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  • Duration: 2 day online course
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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 Sydney.

Hosted at Imperial College London 

Developing the next generation of leaders for systems engineering in built infrastructure


This course is designed to develop systems engineering leadership in the delivery of built infrastructure. It covers:

  • Fundamentals of systems thinking and systems engineering;

  • The role and contribution of systems engineering in addressing the challenges of transforming infrastructure in a changing world; and

  • Technical leadership skills for using systems engineering in the delivery of the built infrastructure.

It will involve the opportunity to learn in groups using industry cases and examples; to map processes and reflect on the responsibilities from purpose through design and delivery to operations; and to situate particular systems engineering methods and tools within a broader context.

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Course Aims

The course enables you to develop your systems engineering leadership skills - to lead the use of systems engineering in infrastructure delivery in your own organizations and in the projects on which you work. This is increasingly important as the sector is being transformed to address the challenges of net zero pollution, interdependencies, and responsibility for life safety of users; and as delivery is being transformed through new methods of production, and increasingly pervasive digital information.

Systems engineering leadership requires fundamental understanding of systems thinking, systems engineering and technical leadership.

  • Systems thinking emphasises holistic approaches to identifying and addressing complexity and uncertainty within and across technical and social systems. It is important in ensuring the integrity and resilience of infrastructure and in delivering outcomes needed by society.

  • Systems engineering provides a set of methods and tools to coordinate and integrate work to address interdisciplinary engineering problems. We will discuss responsibilities for systems engineering in relation to a V-shaped (rather than linear) model of the delivery process, with a focus on design assurance and testing processes, from clarifying purpose through to design, production, commissioning and hand-over to operations.  

  • Technical leadership involves a focus on the engineering matters that cross disciplines and engineering stages – methods and tools are helpful, but the work also involves influencing other engineers, and working with business leaders and outside stakeholders, to agree directions and approaches.  

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 Sydney.

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.

Course Methods

The course will be interactive and involve both talks and participant activities. Talks are:

1. Overview: What is Systems Engineering? Why is Leadership it Important? 

2. Systems Engineering in Practice – Designing for Resilience

3. Systems Thinking and Interdependencies;

4. Invited Presentations - Industrial Case Studies;

5. Systems Engineering Leadership.

The programme starts with an ice-breaker activity and also involves mentoring and coaching; and group exercises to use the toolkit for systems engineering in infrastructure.

Benefits of Attending

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

  1. Grasp fundamental ideas of systems thinking and systems engineering,

  2. Appreciate how systems thinking and systems engineering are important in the delivery of built infrastructure,

  3. Appreciate the role of technical leadership in systems engineering.

  4. Champion systems engineering in their own organizations and the projects on which they work;

  5. Explain the contribution systems engineering in addressing the challenges of transforming construction; and

  6. Identify practices associated with systems engineering and select practical tools from the toolkit for systems engineering in infrastructure to support these practices.

Who Should Attend

You should attend if:

  • You have responsibility for aspects of one or more project delivery (e.g. in engineering and design consultancies, contracting organizations, and infrastructure owners);

  • You would like to be more proactive in working across disciplines and engineering stages; and/or

  • You would like to understand how systems engineering leadership can support the transformation of the sector.