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Systems Integration for Delivery: A Network Rail Programme for Change

Railway Interest Group

Jacobs 20 George Hudson Street, York YO1 6WR

17:30 - 18:30

EMEA Rail Integration Workshop - Challenges for System Integration in Rail Chaired by Mike Morua and Jan Verbeek

Railway Interest Group

EMEA Workshop LEF Future Centre Ultrecht, NL

09:30 - 12:00

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Current Events

Time Location Details
02/10/2019 -
02/10/2019

17:30 - 18:30
Railway Interest Group


Jacobs 20 George Hudson Street, York YO1 6WR
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Systems Integration for Delivery: A Network Rail Programme for Change


Systems Integration for Delivery: A Network Rail Programme for Change

 Kevin Gedge, Network Rail

 Wednesday, 2nd October 2019, York
1700H Doors open, 1730H-1830H Event

Delivering integrated railway infrastructure in the environment of increased complexity, coupled with commercial pressures is difficult at the best of times. On top of this, ethical issues, timescales, cost, societal expectations, resources, competencies, business needs, legislation and standards all appear to be conflicting energies unleashed on project teams.

Over the past year, Network Rail has been embarking on a change programme entitled Systems Integration for Delivery (SI4D), this is vital to improving passenger experience and to delivering a reliable, safe, secure, operable, maintainable and performing railway. This change programme embeds Systems Integration capability across the industry to improve the delivery of capital projects including provision of supporting processes, procedures, tools, guides and training. In his presentation Kevin Gedge intends to outline the SI4D framework, its application to projects and how it will impact individuals on projects from sponsors and project managers through to suppliers and third parties.

Kevin Gedge is a Network Rail Principal Engineer and Network Rail Technical Fellow. Kevin works within the discipline of Systems Integration and is both a Chartered Engineer and Certified Systems Engineering Professional. Kevin’s experience spans Defence, aviation and most recently the railway industry; where after working as a systems engineer on the Northern Hub programme, his recent work has been within the engineering headquarters organisation. This has been focused on the development, roll out and application of the Systems Integration for Delivery framework to projects, programmes and portfolios of work for Network Rail.

The meeting will take place at Jacobs, 20 George Hudson Street, York YO1 6WR. Arrive at the lobby and sign in for Jacobs – Photo ID will be required

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, Mike Morua on m.morua@fnc.co.uk or 07763455171. Please let me know of any special requirements.

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.

11/10/2019 -
11/10/2019

09:30 - 12:00
Railway Interest Group


EMEA Workshop LEF Future Centre Ultrecht, NL
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EMEA Rail Integration Workshop - Challenges for System Integration in Rail Chaired by Mike Morua and Jan Verbeek


This year at the INCOSE EMEA workshop in Utrecht there will be a workshop session titled: Challenges for System Integration in Rail. The session will be chaired by myself, Mike Morua from Frazer-Nash. and Jan Verbeek from ADSE.
 
The Rail Integration workshop session will address problem areas within current and planned rail and urban/suburban transit schemes which will include:
 - Systems integration across the whole to include other transport networks and operating environment and their standards;
 - Changes to Environmental policies, CO2 reduction standards and population growth patterns;
 - Differences between "Green" and "Brown" sites;  - Increased digitalisation of rail operations, maintenance and passenger lifestyles;
 - Need to develop simulations and digital twins as part of the programme that are based on BIMS and other data architectures;
 - Need to work together despite large stakeholder groups and working over large distances.
 - Other areas that might come to mind.
 
The workshop session will also address a variety of integration issues and attempt to identify a Generic System Integration Framework that can be applied to these projects.  The Framework will consist of architecture, governance, migration strategies and processes that allow effective and reduced risk management of these complex projects.
 
We will focus on the Dutch Railway and mass transit capability however, our principles and summaries will be applied in a more general environment that will have ramifications for mass transit in the UK and other global locations.
 
The workshop session is not a RIG event and this notification is not an invitation to take part. Instead, I am writing to make you aware of this session and to provide you with an opportunity to send me your comments or observations that you would like us to address at the workshop. Please send any comments to m.morua@fnc.co.uk . 
 
I propose to make a presentation to the INCOSE RIG at a date to be determined in London later in October.  I will highlight  outcomes of the Rail Integration Workshop session. An email invitation will be sent when the date of that presentation is set.

Future Events

Time Location Details

Past Events

Time Location Details
18/09/2019 -
18/09/2019

17:30 - 18:30
Railway Interest Group


Nova North, 11 Bressenden Place, Westminster, London SW1E 5BY (Arrive at the lobby and identify yourself at the security. Someone from SNC-Lavalin/Atkins will escort you.
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Secure by Design


 

Secure by Design

 Matt Simpson, Atkins and Darren Hepburn, Network Rail

 Wednesday, 18th September 2019, London
1700H Doors open, 1730H-1830H Event

With an increased adoption of digital information technology in our modern railways, and the requirement for greater interconnected systems driven to improve operational performance, reliability and customer journey satisfaction, the cyber security threat landscape is dramatically increased which risk the availability and safety of modern railway systems. Matt Simpson and Darren Hepburn will explore what can be done to counter the increased security risk by the adoption of a risk management framework proven within Network Rail.  

Matt Simpson is the Professional Head of Cyber Security and a Technical Director at Atkins. Darren Hepburn is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Network Rail. Together they will present an overview on the current application of Security Assurance Frameworks, built on proven security, systems and safety engineering standards that are being used to secure complex operational railway systems and future digital signalling technologies. They will subsequently facilitate a discussion on the current and future development of the area, and the challenges it faces.

Matt Simpson is a Chartered Systems Engineer and the Professional Head of Cyber Security for Atkins Global. Matt’s area of expertise and experience includes industrial cyber security, transport security, security cases within safety system assurance, secure SCADA architecture and the Internet of Things. Matt has designed and implemented cyber security programmes and he managed the delivery of complex security solutions for global engineering organisations, the defence sector and UK critical national infrastructure providers including Transport for London and Network Rail.

Darren Hepburn is an experienced Cyber Security Professional who has led senior Information Security and Architect teams in a range of domains before taking up the role of Network Rail Telecoms CISO in 2012. Since then, Darren’s remit has grown to include the security of not only the Telecoms systems but Power SCADA and Signalling, Command and Control Systems that are critical to safe and reliable UK rail operations.  Darren represents the Network Rail security team at several UK and European groups where he actively advocates for embedding cyber security into railway systems and processes to ensure cyber resilient operations.

The meeting will take place at Nova North, 11 Bressenden Place, Westminster, London SW1E 5BY (Arrive at the lobby and identify yourself at the security. Someone from SNC-Lavalin/Atkins will escort you

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, Mike Morua on m.morua@fnc.co.uk or 07763 455171. Please let me know of any special requirements.

