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.  

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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25/06/2018 -
25/06/2018

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


To be confirmed - In the Bristol area
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The Viable System Model & Moral Modality Framework– How Organisations Really Work



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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


04/10/2018 -
04/10/2018

10:00 till 16:00
UKAB


tbc
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UKAB Meeting


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.

12/02/2018 -
12/02/2018

18:30 - 20:30
Bristol Local Group


Armstrong Room, The Hub 500 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Bristol BS32 4RZ
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Whose Line is it Anyway? Using MBSE in the Management and Acceptance of the Defence Lines of Development


Our speaker is Matthew Dent.  He is a Chartered Engineer with a Masters in Systems Engineering from Loughborough University, and is now an independent consultant with recent experience implementing MBSE in the defence industry.

In this talk he will summarise a research paper he presented last summer at the 27th Annual INCOSE International Symposium (IS 2017) in Adelaide, Australia. It focuses on the application of MBSE and the development of a Knowledge Model to manage and integrate complex capability, across disparate stakeholder groups within a large organisation. He will also discuss some of the key insights from IS 2017 and he hopes to promote discussion on some of the MBSE adoption challenges that we face today.

 

25/01/2018 -
25/01/2018

10:00 till 16:00
UKAB


Atkins Hub, Bristol
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UKAB Meeting


20/01/2018 -
23/01/2018

Full Days
International


Jacksonville, FL USA
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INCOSE IW 2018


16/01/2018 -
16/01/2018

between 18:30 to 18:45 for a 19:00 start
South Coast Local Group


Eagle conference room, QinetiQ, Portsdown Technology Park Portsmouth PO6 3RU. The site is located off the B2177 Cosham to Southwick Road
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MBSE and how it is applied to real engineering challenges within Airbus Defence and Space


MBSE and how it is applied to real engineering challenges within Airbus Defence and Space.

 

How we improved our engineering effort by adoption of model based techniques. The MBSE implementation enhanced the planning, requirements engineering, design and testing aspects of the design lifecycle. The presentation will also touch on how to monitor progress of the model based engineering effort.

Speaker: Dennis Gilman

 

To attend, please provide Dennis (dennis.gilman@airbus.com) by COP Thursday, 11th Jan 2018 with 

a.       Full name;

b.      Company affiliations;

c.       Contact telephone number;

d.      Contact email;

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

11/12/2017 -
11/12/2017

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 Group Meeting


Main Items:

Feed back from ASEC 2017

Headings/skeleton for Guidance for Systems Engineering for Services

Populating the Guidance

 

Notes on previous meetings on the Service Systems Engineering Wiki

23/11/2017 -
23/11/2017

10:00 till 16:00
UKAB


Scarman, Warwick Conferences
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Joint Meeting of the INCOSE UK Council and UKAB


21/11/2017 -
22/11/2017

Full Days
UK Chapter


The Slate, Warwick Conferences
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ASEC 2017 - Annual Systems Engineering Conference 2017


The Annual Systems Engineering Conference (ASEC) is INCOSE UK's flagship annual event and brings together a wide range of professionals from a variety of backgrounds, with the common interest of building upon their Systems Engineering (SE) knowledge and sharing ideas with their peers.

INCOSE UK hosted its first annual conference in 2010, with the aim of creating the premium annual SE conference in the UK. Now in its 7th year, ASEC has indeed grown to become the UK’s foremost SE conference.

This years theme is "Pushing the Boundaries of Systems Engineering".

For more information please visit www.asec2017.org.uk



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15/11/2017 -
15/11/2017

1700
Railway Interest Group


Room 309, Roberts Building, University College London, Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7JE
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Railway Control & Safety Systems as a Closed-Loop Negative Feedback Control System


As part of his academic research into producing a Systems Engineering Framework for Railway Control and Safety Systems, Karl King has produced a generic functional model for these systems which he has concluded can be modelled as a closed-loop negative feedback control system. Karl proposes that utilising this system model and approaching the Railway Control and Safety System from the point of view of a closed-loop negative feedback system will make it more clear what sub-systems are responsible for achieving and maintaining a required number of trains per hour from the service and therefore enable a more targeted approach to railway upgrades.

This presentation will describe the development of Karl's model and explain how it can be shown to be analogous to a negative-feedback control system as well as how this will enable a more targeted approach to upgrading Railway Control and Safety Systems to achieve improvements in line capacity

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 the RIG Chair, Bruce Elliott at bruce.elliott@altran.com or on +44 (0)7970 694043.

