Calendar

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

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InDevelopment

Bristol Local Group

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

18:00 for 18:30 start to 21:00

SSE Meeting 23

Service Systems Engineering

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

11:30 - 15:30

Systems Engineering In Rail

North West

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

18:00 - 20:30

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Current Events

Time Location Details
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?

 

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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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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Future Events

Time Location Details
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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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.

 

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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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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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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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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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.

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: Adaptive management in a volatile and complex world


Jean will describe what it means to say the world is complex and explore what that implies for managing organisations and projects, and how to balance the tensions between efficiency and adapting, between standardisation and customisation.

Jean, lead author of Embracing Complexity is a strategy and organisation consultant and academic. She was Head of Engineering Operations for BAe Commercial Aircraft (1989-92), and she has been 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 and managing in a volatile, uncertain and complex world.

For more about Jean’s excellent book see:
 
We welcome everyone to our events and always appreciate help with promoting them.  If you are able to, why not print off a copy of the attached flyer and put it up on your staff noticeboard, or forward this email to colleagues and friends you think might enjoy the talk.

As ever, this Bristol Local Group talk is open to INCOSE members and non-members alike.  We look forward to welcoming you.



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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.

 

Past Events

Time Location Details
14/12/2016 -
14/12/2016

18:00 - 19:30
Midlands Local Group


Loughborough University
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The Magic of Engineering - Prof. Jon Holt


 

In this family lecture Professor Jon Holt will be exploring the power of science and numbers and the impact that they have on Engineering, our everyday lives and why they are so important for STEM. Take a walk through a typical Systems Engineering project and learn how we can use science and numbers to predict the future, read minds and influence our lives. Explore how we can also use numbers for the greater good and not-so-greater good! Expect an evening of wonder with plenty of audience participation, terrible jokes and some mind blowing magic. This performance is suitable for children and adults of any age.

 

All this, plus a special appearance by the Engineer in the Hat!

 

05/12/2016 -
05/12/2016

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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Nimrod AEW3 – A Cautionary Tale


 

 

 

December 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the cancellation of the Nimrod Airborne Early Warning aircraft, arguably the most traumatic event to befall the post-war defence systems community.

The technological difficulties are relatively well known and certainly played a part. Less publicised are the many causes of failure resulting from the nature of the system, how it was specified and developed and how procurement was conducted.

This talk will be given by systems community leading lights Peter Brook & Mike Parnell; two people who had a ringside seat at various times and in different roles in the 10 years leading up to cancellation:

The story will be told from start to finish, and lessons drawn which are still relevant today to anyone involved in commissioning, procurement and systems more generally.



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01/12/2016 -
01/12/2016

10:00 - 15:30
Human Centric Systems Engineering WG


Leonardo Offices, Westminster, London
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HCSEWG #007


Seventh Plenary Meeting of the HCSEWG
28/11/2016 -
02/12/2016

All Day
PPI Advertising Entry


London, UK
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Requirements Analysis & Specification Writing 5-Day Course


This 5-Day course addresses systems engineering as it is understood and practised by leading acquirer, developer and supplier organisations worldwide. Our Systems Engineering training provides an integrated approach to the set of management and technical disciplines, which combine to optimise system effectiveness, enhance project success and reduce risk.
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21/11/2016 -
21/11/2016

11:00 - 15:00
Service Systems Engineering


Babcock International, Devonport House, Durley Park, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 2AT
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SSE Meeting 22


To discuss findings from ASEC2016

To develop focuse on Stakeholders and Msnagement of Services

To discuss what we ca release now

17/11/2016 -
17/11/2016

18:00 - 19:00
Midlands Local Group


Loughborough University, Sir David Davies Bldg, Room W1.30
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Systems Engineering and the Innovation Landscape - Dr Andy Powell, KTN


 

Systems Engineering and the Innovation Landscape

Andy will talk about how systems engineering is vital in any innovation before moving on to describe the support offered to companies in the UK who want to develop new products and services.  This will be in the context of the newly created Department for Business, Employment and Industrial Strategy.  He will talk about the funding available for innovation development and how systems engineering helps to improve bid writing.  Lastly, he'll explain the free support that the Knowledge Transfer Network can offer to anyone trying to innovate.

 

 

Dr Andy Powell BEng, PhD, FIMechE, MAPM

Andy started his career with a Systems Engineering Degree from the University of Bath and started working at Brush Traction as a vehicle dynamics engineer.  He moved to Loughborough University to work on a mechatronics project funded by Bombardier Transportation looking at active control of rail vehicle suspensions.  He held various roles in the rail industry including project and department management over a number of years and in more recent years has worked in the aerospace and space sectors.  He currently works for the Knowledge Transfer Network, a not for profit company funded by Innovate UK to help accelerate innovation, where he covered the Space sector for two years before moving to the Defence and Security Sector in July 2016.

 

15/11/2016 -
16/11/2016

Full Days
UK Chapter


Scarman House, Warwick Conference Centre, Warwick University
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Annual Systems Engineering Conference (ASEC) 2016, 15-16 November,


This year’s theme is ‘Building on Success’ to follow on from last year’s 21st anniversary. Now is the time to think about contributing to the event as an author or a reviewer, for more information look at the documents below or visit the conference website www.asec2016.org.uk


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08/11/2016 -
08/11/2016

18:30 - 20:15
Bristol Local Group


Atkins, The Hub 500 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Bristol BS32 4RZ
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NiteWorks Architecture Process and an update on the Architecture Working Group


 

We have the pleasure of having Mike Wilkinson, former INCOSE UK President, give a presentation on the NiteWorks Architecture Process. Mike is Technical Director at NiteWorks and he has oversight of all NiteWorks projects and outputs.  Effective architecture process provides a means to readily share data, visualise findings and to exploit dependencies.  Mike will cover how NiteWorks manages these activities.

 

Mike will also provide a short update on the activities of the Architecture Working Group.  This group has been very influential across many business domain.  Mike will be free to answer questions from the audience.

We will have Mike’s presentation start by 18:45 so that he can leave by 20:00.



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31/10/2016 -
04/11/2016

All Day
PPI Advertising Entry


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Systems Engineering 5-Day Course


This 5-Day course addresses systems engineering as it is understood and practised by leading acquirer, developer and supplier organisations worldwide. Our Systems Engineering training provides an integrated approach to the set of management and technical disciplines, which combine to optimise system effectiveness, enhance project success and reduce risk.
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17/10/2016 -
21/10/2016

All Day
Certification Training International Advert


London, UK
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CSEP Exam Prepration 5-Day Course


Certification Training International (CTI) offers a CSEP (Certified Systems Engineering Professional) Preparation 5-Day Course focused on preparing you to successfully sit the CSEP examination conducted by INCOSE. CTI is focused on equipping you with the knowledge to comfortably sit certification examinations. Our training stands out as having been scientifically designed to this end, employing leading edge adult learning principles and techniques to assist delegates to absorb and recall the information needed in the fastest possible way.
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