Monday, 3 February 2020

Issue 4 of OptimiSE Magazine Out Now!

Copies of OptimiSE Issue 4 are winging their way to subscribers – but you can access the magazine online first!  With interesting articles about Automotive Electrification, Engineering Supply Chain Management and Cloud Development, Issue 4 is not to be missed.

In this Issue
  • Automotive Electrification – the case for Systems Engineering
  • Engineering Supply Chain Management – create a single source of truth for your supply chain
  • Cloud Development for Collaborative Engineering Management – are you realising potential benefits of cloud-based developments?

We welcome you to contribute articles, to voice opinions, share best practices, ask a question, or simply communicate interesting news with our readers.  Do not hesitate to contact us with any ideas you may have for articles.

OptimiSE is completely FREE to read.  Prefer to flick through the pages?  We will happily send you a copy, simply email

Thursday, 30 January 2020

A G-Cloud 11 Success: Proud to be Supplying East West Railway Company

East West Rail is a new direct connection, linking communities between Oxford and Cambridge, including Bicester, Milton Keynes and Bedford by rail.  The organisation responsible for accelerating delivery of the project, the East West Railway Company, values making meaningful connections and we are proud to be associated with the pioneering organisation through a recent contract.

We make no secret of the fact that Requirements Management is the foundation of any successful engineering development, so we are thrilled to be supplying East West Railway Company with leading  Requirements Management application, IBM® Engineering Requirements Management DOORS Next®, to help the organisation meet passenger safety, regulatory and complex technical requirements. 

The transaction was serviced through the ‘G-Cloud 11’ framework which gives United Kingdom (UK) access to a myriad of specialist cloud providers and is a quick and easy route to market.

This latest success further reinforces our position in the rail supply-chain, and we look forward to a successful collaboration with East West Railway Company.

If you would like to hear more about how we are assisting engineering organisations working in fast-paced industries such as Rail, Automotive, Energy and Aerospace, contact us via or telephone +44 (0) 1947 821 464.

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Engineering Company, SyntheSys, Opens Additional Client Engagement Office in the heart of Team Valley, Gateshead

In an exciting time of expansion, a North Yorkshire-based engineering firm establishes a satellite base in Gateshead’s Team Valley.

SyntheSys provides high-quality, engineering products and services to government and industrial clients around the world.  SyntheSys’ headquarters will remain in Whitby, North Yorkshire, but it is positive that the new office location will bring further opportunity for growth and will enhance the relationships the company has worked hard to forge over the past 30 years.  Team Valley is just five miles from Newcastle City Centre and benefits from easy access by car, rail or air travel.

SyntheSys’ Managing Director, John Hartas comments:

‘’We are proud of our heritage as a company born and bred in North Yorkshire, and the Whitby office will remain our headquarters.  That being said, we are already feeling the benefits of having an office location which provides more convenient access to our national and international customers and we feel this is an opportunity for us to expand the business through access to a larger pool of professional talent.’’

For more information about SyntheSys, including portfolio of services and office addresses please visit  If your organisation is based in the Team Valley or surrounding areas, we would love to grow our network and meet with you, contact us via or call 
+44 (0) 1947 821464.

Friday, 24 January 2020

SyntheSys to Brief at the Fifteenth International Conference on Systems (ICONS) 2020, as part of the NexComm 2020 Congress

We are thrilled to announce that SyntheSys Technologies Director, Mark Williamson, will brief at the upcoming ICONS 2020 Event, which is co-located with a range of different events as part of NexComm 2020 Congress.

The event will take place on the 23rd – 27th February in Lisbon, Portugal where Mark will be delivering as part of a special track on Widening Systems Engineering Borders (WiSEB).  His presentation will discuss the merits of Model-Based Systems Engineering in Defence, which looks at how the approach minimises costs and risk within Defence programmes.

If you are attending the event and would like to meet with Mark, please contact  Alternatively, visit for more information about our systems architecture and modelling services.

Monday, 20 January 2020

SyntheSys Maintains IBM® Gold Business Partner Status

Two years ago, we announced that we had achieved the prestigious ‘Gold’ partner status through the IBM® business partner certification programme and today we are thrilled to announce that we continue to maintain our IBM® Gold Business Partner Status.  

Achieving the Gold Status is no mean feat and is something we are extremely proud of, having gone through a series of stages and assessments: to demonstrate our expert knowledge of IBM® tools; to confirm the satisfaction of our IBM® licence customers; and to demonstrate our ability to reach new customers.

We are expert providers of IBM® Engineering Lifecycle Management tools and have been using the powerful toolset as part of our Collaborative Engineering Management offering, which describes SyntheSys' approach to Engineering Management with expert personnel, process advice and tool support.  We have helped many organisations increase their competitiveness through advice on processes, training and the introduction of software tools.

