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

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Requirements Engineering in Rail

North West

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

18:00 - 20:00

System Safety in the Big Data World

Railway Interest Group

Atkins, Euston Tower, 286 Euston Rd, London NW1 3AT

1700

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Current Events

Time Location Details
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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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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Future Events

Time Location Details
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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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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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.

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.
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

 


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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.


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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



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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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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


Past Events

Time Location Details
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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