Friday, 18 December 2020

An Invitation from SyntheSys Technologies and IBM® for members of the Rail Industry

 



Things are changing fast in the rail supply chain.  With £35 billion expected to be spent on new services and equipment in the United Kingdom (UK) alone – a supply chain expansion of 140 percent – the market looks set for a steady period of growth.

This investment comes at a time when the British rail network is being transformed by technologies like cab signalling and condition-based maintenance.

The opportunities are there for those ready to step up and take them, but cutting-edge engineering has never been more important.

For rail suppliers, every positive development seems to come with corresponding risk.  There’s a huge amount of investment to be won right now, but in rail, every feast costs you a famine.  Ill-considered long-term investment in your engineering capabilities can leave you exposed when the good times stop.

We feel that it is time to talk about different ways rail organisations can approach big picture thinking as a means of driving engineering innovation.  SyntheSys Technologies and IBM® are inviting members of the Rail Industry to join this 1.5 hour roundtable event which aims to explore how rail organisations can use systems engineering practices as a key driver of innovation within engineering operations. 

For more information or to register your attendance, visit: https://bit.ly/37RbIWQ


Monday, 14 December 2020

Celebrating the Festive Period with a Special Edition of TDL Technology Magazine

 


As many of us wind down and reflect on what has been a challenging year, we would like to offer members of the Tactical Data Link (TDL) community some light reading for over the festive period with our latest, Special Edition TDL Technology magazine.

In this latest magazine, readers can once again read our regular ‘Demystifying TDLs’ feature, which tackles Joint Range Extension Application Protocol (JREAP).  We also have an insightful feature which looks at Agile Systems Engineering as a means of better managing complex defence projects.  Readers can also see a collection of interesting TDL and related defence news pieces in this latest edition.

As COVID continues to disrupt how we interact and communicate, and at a time when collaboration and communication is more important than ever, if you or your organisation would like to contribute an article to a future issue, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing the editor via: tdltech@synthesys.co.uk

TDL Technology is completely FREE to read.  To read the digital edition, visit: http://tdl-tech.synthesys.co.uk/digital-editions.html

Prefer to flick through the pages?  We will happily send you a copy, simply email: tdltech@synthesys.co.uk

With very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

Monday, 2 November 2020

Looking Ahead to this Year’s INCOSE Annual Systems Engineering Conference with a Difference


It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a big challenge for the events industry but the organisers of this year’s International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Annual Systems Engineering Conference (ASEC) have certainly risen to the challenge.

We are thrilled to announce that we will be sponsoring ASEC 2020 which takes place as a virtual event on 17th & 18th November 2020.  ASEC is a flagship event which attracts a broad range of personnel who operate in a Systems Engineering environment.  We look forward to attending a range of insightful presentations which will be live streamed via an interactive virtual environment.

Mark Williamson and Matt Muller will be representing SyntheSys Technologies at the event and will be taking full advantage of this unique method of interaction and networking.

To view our Event Showcase Page via the event platform, visit: https://event.conflr.com/ASEC2020/previewshowcase/SyntheSys

For more information about ASEC 2020, visit: https://asec2020.org.uk/Pages/Standard/Home

To hear more about how we can enhance your current Systems Engineering programmes through training, process advice and the adoption of powerful development tools, please start the conversation by contacting cet@synthesys.co.uk   

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

SyntheSys Defence extends its Tactical Data Link Online Training Programme

 



Following the successful delivery of a range of online Tactical Data Link (TDL) Training courses earlier this year, registration is now open for a further two online courses.

Delegates can join us for two introductory courses, taking place week commencing 16th November 2020.  We will begin the week with a short, half day course on Joint Range Extension Application Protocol (JREAP) where delegates will gain a comprehensive understanding of the protocol.

Thereafter, the Introduction to Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Link 16 Training will run between 17th – 20th November 2020.  This course covers both technical and operational employment of MIDS Link 16 and aims to give a balanced understanding of technical characteristics.

Pricing information for these courses is available on application, please contact us via: training@synthesys.co.uk

For more general information including lesson breakdown, benefits of attending and our approach to online training, please visit: http://www.synthesys-defence.co.uk/online-training.html

 

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

SyntheSys Defence Welcomes James Norful

 


SyntheSys Defence is pleased to announce that James Norful has recently joined the team.  James comes to us having recently retired from the United States Air Force after serving 21 years in various assignments both in the States and within NATO.

