The Spring 2017 Issue of INCOSE UK’s Preview Magazine is Now Available!

Following on from our first themed issue in Winter 2017, we are very happy to include our next theme covering the Internet of Things. We have a range of diverse subjects covered, including ‘The IoT from A-Z’ and ‘The Internet of Medical Things’. Contributors include Hazel Woodcock, Victoria Bunyard, Aidan Hird and Theo Tryfonas.

We are also very happy to include a one-off feature by Luke Edelston about his experiences of Transport Systems while travelling across Asia; East v West, which is better?

Included in the Spring issue is a return of our regular features, with Ivan Mactaggart CEng MIET MINCOSE giving us his latest ‘President’s Corner’, as well as answering more of your questions in ‘Ask the President’. Rob Welby from Arcadis is the latest to give his responses in ‘I am a Systems Engineer and I Do…’ and we have CAR reviewer John Lomax from Airbus for our latest ‘I am a Volunteer and I do…’.

Other Chapter news includes the announcement of our latest publications, including our new book, ‘Don’t Panic! The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Model-Based Systems Engineering’. Rupert England from the HCSE Working Group reports back on the group’s activities and Tim James from the Bristol Local Group runs through the first instance of running a new style of learning workshop, called ‘InDevelopment’.

We hope that you enjoy the latest issue of Preview. The Summer 2017 issue will cover the theme of ‘Supersized Systems’ and the window for submissions is now open. If you or your company would like to include an article, please email the editor at

You can access the latest issue for free via the INCOSE UK website.

‘Don’t Panic! The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to MBSE’

Two of our members – Prof. Jon Holt and Simon Perry – have co-authored the first book in the ‘Don’t Panic!’ series which is titled ‘The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Model-Based Systems Engineering’. The book is aimed at systems engineers, managers, board members, students and anyone who is seriously interested in using modelling to enhance and improve their existing Systems Engineering activities.

Prof. Jon Holt, who is an internationally-recognised expert in the field of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and award-winning author and public speaker explains “As practitioners of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) one of the biggest problems that faces us, the authors, is attempting to get over that initial hurdle of engaging with the Systems Engineering and wider communities without them running for the hills in abstract fear at the mention of MBSE, so this book is our response to this problem”.

Simon Perry who has spent 30 years working in all aspects of software and systems engineering and has been a Director and consultant for Scarecrow Consultants, then goes on to explain ”The aim of this book is to provide an honest, straightforward and simple introduction to the world of MBSE that almost anyone can understand.”

The INCOSE UK President, Ivan Mactaggart, stated “The INCOSE UK Council were delighted to work with Jon and Simon when they proposed this project. There is a lot of confusion about Systems Engineering and the various approaches, such as MBSE, so being able to offer a book that can demystify one of these approaches is a very good step forward.”

You can order your copy of the book from our online store at

INCOSE UK Training Day 2017

Engineers’ House the venue for this years Training Day.

We would like to remind  our readers  that the bookings portal for this year’s Training Day is open!

INCOSE UK is offering six one-day courses for the 2017 Training Day. These will all run simultaneously from 9am – 4pm on Wednesday 7th June 2017. 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.

Last year’s event was very successful, with an overwhelming 94% of attendees stating that they would recommend the course to a colleague. Some of their comments included:

“Very good gearing of content. Simple to understand in the AM and more involved in the PM.”
“Enthusiasm of the tutor was a real plus factor.”
“Very useful, with an appropriate level of detail and pace for a one day introduction.”
“Really enjoyed being challenged on my understanding of the SE material.”
“Really useful and thought-provoking tutorial and discussion.”

With six courses on offer this year, we are bound to have something on offer to pique your interest!

Don’t forget that during this year’s Training Day we also running an on-site Certification exam at the venue in Bristol. If you are a current or budding SEP candidate, then this is the perfect opportunity to advance your studies!

Find out more and book your place, via the Training Day website.

Preview ISSN 2513-857X

Did you spot the ISSN on the latest issue of Preview? We decided to apply for an ISSN so that Preview is now easier to reference and will be maintained as part of the National Archive.


When citing Preview it should be ‘ISSN 2513-857X’ exactly as shown between the quotes (and as shown on the front of the magazine). This is an ISSN for the electronic version of the magazine, and if we ever decide to issue in an additional format, we will need to request an additional ISSN to go with that.

You will find Preview on issuu here, and new issues will be added to this stack as they are published. They will all carry the same ISSN, and be distinguished by the issue name, in this example ‘Winter 2017’. This stack has the three 2015 print editions as well as all the electronic only editions from Winter 2016 to now.  You can view from the website, or the app (Android or Apple). They should all also be available to download as pdf if you wish to read offline. If you feel the need to print the pdf, A5 is a workable size.

If you are referencing Preview from Winter 2017 onward, please use the ISSN to ensure that there is no ambiguity.

Preview magazine – Winter 2017

Preview_Winter_2017_FrontThe Winter 2017 edition of INCOSE UK’s Preview magazine is now available!

This is the first of our new themed issues, which includes a 12-page special feature full of articles on the subject of transportation – we hope that you enjoy it. The Spring issue of Preview will be out in April ’17 and will carry a theme of ‘Internet of Things’ – please contact us if you would like to contribute.

Also included this issue are the regular features; ‘President’s Corner’ by Ivan Mactaggart, ‘I Am a Systems Engineer and I Do…’ by Tim Rabbets, a Professional Development update from our PD Coordinator Lynn Davis, a transportation-centered ‘News From the World of Engineering’ and, a new regular feature titled ‘I Am a Volunteer and I Do…’ with the Architectures Working Group Co-Chair, Mike Wilkinson.

