in an area which can require some sustained perseverance;
  • To promote, improve and share the practice of Systems Engineering within the rail industry;

  • To foster connections with other professional bodies within rail and thereby promote cross fertilisation of knowledge and experience across sectors and community disciplines; and

  • To promote awareness of INCOSE UK and encourage membership within the rail industry.

For further information about the RIG, see www.incoseonline.org.uk and follow the ‘Groups’ link.



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Past Events

Time Location Details
05/04/2017 -
05/04/2017

1700 for 1730 to 1830
Railway Interest Group


Network Rail, One Eversholt Street, London, NW1 2DN
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How not to do Requirements Management with Civil Engineers


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The application of requirements management to civil engineering-led, rail related, multi-disciplinary design and build projects has had varied success in recent years.  Key UK Rail clients have their own requirements management processes and the challenge for designers has been to find the right processes to facilitate demonstrating compliance of design, for more than 10 different disciplines, with swift approvals, fixed construction deadlines and without introducing significant addition cost.

 

 

In this presentation, Anne Bearne of Arup shares her experiences in delivering requirements management which meets the needs of client, and project managers and which design teams can efficiently embed within their design processes and outputs. This entails a tailoring of requirements management processes to respond to the way in which railway projects, and in particular largely civils based railway projects, are delivered.  

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21/03/2017 -
21/03/2017

1700 for 1730 to 1830
Railway Interest Group


Atkins, Euston Tower, 286 Euston Road, London NW1 3AT
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Innovation in Infrastructure: the railway as a socio-technical system


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The railway system is continually developing and changing. In long-established infrastructure systems, like the railway system of Great Britain, development is often complex. Innovation in these systems is both important and difficult to understand; it comes in many forms and through many different routes. This presentation is on research into how mature infrastructure systems develop and change; using social science theories on socio-technical systems the case of Great Britain’s railway system is examined. Privatisation of this system, initiated outside the railway system, has led to a series of different organisational arrangements directing system operation and development over a relatively short period. Examining these developments using socio-technical systems theories highlights ways in which innovation can be, deliberately and unintentionally, shaped and it shows connections between the social and the technical forces in play. Reflecting on privatisation and its aftermath can provide lessons for directing future development in the railway system. Improved understanding of processes around system development can be valuable to both practitioners and policymakers concerned with generating, or responding to, innovation.

Dr Kat Lovell is a Research Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. Having trained in Engineering, Kat began her work on railways as part of a project on railway systems within the Rail Research UK consortium. This work inspired her PhD in Innovation Studies at Imperial College Business School researching the case of privatisation of Great Britain’s railway network. Kat’s research at SPRU is part of two interdisciplinary and interuniversity projects on UK infrastructure: International Centre for Infrastructure Futures (ICIF) where Kat’s work looks at business models for infrastructure development and ITRC-MISTRAL (Multi-scale Infrastructure Systems Analytics) researching infrastructure governance and development at different scales. Kat’s research focuses on infrastructure systems and how they change and for the future she is working with SPRU colleagues to develop ideas around inclusive infrastructure.

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28/02/2017 -
28/02/2017

1700 for 1730 to 1830
Railway Interest Group


London Underground, 55 Broadway, Westminster, London SW1H 0XH
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Reintegrating the Elephant: Using Microsoft Office to automate management of requirements


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In the presentation “Eating the Elephant: ETCS Requirements for GB railway”, John Alexander of Network Rail described the Reference Design process that was implemented to elicit the GB specific requirements for the configuration of the ETCS product. This involved the production of some 31 documents to describe various aspects of operation on the GB railway and the ETCS capabilities to be applied to those. From these 31 documents 5 requirement sets were consolidated.

This presentation, by Alison Danahay, a Principal Systems Engineering and Integration Consultant at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, follows on from John’s and describes several toolsets developed by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff to support and automate the processes for consolidation and documentation of the Reference Design itself and subsequent requirement specifications.

Alison Danahay is a professional Systems Engineer with 26+ years experience in engineering. She has been working with the Network Rail Safety Technical Engineering team on the definition of requirements to migrate current UK signalling and operations to ETCS Level 2.

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02/02/2017 -
02/02/2017

1730
Railway Interest Group


Arup, Fitzroy Street, London, W1T 4BQ
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Embedding Systems Engineering in NR Infrastructure Projects


 

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Network Rail (NR) Infrastructure Projects Engineering function (IP‐ENG) was established in January 2016 to improve and provide consistency in engineering leadership and assurance, responding to the lack of a whole systems approach to engineering across NR IP.

Kevin Gedge, Systems Engineering Discipline Manager, will introduce the development of the IP-ENG function of 1,500 engineers, embedding Systems Thinking and Engineering practice through policy, standards, and SE competencies.

Kevin will also introduce Network Rail’s integrated engineering lifecycle (iELC) with its approach to engineering assurance to address key project delivery risks including:

  • Inadequate requirements management and governance
  • Lack of scalable end to end engineering processes
  • Lack of integrated engineering approach and SE interfacing with the supply chain

iELC introduces a configurable phased lifecycle approach, which aligns with the policy for management of Network Rail projects (GRIP), ISO/IEC15288:2015 as well as improving integration between engineering and non-engineering activities and alignment with the collaborative working approach introduced within Building Information Management (BIM).

