Calendar

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

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Systems Engineering Project Management: INCOSE/APM Working Group

Bristol Local Group

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

18:30 for 19:00 start to 20:30

Service Systems Engineering SSE Group Meeting 30

Service Systems Engineering

Rolls-Royce plc Whittle House WH73 PO Box 3, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7QE, UK Sat nav postcode - BS34 6QA

10:30 - 14:30

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Current Events

Time Location Details
14/05/2018 -
14/05/2018

18:30 for 19:00 start to 20:30
Bristol Local Group


Atkins, The Hub 500 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Bristol BS32 4RZ
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Systems Engineering Project Management: INCOSE/APM Working Group


The Systems Engineering / Project Management (SEPM) Joint Working Group (JWG) was established in 2013 between APM and INCOSE UK to foster better integration of project management and systems engineering. This has been successful to the point that APM has made it one of their Specific Interest Groups (SIG) – and run jointly with INCOSE UK. These Groups have a standing within APM that gives access to APM resources and influences APM thinking.

From the outset the JWG looked to build a shared understanding of mutual dependencies and promote the benefits of systems thinking.  SE and PM both focus on the achievement of business goals through successful delivery, but each has different perspectives and priorities which can result in inefficient and sometimes ineffective delivery.  The presentation will focus on two of the main SEPM JWG outputs:

·       SEPM life cycles models and processes: Andrew Gray will focus on the work the group undertook to compare and categorise life cycles and processes within the two disciplines, analyse subsequent touch points, overlaps tensions and fusions as indicators of the wider synergies that can be achieved. Information presented will be drawn mainly from the papers published at ASEC 2015 and the INCOSE International Symposium 2017.

·       SEPM roles & responsibilities:   David Cole will describe the JWG work to develop an integrated view of SE and PM roles and responsibilities, consider how these evolve through the life cycle, the sources of potential conflict and how this conflict can be addressed. Information presented will be drawn mainly from the SIG Guide to SEPM Roles & Responsibilities document and a paper published at ASEC 2017.

Andrew and David are both experienced portfolio, programme and project managers and consultants who have worked primarily with technically focussed private and public-sector organisations to both directly manage and advise on the management of their portfolios, programmes and projects. Both are Chartered Engineers, members of APM, and members of the INCOSE UK/ APM Systems Thinking SIG committee.  



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21/05/2018 -
21/05/2018

10:30 - 14:30
Service Systems Engineering


Rolls-Royce plc Whittle House WH73 PO Box 3, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7QE, UK Sat nav postcode - BS34 6QA
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Service Systems Engineering SSE Group Meeting 30


Agenda

- Review paper for ASEC 2018

-Use of Architecture Frameworks

-Definition of Characteristics

Updates to draft handbook

Future Events

Time Location Details
06/06/2018 -
06/06/2018

Full Day
UK Chapter


Marsh Farm Hotel, Coped Hall, Royal Wootton Bassett, SN4 8ER
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INCOSE UK Training Day 2018


INCOSE UK is offering six courses for the 2018 Training Day on Wednesday 6th June 2018. This year INCOSE UK also offers the opportunity for any current or potential SEP programme candidates to sit the paper version of the certification examination on-site at Marsh Farm. For more information on the courses offered,please look here


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19/06/2018 -
19/06/2018

18:30
South Coast Local Group


QinetiQ, Portsdown Technology Park Portsmouth PO6 3RU
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Talk on: Architectural parallels between biological and engineered defence and security solutions


Presenter: Gary Smith, Airbus

Synopsis: Bio-mimetics have often provided a useful means of inspiration for engineering design, for instance in the fabrication of materials for aerospace. One more recent area of interest, from the perspective of cyber security has been in the remarkable ability of the immune system to cope with the diversity and evolution of threats such as bacteria and viruses. The focus of this talk reflects on the architectural parallels between biological systems and engineered solutions in defence and security. Systems thinking and conceptual modelling are the tools utilized in examining the architectures and the capabilities of the biological systems such as anticipation, adaptability and self-respect. In performing such an examination, greater understanding arises with implications for system science and systems engineering.