Working as a Consultant, James will be primarily responsible for the delivery and maintenance of a wide portfolio of Tactical Data Link (TDL) training globally.  

James’ strengths lie across multiple TDL operations, training development, project management, strategic planning, and system engineering processes from design and development to validation and operation.

James has excelled as a data link subject matter expert providing student instruction, leading teams through test and evaluation processes, and course planning, with the ultimate goal of eliminating inefficiencies in a specific process for the benefit of everyone involved, from those participating in the system to the eventual stakeholders.  This unique blend of experience enables James to grow customer relationships and brings real value to our training customers.  Please join us in welcoming James to the team.

If you would like to discuss your current TDL training requirements and would like to hear more about how James can help empower your personnel through training and development, please contact us at; training@synthesys.co.uk

For more general information about our TDL training packages, visit: http://www.synthesys-defence.co.uk/data-link-training.html

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Engineering and the End of Rail Franchising


Although it hasn't exactly happened the way it was planned, anyone who has been following the Williams Review has expected that major changes were coming in the way passenger rail is operated in Great Britain.

The COVID-19 pandemic could have sent the rail sector into a tailspin from which it might not have recovered, had the government not suspended rail franchise agreements and assumed financial risk in March.

As a result, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) declared that the sector has effectively been renationalised, and in September the government chose to permanently end the franchising system, using a new Emergency Recovery Measures Agreement (ERMA) contract structure to manage the train operators for the next 18 months, with a view to implementing the Williams Review's recommendations when normal times resume.

Although that white paper has still not been published, it is widely anticipated to propose a move toward London Overground- and Merseyrail-style concession contracts for operators, with a new independent ‘guiding mind’ for the rail network assuming the financial risk, taking the lead on an overall coordinated strategy and contracting operators directly against performance targets for efficiency and passenger service.

Most rail engineering work assumes decades-long life cycles for the assets it produces and maintains, and the ability of engineering to respond directly to the present crisis in the rail industry is of course limited.  But the structural changes we are seeing in the industry now, or something like them, are going to persist for decades to come.  Engineering, like every other aspect of the rail industry, is going to have to account for this new reality in planning its way out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The impact of a change in the passenger-facing operating model might seem to have only rather abstract implications for engineering, but as the stakeholders change, so too will the requirements.  Future rail engineering will have to adapt to a different set of priorities, both with respect to the greater degree of central coordination applied to the rail network, and with respect to the changed incentive structure of the operating companies.

Rail engineering has been dealing with increasing system complexity for some time, from projects like the Digital Railway, as well as greater pressure from stakeholders on safety, accessibility and decarbonisation.  But with this faster-than-expected transition to greater central coordination for the network, these pressures for greater complexity will both accelerate and change in character.

Rail systems will need to collaborate better, as rail strategy becomes directed from the centre and more focused on the integrated performance of the network as a whole.  And even insofar as parts of the rail network can be treated as independent systems, more direct incentives on operators to improve efficiency and passenger service will doubtless also translate into more demanding requirements for engineers.

Systems engineering has already become an important tool for certain parts of the Great British (GB) rail network and has, in the last decade, been fully embraced by infrastructure owners like Network Rail and Transport for London (TfL) as a critical component of the sophisticated engineering necessary to deliver a more complex, interconnected and digital rail system.  Even before these major structural changes to the industry, rail suppliers were starting to wake up to the idea that participating in systems engineering processes with those major contractors could help them work more closely with their stakeholders and deliver better, more complex systems, that integrate more closely with the broader understanding of the network and its systems.

With this accelerated transition to requirements being driven from the centre, suppliers will accordingly need to step-up their transition to a more integrated approach to engineering.  Systems engineering techniques are fundamentally about finding ways to analyse, model and plan the behaviour of a system as a whole and in its context, above and beyond the details of individual components.  By having a suite of processes and tools designed to model and anticipate the structure of a system, projects can have assurance from the start that the right asset is being built in the right way, and that the project will interact appropriately with its context.