Arrive from 17:00 for a 17:30 start.

 

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13/07/2016 -
13/07/2016

1700 - 1830
Railway Interest Group


Atkins - Euston Tower 286 Euston Road, London, NW1 3AD
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Digital Railway Enterprise Architecture Delivery Programme and Needs


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As with any SE journey few of us would choose to start where we do, the beginning is preferable but rarely realistic, Digital Railway (DR) is no different, it brings with it a history as long as the rail industry itself. This presentation will focus on how the programme is moving forward from where we are today using a System of Systems approach. 

The Digital Railway challenge is to compress a 50-year capability development into 15-years. To do this we are trying to innovate the approach to capability readiness and delivery across the industry, we say trying as to do this the Digital Railway programme is working in partnership with the whole industry to maximise the potential of digital technology.

This paper will focus on the both the small changes we are making within the team to deliver high levels of performance through to the whole industry challenges which affect both the traditional SE community and the SoS movement and the way we work together across technical and business systems.

This session will be presented by three speakers from Digital Railway:

  • Colin Brown (Network Rail) Principal Architect Phase 3, 
  • Mike Brownsword (Atkins) Phase 3 Target State Lead, 
  • Jon Linsdell (BAE Systems) Systems Engineer, Ops & Mtce.

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29/06/2016 -
29/06/2016

1700 - 1830
Railway Interest Group


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Delivering the RTS: Applying systems thinking for technology development


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In 2012 the Rail Technical Strategy (RTS) for the UK rail industry was published.  This landmark document set out a 30 year vision for the railway that is radically different to today.  What has been happening in the intervening years and how can the RTS vision of a high capacity, low cost, sustainable railway become a reality? 

RSSB and Network Rail are working together on behalf of the railway industry to apply whole systems thinking to the delivery of the RTS - by combining R&D and technology demonstration programmes together, from a variety of domains, to develop new capabilities for the railway.  

Many challenges lie ahead including: aligning the industry in the development of system-wide capabilities; engaging the supply chain in developing the required technologies; and identifying opportunities to deploy new technology into the railway.

 

Trevor Bradbury is the Rail Technical Strategy Delivery Manager for RSSB.  Trevor’s role is to work with the industry to translate the Rail Technical Strategy into deliverable programmes. Trevor will look back on existing accomplishments, set out the latest thinking and the prospects for the RTS going forward.

 

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07/06/2016 -
07/06/2016

17:00 - 19:00
Railway Interest Group


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Managing Complexity: Signalling interoperability for Engineer’s Vehicles


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London Underground has increased its fleet mileage by almost 40% since the year 2000 but productivity of track renewal has not improved at the same rate. The Engineering Fleet of 270 vehicles is being modernised with new vehicles and innovative new mechanised maintenance solutions requiring an interoperable signalling solution to maximise the versatility of these specialised assets.

To deliver more productive track interventions with fewer closures, engineer’s vehicles need to get to site earlier and reliably to maximise productivity by inter-running with the passenger service.

There are currently 4 different signalling systems but 2 more are planned so the engineering vehicles need to be interoperable between legacy fixed block and multiple CBTC signalling systems.

This presentation will introduce the project and describe how LU is managing the complexities through a phased architecture description database using the TRAK framework, with contextualised requirements and responding to assurance requirements.

Alan Wilson, Project Manager for the EV Signalling Concept Design stage, and Jorrel Dawoodi, a Systems Engineer supporting the Track Plant portfolio will present their practical methodologies used to manage the complexity of signalling interoperability.

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12/05/2016 -
12/05/2016

17:00 - 19:00
Railway Interest Group


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Eating the Elephant: Reference Design for ETCS


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Introducing the European Train Control System (ETCS) to the GB rail network is a challenging task with so many stakeholders to satisfy and European legislation to follow. Most people assume that since the system is defined at the European level then it should be a case of buying it, plugging it in and off you go. The reality is that it is designed to operate in many different situations and is continually being developed to meet the needs of the European industry.

The variety of solutions available and already implemented leads to misunderstanding and misconceptions of how the system will operate. The lack of clarity means that it is hard for the various users to establish what they want, what they need and what they can afford. It also leads to high expectations with politicians and government believing the “hype” and then being disappointed when it cannot be fulfilled.

Network Rail, on behalf of the industry, have been analysing how to apply ETCS to establish the requirements using a process known as the Reference Design. The process has been around dividing the problem into manageable chunks, undertaking analysis, collaborating and eating that elephant a bit at a time – bring your knife and fork!

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27/04/2016 -
27/04/2016

1700 - 1830
Railway Interest Group


Network Rail One Eversholt Street, London, NW1 2DN
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Systems Engineering Framework for Railway Control & Safety Systems


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Gone are the days of classical signalling systems where the control centre, interlocking and signalling schemes could be developed and delivered in isolation from each other.