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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19/06/2019 -
19/06/2019

17:00 - 19:00
Railway Interest Group


WSP House Chancery Lane London
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Solving the Resilience Problem in Digital Railway


 

Designing safety critical systems like signalling and train control is arguably the most important job on the modern railway. While physical infrastructure and rolling stock continue to rely on tried-and-tested designs, signalling is undergoing a transformation with the introduction of the Digital Railway.

 

Our networks are increasingly congested, with more and varied traffic types. As we move toward a dynamically controlled model within this complex ecology, our ability to manage complexity and to assure the systems to the same level of safety integrity must evolve with the technology.

 

To achieve this, we need to facilitate a new management approach that incorporates a more targeted level of risk modelling. By progressively assessing system design – using data collected across the system lifecycle – we can continually refine a design and test its resilience, making enhancements as well as corrections where standards are deficient or non-existent. In doing so, we put system risk engineering back in the hands of the signalling engineers.

22/05/2019 -
22/05/2019

17:00 - 18:30
Railway Interest Group


Arrive starting at 17: 00 at Jacob’s London office at Cottons Centre • London SE1. Visitors should introduce themselves at Ground floor reception, and they will be given a pass up to the second floor. Please wait at the second floor lobby to be escorted to the room. The presentation will commence at 17:30 and finish by 18:30.
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Whole Systems Modelling / Digital Twins of UK Railways


Digital twins are the fashion now it seems, with the concept first cited as appearing around 2001. The roots of this though, go back to the emergence of cybernetics in the 1970s and the prescience of Cybersyn. For Network Rail the beginnings were more mundane, the simple question was “How do we assure the performance impact of the decisions we make?” The challenge is that this question naturally snowballs to involve a very large number of network rail activities and is inherently cross industry in its implications. This has been the focus of the Whole System Modelling Programme over the last two years, considering the range of decisions currently supported (or under-supported) by modelling and simulation, and building new capability.

To tackle this challenge we used TRIZ methods to systematically explore the complex system of interacting problems, then defined a range of work to target the key aspects of the this newly understood problem space. We made sure that we had internal and external perspectives and took inspiration from the most advanced practice in the modelling and simulation world and from universal systems evolution trends. As a result we have a different perspective on digital twins, starting from the purpose we want to put them to. We have achieved a couple of firsts for Network Rail along the way too, blazing new trails in procurement and intellectual property management.

To create detailed requirements at the project level and align these across the programme we used systems engineering methods, adopting an architectural approach. This exposed some challenges of applying these methods to large non compartmentalised systems. The work will contribute to a gradual move towards model based systems engineering as a way of working in the railway and as we start to connect operational simulation with infrastructure design with BIM. Some of our early outputs are already influencing wider activities and the first software solutions have been demonstrated.  We are now contracting for their final embodiment and roll out. The longer term implications are far more significant. We anticipate that this work will lead to significant changes to network code, resulting from changes and acceleration of timetabling processes, dramatic acceleration of infrastructure design and similar impacts for sale of access rights and franchising.

The talk will illustrate alternative ways to tackle complex interconnected problems – applying whole system thinking to complex system of systems challenges to identify, target and address dependencies that are non- obvious. We will consider current best practice in modelling and simulation of complex systems, the implications of this for decision support and for those promoting digital twins. It will highlight the extent of change we can expect to see in the coming years and provide a view of systemic needs and opportunities in railways and transport for this technology. It will also touch on some of the emerging thinking on public sector procurement and intellectual property.

All views expressed will be those of Dr Ford, and should not be considered to represent Network Rail’s official position or policies.

Ben Ford originally trained as a metallurgist but quickly moved on to become an alchemist, working in the innovation space to turn the “base metal” of current products and services into innovative, new solutions “gold”. After a spell in bid writing and consulting, Ben became increasingly involved in innovation skill training and coaching to prepare people to development innovative systems and services. Moving to the railway, he supported a range of projects and began the process of advancing the sectors’ thinking in this area.  He prepared the innovation chapter of the Network Rail technical strategy which was used to fund innovations such as automated signal sighting, wireless signalling systems, and maintenance robots. More recently Ben initiated the first use of the Network Rail’s Innovate UK Competitive R&D mechanisms and the first use of the innovation partnership procurement mechanism. He is now taking on a role in Systems Operations to drive innovation, research and development oriented towards operations and value delivery from rail.

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, Mike Morua on m.morua@fnc.co.uk or 07763 455171. Please let me know of any special requirements before the event.

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. 

24/04/2019 -
24/04/2019

17:00-18:30
Railway Interest Group


SYSTRA 5 Old Bailey London EC4M 7BA (Arrive at the lobby and identify yourself at Security. Someone from SYSTRA will escort you to the 3rd floor).
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Cyber Security & the Digital Railway


Current and future Systems will become ever more dependent on digital technology, wireless connectivity and access to shared data. As this type of system architecture grows so the dependability of the system, whether this is delivered through Service Availability, Intrinsic Reliability or Safety Integrity, depends increasingly on protection against the threat of cyber attack whether malicious or random.

In rail this is becoming ever more the case due to:

  • Dependence on Digital technology for train control
  • Geographic spread and interconnectivity of network elements
  • Linking of legacy systems to new systems

Features once controlled directly such as signals and points are now potentially networked and open to attack. Increasing level of wireless technology and even IP in signalling and communications opens the Train Control system to infiltration. Entertainment and advertising systems are potentially on same network as train control which opens a path to system disruption. Current UK TRUST/TD-net system is already in the public domain and once central data is linked could provide path to Train Control.

There have been numerous recent examples of major cyberattacks on public infrastructure e.g. NHS. Rail has not been immune to these forms of attacks with a whole range of occurrences on railways causing financial loss, actual loss of train control, threat to the security of customer details and intellectual property, and denial of service. To counter the threat Network Rail has developed a Security Assurance Framework.

This presentation outlines the threats and countermeasures to be deployed

Steve Denniss is a Technical Director at WSP. He provides systems expertise and leadership worldwide on major mainline, metro and light rail projects. He has extensive knowledge of the application of new and novel technologies and currently leads System Assurance on the Digital Railway and HS2. He has led Cyber Security assurance at the whole system level.

Klaudia Pawlowska is a digital railway engineer and is a member of WSP’s Specialist Services Group. A graduate of the Universities of the West of Scotland and Strathclyde, she began her career with J.J. Campbell and Associates before joining WSP in 2017. She is now investigating the grounds for cross-industry deployment of smart technologies. Her major professional interest is cyber security in various industry sectors; she is determined to contribute to wide application of cyber security principles across industries. 