For more information about the work we have been doing with a range of engineering organisations in industries such as aerospace, defence, automotive, transportation and energy please visit: or call: +44 (0) 1947 821464.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

New Year, New Decade, New Tactical Data Link Courses Announced

If your resolution coming into the new year is to learn a new skill, or you have made further commitments to your professional and personal development, you may be interested to hear more about our 2020 Tactical Data Link (TDL) and related training courses.

In response to requests from our customers, we are pleased to publish our 2020 TDL Training schedule which includes a range of different training options to suit all levels and budgets from Variable Message Format (VMF) and Joint Range Extension Application Protocol (JREAP) through to our flagship Data Link Manager / Interface Control Officer (DLM / ICO) course.

Registration is currently open for the following courses:

Variable Message Format (VMF) and Joint Range Extension Application Protocol (JREAP)
Delegates are invited to attend this unique course which relays knowledge around both JREAP and VMF.  Attendees are welcome to attend the combined courses or can opt to attend the individual course.
24-27 March | Lincoln, United Kingdom

Data Link Manager / Interface Control Officer (DLM / ICO)
The DLM/ICO course is designed to catapult individuals with little or no knowledge of TDLs and associated responsibilities, to a stage where they can successfully and efficiently carry out their duties. 
4-22 May | Oeiras, Portugal
29 June-17 July |  Nieuw Milligan, The Netherlands
14 September–2 October | Vredepool, The Netherlands

For more information, including a detailed overview of how you will benefit from attending one of our courses, the full 2020 Training Schedule and course booking information, visit:

If you would like to speak to one of our trainers about this course, or any other TDL training requirements, please email: or telephone:
+44 (0) 1947 821464

Monday, 28 October 2019

Issue 9 of SyntheSys’ TDL Technology Magazine Available Now

Read the latest issue of our TDL Technology magazine to gain insight, best practice and knowledge around current and future Tactical Data Link (TDL) sustainment and development.

In this latest issue, we feature an article from Viasat which explores the Link 16 evolution and Viasat’s proactive approach to improving vital warfighters.  We compliment this with the third in the ‘Demystifier’ series which tackles the development of TDLs by giving a chronologically ordered comparison of four major TDL systems – Link 11A, Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Link 16, Variable Message Format (VMF) and Link 22.

We offer a copy of our updated TDL Comparison Table which now incorporates MIDS Block Upgrade 2/Joint Tactical Radio System (BU2/JTRS) Link 16 information and we continue to use the magazine to share industry news, which can be found in our news digest on Page 10.

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

A Message from our Managing Director: Welcome to SyntheSys Technologies

In direct response to the increased demand for our systems engineering services, I am delighted to announce that we have recently undergone a restructure as part of a strategic shift to consolidate and extend our systems engineering business.  The restructure sees the merging of the former SyntheSys Direct and SyntheSys Systems Engineering companies to form ‘SyntheSys Technologies’.

SyntheSys Technologies is led by Mark Williamson and provides systems engineering services, products and training across a variety of industry sectors and now handles all licensing, transactional and technical matters connected with engineering services and software sales.

In this exciting time of expansion, I would also like to introduce our new SyntheSys Technologies Client Engagement Team who will ensure that the service we deliver to our customers is of the highest quality.  The Client Engagement Team will assist our customers with our products and services and will deal with all customer enquiries.

The team comprises a mixture of highly experienced technical, business development and administration staff working together to ease pains whilst creating gains for customers.  I am confident the new Client Engagement Team will make a positive impact on our new and existing customers by helping organisations to unlock the value of Tool-Supported Systems Engineering.

For sales, services and technical enquiries:

Finally, may I thank our loyal customers, suppliers and other stakeholders for their valued interest and support to date.  We look forward to working with you in the future.

John S Hartas

Friday, 18 October 2019

Roland Kemp to Attend the International Data Link Symposium (IDLS) 2019 in Edinburgh 28th – 31st October

As IDLS 2019 draws closer, we would like to announce that Roland Kemp will be representing SyntheSys at the event.  Roland is a highly experienced Tactical Data Link (TDL) and former Dutch Patriot operator.  Roland served for 37 years in the Dutch Armed Forces, during which time he was responsible for training crews on the Patriot Information Coordination Centre (ICC) at the Group Operations Centre.  Roland looks forward to attending an array of interesting briefs in addition to meeting with members of the TDL community.  

If you would like to arrange a time to meet with Roland during the event to discuss TDL training, testing or interoperability, please contact

Monday, 7 October 2019

SyntheSys’ Services Go Live on the Digital Outcomes and Specialists 4 (DOS4) Framework

We are delighted to announce that SyntheSys’ services are now available through the Government’s Crown Commercial Services DOS4 register.  Organisations can apply to offer their eligible services in the digital space to government teams via the framework.  SyntheSys services can be found under the ‘Digital Specialists’ category.

Members listed via the Crown website undergo extensive vetting to establish their suitability and reliability which ensures government departments have access to the best-in-class vendors. The DOS4 scheme gives public sector teams easy access to our Systems Engineering tools, training and consultancy services.

For more information about the Crown Commercial Services visit:

If you would like to discuss our specific services, please do not hesitate to contact or visit