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:
If you would like to register your interest, receive pricing information or discuss your training requirement, please contact

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:
or contact us via

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

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 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: or contact

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: or contact:

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