COURSE dates

  • Dates: 10 Jun 2019 - 12 Jun 2019

    Speaker: Patrick Williams

    Venue: Northampton

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Systems Engineering Across the Life Cycle

First Delegate: £1,100 +VAT

Second Delegate and MOD: £990 +VAT

Duration: 3 days

course description

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the principles of Systems Engineering thinking across the life cycle, from concept through development and operation to disposal. It applies a range of tools and techniques that are fundamental to the design, development, verification and operation of systems at all levels, and is equally applicable for use for the planning and management of changes within organisations and infrastructure.

course overview

This course is suitable for anyone involved in developing systems or managing them through the life cycle from concept to disposal; Systems Engineers, Project Engineers, Supportability Engineers, Project and Programme Managers, or Engineering Managers – within industry, government or military organisations. The content covers a mixture of sound theory and practical methods, supported by class discussion, case studies and experience from a range of sectors including Aerospace, Defence and Nuclear, that personnel involved in developing systems and solutions or Customers acquiring systems and solutions can apply.

The objective of the course is to provide an introduction to systems thinking from the life cycle view, hence the content will cover how life cycle considerations for manufacture, support and disposal can be integrated in to the initial requirements and development of a system. The course will take similar approaches and how these methods can then be applied to development of manufacture, ILS and in service support and disposal in their own right and explore how the approaches are applicable in the wider environment of defining changes in organisation and operations, or infrastructure.

The course also looks at the techniques associated with Design Change and Configuration Management, Obsolescence Management and the relationship to Quality, Standards and Governance.

Students will receive three days of training, which will include case studies assessing systems issues and applying some of the techniques and experience from real applications.

Students will also complete a team based workshop over the three days to take them through stages of planning to develop a system, using experience from real development programmes, which delegates will present on the final day.

course outline

Day 1

  • Introduction to the Systems Engineering and the foundations of systems thinking, origins and definitions.
  • Basic definition of a system through the introduction of functions and the application within operational environments. Definition of Systems boundaries, their interfaces and breakdown.
  • Introduction to the V Model for requirements management, system definition, design, verification and certification across the phases across the life cycle and CADMID, technology readiness levels and their integration in to the definition and development of a system.
  • Understanding of Decision Gateways and Maturity, the associated assessment techniques and application within Development programmes with considerations for the whole life cycle.
  • Systems failure and assessment techniques, with case study activity.
  • Requirements Engineering – understanding of this fundamental approach to define user requirements over the various stakeholder groups and how these can be developed in to systems requirements and specifications and managed.

Day 2

  • Introduction to some of the techniques applied to define and ‘model’ systems. These are techniques used to provide a common understanding of what a system has to perform and how ‘problems’ can be redefined in to systems solutions. Techniques discussed will include Viewpoint analysis, Schematics and System Block diagrams, Process and Information flow diagrams, Behaviour models, and Soft System Modelling, and examples relating to routinely recognised products or systems applications.
  • Transition of Requirements, in to the basic system solution, design and architecture.
  • Implications in the use of ‘Commercial Off the Shelf Technology’ (COTS)
  • The development and introduction of new technology through Technology Roadmaps.
  • Systems thinking and risk management. Comparison with the techniques used in Programme or Project Management, and the application of risk management specifically in the development of systems type solutions. Examples of Decision Making analysis methods that can support risk management methods or systems trade off processes.
  • The application of Quality Management, Governance methods and Standards in organisations. Discussing their importance through the life cycle of a system. The documentation required to maintain systems integrity and certification.

Day 3

  • Systems Engineering application across the life cycle, beyond the system design and development phase, application to develop the methods of manufacture, ILS and the support system, repair and plan for disposal.
  • Design and life cycle cost optimisation in the definition of a system.
  • Verification and Certification of systems, considering ISO 15288 and Capability Maturity Model Integration process, and summary of the types of data applied and sources.
  • Case study showing application of some of these techniques during the concept phase to determine the systems requirements and development within an Aerospace programme.
  • Configuration Management and Obsolescence Management of systems. These are both critical aspects for systems capability, development and long term support.
  • Consideration of the V Model in changes within an organisation or infrastructure.

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