Calendar

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

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4th Meeting of Enterprise Systems Engineering Interest Group

Enterprise Systems Engineering

Defence Academy, Shrivenham Malborough Hall Room 107

6.30 for 7.00 pm

Panel discussion: SE and Money

Railway Interest Group

venue to be advised in central London

1700H for 1730H

Bristol Local Group Festive Fun Evening

Bristol Local Group

Aztec Hotel, Aztec West, Bristol, BS32 4TS

1830-2100

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Current Events

Time Location Details
02/12/2013 -
02/12/2013

6.30 for 7.00 pm
Enterprise Systems Engineering


Defence Academy, Shrivenham Malborough Hall Room 107
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4th Meeting of Enterprise Systems Engineering Interest Group


 Tools for Thought

Dr Rob Collins

entelecheia Ltd

 About his talk, Rob writes:

The following quotes have been noted during discussion at previous meetings of the Enterprise Systems Engineering Interest Group:

 “There is something missing. ..Something we don’t have in our toolset which would help us solve these problems”

“What is not there are ways of thinking

“Its easy to ask for traceability, but in practice it difficult to manage linkages”

During this session I will present a potential solution to these and other issues. I will describe a related set of concepts, tools and methods that can be customised and specialised to support various problems facing Systems Engineers in general, and Enterprise Systems Engineers in particular.

I have been exploring these tools and techniques in my own work for some years. There is also a significant body of work describing application of these tools in fields as diverse as Enterprise Strategy, Systems Assurance, Software Design and modelling of the business environment for scenario analysis.

My thesis is that there is a significant opportunity for further application of these tools in our domain of interest. In particular I will argue that these tools provide an excellent basis for:

 ·      Collaboration and Consensus building between diverse teams

·      Documentation of Rationale and Explanation

·      Alignment from Enterprise Strategy to Systems Design

 I plan to provide enough information and context to enable some of these concepts, tools and techniques to be deployed directly and pragmatically into Systems Engineering projects. Additionally I hope that this presentation will be a stepping-off point for further discussion and development within the Interest Group.

Rob Collins

Rob is a Lean Six-Sigma Black-belt with huge experience of process improvement. He is recognised as a high-energy change agent with the ability to make measurable improvements to processes, plans, procedures, tools and methods.??

He has worked across multiple industries in his roles as both internal and external consultant: Financial Services, IT and Systems Engineering, He is well known as being able to translate theory into solid, pragmatic work at the coal face. ??Rob has a rare ability to communicate complex ideas to a variety of audiences, and has presented hundreds of training sessions to industry and academia, most recently in his highly regarded “Fast Track to Systems Engineering” course at Oxford University.

 Rob has presented at board level and ‘pitched’ technology investment opportunities to venture capital houses. He also pitched to the Dragons on BBC’s Dragon’s Den during rehearsals for the show.?? Specialties include: Lean Six-sigma, Process improvement, Systems, IT, Business Strategy, Safety, Architecture and Architectural Frameworks: MODAF, DoDAF, TOGAF. Requirements Engineering and CMMI.

The talk will be followed by demonstration by Peter Bryant of the new ESE IG wiki and a discussion about how members can use this for on-line debate on issues of interest.

As usual, it is essential that those wishing to attend register beforehand - no later than close of business on Friday 29th November - to allow names to be given to Reception.  (In case of difficulty, please contact Peter Brook at dashwoodbrook@aol.com)

 

 

 

 

10/12/2013 -
10/12/2013

1830-2100
Bristol Local Group


Aztec Hotel, Aztec West, Bristol, BS32 4TS
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Bristol Local Group Festive Fun Evening


 

The Bristol Local Group is pleased to announce a repeat of last year’s successful evening of festive fun at the Aztec Hotel, Bristol.  This year, we will be running a quiz to test your logic, knowledge of music, famous faces and lots of random other stuff, plus – while stocks last – there will be a festive tipple on arrival.  This event will also be a great networking opportunity and a chance to get to know your BLG committee members.

 



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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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Future Events

Time Location Details
16/01/2014 -
16/01/2014

13-00
Service Systems Engineering


Phone-in
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Fifth meeting


Agenda

Introductions

Review / status of actions

  • Steve A: Plan for the SSE work and what we are doing
  • Peter M: Risk and associated issues
  • Laura M: Review aspects of characterisation
  • Andrew F: Review SEBoK entries – what applies to Services, what needs changing, what is missing.
  • John D: Group characteristics, capture stuff in Wiki, review Cambridge Services Alliance papers for relevance.
  • Rachel F: Product Service Systems

New actions

AOB

03/02/2014 -
03/02/2014

18:30 for 19:00
Bristol Local Group


Lecture Theatre 2Q49, Q Block, Frenchay Campus, University of West England, Coldharbour Lane BS16 1QY
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Autonomous and Complex Systems: Context, Methods and Future Directions in Control and Monitoring


Regretably this event has been cancelled due to the speaker being ill.  We will try and reschedule for a later date.

