Jennifer Whyte is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London, where she is Director of the Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation and Royal Academy of Engineering / Laing O’Rourke Professor in Systems Integration. She is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Her research focus on systems integration in civil infrastructure, where infrastructure projects (whether new build or retrofit) are interventions into existing infrastructure; and she teaches on innovation in civil engineering. She sees infrastructure projects as organizationally complex and delivering both physical assets and digital asset information. Her ambition is to develop next-generation tools that use the digital asset information, and sensor data, about infrastructure to inform practitioners in time to make decisions on projects. Her research agenda is around rethinking infrastructure systems engineering to achieve this, and she also leads the ‘Data-driven Design under Uncertainty’ Grand Challenge in the Lloyds Register Foundation/Alan Turing Institute ‘Data-Centric Engineering’ Programme. She is co-curator of the World Economic Forum ‘Engineering and Construction’ transformation map.
Neil Carhart is a Lecturer in Infrastructure Systems and Teaching Fellow at the University of Bristol as part of the International Centre for Infrastructure Futures (ICIF) and the Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre (QTEC).
Neil’s research includes investigating the planning and management of infrastructure interdependencies, the systemic resilience of infrastructure systems and infrastructure performance management.
This includes the exploration and use of Systems Theory and System Dynamics in organisational learning to improve safety, reliability and resilience.
Robin de Graaf
Robin is assistant professor at the department of Construction Management and Engineering within the Faculty of Engineering Technology at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. He holds an MSc in Civil Engineering and a PhD in Strategic Urban Planning. His teaching, research and committee work primarily focus on Systems Engineering in the civil engineering industry.
Patrick Godfrey has been a chartered civil engineering practitioner for 50 years of which he was a Director of Halcrow, a large firm of Consulting Engineers for 30 years and 10 years the Professor of Engineering Systems at the University of Bristol. He is now an Emeritus Professor and his aim is to help people deliver practical engineering outcomes. He believes systems thinking and learning skills are two sides of the same coin required for success. Parick is one of the 3 coaches that established and is running the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Technical Leadership Institute
Patrick is a Fellow of: Royal Academy of Engineers, International Council for Systems Engineering (INCOSE), the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Energy Institute and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. He is co author on various books including: Doing it Differently - systems for rethinking: Construction (2001), Doing it differently - Systems for Rethinking Infrastructure (2017) and CIRIA “Engaging with Risk” (2014)
Ivan is an experienced system engineer and safety management rail industry professional. He has acquired international experience through a number of systems and safety related projects in UK and Europe. He has detailed knowledge of systems analysis methods and tools and a good understanding of the role played by organisational and processes issues in project success. Ivan has extensive experience of the implementation of systems and engineering safety management processes supporting delivery of safety critical systems. Being a creative and an accomplished communicator at all levels Ivan is equipped to deliver effective solutions to the hybrid technical/organisational problems associated with complex projects and technical innovation. Recently, Ivan conceived and implemented a holistic engineering process for systems analysis, assurance and management (Engineering Safety and Assurance Case process), in support of the development of the assurance cases supporting all of the evolving system configurations of the project. This pragmatic and cost effective process was commended by the client (LU) and adopted across London Underground projects including Subsurface Lines Upgrade. As part of implementation of the process, Ivan produced and delivered a training course (ESAC College).
Derek has 25 years’ experience in the application of systems engineering to major infrastructure projects, across transport, power and defence industries. He has worked on both sides of the fence as well as sitting on it – suppliers, consultancy, approvers/regulators, owners, operators. He has acted as a technical specialist, project manager, and business unit manager with profit and loss accountability.
Experience of multi disciplinary projects and programmes including Systems Engineering, Interface Management, Change Management, Risk & Value Management, Requirements Management, and Systems Assurance. Experience in dealing with different levels of the supply chain and forming effective relationships across different working cultures.
Sixteen years experience in the application of systems engineering, value and risk management to major infrastructure projects and programmes. Safety Critical System assurance, approvals and acceptance. Twelve years experience in the design, implementation, assessment and project management of control and communication systems in the transport, power and defence industries; with foundations in telecommunications research and development.
Active involvement in the development of strategies for applying systems engineering to infrastructure projects, both within Network Rail and industry communities.
Digital railway involvement since 1995 as a Technical Assurance Engineer for the first Railtrack Joint Project Team to collaborate with suppliers to develop ERTMS application to WCRM. Systems Assurance Engineer for the advanced KCRC East Rail integrated rail traffic control centre