Time will be allowed for Q&A after the presentation

Prerequisites: In order to attend please send the following information to TJRABBETS@qinetiq.com no later than COP Thursday 14th June 2017:

- Full name;

- company affiliations; 

- contact telephone number;

- contact  email;

       

Bring along photo ID (e.g. driving licence or passport) on the evening.

 

Attendees are requested to turn up after 18:30 for a 19:00 start

 

21/06/2018 -
21/06/2018

09:30 - 16:00
Model Based Systems Engineering


Thales UK, 350 Longwater Avenue, GreenPark, Reading RG2 6GF
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June MBSE Interest Group Meeting


For the agenda, furhter details and/or if you wish to attend (and you're not in our google group) please email the chair (details on contacts page)

25/06/2018 -
25/06/2018

18:30 for 19:00 start to 20:30
Bristol Local Group


Atkins, The Hub 500 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Bristol BS32 4RZ
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The Viable System Model & Moral Modality Framework– How Organisations Really Work


The Viable System Model (VSM), created by Stafford Beer over 40 years ago, has become one of the best known and widely used cybernetic and systems thinking approaches.  It is a powerful tool for the practical process of diagnosing problems in organisations, and helping to improve their functioning. 

 

Trevor Hilder, our speaker, is a long time Systems Thinker and VSM practitioner and has worked in, owned and managed businesses in the field of ICT since 1974.  He has applied the VSM in a wide variety of roles; ranging from training programmers, systems programming, creating one of the first database products to run on PCs, writing manufacturing systems, to building an Enterprise Resource Planning system for a convenience store chain.

 

Trevor had the good fortune of knowing Stafford Beer well, and was given the great complement of being told he is among the finest communicators of the concepts that underpin the model; including Ashby’s Law of Requisite Variety.

 

Building on and going beyond the VSM, Trevor has developed his own approach to understanding organisational and individual behaviours and relationships he has called the Moral Modality Framework.   This talk is an opportunity to learn about this powerful new approach as well as the VSM and to gain practical insights into their application.



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07/07/2018 -
12/07/2018

Full Days
International


Grand Hyatt Washington DC 1000 H Street NW - Washington, D.C., USA, 20001
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28th Annual INCOSE International Symposium


16/07/2018 -
16/07/2018

10:30 - 14:30
Service Systems Engineering


Babcock International, Devonport House, Durley Park, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 2AT
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Service Systems Engineering Group Meeting


Review of Service Systems Engineering Handbook

- Where have we got to where are we going

- Definitions of Characteristics

- Guidance for early Lifecycle Stages - taken from ASEC18 paper

25/07/2018 -
25/07/2018

10:00 - 16:00
Early Careers Forum


Leonardo, Luton
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Summer Meeting


Earlier this year we made plans for 2018 and the next event in the calendar will be our summer meeting on the 25th of July 2018. Leonardo have kindly agreed to host us at their Luton site, with a number of items on the agenda from senior engineers talking about their career paths, to a walk about tour of some of Leonardo’s sensing products leading into their integration lab where they perform integration tests of one of their most important products.

This is a great chance to get more involved with the Early Careers Forum (ECF), meet a number of your peers as well as industry experts and senior engineers. We will also be discussing the ECF’s priorities and taking forward a number of objectives we’d like to achieve in the near future.

If you are able to join us, please confirm your attendance to emmah@dot-the-eye.com by the 20th of July2018, providing your full name, company and nationality. Leonardo have kindly offered to supply us with lunch so please can you also specify any dietary requirements when you contact us.