Systems engineering has developed a wide range of processes and tools for modelling and simulation, requirements analysis, scheduling, and all parts of the life cycle, tailored to better manage the development of complex systems.  In particular, systems engineering takes a robust and scientific approach to requirements management that cleanly and specifically identifies ambiguities and gaps in stated stakeholder needs.

The requirements that result are – among other benefits – clear, verifiable, functional, minimal and consistent.  And, critically, they are managed using tools which can integrate those requirements across every part of the network, with seamless supplier collaboration and the ability to see in requirements and models, how any given system is expected to interface with the network around it.

As the rail operating model changes, more requirements will be ultimately derived from the central coordinating body, and more of what is expected of rail systems will require seamless, integrated coordination with the network around it.  Stepping up progress toward systems engineering use could be the right way to engineer the railway out of this crisis, and beyond, to the challenges of the future.

If you have found this article useful, and would like to hear more about how your organisation may use systems engineering to better embrace change, visit www.synthesys-technologies.co.uk or contact us on cet@synthesys.co.uk

SyntheSys Maintains Cyber Essentials Plus Accreditation

 



SyntheSys is committed to minimising our information security risk as well as meeting our ongoing contractual and supply chain needs, which is why we are pleased to announce that we have recently passed our latest assessment in recognition of our commitment to cyber security.

We see the Cyber Essentials Plus certification scheme as vital in protecting our business and our customers.  The certification process tests an organisation’s Information Technology (IT) systems through detailed vulnerability assessments, carried out by independent cyber security experts, to ensure that IT systems can withstand the most common cyber threats.

If you would like to hear more about the Cyber Essentials Plus certification, or the work we are doing in this area, contact: info@synthesys.co.uk

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Speedy Success for Porter Sport Racing

 


The UK automotive industry is a vital part of the UK economy worth more than £82 billion turnover and adding £18.6 billion value to the UK economy*.  SyntheSys has been providing Engineering services to the automotive industry for several years which is why we were thrilled to hear of an interesting and unique opportunity to get involved with local motor car racing team, Porter Sport Racing, via an exciting sponsorship arrangement. 

Tom Porter, 25, from Gateshead established Porter Sport Racing in 2019 after his interest in vehicle manufacturing and production lead him to a world of motor sports racing.  Tom is currently competing in the Celtic Speed Scottish Mini Cooper Cup.



Tom started off as a keen track day goer but soon realised he wanted more, he wanted to go racing!  So, in 2019 Tom competed in the Super Lap Scotland as a guest driver in his Fiesta ST at the Croft away round, he had great success finishing second in class.  After the event and talks with LUX Motorsport, Tom decided he wanted to compete in the 2020 Celtic Speed Scottish Mini Cooper Cup.  Following on from this decision, Tom purchased a base car and started building it into the race car you see on the grid.  Tom gained his mechanical experience building his Fiesta ST and working with Jamsport Racing in the British Racing and Sports Car Club (BRSCC) Fiesta Championship and Mini Challenge. 


Tom Porter from Porter Sport Racing commented:

‘‘It’s great to have SyntheSys on board for my debut season in the Celtic Speed Scottish Mini Cooper Cup.  After a disrupted start to the season due to the ongoing pandemic it’s great to finally be out on the track racing in the Mini.  We managed to complete two pre-season test days to shake the car down and check for any issues as well as dial in the set up on the car.  The car performed fantastically on both days thanks to LUX Motorsport with their set up expertise.  So far, we have completed two race weekends and are looking forward to the rest of the seasons with SyntheSys onboard.’’

SyntheSys’ Managing Director, John Hartas commented:

‘’It’s not very often that such a vibrant opportunity to support young talent presents itself in our business areas and we are thrilled be involved with Porter Sport Racing.  The precision and commitment involved in preparing and competing in these races is commendable.’’

If you currently work in the automotive sector and would like to hear more about the role systems engineering can play in complex automotive engineering development programmes, please email cet@synthesys.co.uk or telephone +44 (0) 1947 821 464.

For more information about SyntheSys, visit: http://www.synthesys-technologies.co.uk 

To follow Porter Sports Racing on Facebook, visit: https://bit.ly/313RUNb


*According to The Society of Motoring and Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)

Monday, 12 October 2020

SyntheSys Becomes a Member of the North East Automotive Alliance

It’s no secret that the North East boasts a prosperous and vibrant automotive economy.  With its impressive manufacturing capacity and thriving supply chain, the region has firmly established itself as the second largest automotive region in the UK.

