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

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UKAB Meeting



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MBSE Interest Group

Model Based Systems Engineering

ZF Technical Centre - Shirley, Birmingham

09:30 - 16:00

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Current Events

Time Location Details
10/07/2019 -

09:30 - 16:00
Model Based Systems Engineering

ZF Technical Centre - Shirley, Birmingham
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MBSE Interest Group


July meeting of the MBSE Interest group to be held at the ZF Technical Centre in Shirley, Birmingham.


  • From Verification to Code Generation Using the Coco Platform and MagicDraw - Philippa Hopcroft & Thomas Gibson-Robinson - University of Oxford / COCOTEC Ltd
  • Implimetation of MBSE at Bentely Motors - Alex Hazel, Bentley Motors
  • Discussion - Integrating techniques like SSM with MBSE - Topic proposed by Rolls-Royce
  • Overview of MBSE approach at ZF - TBC

Other items TBC


To reserve a place please use the online booking system. Bookings will close at the end of June. 

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16/07/2019 -

Full Day

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UKAB Meeting

Future Events

Time Location Details
03/09/2019 -

17:30 - 19:00
London Local Group

Aker Solutions Chiswick Park (Building 6) London W4 5HR
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A case study of the development of a Design Review Process that reflects best practice, tailored to the Oil & Gas Industry and the subsea environment.


Incorporating a process driven approach to requirements-based design, verification, governance and assurance following the approach prescribed within IEC 15288 and IEC 61160.


Presentation by Ian Smith from Aker Solutions Ltd.



17:30 doors open for a 18:00 start


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11/09/2019 -

Full Days

Biarritz, France
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Human Systems Integration Conference (HSI2019)

INCOSE International Conference on Human Systems Integration, HSI2019, will be held in Biarritz, France on September 11-13, 2019. HSI emerges from the combination of human-centred design (HCD) and Systems Engineering (SE) as a highly participative and incremental process.

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17/09/2019 -

09:30 - 16:00
Model Based Systems Engineering

Leonardo EW Academy, Lincoln
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September meeting of the MBSE Interest Group


The September meeting of the MBSE Interest group to be held at the Leonardo EW Academy in Lincoln.


  • TBC - Please contact the committe if you have something of interest to preset to the group


To reserve a place please use the online booking system. Bookings will close on the 9th of September. 

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To book for this event, please click here.
01/10/2019 -

Full Day

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UKAB Meeting

10/10/2019 -

Full Days

Utrecht, Netherlands
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This year's theme is LEF Future Center

10/10/2019 -

10:00 to 16:30
Energy Systems Interest Group

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4th Working Meeting

19/11/2019 -

Full Days
UK Chapter

Royal Armouries, Leeds
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Annual Systems Engineering Conference 2019 (ASEC 2019)

ASEC 2019 takes place on the 19th and 20th of November 2019 at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. Use #ASEC2019UK across Twitter and LinkedIn to get the latest news about the event as the programme develops.

Booking is now open!

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21/11/2019 -

Full Day

Royal Armoury, Leeds
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Joint Meeting of INCOSE UK Council and UKAB PoCs

Past Events

Time Location Details
27/06/2019 -

10:00 to 16:30
Energy Systems Interest Group

Berkeley House, The Square, Lower Bristol Road, Bath, BA2 3BH
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3rd Working Meeting

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19/06/2019 -

17:00 - 19:00
Railway Interest Group

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


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


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


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

12/06/2019 -

Scottish Local Group

2nd Floor, 95 Bothwell Street, Glasgow
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Local Group meeting

The INCOSE Scotland Local Group is planning a get together to formally re-start the group and plan our next steps. We are planning a short meeting from 6pm – 7.30pm on 12th June 2019 at Jacobs on the 2nd Floor, 95 Bothwell Street, Glasgow.

10/06/2019 -

0900 - 1600
Early Careers Forum

AWE, Berkshire
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INCOSE UK ECF - Systems Engineering in Action

Following the success of the previous INCOSE UK - ECF event
hosted by Atkins (Bristol) in November 2018, the next Forum
has been planned. AWE has kindly offered to host the Forum on
behalf of INCOSE UK - ECF at their Aldermaston site, the event is
now open to applications from INCOSE UK members.