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. Please let me know of any special requirements before the event.

11/04/2019 -
11/04/2019

09:00 - 16:00
Railway Interest Group


EEF, Broadway House, Tothill Street, London SW1H 9NS
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Digital Signalling Upgrade Symposium: Beating The Challenges


Building on from last year's joint conference between the IRSE and INCOSE UK, Karl King and Mike Morua of Frazer-Nash Consultancy will lead a structured workshop to identify the fundamental needs and requirements of an example digital signalling upgrade project. This will demonstrate a robust and concise process of extracting significant volumes of requirements information in an organised and recorded fashion.

This event will be of interest to anyone interested in the capture and development of requirements for complex systems including project managers, designers, operators, engineering managers and sponsors. Participants at this event will leave with a clear picture of good practice in this area and of the gaps between this and their own organisation's practice.

This event is available to IRSE and INCOSE UK members at £115 + VAT and non-members at £130 + VAT

Event Facilitators

Karl King is a Chartered Electronic Systems Engineering Manager with extensive experience of safety critical control technology, particularly in the Railway industry on both mass transit and mainline systems, including Automatic Train Control systems as well as Rolling Stock and Depot Operations.

 

Karl has worked on the requirements development and management for many large complex projects including Cambrian ERTMS Early Deployment Scheme, Victoria Line Upgrade, ETCS Retro-fitment of Rolling Stock fleets, Sydney Train ETCS Upgrade, Thameslink Upgrade, HS2 Enabling Works and Development of a High Voltage Coupler.  He has worked on large railway projects in numerous countries throughout the world including the Netherlands, Poland, Belgium, Canada, USA, Brazil, India, Malyasia, South Africa, Mozambique, Guinea and Australia.

 

Michael Morua is a highly motivated leader and implementer of new concepts and ideas. He has proven systems engineering in Rail and Defence industries, especially in the areas of complex and time critical projects and programmes.  He has experience in multiple business domains and includes projects with Network Rail, London Underground, the Australian Rail industry, Australian DoD, UK MOD, US DoD, the US Navy and the London 2012 Olympics.

 

Michael specialises in concept development, requirements management and verification/Validation and Interface/Integration management areas.  He has served in Network Rail’s ETCS Strategy and Plans team for UK ETCS national deployment and Network Rail’s Lead Design Organisation for the East West Railway and Wales/Romford Regional Operational Centre Traffic Management schemes. His area of expertise is in the application of systems thinking and system of systems approaches to complex requirements and integration activities in a multiple supplier environment.

 

For further details, including how to book, please see http://irse.info/digsigupgrade18

 



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12/03/2019 -
12/03/2019

17:00 - 18:30
Railway Interest Group


Nova North, 11 Bressenden Place, Westminster, London SW1E 5BY
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Creating digital twins for operational and strategic decision support at scale


 

Creating digital twins for operational and strategic decision support at scale

 

Dr Nicolas Le Glatin, OpenSpace

 

Tuesday, 12th March 2019, London
1700H Doors open, 1730H-1830H Event

 

The use of digital twins to provide operational and strategic decision support are gaining popularity as computing networks, integrated databases, visualisation technology and improved software tools enable their use. Visual data fusion platforms can be used to unite the disciplines of design and operation of spaces, putting the movement and experience of people at the heart of the process. The platform integrates a variety of data sources to allow practitioners to unify the lifecycle of the asset from dynamically evaluating, refining and communicating designs at an early design stage through to monitoring, analysing and forecasting the usage once the space is operational.

This presentation will cover the use of visual data platforms, in particular, OpenSpace to conduct advanced real-time pedestrian simulations to 'fill in the gaps' between known data points in order to deliver a complete overview of the system.  This modular approach allows for early decision making to be conducted before more complex and expensive system-of-system modelling is to be undertaken. Visual data platforms can combine in-depth operational insight with strategic tools delivering whole life-cycle benefits, to the following capabilities: 

 ·       Design - Evidence based design decision making derived from operational data

 ·       Operate - Real-time current system performance data, e2e across the network

 ·       Optimise - System-of-system performance, maximise retail opportunities & improve customer experience

 ·       Innovate - Discover & test new scenarios, business models and service designs

As part of Innovate UK’s First Of A Kind in Rail competition “Demonstrating tomorrow’s stations and a greener railway”, this presentation will discuss OpenSpace’s use as a data-driven simulation for the Thameslink core stations. This digital twin will, for the first time, will provide Thameslink Programme with a holistic picture of station operations delivering true insight into the operation (e.g. dwell time performance), movement and behaviour of people and their integration into the rail network.

Dr Nicolas Le Glatin is the founder and CEO of OpenSpace and an expert in the application of People Flow modelling & simulating technology. With  a  keen  eye  for  what  is  needed  to  meet  the  industry’s  needs  for  rapid,  intuitive  and  powerful simulation  tools,  Nicolas’s  career  has  seen  him  drive  some  of  the  most sophisticated  crowd  flow modelling  tools  in  the  industry (e.g. Legion) and real-time  optioneering  tool  to optimise  circulation  spaces.

The meeting will take place at Nova North, 11 Bressenden Place, Westminster, London SW1E 5BY (Arrive at the lobby and identify yourself at the security. Someone from SNC-Lavalin will escort you to the 3rd floor).

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. Please let me know of any special requirements before the event.

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. 


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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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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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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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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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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.

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.
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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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.

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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15/06/2017 -
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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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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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


To be confirmed
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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


TBC
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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


To be confirmed
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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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For more information and to register please visit the IRSE website event page: http://www.irse.org/events/Lists/Calendar/DispEvent.aspx?List=dce14d1c-69ec-4c8e-b381-70b8e5cfdda6&ID=433

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
 

Register to attend

For more information and to register please visit the IRSE website event page: http://www.irse.org/events/Lists/Calendar/DispEvent.aspx?List=dce14d1c-69ec-4c8e-b381-70b8e5cfdda6&ID=433

09/03/2016 -
09/03/2016

17:00
Railway Interest Group


BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, Blue Fin Building, 110 Southwark Street, London, SE1 0TA
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Maintaining Crossrail - a systems approach


Trains will start to run through the new Crossrail tunnels in 2018. The Central section of Crossrail will become one of the most heavily traversed sections of railways in the country.

Customers demand dependable rail services and want to be able to use the railway without downtime for maintenance or failures. Achieving the required availability with the limited access available requires a systems approach and using the latest  reliability centred maintenance techniques.