The North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) is a not-for-profit, industry led group which supports the economic growth and competitiveness of the North East of England’s automotive sector, and today we are delighted to announce our membership with the Alliance.

Managing Director, John Hartas commented: Becoming a member of the NEAA marks our continued support of regional development and will allow us to forge strong relationships within our local automotive communities whilst further promoting the North East as an automotive region of excellence.

Paul Butler, CEO at NEAA added: “We are delighted to welcome SyntheSys as a new member of the NEAA and we are confident their service portfolio will be a valued addition to the network. We encourage our members to take time out to learn more about the company and what they can offer to the automotive supply chain.”

If you currently work in the automotive sector and would like to hear more about the role systems engineering can play in complex automotive engineering development programmes, please email cet@synthesys.co.uk or telephone +44 (0) 1947 821 464

For more information about SyntheSys, visit: http://www.synthesys-technologies.co.uk

For more information about NEAA, visit: https://www.northeastautomotivealliance.com

Tuesday, 29 September 2020

G-Cloud 12 Success for SyntheSys


Today we announce that SyntheSys has been accepted onto the Government’s Digital Marketplace ‘G-Cloud 12’ Supplier List which further establishes our status as a supplier of Cloud-based software.

The United Kingdom (UK) Government G-Cloud is a well-respected scheme specifically aimed at streamlining procurement for departments of UK public-sector bodies.  To maintain high standards, only suppliers who meet a set level are considered for a place on the G-Cloud 12 framework agreement.  G-Cloud 12 replaces G-Cloud 11 services in which SyntheSys also participated.

G-Cloud provides an easy way for clients to access leading engineering software tools and services, backed by key associated technical support and top-class training from our team.  The G-Cloud supplier list is split into Cloud Hosting, Cloud Software and Cloud Support and we are proud to be fully represented in all three categories.

We are pleased to feature our cloudbaSE toolset via the framework.  cloudbaSE utilises the flexibility and versatility of Cloud computing to provide IBM® Engineering Lifecycle Management software in a more economical, adaptable way with no up-front costs or minimum licence term.  The mix of powerful IBM® software, flexible licensing options and extensive experience, offers powerful solutions to everyday challenges faced by many Systems & Software Engineers, Developers and Testing professionals.

To access more information on our Government G-Cloud involvement, or to speak to us about your cloud hosting, software or support requirements contact info@synthesys.co.uk.


Monday, 28 September 2020

SyntheSys Welcomes Matt Muller to the Team

 


Today, we are thrilled to welcome Matt Muller to the SyntheSys Technologies team.  Matt joins us as a Principal Consultant who excels at application development and implementation for Engineering life cycle solutions.  Matt has worked with prestigious customers in automotive, defence, banking and transport sectors to deliver and support systems and software solutions.

Matt has a detailed knowledge of the IBM® Engineering Lifecycle Management (ELM) solutions for: ELM project structures and architecture, global configuration and product line strategy,  Requirements Management, Agile/Scaled Agile Framework ® (SAFe) development, Configuration/Release Management, Test Management (Verification and Validation) and reporting.  This comprehensive experience enables Matt to support clients on all aspects of their process and tooling requirements to ensure successful adoption.

SyntheSys Technologies’ Managing Director, Mark Williamson commented:

‘’Matt joins the team at an exciting time for SyntheSys Technologies, having seen an array of interesting customer projects flourish in recent months.  Matt’s broad Engineering knowledge and experience will provide untold value to our customers, not to mention his expertise around the IBM® toolset.’’

If you would like to discuss your current engineering development projects, or perhaps you have a specific technical question relating to the IBM® Engineering products and tools that you would like to put to Matt, please contact us by email:  cet@synthesys.co.uk or telephone:  +44 (0)1947 821464.


Tuesday, 18 August 2020

SyntheSys Technologies Employment Opportunity: IBM® Engineering Lifecycle Management Technical Specialist

 

An exciting opportunity within SyntheSys Technologies has opened for an IBM® Engineering Lifecycle Management Technical Specialist. 

The ideal candidate should have advanced skills across the full suite of IBM® Engineering Lifecycle Management tools, including  IBM® DOORS® Family, IBM® DOORS®  Next, Engineering Workflow Management and Engineering Test Management.  

