Tuesday, 15 June 2021

SyntheSys to Attend MAKE UK Defence Meet the Buyer – Emerging Technologies Event

 



We are delighted to be participating in the upcoming ‘Meet the Buyer – Emerging Technologies’ event as hosted by MAKE UK Defence.  The event will take place on the 16th and 17th of June and aims to connect defence companies with innovations from the research and start-up ecosystem at early Technology Readiness Levels.

Mark Hudspeth will be representing SyntheSys and its subsidiary businesses and comments:

‘’The Defence arena is facing a huge technological shift of which innovation will be at the centre and it is crucial that prime contractors are able to engage with organisations who will provide technology of the future.  I am very much looking forward to participating in this latest Meet the Buyer event.’’

If you are attending and would like to meet with Mark to share insights or hear more about who we are, what we do, and how we do it, please contact Mark via the swapcard platform.

To learn more about the event, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/make-uk-defence-meet-the-buyer-event-emerging-technologies-tickets-148730237143

For more information about SyntheSys, visit: www.synthesys.co.uk


Friday, 21 May 2021

Engineering and the Williams-Shapps Plan


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.

As was widely anticipated, the now-named Williams-Shapps Plan proposes a move toward Merseyrail-style concession contracts for operators, with a new independent "guiding mind" for the rail network.  Great British Railways (GBR) will take over many of the functions of Network Rail, the Rail Delivery Group and the Department for Transport, as well as assuming financial risk from the operators, 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.

To read more about the Williams-Shapps review, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/the-williams-rail-review

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


Thursday, 13 May 2021

MIDS Link 16 Online Course Open for Registration

 


Link 16 is the standard by which other systems are measured when transmitting and receiving real-time tactical data using links between network participants.  In fact, Link 16 has been credited as the key factor for saving lives in multiple theatres of operations due to the secure, increased situational awareness the system provides.  Training is now more relevant than ever to ensure you keep abreast of technological enhancements in Tactical Data Links.  In terms of maintaining and maximising awareness during software and hardware updates, it is crucial that personnel have a strong knowledge of Link 16 at both an operational and technical level.

If you are currently involved in the implementation, upgrade, management or extension of Link 16, our Introduction to Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Link 16 online training will assist you within your role.  The course will run between 5th and 8th July 2021 and covers both technical and operational employment of MIDS Link 16 and aims to give a balanced understanding of technical and operational characteristics.

Our proven online course delivery offers a flexible and cost-effective way of upskilling yourself or members of your team.  Pricing information for these courses is available on application; please contact us via: training@synthesys.co.uk

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

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

New Technology Partner: Creating Unique Value through a Collaboration with Software Development Company, BoostHigh

 


In an exciting time of change and growth, we are pleased to announce our latest strategic alliance with Poland-based software development company, BoostHigh.

Recently voted as the top software development provider in Poland*, BoostHigh are software competencies providers specialising in the delivery of web-based commercial and industrial systems and applications.  Composed of experienced developers, the team is proficient in implementing: systems; web applications and dedicated software; C++ (Qt) software for hardware platforms; Internet of Things (IoT) networks and devices; API and system integrations.

SyntheSys’ Managing Director, John Hartas commented:

“Throughout our 33 years of trading we have always viewed commercial partnerships as an important element of delivering value to customers through an adaptable and flexible portfolio of services.  BoostHigh bring a high-level of expertise to our already established software development capability.  I feel positive that this collaboration will enable us to reach new customers with high-value services in both the UK and wider geographical regions and I very much look forward to working with the BoostHigh team’’

Pawel Czerniewski added to the sentiment by saying:

“At BoostHigh, we see great value in strategic cooperation.  I am very pleased that BoostHigh is entering into a partnership with SyntheSys, adding our software development capabilities to their already impressive portfolio of services.  We are looking forward to new challenges and exciting projects.  As digitisation across industries keeps gaining momentum, joining forces to deliver top quality digital services will bring great value to our UK and EU clients.”

To read more about SyntheSys, visit www.synthesys.co.uk 

To read more about BoostHigh, visit https://boosthigh.com/

*As voted by Clutch.co in 2019


Friday, 23 April 2021

SyntheSys to Attend MAKE UK Defence Meet the Buyer – Land Event


 

We are delighted to be participating in the upcoming ‘Meet the Buyer – Land’ event as hosted by MAKE UK Defence.  The event will take place on the 28th and 29th of April and aims to provide opportunities for organisations across the defence and security sectors to virtually connect and network.