Dr Martyn Chymera, Maintenance Performance and Reliability Manager for the Crossrail Operations Team, will describe the provisions being made for the remote condition monitoring of Crossrail, including infrastructure monitoring facilities and inspection trains.

The presentation will demonstrate how preventative and pro-active maintenance will be used to keep the railway running without downtime and with almost no failures.



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23/02/2016 -
23/02/2016

17:00 - 19:00
Railway Interest Group


Transport Systems Catapult, 170 Midsummer Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 1BP
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Mobility as a service: Requirements and validation


EVENT IS POSTPONED NEW DATE  TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

A new paradigm is emerging in transport for intelligent mobility, integrating transport data and customer data to create seamless end-to-end journeys, with transport systems responding dynamically to meet changing demands.

This visit to the Transport Systems Catapult facilities in Milton Keynes will include two sessions exploring how Systems Engineering can respond to the paradigm shift towards mobility-as-a-service.

  • Requirements for mobility-as-a-service – most systems engineering practice in rail draws the system boundary around the railway. This session will explain the fundamentals of the intelligent mobility and its implications for rail as a connected transport mode within a system of systems. 
  • Visualisation for design-based validation – virtual reality, augmented reality and real-time simulation are now becoming accessible to most consumers. This session will include hands-on demonstration of these technologies and explore how we might tailor SE to make best use of visualisation throughout the project lifecycle.
28/01/2016 -
28/01/2016

17:30 - 19:00
Railway Interest Group


District Room London Underground 7th Floor 55 Broadway London SW1H 0BD
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Modelling the future railway: ERTMS and related technologies


Please note the date of this event has now changed from original advertisement due to the proposed Tube driver strike.

Railways around the world have begun to embrace the digital age in order to address the capacity challenge, with 25% predicted passenger increase over the next 10 years on the mainline railways. At the same time there is also a drive to lower the capital and operational cost of the railways, improving asset performance, and assuring its continuing environmental competitiveness.

A range of studies have been delivered on behalf of the Department for Transport, Network Rail and RSSB, which have underpinned the Rail Technical Strategy and Digital Railway future plans by demonstrating the business case for a shift towards digital technologies. Steve Denniss, Technical Director Rail, of WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff will introduce the main principles of integrated railway performance modelling which has supported these studies on projects including:

  • ERTMS Level 3 Risks and Benefits
  • Low cost signalling
  • ETCS Benefits to train operators

There is no charge for attendance and this event is open to non-members but places must be booked in advance.

Please arrive from 1730 for an 1800 start. Basic refreshments will be provided.



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08/12/2015 -
08/12/2015

1645H-1830H
Railway Interest Group


James Forbes House, 27 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 0NS
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Visit to Thameslink Systems Integration Laboratory


Here is something new: a site visit, in this case the systems integration laboratory where the Thameslink project is integrating and testing new ETCS and ATO technology in a simulated rail environment in Southwark. There will also be an opportunity to learn about the other phases of testing in the Hertford Loop and in the Thameslink core. We are grateful to Network Rail for the opportunity to explore the right hand side of the 'V' lifecycle and to demonstrate that it is possible to get one's hands dirty with more than whiteboard marker ink while doing systems engineering.



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06/10/2015 -
06/10/2015

1730H-1830H
Railway Interest Group


Arup, 13 Fitzroy Street, London, W1T 4BQ,
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Management of Interfaces in the Rail industry


Paul has held senior positions in INCOSE, academia and the defence and rail sectors, which gives him an unusually broad viewpoint on good and not-so-good practice in managing interfaces. Paul will point out some some quite basic gaps in the way in which we manage interfaces and outline some specific problems about managing interfaces in rail before suggesting some best-practice heuristics and principles that may guide improved practice.



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17/09/2015 -
17/09/2015

1730H for 1745H
Railway Interest Group


Atkins, Euston Tower, 286 Euston Road, London NW1 3AT
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How could systems thinking help rail adopt new technology and improve faster? Oliver Bratton, MTR Corporation Ltd


Please note the slightly non-standard start time.

Oliver Bratton is Operations Director, European Business, for MTR Corporation Ltd and will provide his personal point of view about how systems thinking may be used to leverage rail technology to get the best outcome for passengers.

If you are thinking of coming along, do try and get there at 1730H for for AGM. Our AGMs are quick and low-peril - no-one gets dragooned onto the committee - but they are your opportunity to hold us to account. If you might want to join the committee, however, we should be pleased to hear from you in advance - give me a call.



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07/07/2015 -
07/07/2015

1700H for 1730H
Railway Interest Group


at the offices of BAE Systems Applied Intelligence in the Blue Fin Building, 110 Southwark Street, London SE1 0TA
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Systems Engineering Considerations for the Application of Augmented Reality in an Operational Railway Environment


Augmented Reality mixes virtual and actual reality by supplementing a view of the real world with added computer generated sensory inputs in the form of graphics, video, sound and location data. Neil Hall of TfL and Chris Lowe of Liv Systems Ltd will describe how SE can facilitate the successful introduction of this exciting new technology into the operational railway environment, drawing upon research that they have recently carried out.  More details are in the attached flyer.



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12/05/2015 -
12/05/2015

1700H Doors open, 1730H-1830H Presentation
Railway Interest Group


CH2M Hill’s offices in Elms House, 43 Brook Green, London W6 7EF
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Moving Modelling into the Mainstream


It is a particular pleasure to welcome Nigel back. We have had a few presentations on the modelling work going on at Network Rail and each presentation adds real progress and new ideas to the one before. Not only has each been fascinating in its own right, the progression has made me feel more optimistic about the world. I commend Nigel's presentation to you. If you want to attend, there is no charge but please book your place by emailing me at at bruce.elliott@arbutus-tc.co.uk.



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04/02/2015 -
04/02/2015

0900H-1700H
Railway Interest Group


Charing Cross Hotel, London
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Railway Operations and Systems Engineering Workshop: Putting whole railway conception into practice on railway projects


Cancelled due to insufficient bookings. We hope to rearrange the workshop for another date.

Systems Engineering is intrinsically a collaborative discipline. INCOSE UK has organised successful workshops in collaboration with various other institutions. For example, we held a joint workshop with the Associate for Project Management in January 2013, which marked the beginning of a very fruitful collaboration.  We are now delighted to be working with the Institution of Railway Operators (IRO) - an organisation whose members are used to conceiving the whole railway as a system - to organise a workshop to explore how we might integrate technical and operational assets of railway projects better.  This is a timely opportunity to tackle a topic of huge importance and a symbol, at the start of INCOSE UK's third decade, of our continuing outward-looking and collaborative nature.   The workshop is focussed the rail industry but participants from other sectors that are also interested in fostering more productive relationships between systems engineers and operators are welcome. For  further information and details of how to book, please see the attached flyer.