23/10/2017 -
23/10/2017

18:30 for 19:00 - 20:30
Bristol Local Group


Atkins, The Hub, 500 Park Avenue Aztec West Bristol BS32 4RZ
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Industry 4.0? Even more need for Systems Thinking 1.0


The 4th industrial revolution embraces issues around automation, digital, data exchange and “smart” systems. It includes cyber-security, virtual representation and the Internet of Things. It is claimed it will revolutionise and change the world.  This talk will explore and discuss how the fundamental systems principles of understanding functionality, connections and emergence will still apply.  Systems will become more complex rather than merely complicated, and their scope and impact will expand. This implies an evolution in Systems Engineering practice. At the core of this will be the need to apply Systems Thinking well, and so there will be an even greater need to overcome the barriers to Systems Thinking.

Richard Beasley joined Rolls-Royce in 1986 and after working on Integration Aerodynamics, Safety, Reliability and Life Cycle Engineering, became the Global Chief of Systems Engineering and in 2011 was made a Rolls-Royce Associate Fellow in Systems Engineering.  Richard is a great champion of Systems Engineering and from 2014 to 2016 was President of INCOSE UK.



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04/10/2017 -
04/10/2017

10:00 till 16:00
UKAB


BAE Systems, Frimley
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UKAB Meeting


26/09/2017 -
26/09/2017

10:00 - 16:00
Model Based Systems Engineering


Changan UK R&D Centre, Birmingham
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MBSE Interest Group, September 26th Meeting


Dear all,

I am delighted to announce details of our next 'Interest Group' meeting:
 
Date: Tuesday 26th September
Time: 10:00 to 16:00
Hosts: Andy Howells & Ian Aitchison, Changan UK
Location: Changan UK R&D Centre, Building 3500, Parkside, Birmingham Business Park, Birmingham, B37 7YG 
 
An agenda will be published shortly
 
If you wish to attend please contact: james.towers@scarecrowconsultants.co.uk
 
 
19/09/2017 -
21/09/2017

Full Days
EMEA


Congress Center Rosengarten Rosengartenplatz 2 68161 Mannheim Germany
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EMEA Workshop


The INCOSE EMEA Workshop 2017 is the event for Systems Engineers from the EMEA region to contribute to the state of the art in Systems Engineering. Unlike the International Symposium and the national conferences, there are no paper, panel or tutorial presentations. Instead, attendees spend three days working alongside fellow Systems Engineers who are there to make a difference. Systems Engineers at all levels and from all backgrounds are encouraged to engage in working sessions, and to contribute their knowledge and experience to take the discipline forward.

The objective of this workshop is to meet with experts from different domains of Systems Engineering and different countries from around the world. During the workshop, you will have the opportunity to exchange your ideas and experience to move forward on the selected Systems Engineering topics.

19/09/2017 -
19/09/2017

10:00-16:00
Architecture Working Group


Rolls-Royce Leisure Association, Derby, United Kingdom
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Architecture for Complex Systems


This event is in partnership with the IET

About this event

Discuss the challenges associated with developing architectures for complex multidisciplinary systems that are diverse and heterogeneous in nature. In particularly the design approaches that consider emergent behaviours and aim to achieve particular system level attributes. I’m especially interested in scenarios where architectures are typically developed independently by discipline but there is a functional relationship apparent at the system level e.g. the performance of a modern F1 race car may be dependent on the interactions of aerodynamics, handling, power and the control philosophies. How can these diverse and complex disciplines be managed to achieve the optimum integrated system level
performance?

Speakers

Our speakers for the event include:

  • Mike Wilkinson - Niteworks
  • Stuart Mitchell - Yorkshire Water
  • Jonathon Holt - Rolls Royce
  • Professor Visakan Kadirkamanathan - Sheffield University
  • Tim Rabbets - QinetiQ

To registration for this event please go to the IET website site

18/09/2017 -
18/09/2017

1745H-1930H
Railway Interest Group


London Underground 55 Broadway London SW1H 0BD
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Operational Concept to Working Railway: Developing an effective collaboration between operators and engineers on a major railway upgrade project


Effectively engaging operations personnel in the very earliest stage of railway projects is essential if we are to avoid extensive rework or having to live with operational workarounds for sub-optimal decisions at the beginning.

