Calendar

Below is the Calendar showing Chapter events, Working and Local Group events, as well as International Events.

INCOSE Calendar
April 2017
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Global Strategic Trends - Paul Norman, Futures Team, DCDC, Shrivenham

Midlands Local Group

Loughborough University (Room TBC)

18:00

Embracing Complexity: Managing Organisations in a Volatile and Complex World

Bristol Local Group

Atkins The Hub 500 Park Avenue Aztec West Bristol BS32 4RZ

18:30 for 19:00, till 21:00

How not to do Requirements Management with Civil Engineers

Railway Interest Group

Network Rail, One Eversholt Street, London, NW1 2DN

1700 for 1730 to 1830

MBSE Interest Group Meeting - April 17

Model Based Systems Engineering

Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon, OX14 3DB, Oxfordshire

09:30 - 16:00

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Current Events

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

1700 for 1730 to 1830
Railway Interest Group


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


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

 

 

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

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24/04/2017 -
24/04/2017

18:30 for 19:00, till 21:00
Bristol Local Group


Atkins The Hub 500 Park Avenue Aztec West Bristol BS32 4RZ
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Embracing Complexity: Managing Organisations in a Volatile and Complex World


 

 

 

Jean Boulton, co-author of Embracing Complexity, is a director, strategy consultant and academic. She has been Head of Engineering Operations for BAe Commercial Aircraft, as well as chair and non-executive director of a number of other organisations, and has consulted many blue chip companies and charities. 

Her background in theoretical physics coupled with her practical engagement in the fields of management and social research give her a multi-faceted, informed and practical perspective on the implications of embracing complexity.

Jean will describe what it means to say the world is complex.  She will emphasise the difference between a complexity worldview and the dominant mechanical worldview that underpins much of current management practice.  Using the lens of complexity, she explores issues in the fields of management, strategy, economics, and international development. She explores how to facilitate others to recognise the implications of adopting a complex rather than a mechanical worldview and suggests methods to explore systemic, path-dependent emergent aspects of situations.

 

 

 


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26/04/2017 -
26/04/2017

18:00
Midlands Local Group


Loughborough University (Room TBC)
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Global Strategic Trends - Paul Norman, Futures Team, DCDC, Shrivenham


 

The need for the MOD to set out the future strategic context was articulated in the 1998 Strategic Defence Review. To meet that requirement, the Strategic Trends Programme was started in 2001 and the first edition of Global Strategic Trends (GST) was published in 2003. Subsequently, GST, along with the Future Operating Environment have been key elements of the MOD’s contribution to both the National Security Strategy and the Strategic Defence and Security Review – and we expect them to play similar roles in the future. 

GST is the first step in a series of MOD long-term planning activities. By providing a global context, further work will then be able to examine its implications and develop policy and capability options to meet the resulting challenges. While GST is produced principally for MOD it has utility for others involved in long-term planning. The program has benefited from considerable engagement with those outside MOD – from academia, business and government both domestically and internationally. In so doing, we have deliberately attempted to avoid a single, subjective perspective.

The presentation will discuss the starting point for the next version of GST and the way trends are being identified. It will discuss some of the analysing techniques used and the process upon which the next version of GST is being produced.

 

Paul Norman

 

 

Paul currently works for the Development Concepts and Doctrine Centre as the Technology lead for the strategic trends program. He received aMaster of Physics degree from the University of Manchester in 2000. After graduating he worked in the finance industry where he was promoted to the head of the offer and completions department within Alliance and Leicester. In 2003 Paul decided to change career and began working for the Defence Ordnance Safety Group where he worked as a numerical modeller and explosive effects scientist. In 2009 Paul studied for a Masters Degree in Explosive Ordnance Engineering at the Defence Academy. After graduation Paul decided to stay at the Defence Academy where he now works within the Development Concepts and Doctrine Centre.

 


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27/04/2017 -
27/04/2017

09:30 - 16:00
Model Based Systems Engineering


Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon, OX14 3DB, Oxfordshire
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MBSE Interest Group Meeting - April 17


 

This is a regualar meeting of the MBSE Interest Group and will include (subject to availability) presentations from Changan UK (automotive), Jaguar Land Rover (automotive), UKAEA (power generation) and possibly a tour of some of the facilities at Culham.

Attendees must pre-regesiter to attend and will require photographic id to gain access to the site.

Location details can be found here and public transport details here

 

 


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Future Events

Time Location Details
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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07/06/2017 -
07/06/2017

Full Day
UK Chapter


Engineers House The Promenade, Clifton Down, Avon, Bristol BS8 3NB
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2017 Training Day


INCOSE UK is offering six one day courses for the 2017 Training Day. All of these provide an opportunity to update or extend your Systems Engineering (SE) skills, under the guidance of acknowledged experts in the application of SE. For more information about the event please click here.
07/06/2017 -
07/06/2017

10:00 till 13:00
UK Chapter


Engineers House The Promenade, Clifton Down, Avon, Bristol BS8 3NB
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SEP Examination


Running in conjunction with our Training Day this year will offer the opportunity for any current or potential SEP programme candidates to sit their examination on-site at Engineers' House. The exam will run from 10:00 - 13:00. For more information click here
17/07/2017 -
20/07/2017

Full Days
International


Adelaide, Australia
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INCOSE International Symposium 2017


'Unlocking Innovation through Systems Engineering' INCOSE’s Annual International Symposium is the largest worldwide annual gathering of people who do systems engineering for six days of presentations, case studies, workshops, tutorials and panel discussions. The program attracts an international mix of professionals at all levels, and includes practitioners in government and industry, as well as educators and researchers. The benefits of attending the Symposium include: the opportunity to share ideas; network; build competency; pursue certification; contribute to the advancement of the profession through collaboration on tools, processes and methodologies; learn about new offerings in training and education; and forge new partnerships. For more information click here
20/01/2018 -
23/01/2018

Full Days
International


Jacksonville, FL USA
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INCOSE IW 2018


Past Events

Time Location Details
27/03/2017 -
27/03/2017

11:30 - 15:30
Service Systems Engineering


Babcock International, Devonport House, Durley Park, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 2AT
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Meeting 24


Workshop to develop framework that covers/relates major aspects: lifecycle, process, artefacts, stakeholders, lines of development etc.