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09/12/2014 -
09/12/2014

1700H for 1730H
Railway Interest Group


London Underground, Templar House, 81 87 High Holborn, London WC1V 6NU
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The Systems Engineering Approach taken on the Northern Hub and Electrification Rail Upgrade programme


The RIG always likes to hear back from projects that we have heard from before and find out how the story continued. This will be a fascinating opportunity to get an update on a project that we already heard about. Further details are provided in the flyer attached.

Bookings are now open. To book, obtain directions or for any other questions, please contact me at bruce.elliott@arbutus-tc.co.uk or on +44 (0)7970 694043.



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10/09/2014 -
10/09/2014

1700H for 1730H
Railway Interest Group


RSSB, Block 2, Angel Square, 1 Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NY
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Whole Life Cost Modelling for the Tube


I am pleased to announce our first event for the Autumn session:

Whole Life Cost Modelling for the Tube, Stephen Jones, LU, 1700H for 1730H, Wednesday, 10th September 2014, RSSB, Block 2, Angel Square, 1 Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NY.

Stephen Jones is a Systems Engineer at London Underground. He will describe how systems thinking is being applied to whole life cost and some of the practical problems encountered. The presentation will examine the enterprise-level requirement and will review different solutions taken from UK history and overseas practice. For the New Tube for London, Stephen will describe how LU are scaling the whole life cost approach up to line level and how this can focus development on those key activities that drive cost over the programme and asset life cycles.

There is no charge for attendance at this event but places must be booked in advance. Bookings for this event are now open. To book, obtain directions or for any other questions, please contact me at bruce.elliott@arbutus-tc.co.uk or on +44 (0)7970 694043.

03/07/2014 -
03/07/2014

1700H for 1730H
Railway Interest Group


Mott MacDonald’s offices in 10 Fleet Place, London EC4M 7RB
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HS2 Systems Architecture


Eddie will describe how a systems architecture is being constructed and used on the HS2 project to identify all high level interfaces and to align activities concerned with RAM, safety, requirements, commissioning and overall systems demonstration and assurance. For more details see the flyer attached.


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13/05/2014 -
13/05/2014

1700H for 1730H
Railway Interest Group


UCL’s Roberts Building in Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7JE.
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The Atkins/UCL MSc in Rail Integrated Design Management: Developing the Skills to Deliver Multi-discipline Design Solutions


Bob will describe the integrated programme and its syllabus, reflect on the experience with it to date and suggest lessons that can be drawn for teaching system-related skills in the rail sector. For more details see the flyer attached.



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03/04/2014 -
03/04/2014

1700H for 1730H
Railway Interest Group


Parsons Brinckerhoff's offices, 6 Devonshire Sq, London EC2M 4YE
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Crossrail 2 - History and transport planning case: Are we talking the same language - planners and engineers?


Richard is Modelling Manager at TfL. He will be talking about how TfL decide which places to connect and how and the extensive modelling undertaken to provide decision support.  The talk will look at the challenge in the context of real case study. Further details will follow.



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12/03/2014 -
12/03/2014

1700H for 1730H
Railway Interest Group


Arup’s offices in 13 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 4BQ
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Progressive Defence in Depth: Prioritising and Managing Risk in Transport


Robin and Peter will be describing methods of measuring some important characteristics of in-service systems: the safety of transportation systems and the maturity of safety management systems. For more details see the flyer attached.
Note that, for this event only, we are trialling a slightly longer format so the presentable will finish at 1900H instead of the usual 1830H (all of the other presentations are an hour long as usual).



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10/12/2013 -
10/12/2013

1700H for 1730H
Railway Interest Group


venue to be advised in central London
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Panel discussion: SE and Money


We often run something light-hearted and different in December. This year we are running something deadly serious and different. The relationship between SE and money is at the heart of the value that SE can add to rail projects and yet it is a troubled relationship. Three speakers will present three different perspectives on the issue and then we'll work together to try and find some practical ways of making things better. Putting the world completely right may require continued work in the pub afterwards. There are still a few details to pin down, including the venue and I will write again when these are sorted but, if you see enough to whet your appetite, you are welcome to book now.


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13/11/2013 -
13/11/2013

1700H for 1730H
Railway Interest Group


The offices of BAE Systems Detica in the Blue Fin Building, 110 Southwark Street, London SE1 OTA
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How the rail industry is working together to drive down the cost of managing the infrastructure


A terrific opportunity to see how system-thinking is being applied at the highest level - the level of the entire national network. For more details see the flyer attached. Booking is now open.



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08/10/2013 -
08/10/2013

1700H for 1730H
Railway Interest Group


CH2M Hill's offices in Elms House, 43 Brook Green, LONDON W6 7EF
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MBSE - is there any substance behind the hype?


To book for this event please contact Bruce Elliott bruce.elliott@arbutus-tc.co.uk



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10/09/2013 -
10/09/2013

1700H for 1730H
Railway Interest Group


Qinetiq's offices at 53 Chandos Place, London WC2N 4HS.
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The Great Western Electrification Programme - Collaborating for Success


A a collaborative approach to applying systems engineering presented by a collaborative team comprising Nassar Majothi of Parsons Brinckerhoff and Joe Silmon of Atkins.



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16/07/2013 -
16/07/2013

17:30
Railway Interest Group


Network Rail's offices in 1 Eversholt Street, Euston
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Keeping London Moving During the London 2012 Games


Having seen how well London's tube, DLR, buses, trams and so on functioned as a joined-up system during last Summer's Games, I have been hugely curious to know to what extent that success was the product of good systems thinking and to what extent it was the product of good thinking of other varieties. I am therefore truly delighted that Mark Evers, who was TfL's Director of Games Transport at the time, has agreed to talk to us. Mark will speak on the topic of Keeping London Moving During the London 2012 Games at Network Rail's offices in 1 Eversholt Street, Euston at 1730H on Tuesday, 16th July 2013. You will find a few more details in the attached flyer.



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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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17/07/2012 -
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.



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08/07/2012 -
12/07/2012

All Day
Railway Interest Group


ROME, ITALY
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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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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.


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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.



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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.


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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.



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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.



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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.



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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


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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.



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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.


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31/01/2011 -
31/01/2011

1300H-1800H
Railway Interest Group


venue to be advised in central London
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INCOSE International Workshop: Transportation Working Group (London Satellite Session)


The RIG has strong connections with the INCOSE Transportation Working Group (TWG) and many RIG members are also TWG members. The TWG is an international working group, established to promote the development and tailored application of Systems Engineering (SE) best practices to ground transportation systems, with emphasis on roadways, rail, bus and metro. Generally its business is done by email and teleconference but INCOSE runs an International Workshop every year which provides an opportunity for working group members to meet face-to-face and accelerate progress. This year the International Workshop is being held in Phoenix, Arizona between 29th January and 1st February and the TWG will be there.