 

This is a customer facing role, which provides enriching opportunities to work with our customer base during the pre-sales, deployment, configuration, training and support phases of our customer contracts.  Experience of Model-Based Systems Engineering, as supported by the Rhapsody® application would be an advantage. 

To register your interest in this role, or to have a more in-depth discussion about this role please contact Mr Mark Williamson on +44 (0) 1947 821 464 or send us an email at recruitment@synthesys.co.uk

Monday, 17 August 2020

SyntheSys Defence Employment Opportunity: Tactical Data Link Trainer / Consultant

 


Due to a number of exciting forthcoming opportunities, SyntheSys Defence has a requirement for a Tactical Data Link (TDL) Trainer/Consultant.  SyntheSys Defence has been providing TDL training for over 30 years and during that time we have gained a global reputation for providing relevant, up to date training courses to a wide range of military and commercial organisations.  Due to an increase in demand for our services we are now looking to employ an additional TDL Instructor.

 The successful applicant will be required to present and maintain a wide portfolio of TDL training courses.  These courses may be presented to a worldwide audience, so there is a necessity for a certain amount of international travel.  Recent operational / technical experience would be an advantage, as well as a recognised instructional qualification.  SyntheSys Defence is a teleworking company, therefore, the majority of the maintenance work will be done from home.  The applicant may also be required to assist in other areas of the Company's TDL operations.  SyntheSys Defence supports the Armed Forces Covenant and encourages applications from ex-services personnel.

Please note, job applications from outside the United Kingdom would be welcome.  Closing date for applications is 30th September 2020.

To register your interest, or to have a more in-depth discussion about this role, please contact Mr Tony Castle on +44 (0) 1947 821 464 or send us an email at recruitment@synthesys.co.uk.  


Monday, 10 August 2020

TRACEcertification for SyntheSys

 

SyntheSys is delighted to have recently completed TRACE Certified Due Diligence. TRACE is a globally recognised business association dedicated to anti-bribery, compliance and good governance and leading provider of shared-cost third party risk management solutions. Members and clients include over 500 multinational companies located worldwide.

Certification by TRACE signifies that SyntheSys Systems Engineers Limited has completed internationally accepted due diligence procedures and has been forthcoming and cooperative during the review process.

SyntheSys’ Contracts Manager, Jacqui Readman, commented:

‘Here at SyntheSys, we take our commitment to commercial transparency seriously which is why the TRACEcertification is important to our business.  TRACE is a widely recognised certification, which we are positive will assist in building strong relationships with new and existing commercial partners.’

TRACE’s president, Alexandra Wrage, said:

TRACEcertification helps SyntheSys differentiate itself from competitors by demonstrating its commitment to commercial transparency through completion of TRACE’s heavily benchmarked and comprehensive due diligence review.’

View our complete TRACE Certified Due Diligence report: https://bit.ly/3gL5QRV

For more information about our accreditations, please visit http://www.synthesys.co.uk/memberships-and-accreditations.html, or to speak to a member of our team about your current or future projects, please contact info@synthesys.co.uk

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

OptimiSE Issue 5: Managing Complexity, Engineering Lifecycle Management & Systems Engineering Training


The latest issue of OptimiSE Magazine is out now.  Issue 5 gives the latest from SyntheSys together with  some light-hearted technical insight.  We provide some ‘food for thought’ if you are looking for new ways of improving efficiency at an organisational level or extending your skills at an individual level.

In this issue, we feature an article on how to adapt the product life cycle for complexity (Page 6) which leads into an article looking at the latest IBM® Engineering Lifecycle Management toolset (Page 8).  We are also pleased to offer the free ‘Continuous Engineering for Dummies’ on Page 12.

To read the free online version and to subscribe to future issues, please visit:  http://www.optimisese.co.uk or if you would prefer to receive a free hard copy, contact cet@synthesys.co.uk

Finally, we would love to hear from you!  Have you got something to shout about?  A burning question to ask, or a topic you are passionate about and would like the opportunity to share your thoughts?  We are inviting members of the systems engineering community to contribute articles.  If you are interested in contributing to OptimiSE magazine, please contact cet@synthesys.co.uk    


Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Announcement for our Systems Engineering Training Course Customers


We are delighted to announce that we will be delivering the remaining 2020 training courses in line with social distancing requirements.