Additional features include Ivan Mactaggart answering questions from the membership, an introduction to the latest appointments to the Council following November’s AGM and event reports from both the INCOSE UK ASEC 2016 and the INCOSE Nederland SE Experience 2016, which was attended by our Technical Director, Jon Holt.

You can read it using Issuu here, or alternatively you can download a PDF copy from the INCOSE UK website.

If you have any feedback regarding this issue or would like to enter a submission for any of our features, then please do contact the Publications Coordinator, Phil Robinson, by email here or via +44 1460 298 217.

Annual Systems Engineering Conference 2016


Time is ticking down to INCOSE UK’s ASEC 2016 and the event website has now been updated with lots of additional information about this year’s conference, including an interactive version of this year’s brochure.

This year our keynote speakers are Rhys Davies, President of eAsset Management and Chairman of ISO Committee TC 251 and Prof Andy Stanford-Clark, IBM Distinguished Engineer for the Internet of Things. In addition to these keynotes, those who attend the Conference Dinner will also receive a talk from our after-dinner speaker Dr Russ Strand (aka Rocket Russ), who has over 10 years experience in building high-powered rockets and will be discussing some of the ‘highs and lows’ of his rocketry experiences.

During the day delegates have the choice of multiple different sessions that are running simultaneously, including half-day tutorials, fringe events and working group meetings. Some of these sessions have limited capacities and are expected to be very popular, so to ensure that you don’t miss out we would recommend that you book early.

The booking system is now live, so to find out further information regarding any of the above and to secure your place at this year’s conference, please visit the event website.

Preview magazine – Summer 2016

Summer_2016_Preview_CoverThe Summer 2016 edition of INCOSE UK’s Preview magazine is now available!

This issue includes the final ‘President’s Corner’ feature by our outgoing President Richard Beasley, as well as ‘I Am a Systems Engineer and I do…’ with one of the Top 20 Most Inspirational Women in Rail, Nita Rabadia from HS2.

In addition to the regular features there is also a mixture of fresh articles, including a focus on Systems Engineering within Autonomous Vehicles by Dan Slipper from MIRA and an obituary for one of Systems Engineering’s highly-respected pioneers Philip M’Pherson, who sadly passed away earlier this year.

This issue’s main feature centres around last month’s INCOSE International Symposium in Edinburgh, with reports covering many sessions from across the four days.

You can read it using Issuu here, or alternatively you can download a PDF copy from the INCOSE UK website.

ASEC 2016 Systems Research Academic Showcase

Extended deadline for the ASEC 2016 Academic Showcase!

All potential exhibitors now have until 30th June to submit their abstracts.

The Showcase is a poster competition for academic research but, unlike other competitions, has a far wider remit that includes:

  • Individual contributions, from full-time students researching systems engineering topics
  • Group contributions, from academic research groups in specific universities
  • Project contributions, such as EU and EPSRC projects. We welcome contributions that may consist of a collaboration of partners involved in a single research project.

The five best posters submitted will win their authors one complementary attendance at ASEC 2016, including two days’ registration, accommodation and dinner.

The poster competition will be judged by a panel of industrial experts and the winning poster – selected from the top five – will win a prize of £200. There will also be some ‘mystery’ prizes on offer, which have been donated by Dyson!

The INCOSE UK ASEC provides an excellent opportunity for you, your group or project to tell the community about your research, and with such great prizes up for grabs, make sure you don’t miss the opportunity by getting your submission in now – the final deadline is rapidly approaching!

For further information, please see the Academic Showcase release on the ASEC 2016 website


One of ASEC 2015’s top three posters – INTO -CPS by Zoe Andrews

Preview magazine – Spring 2016

Spring Preview cover

The Spring 2016 edition of INCOSE UK’s Preview magazine is now available!

The latest issue includes the regular feature ‘President’s Corner’ by Richard Beasley, with information on this year’s big events and details on how to become an INCOSE UK volunteer.  There is also the latest edition of ‘I Am a Systems Engineer and I do…’, which this quarter features Kate Heathcote.

In addition to the regular content there is also a mixture of fresh articles, including a focus on CPD using mycareerpath® and an Architecture Working Group update from Mike Wilkinson as it marks its tenth anniversary. There is also an advance look at the INCOSE International Symposium 2016 in Edinburgh, with details on how students can enter a competition to win a free ticket to this year’s event!

You can read it using Issuu here or alternatively you can download a PDF copy from the INCOSE UK website.

ASEC 2016 – Extended Deadline for Abstract Submissions

ASEC banner

All members wishing to submit either tutorial or presentation abstracts, now have until Sunday 15th May to send in their proposals.

Following a flurry of submissions immediately prior to the previous cut off, the decision has been taken to offer a short extension to the deadline for all ASEC 2016 presentation and tutorial submissions. All initial abstracts should be between 250 and 300 words and outline your presentation topic and main points.

Presentations are encouraged based around (but not limited to); pushing the boundaries of SE practice, realising the value of SE, applying SE in context and the evolution of a systems engineer. They should be around forty minutes in length, with five minutes of question and answer time at the end.

Tutorials have a number of options available, including simple presentations, interactive learning or workshop formats. A typical ASEC tutorial attracts between five and twenty delegates who are looking for a break from back-to-back presentations and are interested in trying something new.

Successful tutorial providers will be awarded a single one-day pass for ASEC 2016, but those delivering presentations will be required to register as per the standard terms.

Following the abstract closing date, successful candidates will then be asked to deliver their complete six-page proposals, the deadline for which remains as Sunday 5th June.

For full details regarding the criteria for both presentation and tutorial submissions, please visit the event website.

All completed submissions should be emailed to If you have any further queries, please email Jon Holt at