The RIG is pleased to offer the opportunity for UK members who cannot get to Phoenix but can get to London to participate in one of the TWG's workshops remotely. This is a rare opportunity to gain an insight into what is happening in SE in ground transportation at an international level and to work with key players to influence the direction of this work.


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15/12/2010 -
15/12/2010

1700H for 1730H
Railway Interest Group


licensed premises tba, London
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A Lighter-Hearted 'End-of-term' event

PLEASE NOTE: This event has been cancelled


07/12/2010 -
07/12/2010

All Day
Railway Interest Group


IET London: Savoy Place, 2 Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL
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Delivering the Right Transport System: Systems Engineering and Project Management in Harmony

PLEASE NOTE: This event has been cancelled


The INCOSE UK Rail Interest Group (RIG) is proud to be working with the IET to put on a one-day seminar at the IET's premises in Savoy Place, London on Tuesday 7 December 2010.

Is transport driving – or driven by – the economy?

In order to have a direct impact on steering the economy out of recession, the industry needs to have the right overall objectives AND intelligently combine cost, carbon, customer and capacity in a way that drives the right behaviours from ‘users’.

Of course, the industry faces a very real risk of becoming a victim of the prevailing economic conditions and the urge to cut, rather than invest intelligently.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology are pleased to present this one day seminar, in conjunction with representatives from the International Council on Systems Engineering’s (INCOSE) Rail Interest Group.

Join us at the headquarters of the IET for a seminar that will break down the typical project lifecycle, exploring good practice in “delivering the right transport system” and how this has been practically achieved with Systems Engineering and Project Management working in harmony.

  • How do Governments and Stakeholders get the Transport System they want?
  • How do we ensure that the financial crisis does not dwarf the ticking time bomb of Global Warming?
  • Can we realistically put Carbon at the heart of our commercial decisions?
  • How have successful transport projects blended Systems Engineering and Project Management to deliver what was required – on time and on budget?

Book your place at this conference today – discounts are available for INCOSE members..

30/11/2010 -
30/11/2010

17:00 for 17:30
Railway Interest Group


Network Rail's office in 40 Melton Street, London NW1 2EE
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SE Business Case to Implementation - 3 years on


A presentation on one of the first pieces of research done examing the value of SE in rail. It is also examines the organisational implentation of Systems Engineering in a 'traditional' rail organsiation and provides a view 3 years on from publishing.
Presented by Kuldeep Gharatya


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27/10/2010 -
27/10/2010

1700H for 1730H
Railway Interest Group


10th floor of London Underground's offices at 55 Broadway, London SW1H 0B, directly above St James's Park tube station
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Could the Rail Industry Benefit from a System-Wide Approach to Reliability?


At the request of the Technical Strategy Advisory Group (TSAG), the cross-industry Reliability Steering Group has commissioned a study into Whole System Reliability. Whilst many people are working hard on improving reliability within their „silos‟, does this produce the most reliable system from the user‟s point of view? This study set out to understand how considering reliability across the whole rail system could improve performance and reduce cost. Fortunately, the industry collects statistics on the causes of unreliability across the system – at least so far as delays are concerned – and this information was used to support interviews with the relevant stakeholders for each area.


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22/09/2010 -
22/09/2010

17:00
Railway Interest Group


Euston Tower, London
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AGM


The RIG is taking a Summer break but we are putting together a series of events for September to December inclusive. We'll be in touch again with further details but please find attached a flyer for our next event on 22nd September - a date for you to put in your diaries. Sylvia Churba's talk will be preceded by our AGM. This will be short and we don't twist anybody's arm to join the committee so it are perfectly safe and it does provide an opportunity to influence the way the RIG. We hope that you can come along a few minutes early and join us for the AGM.


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25/05/2010 -
25/05/2010

Early Evening
Railway Interest Group


Parsons Brinckerhoff's offices at 6 Devonshire Square, London
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"The Application of SE to the Tender Phase of a Major Project", Garry Greenland, Parsons Brinckerhoff




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11/05/2010 -
11/05/2010

Early Evening
Railway Interest Group


Finnmeccanica, 39 Victoria Street, LONDON, SW1H 0EU
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"The Roots of Systems Engineering", Eddie Goddard, LU.


This is the new date for this event, previously the 16/03/2010.


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11/05/2010 -
11/05/2010

Early Evening
Railway Interest Group


Parsons Brinckerhoff, Devonshire Square, London
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"SE Business Case to Organisational Implementation", Kuldeep Gharatya, LU.


20/04/2010 -
20/04/2010

1730H for 1800H
Railway Interest Group


UCL's Engineering Building, Torrington Place, London WC1E 7JE
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Nimrod and the MoD: missed opportunities and lessons for rail


Nigel Murphy, Technical Director of Atkins Rail Systems Consultancy, will be relating the findings from a recent review conducted for the DfT. This examined transferable lessons from experience in the defence sector, including the recent Nimrod inquiry, for the management of safety and integrity and for the delivery of major complex programmes in rail. The current economic background poses challenges for the rail sector and these have implications for the effective delivery of rail's investment portfolio. Furthermore, increasingly aged legacy systems in rail generate real challenges for the systems engineer. Atkins' team on this review comprised a cross section of defence, rail and systems specialists as well as transport economics and planning professionals. It promises to be a stimulating and indeed thoughprovoking insight into how we might learn from failure and the sacrifice of others.


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28/02/2010 -
28/02/2010

1700 for 1730 to 1830
Railway Interest Group


London Underground, 55 Broadway
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• Reintegrating the Elephant: Using Microsoft Office to automate management of requirements


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In his 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 follows on from John’s and describes a number of 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.

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28/02/2010 -
28/02/2010

1700 for 1730 to 1830
Railway Interest Group


London Underground, 55 Broadway
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• Reintegrating the Elephant: Using Microsoft Office to automate management of requirements


Click here to register via Eventbrite

In his 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 follows on from John’s and describes a number of 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.

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28/02/2010 -
28/02/2010

1700 for 1730 to 1830
Railway Interest Group


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


Click here to register via Eventbrite

In his 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 follows on from John’s and describes a number of 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.

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16/02/2010 -
16/02/2010


Railway Interest Group


Arup, Fitzroy Street, London
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"Systems Engineering and the UK Transport System"


Duncan Kemp, the lead systems engineer for rail in the Department for Transport, will discuss the role of systems engineering in DfT. Duncan will outline the systems engineering challenges that the DfT is facing and some of the approaches they are using to ensure a whole of life, whole systems approach to rail.


