Programme

System Engineering Leadership CPD 2021, Thursday 10- Friday 11 June 2021

Schedule – Morning of Thursday 10 June 2021 - Basics of Systems Engineering 

In this day you will learn to apply best-practice on systems engineering, with reference to recent guidelines and reports.  The focus is on the use of systems engineering in organizing delivery to get the best outcomes.

Time

Topic

Synopsis and Learning Outcomes

Activity

08:30 – 09:00

Session open

The session will be open from 8.30am, and we will start promptly at 9.00am, but there is an opportunity to become acquainted with each other and the session presenters and coaches before the start.

 

09:00 – 09:15

Start & Welcome

General introductions, overview of the day and housekeeping.  Introductory overview of the day. Short ice-breaker activity.

All / group activity

09:15 – 10:15

Overview What is Systems Engineering? 

Breakout sessions discussing the pre-reading, outline of the fundamental ideas of systems engineering, how systems leadership is important in the delivery of built infrastructure.

This session will provide you with an introduction to fundamental ideas:

  • Systems and systems thinking
  • Emergent properties of systems
    • Basic tools and methods of systems engineering

Session lead:

Professor Jennifer Whyte

 

10:15 – 10:30

Short break

15 mins break

 

10:30 – 11:30

Systems Engineering in Practice in the Netherlands

The Netherlands has mandated systems engineering in public infrastructure. This session introduces the experience of what works and what doesn’t work gained through research on 20 years of use of systems engineering in the infrastructure sector in the Netherlands. In particular it uses practical examples to extend understanding of how to:

  • Use the ‘V’ diagram through the process from clarifying purpose through to design, production, commissioning and hand-over to operations
  • Use requirements analyses, functional decomposition, verification and validation.

Session lead:

Dr Robin de Graaf

 

11:30 – 12:00

Wrap up of the day

Discussion and general reflections on the morning. What will you do differently?

All / group activity


Schedule – Morning of Friday 11 June 2021 - Systems Interdependencies and Practical Implementation

In this day you will learn how multiple infrastructure systems interact, with each other and sit within a natural environment; address the question: How do we think holistically to ensure projects are ‘shovel worthy rather than shovel ready’?  and consider how you can take learning back into your organization.

Time

Topic

Synopsis and Learning Outcomes

Activity

08:30 – 09:00

Session open

The session will be open from 8.30am, and we will start promptly at 9.00am, but there is an opportunity to become acquainted with each other and the session presenters and coaches before the start.

 

09:00 – 10:00

Systems Thinking and Infrastructure Interdependencies

This session examines systems approaches to infrastructure interdependencies. It addresses the question: How do we think holistically to ensure projects are ‘shovel worthy rather than shovel ready’? It considers projects as interventions into wider infrastructure systems, and draws on systems thinking to present ways in which to structure problematic situations, providing the foundations on which to move forward to develop solutions. 

Session lead:

Dr Ana Mijic and Dr Neil Carhart

10:00 – 10:15

Short break

15 mins break

 

10:15 – 11.30

Panel discussion and breakouts on industry applications

A panel of high-level contributors to discuss the challenges of systems approaches to infrastructure from policy and practice perspectives. Panel discussion, breakouts with facilitated workshop style activities in smaller groups to apply the learning of the course to real world contexts, and questions

Industry Panel, and facilitated breakouts

 

11:30 – 12:00

Wrap up of the day

Discussion and general reflections on the overall course. What will you do differently?

All / group activity

Pre-course materials - introductory video on the content of the course; Access to Flipgrid to upload a video introduction of yourself; reading materials.

Post-course follow-up - Follow-up with actions sent back to participants 2 months later, Linked in group, Links to further reading.

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

Module leaders: Prof Jennifer Whyte, Co-Director CSEI, Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation (CSEI), Imperial College London, Dr Ana Mijic, Co-Director CSEI, Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation (CSEI), Imperial College London, Dr Robin de Graaf, University of Twente, Dr Neil Carhart, University of Bristol

Joined by an industry panel including Nassar Majothi, Head of Systems Integration, HS2 and Andrew McNaughton, steering group chair of the ICE report on a Systems Approaches to Project Delivery and former COO, Systra Group.