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INCOSE UK Training Day 2018 – Call for Proposals

INCOSE UK are beginning the preparations for the 2018 Training Day and are inviting individuals and organisations to deliver full day training sessions on 6th June. To cover costs, an honorarium is payable to all presenters.

The Training Day provides an opportunity for INCOSE members to explore new topics and extend their knowledge of Systems Engineering practice. The aim is for each session to cover either an introduction to a subject (e.g. requirements for MBSE) or a more detailed insight into a specific topic (e.g. running a successful Requirements Review).

The summary of deadlines is as follows:
Expression of interest / enquiries – Now
Full proposal – 22nd January 2018
Confirmation of selection – by 5th February 2018
Registration open – 26th February 2018

The documents linked below provide a full breakdown of deadlines, guidelines, and suggested topics to help when considering and submitting a proposal, as well as the associated terms and conditions. Please send proposals and queries to

Call for proposals
Terms and conditions

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

You can access it direct via the INCOSE UK website.

The latest issue of Preview includes a mix of both Chapter and international content. The INCOSE UK Technical Director, Prof. Jon Holt, has written a feature about the Chapter’s latest publication Don’t Panic! The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to MBSE and his aspiration to expand this into a wider series. If you have a subject that you would like to write about, then this article gives you all of the information that you will need.

Local Chapter news includes the regular features I am a Systems Engineer and I Do… and I am a Volunteer and I Do…. Along with our regular Professional Development update, we also have an interview with Richard Brookes, who recently passed his CEng registration.

International content comprises a report on all of the goings on at this year’s International Symposium, as well as statements from the candidates who are standing for election to the position of INCOSE International President-Elect; Kerry Lunney and Paul Schreinemakers.

We are also delighted to include some special features from some of the younger members of our community, with Luke Edelston asking the question ‘Do You Believe?’, while Joe Hawkins writes of his experiences while undertaking one of the UK’s few degree courses to include a specific focus on Systems Engineering content.

We hope that you enjoy the latest issue of Preview. If you have any news content or opinion pieces that you would like to include in future issues, then please do contact us at to discuss this further.

INCOSE UK’s Outstanding Service Awards

Cover of the ePreview 68 In 2014, the INCOSE UK Outstanding Service Awards were introduced. The idea behind the awards is to recognise our members who have contributed significant volunteer time and made a difference to INCOSE UK.

This year, we are asking you, as INCOSE UK members, to nominate individuals that you believe deserve recognition for their efforts.

Nominators must be INCOSE UK members and may not self-nominate, and the nominee should not be informed that they are being nominated.

Posthumous nominations should not be submitted as they will not be accepted.

The deadline is Monday 11th September and for full submission criteria, please read the latest issue of ePreview 68

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 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