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02/02/2010 -
02/02/2010

17:00 for 17:30
Railway Interest Group


The Duke of York, 47 Rathbone Street, London W1T1NQ
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How not to do Systems Engineering


Until now, Rail Interest Group events have been designed to serve positive systems engineers who are working hard to make their project a success. We are now pleased to provide an event for the community of project saboteurs. In the informal environment of the function room at the Duke of York pub in Fitzrovia, a number of experienced systems engineers will describe their favoured systems-related method of bringing a project to its knees. There will then be an opportunity for members to describe their own preferred methods and a discussion on which is most effective. The event will finish at 1830H but informal discussions may continue over a drink or two.


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11/11/2009 -
11/11/2009

All day
Railway Interest Group


IET's premises in Savoy Place, London
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Systems Engineering in Railways


The INCOSE UK Rail Interest Group (RIG) is proud to be working with the IET to put on a one-day seminar at the IET's premises in Savoy Place, London on 11th November 2009 in 'Systems Engineering in Railways'.

The seminar, delivered by senior figures within the rail industry, will illustrate the manner in which systems engineering techniques are becoming increasingly essential for modern railway engineers. Subtitled ‘Making it work for you’, the seminar will be of value to anyone needing to understand the benefits of systems engineering techniques in a railway environment as well as providing an opportunity for systems engineers to explore the current state of the art in rail systems engineering.

There is an optional ,pre-seminar tutorial to ensure that the seminar is fully accessible to the non-expert so, after you have taken a look yourself, please consider passing the details on to any colleagues who might benefit from a better appreciation of systems engineering in railways.

The programme is available at http://www.theiet.org/events/2009/systems-engineering-prog-280909.pdf and more general details are on the IET web-site at http://www.theiet.org/events/2009/railway-systems.cfm. You will also find details of how to book your place at the seminar on this page. Please note that you cannot book for this event via INCOSE UK - the IET is handling all bookings. If you cannot find the answer to your question on one of these web pages, please contact the RIG Chair, Bruce Elliott on bruce.elliott@arbutus-tc.co.uk

16/09/2009 -
16/09/2009

17:00hrs
Railway Interest Group


13 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 4BQ
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AGM


Railway Interest Group's Annual General Meeting
16/09/2009 -
16/09/2009

17:30
Railway Interest Group


Arup’s offices in 13 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 4BQ
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The Systems Engineering Competency Framework and Guidelines and How They Could be Applied to Rail


The Systems Engineering Competency Framework and Guidelines documents were developed in response to an issue identified by the INCOSE UK Advisory Board (UKAB).whose member organisations wanted a common language with which to describe and discuss the competencies that are required to conduct good systems engineering. The objective was ‘to have a measurable set of competencies for systems engineering which will achieve national recognition and will be useful to the enterprises represented by the UKAB’.


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11/06/2009 -
11/06/2009

1700H for 1730H
Railway Interest Group


Atkins’s offices at Euston Tower 126 Euston Road London NW1 3AT
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Towards Visualisations of Configuration Management


One of the principal areas of concern for managing large programmes is the management of risk associated with change. The central issue is one of communication. This presentation proposes better methods of communicating change. An illustration of this is shown using the Victoria Line Upgrade project, where a visualisation of the configuration has improved communication. Areas of success are highlighted and a number of improvement areas identified.


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21/05/2009 -
21/05/2009

1700H for 1730H
Railway Interest Group


SELEX Systems Integrations offices 84-86 Great Portland Street, London W1W 7NR
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EA, IA, O – Enterprise Architecture in the Rail Domain


Systems Engineering was introduced to manage the complexity risk in large projects to replace, merge, augment and transition major mission critical systems.

The success of SE has allowed more difficult and risky projects to be tackled which in turn has stimulated additional disciplines. This evolutionary cycle promises approaches to more “wicked” problems in “complex adaptive systems” as seen in the non-military evolution of “business capability” involving people, competencies and technical systems.

The presentation will explore the challenges of the expanded problem domain and attempt to position the relationships between the disciplines.



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08/04/2009 -
08/04/2009

1700H for 1730H
Railway Interest Group


Finmeccanica’s offices in 39 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0EU.
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Requirements Capture, Analysis & Specification using UML/SysML


It is often difficult to gain an overall appreciation of the problem definition, or indeed one’s own solution, from routine and often meaningless lists, so Michelle has tried to promote the benefits of using UML and SysML to graphically represent requirements. Until recently, Michelle had only seen these languages used for articulating software specifications or safety requirements....

To book, obtain directions or for any other questions, please contact the RIG Chair, Bruce Elliott

bruce.elliott@arbutus-tc.co.uk
or +44 (0)7970 694043).



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25/02/2009 -
25/02/2009

1700H for 1730H
Railway Interest Group


Arup’s offices at 8 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 4BQ
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Tram / Train – A Systems Engineering Challenge


A talk by Giles Thomas

What is tram-train and can the concept bring benefits in the UK? In his talk Giles will explore the tram-train concept that has evolved in continental Europe and look at how the rail industry might benefit from of this emerging technology in the UK. The tram-train concept, that of inter-running vehicles that are designed for use on street tram systems and on the mainline railway, offers a significant opportunity for passenger market development in the UK. The concept, however, brings with it some significant system challenges



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21/01/2009 -
21/01/2009

1700H for 1730H
Railway Interest Group


London Underground’s offices at Southside, 105 Victoria Street, LONDON SW1E 6DT
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Three Models for Systems Engineering Delivery


Following on from previous talks concerning the application of Systems Engineering, and the value it brings to projects, David Steward considers how best to deliver System Engineering in a large Metro programme.

To book, obtain directions or for any other questions, please contact the RIG Chair, Bruce Elliott

bruce.elliott@arbutus-tc.co.uk
or +44 (0)7970 694043).



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20/11/2008 -
20/11/2008

17:30
Railway Interest Group


Room 2A of Network Rail’s 40 Melton Street, London Office
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The Value of Systems Engineering


Bruce is quite convinced of the potential benefits of adopting systems engineering approaches on rail projects but his conviction is currently not supported by hard evidence.


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28/10/2008 -
28/10/2008

17:00
Railway Interest Group


South Wing Council Room, University College London
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The application of System Engineering within the MOD: From Policy to Projects (preceded by AGM)


History has taught the Ministry of Defence many lessons. One of its most important is how to procure the capabilities it needs to meet the UK Government’s Defence Policy with a reducing budget but increasing stakeholder expectations.