John Hartas will be representing SyntheSys and its subsidiary businesses and comments:

‘’I am a great believer in the power of building positive relationships and am constantly looking for opportunities to meet with new people across the industries we serve with a view to collaboration and mutual support.  I am positive this latest MAKE UK Defence event will be fruitful and useful.’’

If you are attending and would like to meet with John to share insights or hear more about who we are, what we do, and how we do it, please contact John via the swapcard platform.

To learn more about the event, visit: https://ndievents.app.swapcard.com/event/make-uk-defence-meet-the-buyer-land-event

For more information about SyntheSys, visit: www.synthesys.co.uk

Monday, 12 April 2021

Systems Engineering Training Back on the Agenda

 


We thank all of our valued customers who have attended our online training courses during the pandemic.  As we enter a new phase of COVID-19 restrictions, we are delighted to confirm our revised 2021 classroom training schedule.  Our courses are in-keeping with COVID-safe government guidelines and are open for booking now.  Our latest training newsletter detailing information about our 2021 training dates, locations, and format can be read here: https://mailchi.mp/9011017b62a5/systems-engineering-training-back-on-the-agenda


Wednesday, 7 April 2021

SyntheSys Technologies becomes an INCOSE Endorsed Training Provider

An important part of our operating philosophy is ‘integrity’ and we believe one way of maintaining integrity is to have credible, endorsed products and services.  Which is why we are thrilled to announce that we have achieved the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Endorsed Training Provider status.

The scheme aims to differentiate systems engineering training providers by verifying that training meets a set of INCOSE standards.  The standards focus on organisational activity, capability, course portfolio, competencies and reviews, as an indicator of training excellence.

Currently, SyntheSys joins the scheme as one of only three UK organisations to have met the requirements of the assessment and we are confident this programme will give the Systems Engineering community a valuable criterion for selecting training providers.

For more information about our Systems Engineering and related training, visit: http://www.synthesys-technologies.co.uk/training.html

To read more about the INCOSE Endorsed training provider scheme, visit: https://incoseuk.org/Normal_Files/Technical/EndorsedTrainingScheme



Friday, 26 March 2021

OptimiSE Magazine Hits your Desktop Once Again

 


The latest issue of OptimiSE Magazine is here!  The magazine is aimed at the Engineering, Systems and Software Development Communities and is packed with interesting articles and resources, together with news and updates from SyntheSys Technologies.

This latest magazine shines a light on how agile and systems engineering can be used in tandem to great effect by engineering development teams.  We also continue to explore the ‘Complexity’ theme by looking at how the rail industry can use proven systems engineering methods for managing highly complex projects.

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 via the editor.

OptimiSE Magazine is completely FREE to read.  To read the digital edition and to subscribe, visit: www.optimisese.co.uk

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

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

SyntheSys Becomes A Member of Northern Defence Industries

 


With over 30 years’ experience of operating in the Defence industry, we are proud of the relationships we have formed, the projects we have worked on and the knowledge we have gained.

In a bid to continue to strengthen our alliances and knowledge of this thriving sector, we are delighted to announce our membership with the Northern Defence Industries (NDI).

NDI champions and celebrates the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) defence & security industry. The group represents the sector’s interests to government and champions this innovative, global and dynamic industry.  Our membership gives us strong routes into the local Defence industry and allows us to communicate directly with the community.  We look forward to meeting other members at future NDI events.

To hear more about our Defence services, visit www.synthesys-defence.co.uk.  To speak to us directly about our NDI membership or your current programmes, contact us by emailing info@synthesys.co.uk

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

SyntheSys becomes a member of the North East of England Process Industry Cluster

 

The North East of England Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) is a networking organisation that represents the largest cluster of process, chemical and energy companies in the United Kingdom (UK) and we are pleased to confirm our membership with the organisation.

NEPIC exists to ensure industry in the North East region thrives – and that there are investments, innovations and a network that will create jobs and opportunities long into the future.

We are proud to be members of NEPIC and are confident that our membership will bring us closer to the manufacturing and engineering communities in the local area.  For more information about NEPIC, visit: https://www.nepic.co.uk/ 

If you are interested in how Systems Engineering can improve engineering and manufacturing effectiveness, or would like to hear more about how we are currently working with clients in high-growth industrial sectors, read our Collaborative Engineering Management slide-deck: http://resources.synthesys.co.uk/technologies/offering-packs/collaborative-engineering-management-offering-pack.pdf