22 March 2019

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Organized by UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC), with Imperial College London’s Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation, and Bristol University’s Systems Centre, with input from University of Twente.

Hosted at Imperial College London


This course for built environment professionals covers:

• Fundamental systems thinking and systems engineering ideas

• Tools available to support systems thinking and systems engineering

• Application of problem structuring methods to the built environment and identification of systemic issues

It will involve the opportunity to learn hands-on with the application of problem structuring methods; and to situate particular tools within the broader toolkit for systems engineering in infrastructure. Thus, using industry examples and cases, it brings stakeholders from across the infrastructure sector together to consider what systems engineering has to offer across policy development, project delivery and the operation of infrastructure systems.

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Course Aims

The aim of this course is to enable participants to use the potential for systems approaches and systems engineering in infrastructure.

Systems approaches have developed to address the complexity and uncertainty in both technical and social systems, as well as the interfaces between them.  Systems engineering is a set of methods that use a systems approaches in structured processes to better address interdisciplinary engineering problems. It is important in ensuring the integrity and resilience of infrastructure and in delivering outcomes needed by society. The course will introduce systems engineering, with a focus on problem structuring and understanding requirements, and testing through production and in commissioning and hand over to operations.   

Delivery Partners

This CPD is organized through the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC), the Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation at Imperial College London and the Systems Centre at the University of Bristol, in collaboration with the University of Twente, Netherlands.

  • The UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) aims to address the insufficient and unsustainable value extracted by services using national infrastructure. UKCRIC is creating and operating a national and international multidisciplinary research programme that addresses the issues of unaffordable and unsustainable infrastructure development, in a partnership between Industry, Government and Academia.

  • The Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation at Imperial College London was founded in 2010 and is developing the next generation of methods and tools for systems engineering and innovation in built infrastructure.  

  • The Systems Centre at the University of Bristol is committed to excellence in Systems Thinking, having explored and advanced its application across a wide number of engineering and policy areas over the past 10 years.  In collaboration, the two Centres have developed a course to help infrastructure practitioners learn about and develop their Systems Thinking and Systems Engineering skills in order to manage the challenges of infrastructure planning, delivery and operation, and maximise the opportunities. 

The Netherlands has mandated systems engineering in public infrastructure and the University of Twente will contribute drawing on this experience in this course.

Who Should Attend?

Industry leaders and future leaders in the infrastructure and construction sectors – e.g. from engineering and design consultancies, contracting organizations, and infrastructure owners –  should attend this course. It is designed to help professionals consider systemic impacts in the delivery of infrastructure.

Benefits of Attending

By end of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • Gain fluency in the general ideas of systems thinking and systems engineering

  • Use practical tools to support systems thinking and systems engineering

  • Analyse the systemic issues in a problem

  • Acquire knowledge of the characteristics of Wicked Problems and an ability to differentiate them from Tame Problems.

  • Apply Problem Structuring Methods to own Wicked Problems.

Course Methods

The course will be interactive and involve both talks and participant activities. The draft programme includes an ice-breaker activity; and overview: What is Systems Engineering?  Mentoring and coaching; presentation on Systems Engineering in Practice in the Netherlands; Invited presentation from industrial SE thought-leaders; the toolkit for systems engineering in infrastructure and group exercises.