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17/09/2008 -
17/09/2008

17:30
Railway Interest Group


Arup’s 13 Fitzroy Street, London Office
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The State of Play in Railway Systems Engineering


A dozen or so RIG members attended the INCOSE International Symposium held in Utrecht in June 2008. There was a significant rail presence at the event with senior participation from Network Rail, London Underground, New York City Transit and Pro Rail and we all left convinced that rail SE is in the midst of a significant period of development, in some countries at least.


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02/04/2008 -
02/04/2008

17:30 for 18:00
Railway Interest Group


Halcrow Group Ltd.1st Floor Meeting room, Vineyard House, 44 Brook Street, Hammersmith, London W6 7BY.
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Head Up Displays for Trains


Interoperability, speed, increased safety, capacity, reliability and efficiency are the cornerstones of UK and European rail industry plans to remain competitive against road transport and low cost airlines over the next 20 years. The introduction of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) over the next 10-20 years supports these goals.


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27/02/2008 -
27/02/2008

17:00 for 17:30
Railway Interest Group


4th Floor, 15 Bonhill Street, London EC2A 4DN
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Systems Engineering Practices that Help Manage the Complexity of a Modern Railway Project


The London Overground East London Line Project (ELLP) will extend an existing London Underground line to form a new metro-type railway linking to the North London Line and with National Rail services to the south of the River Thames...


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16/01/2008 -
16/01/2008

17:00 - 18:00
Railway Interest Group


Atkins’s offices at Euston Tower, 286 Euston Road, London NW1 3AT
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Space systems engineering: synergies with rail


While both the rail and space sectors maintain a transport infrastructure, at first glance they would appear to be very different indeed. In space passenger numbers are tiny, timetabling is trivial, vehicle reuse is patchy and for the space shuttle you have a ~2% chance of not coming home.


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30/10/2007 -
30/10/2007


Railway Interest Group


Unknown
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Train system and energy optimisation for metros:


Train system and energy optimisation for metros:


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24/09/2007 -
24/09/2007

17:00 - 18:00
Railway Interest Group


London Underground’s offices at 55 Broadway, London SW1H 0BD
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Integrating Stations into the Wider Railway


Systems engineering is being applied to the Public Private Partnership [PPP] delivery programme of Metronet for stations, signalling and trains. Within this wider context, Atkins has derived a Comprehensive Approach to Systems Engineering [CASE] which includes some novel interpretations of the traditional systems engineering methods to make them representative of the built environment of the railway. CASE was developed to meet a demanding delivery programme whose key drivers are station delivery dates.


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03/07/2007 -
03/07/2007


Railway Interest Group


Unknown
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Best Practice in Railway Requirements Engineering


Best Practice in Railway Requirements Engineering
06/06/2007 -
06/06/2007

17:00 for 17:30
Railway Interest Group


40, Melton Street, Euston, London, NW1 2EE
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Isambard Kingdom Brunel: Genius or Great Systems Engineer?


Isambard Kingdom Brunel: Genius or Great Systems Engineer? 40, Melton Street, Euston, London, NW1 2EE 1700H for 1730H, Wednesday 6th June 2007 Although conceived as a tribute to Isambard Kingdom Brunel, this illustrated talk by Associate Professor Felix Schmid, also deals with some of the achievements of his father, Marc Brunel. It was originally prepared for the bicentenary of Isambard’s birth but has been modified since to include new information received.


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16/05/2007 -
16/05/2007


Railway Interest Group


Unknown
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Systems Engineering and Tram Projects


Systems Engineering and Tram Projects
19/04/2007 -
19/04/2007


Railway Interest Group


Unknown
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So What is Railway Systems Engineering?


So what is railway systems engineering?


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29/03/2007 -
29/03/2007

17:30 for 18:00
Railway Interest Group


Parsons Brinkerhoff’s offices at 25 Wilton Road, Victoria, London
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Networking Evening – Theme ‘Railway System Architectures’


The RIG are holding it’s first Networking evening to encourage people from all walks of the Railway sector to have an informal, but informed, discussion whilst exchanging business cards!.


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14/02/2007 -
14/02/2007

18:00
Railway Interest Group


Network Rail’s offices at 1 Eversholt St, Euston, London, NW1 2DN
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Keeping the Floor Level on the New Underground


As part of the Public Private Partnership with LUL, Metronet are modernising the sub-surface lines comprising Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City and District Lines. The Mayor of London has an aspiration to have a modern metro which is inclusive and accessible for all. Metronet have committed to support LUL in developing a step-free railway. Metronet’s contribution is to design and build a train and platform train interface that complies with Rail Vehicle Accessibility Regulations and the notion of a level access at the train doors.


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30/11/2006 -
30/11/2006

18:00
Railway Interest Group


Arup’s offices at 13 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 4BQ
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A Soft Systems Approach to the Investigation of Railway Interfaces


Sanjeev Appicharla of the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) will describe work in progress to develop a methodology to support the development and review of standards.


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11/10/2006 -
11/10/2006

18:00
Railway Interest Group


Tube Line’s offices at 15 West Ferry Circus, London E14 4HD
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Cooling The Tube


The Tunnel Cooling Programme (TCP) has been instigated to provide solutions to improve thermal conditions on the London Underground network.


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12/09/2006 -
12/09/2006

18:00
Railway Interest Group


London Underground’s offices at 55 Broadway, London
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Railway Systems Engineering in Action


This paper describes case studies which show how Systems Engineering can deliver real benefit to rail projects, including the Concept Design developed for the Victoria Line Upgrade Service Control Centre.


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06/07/2006 -
06/07/2006

17:30 for 18:00
Railway Interest Group


Atkins Rail’s offices at Euston Tower, 286 Euston Road, London
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Lessons Learnt from Applying New Train Control Systems to Major Re-Signalling Projects


Brian Halliday, Network Rail’s Systems Integration and Reliability Manager, will be bringing members up-to-date with Systems Engineering within Network Rail. Brian will describe what has been achieved within Network Rail over the last eight years


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06/06/2006 -
06/06/2006

17:30 for 18:00
Railway Interest Group


Network Rail’s offices at 40 Melton Street, London
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Network Rail - Towards a Total System Approach


Advanced technology train control systems represent a cost-effective means of improving the level of service offered to transit passengers in terms of safety, dependability and comfort, while providing increased capacity and reduced travel times on an existing transportation infrastructure. A number of rail transit agencies around the world have implemented, or are in the process of implementing, such systems and, while a number of these projects have been very successful, others have encountered significant schedule and budget overruns.


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24/05/2006 -
24/05/2006

12:30
Railway Interest Group


Teleconference
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Organising Committee


Organising Committe


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