Michael Coultharde-Steer, Lead Operational Development Manager at LU, will describe how and where significant benefits accrue from involving Operational input in the context of major upgrade programmes and how User Requirements Specifications are derived by a small team that includes operational end-user representatives and LU’s system engineers.

For further details pleasee see attached flyer.

The presentation is being arranged by the South East Branch of the Institution of Railway Operators (IRO) in collaboration with the INCOSE UK Railway Interest Group.

There is no charge for attendance and the event is open to those who are not INCOSE or IRO members but places must be booked in advance.

BOOKING FOR THIS EVENT IS VIA THE IRO.

Please book by emailing se.comms@railwayoperators.co.uk. To ask any other questions, please contact the RIG Chair, Bruce Elliott at bruce.elliott@altran.com or on +44 (0)7970 694043.



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18/09/2017 -
18/09/2017

18:30 for 19:00 - 20:30
Bristol Local Group


Room 7, BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG
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Drone Systems: How bad could it be?


Dr. Steve Wright is a senior lecturer in Avionics, Systems, and Electronics in the Engineering Design and Mathematics Department at the University of the West of England, with special interest in drone technologies.

Steve will explain how the evolution and convergence of a number of separate technologies allowed for a revolutionary step change in consumer/prosumer drone capability and affordability.

Each of these technologies and how they are integrated will be described, as will the emergent challenges for system reliability. In particular, the difficulties posed by the different technical heritage these drones have compared to conventional aerospace.

We hope to provide both a static and flying display of a selection of drones.

Please note this event will be held at BAWA, and not our regular venue.

 



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11/09/2017 -
11/09/2017

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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Meeting 26


Reports on:

- SeBOK and Systems Engineering Handbook relatig to Services

- Proposed skeleton for service engineering handbook

- Review of standard stakeholders for Systems - do they apply for Services

Way forward to issuing guidance

18/07/2017 -
18/07/2017

10:00 till 16:00
UKAB


TBC
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UKAB Meeting


17/07/2017 -
20/07/2017

Full Days
International


Adelaide, Australia
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INCOSE International Symposium 2017


'Unlocking Innovation through Systems Engineering' INCOSE’s Annual International Symposium is the largest worldwide annual gathering of people who do systems engineering for six days of presentations, case studies, workshops, tutorials and panel discussions. The program attracts an international mix of professionals at all levels, and includes practitioners in government and industry, as well as educators and researchers. The benefits of attending the Symposium include: the opportunity to share ideas; network; build competency; pursue certification; contribute to the advancement of the profession through collaboration on tools, processes and methodologies; learn about new offerings in training and education; and forge new partnerships. For more information click here
29/06/2017 -
29/06/2017

19:00hrs
South Coast Local Group


QinetiQ, Portsdown Technology Park Portsmouth PO6 3RU
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Systems Thinking and Systems Engineering - Same but Different?


Presenter: Niki Jobson

 

Presentation title: Systems Thinking and Systems Engineering - Same but Different?

 

Presentation  synopsis: The presentation will explore the role of systems thinking (ST) in developing a shared understanding of a complex, dynamic, multi-stakeholder problem space and characterising the nature of the challenges in order to provide a firm foundation for solution development.  It will seek to tease out the similarities and differences of applying ST during problem understanding and system engineering, and will provide a high level overview of underpinning ST concepts, laws, methods and tools and an emerging competency framework.  



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22/06/2017 -
22/06/2017

10:00 till 16:00
UKAB


QinetiQ, Farnborough
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UKAB Meeting


15/06/2017 -
15/06/2017

17:00 for 17:30 to 18:30
Railway Interest Group


RSSB (Royal Scott room, 4th Floor) The Helicon 1 South Place London EC2M 2RB
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Getting the most out of innovation with a systems approach and an open mind


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There is currently a whirlwind of excitement and anticipation around innovation related to intelligent infrastructure, internet of things and smart cities. Much of this is technology-led and predicated on ‘more data equals more benefit’.

Whilst an element of this future is reliant on more open and shared data, other fundamental keys to unlock benefits quickly reside in vision, outcomes and business models. 

In this presentation, Rakesh Gaur of Transport for London explores how the skills to resolving these parameters are positively aligned to those who can apply a whole systems engineering approach; focusing on key requirements, understanding trade-offs, managing risk and knowing how to deal with the unintended. 

He will describe how the Transport for London approach blends both challenge and vision-led innovation and explores the potential consequences when a systems approach is not followed.