If you were due to attend either a Systems Engineering Foundation or Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) preparation course, you may be pleased to know that we have confirmed the Training Calendar for the remainder of 2020.  We will be directly contacting customers who were  affected by the recent course cancellations.

We take a flexible approach to the delivery of our training courses and we can deliver training on customer site for multiple delegates.

If you are interested in Systems Engineering training and would like some more information about how we can assist in developing your skills, please visit: www.synthesys-technologies.co.uk/training.html  or contact us via email: cet@synthesys.co.uk

Friday, 10 July 2020

SyntheSys Technologies featured on the IBM® Partner Ecosystem Page


We are delighted to share our feature on the new IBM® partner page for Engineering Lifecycle Management (ELM).To view the feature, visit: https://www.ibm.com/business-operations/partners/engineering  

We make no secret of our Gold Business Partner status and believe our feature on the new partner page further strengthens our position in a robust, global IBM® Business Partner ecosystem.

SyntheSys Technologies Managing Director, Mark Williamson commented:

‘The IBM® website is renowned for holding a wealth of resources, information and inspiring stories of success.  This new feature gives those interested in the ELM toolset an opportunity to expand their understanding of the partner network.  This gives customers confidence that they are working with the best-suited partners.’

We welcome discussions around your current and future engineering development projects.  To start the conversation, email cet@synthesys.co.uk 

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Online Multifunctional Information Distribution Systems (MIDS) Link 16 Training




Registrations are now being accepted for the forthcoming MIDS Link 16 Training course which is due to take place online between 22 - 26 June 2020.  The aim of the course is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of MIDS Link 16 and covers both technical and operational employment of the system.

By the end of the course, students will be able to explain, describe, identify, interpret and recall a range of MIDS Link 16 related protocols and data including MIDS terminal characteristics, J-Series message catalogue, Frequency Clearance Agreements and the use of the Operational Tasking (OPTASK) Link.  The course will also explore the planned changes to the terminals used by Link 16 in accordance with Block Upgrade 2.

The course is spread over 5 days, in sessions of approximately 3.5 to 4 hours in duration to ensure an engaging learning experience and is aligned with what students receive when attending our MIDS Link 16 classroom course.

Training delegates receive unlimited access to the SyntheSys Defence Community Portal along with electronic copies of the course material, and the MIDS Link 16 manual via the portal.

For more information including learning outcomes and the full syllabus, please visit: http://www.synthesys-defence.co.uk/mids-link-16-online-training.html
If you would like to register your interest, receive pricing information or discuss your training requirement, please contact training@synthesys.co.uk



Thursday, 30 April 2020

SyntheSys Defence Provides Free Online Tactical Data Link Training


During this difficult period many of us are looking for flexible ways of developing and maintaining key skills, and with so many face-to-face training courses now being cancelled, online training delivery is now more relevant than ever.

In response, we would like to share the full schedule for Free Tactical Data Link (TDL) Training to be delivered by our SyntheSys Defence team:   
  • 6th May 2020 at 09:30 – An Introduction to MIDS/Link 16;
  • 20th May 2020 at 09:30 – An Introduction to Link 22;
  • 3rd June 2020 at 09:30 – An Introduction to Variable Message Format (VMF).

Each delegate attending the course will also receive a free copy of the Introduction to TDLs E-Book to support and enhance the learning experience.  Registration for the live online training sessions must be made via our Defence Community Portal which will also give access to other useful TDL resources.

We welcome anyone from any background to join in.

For more information on what the online courses will cover and details on how to register, visit: http://www.synthesys-defence.co.uk/tactical-data-link-online-training-series.html
or contact us via training@synthesys.co.uk.

Webinar Invitation for those working in the Travel & Transportation Industry


SyntheSys and IBM® are helping teams effectively manage the complexities of developing smart, connected products by using powerful tools to enhance and support the systems and software development life cycle.  In the cloud or on-premises, IBM® Engineering Lifecycle Management tools help Systems Engineers and Software Developers to deliver against requirements, respond efficiently to change and create high-quality designs faster - all whilst controlling development costs and meeting compliance needs.