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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16/03/2017 -
16/03/2017

18:00
Midlands Local Group


Loughborough University (Room TBC)
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Presentation from Dr. Dan Slipper, MIRA


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13/03/2017 -
13/03/2017

18:30 for 19:00, till 21:00
Bristol Local Group


Room 1.15 Queens Building, University Walk, Bristol. BS8 1UB
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Systems Research Showcase




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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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22/02/2017 -
22/02/2017

18:00
Midlands Local Group


Loughborough University, Room W1.31, Sir David Davies Bldg
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An Evaluation of the Viable System Model with Supporting Cybernetic Tools as an Aid to Capability Acquisition in a Modern Gas Turbine Manufacturer by Peter Holloway, Design Sciences, Rolls Royce


 

Abstract: Stafford Beer’s Viable System Model is a cybernetic tool for modelling organisational structures and assessing their viability. It has been described as a conceptual tool for understanding organisations, redesigning them and where appropriate supporting the management of change.

 

The VSM is supported by a set of concepts and methodological tools which assist in the understanding of organisational complexity. The application of these tools is not trivial. While many of the concepts are simple in theory, their application relies heavily on shared understanding between groups of stakeholders with a variety of interests and degrees of commitment.

 

An evaluation of the VSM was conducted using the engineering capability of a major aerospace developer as a subject.  The study coincided with organisational restructuring allowing a comparison of recommendations and an assessment of the utility of the model and methods.

 

The results of the study show that while the VSM can be challenging to employ, due largely to its conceptual content, it has proven to be a useful tool for understanding the regulatory functions of organisations of this type.  

 

Author: Peter Holloway is an employee of Rolls-Royce plc. He has worked for the Engineering Capability sub-organisation and its predecessor for the last five years, specializing in the engineering of design & simulation systems for gas turbines.  He has worked for a variety of engineering firms in the United Kingdom: from technology start-ups to top tier defence suppliers. His postgraduate studies include robotics and cybernetics. Prior to joining Rolls-Royce he spent six years in the MoD where he applied systems principles to socio-cultural research in operational theatres.

 

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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31/01/2017 -
31/01/2017

18:00 - 20:30
North West


Network Rail – Square One, 4 Travis Street, Manchester, M1 2NF (3rd Floor – Room 7 and 8)
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Systems Engineering In Rail


The first North West Group event of 2017 will be a double header exploring the application of Systems Engineering in the rail sector:

Kevin Gedge will talk about how Systems Engineering is being used on Network Rail's Major Infrastructure Projects.

Andy Jenkins (Systems Engineering Manager - Thales) and Alan Knott (Principal Professional Associate - WSP|Parsons Brinkerhoff) will explore aspects of Systems Engineering applies to the Manchester Metrolink Extension Programme.


Refreshments (including pizza) will be provided from 1800 with the prograsmme getting underway at 1830.

 

Square One is most easily accessed from Manchester Piccadilly railway station.



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30/01/2017 -
30/01/2017

18:00 for 18:30 start to 21:00
Bristol Local Group


Atkins The Hub 500 Park Avenue Aztec West Bristol BS32 4RZ
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InDevelopment


What is “InDevelopment”? 

InDevelopment is a new type of working group event BLG is piloting.  We will collectively look at 3 separate real life project and organisational scenarios from systems perspectives, drawing on each other’s expertise in a friendly and constructive atmosphere.  We will discuss each scenario in small groups and brief our findings across the groups.  All who attend will agree to maintain discretion over anything discussed.

What will you get out of attending? 

We will use a collaborative problem-solving approach that leads to a shared learning experience for all, not just those whose topics are being worked on.  It will provide an opportunity to work and learn with fellow systems folk.  We hope that all will deepen their understanding of Systems Thinking, and their own problem solving and decision making behaviours.

What’s the approach? 

We will examine each of the 3 scenarios through the lens of Systems Thinking, and in particular from the perspective of the personal qualities and attributes a Systems Thinker might have.  We have been inspired by two (relatively) recent BLG talks; one by Kevan Boll on the subject of Daniel Kahneman’s work and the second by Gary Smith, on an approach to Systems Thinking he has developed with Brigitte Daniel Allegro, that they call the Systems Thinking Tree.

 

Preparing for the session: 

 

Recommended preparation for attendees will be to read and watch the following:

 

Systems Thinking Fast & Slow: Presentation by Kevan Boll:  www.bit.ly/BLG-FastSlow

Systems Tree in action:  Presentation by Gary Smith:  www.bit.ly/BLG-Sepsis

Examples of Kahneman and Tverksy’s heuristics and biases: www.bit.ly/KahnemanAnimation

 

 



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23/01/2017 -
23/01/2017

11:30 - 15:30
Service Systems Engineering


Babcock International, Devonport House, Durley Park, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 2AT
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SSE Meeting 23


To update and review current work:
 
 
 

Competencies for Services

Findings and Conclusions from Case Studies

Stakeholder analysis - applying to Services via the Case Studies

Expanding the groups' participation

Does Services use the same processes but different language?