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07/06/2017 -
07/06/2017

Full Day
UK Chapter


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


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

10:00 till 13:00
UK Chapter


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


Running in conjunction with our Training Day this year will offer the opportunity for any current or potential SEP programme candidates to sit their examination on-site at Engineers' House. The exam will run from 10:00 - 13:00. For more information click here
05/06/2017 -
05/06/2017

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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SSE Meeting 25


To review work on Service Definition for Military Vehicles and comparison with other work of the group. 

17/05/2017 -
17/05/2017

1700 for 1730 to 1830
Railway Interest Group


Room C308, Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB
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The Special Theory of Holes: A Systems Thinking methodology applied to the exercise of power


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Kindly hosted by

Systems and Control Research Centre
School of Mathematics Computer Science and Engineering

City, University of London

 

Bio

After starting his career as a train driver, Scott Meadows moved into operations and performance at Network Rail where he worked with cross-industry groups to improve the industry’s safety and reliability performance. He is currently a principal consultant at Altran, working on the Programme and Systems Integration team for the Thameslink programme. Drawing on the doctoral research he started at Leeds University at the Institute of Transport Studies, he has written a systems model of power based on his experiences in the UK Railway Industry.

Synopsis

Power is like gravity and electricity. We know it exists through its effects; we often however, explore its consequences rather than the medium itself. We all work in or for organisations where the perception of power is distributed among many actors and, when we get that distribution wrong, the effects are adverse.

How do we explore power, its nature and basis, then? Can we use systems thinking to understand the power environment and to predict and prevent problems that may arise from the perception of power distributions?

The answer is yes: through system dynamic modelling. Here we can start to model our power environment, explored through three recognised faces of power, how power is developed and exercised. But we can also add a fourth face of power, in terms of system feedback, an element that is often overlooked.

This is the Special Theory of Holes. It is a systems dynamic model of the exercise of power, taking the inputs to ‘A’ who exercises (Overt, Covert and Latent power), over ‘B’, who has power exercised over them, to achieve something, classed as an output. However nothing exists in isolation. ‘B’ sometimes responds in ways we don’t account for or fully understand: this is their feedback to the system of power exercised by A. If we want to improve working conditions and the efficiency and efficacy of our organisations, dismissing system feedback can be costly. It is here where modelling the power environment can help us understand the exercise of power in play, and identify if it is reducing our overall capability.

 

Scott hopes that the presentation will offer systems thinkers a vision of how they may be able to use their skills to deal with problems at work that they previously thought that systems thinking could not reach.

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10/05/2017 -
10/05/2017

18:30 - 20:30
North West


Electricity North West, Hartington Road, Preston, PR1 8AF
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Civic Resilience - A Systems Problem?


At 2245 on Saturday 5th December 2015, the primary substation in Lancaster was inundated with flood water from the River Lune following heavy rain as part of Storm Desmond, cutting power supplies to 61,000 properties. Managing the effect of the extreme weather was an operational challenge for Electricity North West, but what was more notable was severe the impact the loss of supplies had on other services across the the city, highlighting the reliance of modern society on a reliable electricity supply.

Since a series of recent floods, resilience has become a hot topic within the utilities sector, and in 2014 BSI published BS 65000 on Organisation Resilience. The Rockefellar Institute have also developed the 100 Resilient Cities programme (of which Bristol and Glasgow are a part) to look at how a city become resilient to a range of challenges.

Do system engineers have a role to play in developing civic resilience, and how could systems engineering techniques be used to enable communities, towns and cities to respond to major shock, natural or otherwise?

This session will start with a some scene-setting, but then open up into an extended discussion-come-workshop to share ideas on what resilience means from a systems perspective, and how this can be applied to a community, town or city.



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09/05/2017 -
09/05/2017


South Coast Local Group


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Meeting


27/04/2017 -
27/04/2017

09:30 - 16:00
Model Based Systems Engineering


Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon, OX14 3DB, Oxfordshire
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MBSE Interest Group Meeting - 27th April 2017


 

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

Attendees must pre-regesiter to attend and will require photographic id to gain access to the site. Registration closes on 17 April 2017.

Location details can be found here and public transport details here

 

 

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.

 

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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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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05/04/2017 -
05/04/2017

10:00 till 16:00
UKAB


IBM, Hursley House
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Joint Meeting of the INCOSE UK Council and UKAB


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.