Spaces are limited to a maximum of 35 conference delegates only.
Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and are
subject to meeting security clearance requirements.

While the Systems Engineering of complex solutions may initially present the inexperienced engineer with an overwhelming array of variables to consider and problems to solve, in practise specific aspects of the systems engineering process will be more important to realising the final system solution than others; understanding of the problem space, operational environment, system interfaces or system operation for example.

This event will focus on Systems Engineering in action, speakers from AWE and Lockheed Martin will present on projects that illustrate the importance of different aspects of systems engineering in realising a good system solution.

This event will be hosted at AWE Aldermaston. Maps and details for travel will be provided to delegates when their registration is complete.

AWE is a nuclear licensed site; as such all delegates must comply with AWE’s security requirements in order to gain site access. Following registration, you will be contacted via email to provide personal information to AWE’s security team. This information is required to arrange site access and will be handled in accordance with GDPR regulations. AWE reserves the right to refuse site access to applicants.

Please express your interest in attending this event by registering here or by email to If you would like to visit the Educational Collection please state this also.

It should be noted that AWE Security will need to process your site access and therefore late applications may not be processed on time.

04/06/2019 -

UK Chapter

Atkins, The Hub 500 Park Avenue Aztec West Bristol BS32 4RZ United Kingdom
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SEP Examination

In order to gain ASEP or CSEP it is necessary for INCOSE UK members to sit the certification examination.

INCOSE UK are hosting a paper version of this examination in Bristol at 10am on 4 June 2019.

The examination is based on the INCOSE SE handbook V4 and consists of 100 questions.

Duration is 100 minutes.  

For background information on the certification process please reference INCOSE UK guide - U1 and The INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook V4.

It is necessary for candidates to be INCOSE UK members in order to participate in the exam. For more details and fees contact

22/05/2019 -

All Day
Agile Systems Engineering WG

8-10 Great George St
London, SW1P 3AE
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Problem Structuring Workshop

Following a first meeting of the reconstituted INCOSE Agile SE Working Group, one of the priorities identified was how we can ensure that Agile Systems Practitioners are competent. We are therefore holding a problem structuring workshop to better understand the situation.

The workshop will take place on May 22nd in London, and will be facilitated by Duncan Kemp of DE&S. We would like a broad cross-section of participants from industry, academia, and different domains at the workshop so that different perspectives can be captured for further investigation and development.

The venue for the workshop will be:
8-10 Great George St
London, SW1P 3AE

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22/05/2019 -

17:00 - 18:30
Railway Interest Group

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is no charge for attendance and the event is open to non-members but places must be booked in advance. To book, obtain directions or to ask any other questions, please contact RIG Organiser, Mike Morua on or 07763 455171. Please let me know of any special requirements before the event.

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is an international professional society for systems engineers whose mission is to foster the definition, understanding, and practice of world-class systems engineering in industry, academia, and government 

The INCOSE UK Rail Interest Group has been formed:

  • To provide a forum for those interested in Systems Engineering in rail to network in a less formal environment, to exchange good practice and to provide mutual support in an area which can require some sustained perseverance;
  • To promote, improve and share the practice of Systems Engineering within the rail industry;
  • To foster connections with other professional bodies within rail and thereby promote cross fertilisation of knowledge and experience across sectors and community disciplines; and
  • To promote awareness of INCOSE UK and encourage membership within the rail industry.

For further information about the RIG, see and follow the ‘Groups’ link. 

29/04/2019 -

10:00 - 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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Meeting 35




  • Can we use MBSE for Service-Centric Analysis and Design - Is it useful?
  • Service Lifecycle Representations and Harmonisation


 Apply via INCOSE UK Calendar before 19 April.  Security ID required


24/04/2019 -

Railway Interest Group

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

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

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

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

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

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

This presentation outlines the threats and countermeasures to be deployed

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

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

There is no charge for attendance and the event is open to non-members but places must be booked in advance. To book, obtain directions or to ask any other questions, please contact RIG Organiser, Karl King on or 07403 293935. Please let me know of any special requirements before the event.

11/04/2019 -

09:00 - 16:00
Railway Interest Group

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

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

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

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

Event Facilitators

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


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


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


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


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