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17/09/2018 -
17/09/2018

18:30 for 19:00 start to 20:30
Bristol Local Group


Atkins, The Hub 500 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Bristol BS32 4RZ
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Systems Approaches in Cross-Disciplinary Healthcare Improvement



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04/10/2018 -
04/10/2018

10:00 till 16:00
UKAB


tbc
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UKAB Meeting


20/11/2018 -
21/11/2018

Full Days
UK Chapter


Vincent Building, Cranfield University
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INCOSE UK Annual Systems Engineering Conference 2018 (ASEC2018)


The Annual Systems Engineering Conference (ASEC) is INCOSE UK's flagship annual event and brings together a wider range of professionals from a variety of backgrounds, with the common interest of building up their Systems Engineering knowledge and sharing ideas with their peers. The theme for this year's ASEC is based around the Year of Engineering. We want people to be inspired by what they are doing in their work, whether they are new to Systems Engineering or have many years of experince. For more information please visit the ASEC2018 website


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Past Events

Time Location Details
30/04/2018 -
30/04/2018

10:30 - 14:30
Service Systems Engineering


Rolls-Royce plc Whittle House WH73 PO Box 3, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7QE, UK Sat nav postcode - BS34 6QA
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Service Systems Engineering meeting 27


 

Agenda

 

·         General discussion

·         Review updated sections of Handbook for Services

 

·         Stakeholder analysis

 

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.
18/04/2018 -
18/04/2018

18:30-20:30
Scottish Local Group


Frazer-Nash Consultancy Fifth Floor, The Athenaeum, 8 Nelson Mandela Place, Glasgow, G2 1BT, UK
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Scottish Local Group April Meeting


The Scottish local groups next meeting has now been arranged and will be held in Glasgow on the 18th April. There has been some new interest in the group and so likely to be some new faces, all are welcome.

 

The main focus on this meeting will be around how we take the local group forward, focusing on what systems engineering means to each of us.

 

Light refreshments will be available.

 

Please note that due to building restrictions it’s necessary to provide citizenship information in advance of the meeting. Therefore if you have not already done so before please provide this information and your name in an email to paul.wylie@uk.thalesgroup.com.

10/04/2018 -
10/04/2018

10:00 till 16:00
UKAB


tbc
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Joint Meeting of UK Council and UKAB


10/04/2018 -
10/04/2018

09:00 - 17:00
Energy Systems Interest Group


London
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INCOSE UK Energy Systems Interest Group Kick-Off Meeting


Initial kick-off meeting of new Interest Group - INCOSE UK Energy Systems



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09/04/2018 -
09/04/2018

18:30-21:00
Bristol Local Group


Armstrong Room, The Hub 500 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Bristol BS32 4RZ
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Plus Ca Change; Developments in Architectural Frameworks in Defence


Architectural Frameworks in Defence are changing. Tom Riley and Paul Handisides will give an overview of the new NATO Architecture Framework v4.0 and discuss its impact of current practice.

Practioners in Defence are being encouraged to move from MODAF to NAF v4.0, which introduces a more coherent organisation of views, an Architecture Development Method, and an alternative notation - Archimate.



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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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15/03/2018 -
15/03/2018

18:00 - 20:00
North West


Network Rail, Square One, 4 Travis Street, Manchester, M1 2NY
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Requirements Engineering in Rail


Ahead of a Institute of Rail Signalling Engineers (IRSE) conference in April, Adam Rixon (WSP) and Kevin Gedge (Network Rail) will look at how requirements engineering is used within the rail industry.

Adam will focus on how requirements engineering can be taught to non-systems engineers with a dry-run of an interactive workshop and a discussion on how domain specialist engineers can be encouraged to write and recognise good requirements.

Kevin will look at how Goal Structured Notation (GSN) has been used in the context of requirements engineering within Network Rail projects.

Network Rail's Manchester office is easily accessible from Manchester Piccadilly station and light refreshments will be provided. If you intending to arrive by car, please email Receptionsquareone@networkrail.co.uk 48 hours before the meeting with their name, car registration and the meeting details (Room 3.7/3.8, INCOSE NWG, Starting at 18:00 on 15th March).



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26/02/2018 -
26/02/2018

10:30 - 14:30
Service Systems Engineering


Service Systems Engineering Rolls-Royce plc Whittle House WH73 PO Box 3, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7QE, UK Sat nav postcode - BS34 6QA
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Service Systems Engineering Meeting 28


Reports on appliction of ideas and ways forward.

Review of work on sections for handbook.