23/03/2017 -
23/03/2017


South Coast Local Group


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Meeting


21/03/2017 -
21/03/2017

1700 for 1730 to 1830
Railway Interest Group


Atkins, Euston Tower, 286 Euston Road, London NW1 3AT
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Innovation in Infrastructure: the railway as a socio-technical system


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The railway system is continually developing and changing. In long-established infrastructure systems, like the railway system of Great Britain, development is often complex. Innovation in these systems is both important and difficult to understand; it comes in many forms and through many different routes. This presentation is on research into how mature infrastructure systems develop and change; using social science theories on socio-technical systems the case of Great Britain’s railway system is examined. Privatisation of this system, initiated outside the railway system, has led to a series of different organisational arrangements directing system operation and development over a relatively short period. Examining these developments using socio-technical systems theories highlights ways in which innovation can be, deliberately and unintentionally, shaped and it shows connections between the social and the technical forces in play. Reflecting on privatisation and its aftermath can provide lessons for directing future development in the railway system. Improved understanding of processes around system development can be valuable to both practitioners and policymakers concerned with generating, or responding to, innovation.

Dr Kat Lovell is a Research Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. Having trained in Engineering, Kat began her work on railways as part of a project on railway systems within the Rail Research UK consortium. This work inspired her PhD in Innovation Studies at Imperial College Business School researching the case of privatisation of Great Britain’s railway network. Kat’s research at SPRU is part of two interdisciplinary and interuniversity projects on UK infrastructure: International Centre for Infrastructure Futures (ICIF) where Kat’s work looks at business models for infrastructure development and ITRC-MISTRAL (Multi-scale Infrastructure Systems Analytics) researching infrastructure governance and development at different scales. Kat’s research focuses on infrastructure systems and how they change and for the future she is working with SPRU colleagues to develop ideas around inclusive infrastructure.

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16/03/2017 -
16/03/2017

18:00
Midlands Local Group


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


To follow

13/03/2017 -
13/03/2017

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


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




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28/02/2017 -
28/02/2017

1700 for 1730 to 1830
Railway Interest Group


London Underground, 55 Broadway, Westminster, London SW1H 0XH
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Reintegrating the Elephant: Using Microsoft Office to automate management of requirements


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In the presentation “Eating the Elephant: ETCS Requirements for GB railway”, John Alexander of Network Rail described the Reference Design process that was implemented to elicit the GB specific requirements for the configuration of the ETCS product. This involved the production of some 31 documents to describe various aspects of operation on the GB railway and the ETCS capabilities to be applied to those. From these 31 documents 5 requirement sets were consolidated.

This presentation, by Alison Danahay, a Principal Systems Engineering and Integration Consultant at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, follows on from John’s and describes several toolsets developed by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff to support and automate the processes for consolidation and documentation of the Reference Design itself and subsequent requirement specifications.

Alison Danahay is a professional Systems Engineer with 26+ years experience in engineering. She has been working with the Network Rail Safety Technical Engineering team on the definition of requirements to migrate current UK signalling and operations to ETCS Level 2.

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22/02/2017 -
22/02/2017

18:00
Midlands Local Group


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


 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

02/02/2017 -
02/02/2017

1730
Railway Interest Group


Arup, Fitzroy Street, London, W1T 4BQ
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Embedding Systems Engineering in NR Infrastructure Projects


 

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Network Rail (NR) Infrastructure Projects Engineering function (IP‐ENG) was established in January 2016 to improve and provide consistency in engineering leadership and assurance, responding to the lack of a whole systems approach to engineering across NR IP.

Kevin Gedge, Systems Engineering Discipline Manager, will introduce the development of the IP-ENG function of 1,500 engineers, embedding Systems Thinking and Engineering practice through policy, standards, and SE competencies.

Kevin will also introduce Network Rail’s integrated engineering lifecycle (iELC) with its approach to engineering assurance to address key project delivery risks including:

  • Inadequate requirements management and governance
  • Lack of scalable end to end engineering processes
  • Lack of integrated engineering approach and SE interfacing with the supply chain

iELC introduces a configurable phased lifecycle approach, which aligns with the policy for management of Network Rail projects (GRIP), ISO/IEC15288:2015 as well as improving integration between engineering and non-engineering activities and alignment with the collaborative working approach introduced within Building Information Management (BIM).

Arrive from 17:00 for a 17:30 start.

 

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