Modern Train Control Systems are increasingly complex, using networked communications and distributed computer systems to achieve their performance and capacity requirements. But this complexity imports great risk to the cost and schedule of projects and to the safety and reliability of systems.

Karl King from Mott MacDonald has been conducting doctoral research at the University of Birmingham to develop a Systems Engineering Framework that can be applied across the fragmented development of Train Control Systems.

Karl will be presenting the latest findings in his research and his progress towards developing an approach that is cognisant of traditional signalling and train control system project governance to improve the uptake of SE for developing future systems.

 

14/04/2016 -
14/04/2016

08:30 - 16:50
Railway Interest Group


The University of Birmingham
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IRSE Seminar & Workshop (with INCOSE UK RIG): Systems Engineering for Train Control and Communications: People, Process and Product


The increasing complexity of train control and communications systems, and the growing extent to which they are integrated with other railway sub-systems, makes a structured systems-based approach to engineering essential. A basic grounding in the discipline of systems engineering is now a vital component of the education of train control and communications engineers.

In this seminar, organised with the help of of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), expert speakers will explain why systems engineering is so important, what the fundamentals of systems engineering are and how these fundamentals may be applied to train control systems projects, illustrated with case studies from ETCS in Europe, Docklands Light Railway and elsewhere. The seminar will consider the people, process and product aspects of systems engineering, and in facilitated break-out sessions we will discuss the challenges and benefits of applying systems engineering to railway projects. In addition to hearing from the experts, there will be an opportunity, in facilitated breakout sessions, for delegates to discuss the challenges and benefits of applying systems engineering to railway projects and to contribute to the debate on how best to apply SE to train control and communications projects.

The seminar is suitable for railway  train control and communications engineers and other railway professionals with an interest in train control  and communications at all stages of their careers.

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Programme

8:30 Arrival / Coffee
 

9.00 Welcome and Introductions – Francis How, IRSE
 

9.10 Keynote Presentation: Network Rail’s view on System’s Engineering – Jon Shaw, NR

Jon will outline the systems engineering approach now being adopted by Network Rail for its £24Bn Railway Upgrade Plan for stations and infrastructure enhancements

9.40 What is Systems Engineering? – Bruce Elliott, Altran

Bruce will briefly review the history of SE before summarising the view of SE taken by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). He will acknowledge the existence of superficially different views about what SE is but he show that there is very broad underlying agreement on some core ideas

10.10 Break
 

10.40 Docklands Light Railway – Geoff Mitchell, DLR and Karl King, Mott MacDonald

Geoff and Karl will explain the importance and value of systems engineering in the delivery, delivery and continual asset management of a modern CBTC system using the Docklands Light Railway as an example.

Particular emphasis will be placed on the importance of a clearly defined Concept of Operation and its central role in the system lifecycle.

11.20 Beyond Systems Engineering in European ETCS Rollout – Oskar Stalder, OS Consulting and Markus Bolli, Suprexa

Oskar and Markus will discuss the practical challenges of the V-model considering roles and rules in the EU context to make ETCS a success. They will look at the challenges of managing the complex organisation approaches and management of the multiple engineering processes as well as experiences of different networks and their specific approaches throughout Europe, including how Systems Engineering can help to overcome these challenges.

12.00 Breakout Session: What are the potential benefits of Systems Engineering for signalling projects and what are the obstacles to applying Systems Engineering to signalling projects?

Split into syndicates of more than 10 people, each with an organizer acting as a syndicate facilitator. The facilitator should guide the group towards accumulating on a flip-chart or post-its, three lists:

  • potential benefits of SE for signalling projects
  • obstacles to applying Systems Engineering to signalling projects
  • other remarks

The facilitator consolidates the results from the syndicates onto a couple of slides

12.40 Lunch
 

13:30 Review of breakout session

We reconvene as one group. The nominated facilitator presents the consolidated output and facilitates a short general discussion to see if consensus can be reached on the principal benefits and obstacles.

14:00 Systems Thinking for Optimising Signalling Design – Clive Roberts NS Felix Schmid, University of Birmingham

The design of railway control systems involves many trade-offs and rule-based approaches tend to lead to suboptimal solutions since they do not make best use of all components of the system of systems. A number of national and international projects have developed system oriented modelling and simulation tools that allow optimisation at different levels of granularity. Clive and Felix will discuss the capability of some of the tools and will include case studies of small and large operations optimisation projects.

14.40 Good Practice in Systems Engineering – Peter Parker, Siemens Rail

Peter will present on examples of good practice of utilising systems engineering for delivering modern signalling systems from the perspective of an equipment manufacturer and supplier.

15:20 Break
 

15:50 Human Factors of Railway Systems – Elaine Thompson, Mott MacDonald

Elaine will cover the importance of integrating human factors into the design of railway sub-systems, and the risks of not considering the human element. Some case studies of previous work on both the in-cab and train control elements of the system will be presented.

16.30 Conclusions 
 

16.50 End / Networking
 

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