We are thrilled to be collaborating with IBM® to deliver a 1-hour technical webinar which will give delegates an overview of the toolset whilst informing on best practices for the industry.  This webinar presents the case around why and how organisations should manage requirements, govern change and test extensively when developing smart products.

Engineers from all functional disciplines, including Senior Managers, Project Managers and team members will find this webinar useful.  Those developing complex products (including software) and services within the Travel & Transportation industry will benefit from understanding the tools.

For more information and to register your attendance, visit:


Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Ten out of Ten for TDL Technology Magazine


A proud milestone has been reached with the publication of this bumper tenth issue of TDL Technology magazine.  To mark the occasion, SyntheSys’ Managing Director, John S Hartas, looks back at some of the most notable features throughout the last 10 issues by mentioning the invaluable contributions we have received from esteemed members of the Tactical Data Link (TDL) and wider community, you can read the full feature in John’s letter on Page 3.

Those who know us, know that heritage is important to us, and we build on this sentiment in Issue 10 by looking at the heritage of TDL’s and how codebreaking ace, Gordon Welchman played a significant part in the birth of TDL’s.

We also feature an article from Athanasios Chouliaras via Armada International which examines how the electronic support mission performed by Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft is often overlooked and how this mission could be evolved.

Readers can enjoy other insightful articles and features exploring TDL Interoperability Testing, Requirements Engineering and we put Link 22 under the spotlight in our ‘Demystifying TDL’s’ feature.

TDL Technology is completely FREE to read.  Prefer to flick through the pages?  We will happily send you a copy, simply email tdltech@synthesys.co.uk

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

COVID-19 Announcement: Systems Engineering Training


Due to travel restrictions as a result of the current COVID-19 situation, SyntheSys has taken the difficult decision to cancel the scheduled Systems Engineering Foundation Training Course on 21st-22nd April 2020.

The scheduled Systems Engineering Professional (SEP) preparation course scheduled for 18 - 22 May will be reviewed as the situation develops.

If you would like to speak to us about future SyntheSys Technologies Systems Engineering training bookings, do not hesitate to contact the Client Engagement Team by emailing cet@synthesys.co.uk or telephoning +44 (0) 1974 821 464.

Monday, 24 February 2020

Our 2019 Systems Engineering Training Customer Satisfaction Results Are In!




Whether you are new to the world of Systems Engineering, or an experienced member of the community, we build our courses to meet all levels of experience.  Gathering customer feedback is fundamental to how we design, deliver and improve our training courses, so we are thrilled to publish the 2019 customer feedback results from our SyntheSys Technologies group.

After completing the course, delegates are asked to complete feedback questionnaires which are designed in line with requirements outlined in ISO9001:2015 to capture insight around trainer performance, course material, operational context and overall course feedback.

We are thrilled to receive many positive comments and feedback which helps us build on strengths and adapt and improve our courses.

For more information about engineering courses delivered through our SyntheSys Technologies group including our 2020 course schedule, course datasheets and syllabi visit: http://www.synthesys-technologies.co.uk/training.html or contact training.sys-eng@synthesys.co.uk

2019 SyntheSys Defence Training Customer Satisfaction Results Published



2019 SyntheSys Defence Training Customer Satisfaction Results Published

Whether you are new to the world of Tactical Data Links (TDLs), or an experienced member of the community, we build our courses to meet all levels of experience. Gathering customer feedback is fundamental to how we design, deliver and improve our training courses, so we are pleased to publish the 2019 customer feedback results from our Tactical Data Link and wider training.

After completing a course, delegates are asked to complete feedback questionnaires which are designed in line with requirements outlined in ISO9001:2015 to capture insight around trainer performance, course material, operational context and overall course feedback.

We are delighted that over 94% of the responses provided to a variety of questions were rated as either ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.

For more information about our TDL and related training courses, including the 2020 course schedule, course datasheets and syllabi visit: http://www.synthesys-defence.co.uk/data-link-training.html or contact: training@synthesys.co.uk

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 info@synthesys.co.uk

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 cet@synthesys.co.uk 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 www.synthesys.co.uk.  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 info@synthesys.co.uk 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 info@synthesys.co.uk.  Alternatively, visit http://www.synthesys-defence.co.uk/modelling.html 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: www.synthesys-technologies.co.uk 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: https://bit.ly/35Ul1SU

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