Professor Visakan Kadirkamanathan will provide an overview of the Sheffield Control Engineering Department and its research to provide context. He will give details of the tools and techniques used in control and systems engineering - specifically for health monitoring, decision support systems and data analytics and provide an outline of the current directions in autonomous and complex systems research.

This is a joint event organised by the IET Bristol Network and supported by the INCOSE Bristol Local Group.

Refreshments will be served at 18:30.

Professor Visakan Kadirkamanathan is Head of Department and Director of the Rolls-Royce supported UTC (University Technology Centre) in Control and Systems Engineering at the Department of Automatic Control & Systems Engineering, The University of Sheffield.

More details are available on the IET website:

http://www.theiet.org/events/local/193725.cfm

 

Registration information

Pre-registration is required for popular events where limited capacity is available and/or to comply with the security policy stipulated by the hosting organisation. Please register on the IET's website - IET's website .

17/02/2014 -
17/02/2014

6.30 for 7.00 pm
Enterprise Systems Engineering


Room MH 107 Defence Academy Shrivenham Nr Swindon Wilts SN6 8LA
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ESE and Systems of Systems


Enterprise Systems Engineering and Systems of Systems

Since its inception nearly a year ago, the ESE Interest Group has based its meetings around talks by guest speakers which have allowed us to explore the subject from a number of different viewpoints.

For the next meeting, we intend to try something different by running a workshop in which we attempt to answer the question ‘What are the differences and overlaps between ESE and SoS’.  The question is timely, since the SEBoK knowledge areas for both subjects will be undergoing revision in the next year or two and there are clear opportunities for influencing wider thinking.

The workshop will be facilitated by Ivan Mactaggart, who will introduce the subject using material drawn from previous work by the ESE IG, the INCOSE SoS Working Group,  SEBoK and his own research.

Assuming adequate progress is achieved, we will publish the output on the ESE Wiki to stimulate further debate across the INCOSE community.

 Ivan Mactaggart CEng MINCOSE MIET MSOE

Ivan is a Lead Systems Engineer in the Engineering function of AWE PLC. In addition to working on cross enterprise projects as part of AWE’s contribution to UK Defence, Ivan is also part of a small team working on the future development of AWE’s SE Capability. An active member of INCOSE UK, Ivan chairs the UK Advisory Board and is a member of the MBSE and Capability Working Groups and the Enterprise Systems Engineering Interest Group. Ivan is currently researching an MSc Thesis “Identifying and Mitigating the Issues that Prevent Effective Enterprise Systems Engineering”.

 As usual for this venue, it is essential that those wishing to attend regisgter beforehand using the on-line booking system - if possible by close of business on Friday 14th. This will avoid possibly lengthy delays at reception. 

27/02/2014 -
27/02/2014


Model Based Systems Engineering


Dstl
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Model Based Systems Engineering WG Mtg


Presentation by Prof Bob Madahar,Chief Scientist, Information Management Department, DSTL. For more information visit the wiki.
12/03/2014 -
12/03/2014

08:45am - 17:30pm
INCOSE Associates


The Forum, IBM, 76/78 Upper Ground, Southbank, London, SE1 9PZ
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IBM Rational Software & Systems Engineering Symposium


Register for the Rational® Systems and Software Engineering Symposium to learn how IBM® Rational is helping to lead the innovation agenda in smarter product development.

This event will focus on IBM Rational solutions for systems and software engineering covering the core processes of requirement management, architecture and design, collaboration, change and configuration management, reporting and test and quality management.

As well as delivering key insights into the latest trends and solutions for smarter product development, this event provides a great opportunity to network with other customers, discuss challenges and ideas with industry experts, and meet IBM Partners.

Confirmed guest speakers who will be covering a range of topics are as follows:

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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17/03/2014 -
17/03/2014

11:00 - 15:00
Service Systems Engineering


QinetiQ 1st Floor, 36, Broadway London SW1H 0BH
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Seventh Meeting


Agenda

Introductions

Working Group Proposal (from Techncal Director)

ASEC 2014 Proposal (from Technical Director)

Review / status of actions

  • Plan for the SSE work and what we are doing
  • Risk and associated issues
  • Review aspects of characterisation
  • Review SEBoK entries
  • Review Cambridge Services Alliance papers for relevance.
  • Product Service Systems

New actions

AOB

24/03/2014 -
24/03/2014

18:30
South Coast Local Group


Langstone Technology Park (South Entrance), Langstone Road, Havant PO9 1SA
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South Coast Local Group Meeting


Maritime Composite Training System (MCTS)

Neil Turner, BAE Systems.

