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

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


Preview magazine – Spring 2016

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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

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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 ASEC2016submissions@incoseonline.org.uk. If you have any further queries, please email Jon Holt at technical-director@incoseonline.org.uk.


INCOSE UK Training Day 2016 – Lydiard House Conference Centre

On Wednesday 8th June 2016, INCOSE UK will be holding full-day training sessions at the Lydiard House Conference Centre, which is set in a 260-acre country park just outside Swindon.

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There is a selection of different courses available to choose from, with content ranging from introductory groundings in a wider subject, to more focussed sessions on a specific area.

The courses available for this year’s training day are:

Course 1     “How to Systems Think” (Stuart Burge)
Course 2     “Systems Engineering for Interfaces” (Hazel Woodcock / Paul Davies)
Course 3     “Introduction to Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)” (Simon
Perry / James Towers)
Course 5     “INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook Training” (Ian Presland)

All of the course trainers are acknowledged experts in the application of Systems Engineering and amongst last year’s survey respondents, over 85% would rate the overall benefit of the workshop as ‘Excellent’.

In addition to the day’s training, all attendees will receive a catered lunch and there is also free car parking and entry to the grounds.

Registration on a course is £300 (ex VAT) for INCOSE UK members and £360 (ex VAT) for non-members; however any non-members who take out an annual membership (£105) at the time of registering on a course will be able to book their place at the member rate.

The course registration fee for students and retired members is £200 (ex VAT).

All courses are limited to a maximum of 15 attendees, so make sure you that don’t miss your opportunity to participate by booking now!

For full details and to register your place, visit the Event page on the INCOSE UK website here: Training Day 2016


How can I Apply?

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As we progress through 2016 and the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook V.4 becomes well established, I find myself answering more and more enquiries about how to embark on the Professional Certification programme. The Beta exam run by INCOSE UK was our testing ground for the new handbook back in 2014 and raised lots of interesting debate within our society about the value of the Professional Certification programme to it’s members. Several of those members who participated and were successful have since gone on to upgrade and were amongst the first of our home-grown CSEPS and ESEP.  Many large organisations, particularly those with United States origins, are looking to build ASEP, CSEP or ESEP into their  professional development programmes,  often with an associated bonus. Many of them are employing tailor-made training packages from specialist companies to support their groups of candidates through the Certification process, preparing them for success. It could be a timely conversation with an INCOSE UK colleague or a work peer that leads to the question “how can I apply?”. For INCOSE UK members the answer is “It’s straightforward “. With the on-line form easily accessible through the website and full-time weekday support available at every stage, if you’re looking for formal recognition of your Systems Engineering skills and experience – look no further.


INCOSE UK’s Annual Systems Engineering Conference 17 – 18 November 2015

“Systems Engineering Comes of Age”

There are only 3 weeks left until ASEC 2015 at Heythrop Park, and we’re getting quite excited about it.

Firstly, we have two excellent keynote speakers, Deborah Seddon from ECUK, and Alan Winfield from the Bristol Robotics Lab, plus what promises to be a fascinating talk from Chris Binns about Crossrail’s ongoing programme under London. (more…)



Getting the most from our new e-Magazines

As you hopefully saw in my previous post, we have selected Issuu as our publishing platform for Preview. The first non-paper version will come out next Spring, but in the meantime, you can view all of the 2015 editions and our ASEC brochure in the tool.

I want to show you some of the key features that will make your reading experience as good as it can be.

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Click on the ‘Click to Read’ button if you find a magazine embedded in a blog entry or web page such as this, note that you can see our other publications down the right hand side of the widget.

 

The controls along the lower edge of the screen in the browser are shown below.

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ePublishing of Preview

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You may have seen our notice in the last Preview (Summer 2015) that we intend to move to an epublication for the future.

There are a few key features that I want from a publishing platform, listed below – not full requirements, just high level wooly wishes. (more…)


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