 

BAE Systems Maritime Composite Training System is a world class warfare operator training solution which supports operational capability by ensuring that individuals and teams have the knowledge and confidence required to operate and fight their ships at sea.

 

This lecture provides an overview of MCTS and how it provides a cost-effective training system for the Royal Navy.  It will explain how functional fidelity is preserved in addition to achieving representative physical fidelity and looks at some of the challenges that had to be overcome.

 

25/03/2014 -
25/03/2014

6.30pm for 7pm till 9pm
Bristol Local Group


Knowledge Exchange Suite, Ground Floor, Merchant Venturers Building University of Bristol, Woodlands Road, Bristol, BS8 1UB.
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Bristol Local Group Systems Research Showcase


Once again, the Industrial Doctorate Centre at the University of Bristol invites the INCOSE UK BLG to its Knowledge Exchange Suite in Woodlands Road to see more systems engineering research presented by current EngD research engineers.

There will also be opportunities to see some of the work at the Systems Centre, and to question, review, and possibly even contribute to the ongoing research activities.

Staff will be available at the reception desk in the Merchant Venturers Building to direct you to the venue. Car parking is free in Woodland Road after 6pm and there is a multi-storey car park in Trenchard Street. As with all local group events the main purpose of the evening is to allow INCOSE members (and potential new members) to meet, ask questions and share their views on the chosen topics.



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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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Past Events

Time Location Details
28/11/2013 -
28/11/2013

18:00 for 18:30
Midlands Local Group


Room: W002 Building: Sir David Davies Loughborough University
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Steampunk Systems of Systems Engineering: A case study of successful System of Systems engineering in 19th century Britain



The British rail network evolved from 150 independent railways in 1830s into a single, large and integrated networked system by 21st century. The presenter will show how the system evolved from virtual System of Systems (SoS), through collaborative SoS to a directed SoS.


In this case study, the British Rail network system has been evaluated against three basic frameworks, the US DOD classification, the UK MOD SOSA approach and the UK Department of Transport (DfT) engineering assurance framework. The analysis showed that the DoD framework was a useful descriptive approach but wasn’t predictive and the SOSA framework and DfT questions assumed a directed or acknowledged SoS. However, none of the frameworks addressed the need for clear economic benefit to systems owners for using both system and SoS. It was found that this factors, more than technical standardisation, drive the pace and depth of SoS effectiveness.


Much like the artistic genre of Steampunk, the British railway network case study is a mixture of familiar SoS concepts and approaches in an unfamiliar Victorian setting. Unlike Steampunk this case study is not only amusing and entertaining, it is also educational.


About the Presenter

Duncan Kemp is the engineering skills development team leader in Defence Equipment and Support in MOD where he is responsible for developing 5000 engineers from graduates and apprentices up to senior fellows. Duncan is also responsible for systems engineering policy, process and development.


Previous he was chief systems engineer for rail in the Department for Transport, where he initiated the work on the Rail Value for Money study and led the study's work on the asset management, supply chain management and whole system asset management. Duncan is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He was co-chair of the INCOSE Transportation Working Group from 2009 until his return to defence in 2012.

To book please contact Luminita Ciocoiu

Tel: 01509 635 208
Email:L.Ciocoiu@lboro.ac.uk

27/11/2013 -
27/11/2013

11:00 - 16:00
Service Systems Engineering


University College London
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Service Systems Engineering: Fifth meeting


Room 217, Chadwick building, Gower St, WC1E 6BT.

 
The Chadwick building is the Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering. It is located on Gower St to the right hand side of the entrance to UCL's main quadrangle. However, to enter it is best to go into the quadrangle itself and then enter the building from there rather than directly from Gower St. You can find a campus map here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/maps/downloads/campus-map-2012.pdf
 

Draft Agenda

1. Notes from the SSE Meeting 4 on 3 October
http://www.incosewiki.org.uk/Service_Systems_Engineering/index.php?title=SSE_Meeting_4

2. Getting a Chairman

3. Review of the Draft Plan - from SSE Meeting 2 - and way forward.

4. Washup on ASEC13 workshop and follow on work
        Feedback on the presentation
        Ideas from the workshops
        Lists of potential variables and services to consider
        What to do with the presentation?

5. Product-Service Systems
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Product_service_system

6. Analysis of '76 things that make services complex' from the Cambridge Services Alliance
    http://www.cambridgeservicealliance.org/uploads/downloadfiles/Alliance%20Paper_June%202012_Complexity%20in%20Services.pdf

7. Date and host for next meeting

25/11/2013 -
25/11/2013

18-30
South Coast Local Group


Langstone Technology Park (South Entrance), Langstone Road, Havant PO9 1SA
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South Coast Local Group Meeting


Challenges to the Adoption of a Systems Engineering Approach

Laurence Harvilchuck, CEng MIED

R&D Process Architect, Xyratex Ltd., Havant PO9 1SA

 

Abstract:

Small businesses often seem to begin with an informal ‘Just Do It’ [JDI] approach to development activities that ‘gets the job done’ in the name of agility or efficiency. There may be a failure to appreciate that the JDI approach may not scale up from the relatively flat development teams found in small organisations to the multiple levels of organisation often necessary in development. Several factors can challenge the adoption of scalable systems engineering techniques. In this talk, we will discuss the risks to adoption as well as the value that a systems engineering approach can bring to the business of development.

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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12/11/2013 -
13/11/2013

Full Days
UK Chapter


Crowne Plaza Hotel, Heythrop Park Resort, Enstone, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX75UE (postal purposes only) or OX7 5UF (SatNav).
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Annual Systems Engineering Conference 2013 (ASEC2013)


The programme has now been agreed and the brochure is available for download. You can now book your place at ASEC2013 using our online booking system.


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12/11/2013 -
12/11/2013

17:30
UK Chapter


Crowne Plaza Hotel, Heythrop Park Resort, Enstone, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX75UE (postal purposes only) or OX7 5UF (SatNav).
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AGM 2013


The Annual General Meeting of INCOSE UK Ltd


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15/10/2013 -
17/10/2013

Full Days
INCOSE Associates


Radisson Blu, Cardiff, UK
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The 8th IET International System Safety incorporating Cyber Security Conference


Full all the information about this event please visit the IET's website. The link to the website is http://conferences.theiet.org/system-safety/index.cfm?origin=incose.

As INCOSE UK is a supporting organisation, our members can save £100 by registering at the IET Member rate.

10/10/2013 -
10/10/2013

6.30pm for 7pm till 9pm
Bristol Local Group


Atkins, The Hub, 500 Park Avenue Aztec West, Almondsbury, Bristol, BS32 4RZ
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Land Open System Architecture (LOSA), Now and for Army 2020


For this event, the Bristol Local Group is pleased to welcome Graeme Peacock, the LOSA Programme System Architect and Simon Masley, Programme Manager for the LOSA Research, Experiment and Demonstration events. LOSA is an open architecture approach to Land Warfare system acquisitions and upgrades.


They will provide an overview of LOSA from a programmatic, systems engineering and technology development perspectives.

Please note that pre-registration is essential for this event.



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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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07/10/2013 -
07/10/2013

6.30 for 7.00 pm
Enterprise Systems Engineering


Defence Academy, Shrivenham Room WH21
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3rd Meeting of Enterprise Systems Engineering Interest Group


A framework for the study of Systems of Systems Engineering

 

Prof Mike Henshaw, Loughborough University

 

Summary of Talk

 

The concept of systems of systems (SoS) as a particular level of abstraction is well-established but research into the challenges of SoS are still at an early stage.  Often they require technical, social, and commercial issues to be addressed simultaneously.  They are characterised by dynamic behaviour and high degrees of uncertainty, sometimes making even specification of the problem space difficult.

 

In a project, recently sponsored by the European Commission, we have identified twelve main themes for research in SoS Engineering.  These are: characterisation and description of SoS; theoretical foundations for SoS; emergence; multi-level modelling of SoS; measurement and metrics for SoS; evaluation of SoS definition & evolution of SoS architecture; prototyping SoS; trade-off in SoS; security in SoS; human aspects of SoS; energy efficient SoS.  The presentation will cover these themes and seek to provide a direction for research in SoSE.  It will also consider the challenges of conducting SoSE research  per se, and suggest approaches for making progress on the most significant aspects of the research agenda.

 

The above themes provide a framework to distinguish what is currently understood about SoSE from that which needs attention.  Furthermore, it also provides a framework for identification of key contributions in the field that should be referenced in the SoSE knowledge area of the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK). The presentation will open a discussion about the essential knowledge that should be captured in the SEBoK and the distinctions to be made between SoSE and ESE.

 

This group has already established a strong and loyal following, but is very keen to attract new members who may wish to join us in exploring this interesting and far-ranging topic of growing importance.

 

Prior booking is essential. In order to provide names to the reception, could you please do so before end of business on Friday 4th