2018 ASEW Program

Below is the program run at the 2018 ASEW workshop in Adelaide.


DAY ONE – Thursday 1 November


7:45 Registration open
8:15 Welcome (30 min)
8:45 Keynote 1: (45 min)
Systems Engineering in the development of the Advanced Train Management System (ATMS) (Jonathan White)
9:30 Exam arrival (30 Mins)
9:30 Morning Tea
10:00 Presentation: (55 mins) Tutorial: (55 mins) Working Group: (55 mins) Exam: (120 mins) Panel/Workshop: (360 mins)
Parallel Lines Introduction to Modelling and Simulation Summary of new Systems Engineering Competency Framework


INCOSE Knowledge Exam The benefits and impact of a Systems Engineering approach to the ongoing development of the Australian electrical energy generation, transmission and distribution system
(Helen Williams) (Jawahar Bhalla) (Luke Brown) (Charles Homes) (Peter Hamilton)
11:00 Presentation: (60 mins) Panel: (60 mins) Workshop: (60 mins)
Systems Engineering for Autonomous Vehicle Trials Interoperability Challenges in an Integrated Live-Virtual-Constructive Context Standardising International SE Certification (ISO/IEC 24773) on the SE Competency Framework


Presentations available for Peter Hamilton’s sessions:

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(Mahrina Munir) (Jawahar Bhalla) (Ray Hentzschel)
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Early Career Systems Engineer Huddle (25 mins) Exam Extra (30 mins) – The Exam Extra is time available for non-english-first-language
13:00 Panel: (120 mins) Panel/Workshop: (120 mins) Workshop: (120 mins) Workshop: (120 mins) Workshop: (360 mins)
Success Measurement and Evaluation of Complex Systems Across Processes, Methods and Products Application of Systems Thinking, Systems Engineering and Modelling & Simulation in Healthcare How do we best support Early Career Systems Engineers? Tackling the Model Base Systems Engineering Adoption Chalenge (cont)
(Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik) (Jawahar Bhalla & Andrew Madry) (Michael Psalios) (Brad Spencer & David Culpin ) (Peter Hamilton)
15:00 Afternoon Tea
15:30 Workshop: (120 mins) Workshop: (120 mins) Workshop: (120 mins) Workshop: (120 mins) Workshop: (360 mins)
(Resolution of) Pain points impacting the (efficient) development of Transportation Infrastructure – Block 1 Tackling Poverty Holistically Connection between competency framework and graduate/undergraduate outcomes


Guide for the Application of Systems Engineering to Large Communication Network Systems (cont)
(Emma-Rose Tildesley, Roger McCowan and Martin Griffin) (Brad Hocking) (Chris Browne) (John Risson) (Peter Hamilton)
17:30 Day 1 Close

DAY TWO – Friday 2 November


6:45 Registration open
7:00 CLM/SESA Breakfast Talk – Gateway Reviews and their role in Major Capital Project and Program Delivery – Sean Moules
8:30 Presentation: (60 mins) Panel/Workshop (60 mins) Workshop (60 mins) Working Group: (60 mins)
The Value of Integrating Project Management with Systems Engineering The Future of Maritime Test & Evaluation in Australia Can better Systems Engineering practice lead to more efficient Assurance of Rail Projects


Telecoms WG Planning 2019
(Martin Griffin) (Peter Nikoloff & Bill Keegan) (Katherine Eastaughffe) (John Risson)
9:30 Morning Tea
10:00 Presentation: (175 mins) Presentation: (175 mins) Workshop: (120 mins) Tutorial: (60 min) Presentation: (175 mins)
Information Publication Skills for Systems Engineers: making engineering outputs more accessible Soup to Nuts: System Engineering the Elements of the Space Enterprise (Resolution of) Pain points impacting the (efficient) development of Transportation Infrastructure – Block 2 Decision Analysis & Lifecycle The Use of Advanced Model-Based Systems Engineering Techniques in the Design of Complex Systems
(John Welford) (Pam Melroy) (Emma-Rose Tildesley) (Bill Parkins) (Mark Eggler)
11:00 Workshop: (60 min)
Multi-Stakeholder Decision-Making in Complex Scenarios – Using Systems Thinking
(Kambiz Maani)
12:00 Lunch
12:30 SEP Muster (25 mins)
(Bill Parkins)
13:00 Tutorial: (180 mins) Workshop: (180 mins) Workshop: (120 mins) Workshop: (120 min) Workshop/Tutorial: (180 mins)
(cont) (cont) (Resolution of) Pain points impacting the (efficient) development of Transportation Infrastructure – Block 3 Decision Analysis & Lifecycle (cont)
(John Welford) (Pam Melroy) (Emma-Rose Tildesley) (Bill Parkins) (Mark Eggler)
14:00 Presentation: (60 mins) Presentation (60 mins) Display (60 Mins)
Model Based Engineering Analysis for Communications Networks (Dan Spencer)

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Complex Systems (Vernon Ireland)


Quad Charts
15:00 Afternoon Tea
15:30 Keynote 2: (45 min)
The 10 Year “V” of a Complex Engineered System
(Michael Edwards)
16:15 Closing Remarks (15 mins)
16:30 Day 2 Close

Information on confirmed workshops at ASEW 2018:


Title Abstract
Systems Engineering in the development of the Advanced Train Management System (ATMS) The ARTC, in partnership with Lockheed Martin, are developing the Advanced Train Management System, a modern technology communication-based train control system to replace traditional train management systems in use on ARTC’s network.

Development of the ATMS has encompassed elements of research & development, safety-critical hardware and software development, systems integration and operational change. This presentation will look at the application of Systems Engineering practices across the lifecycle of the project, from proof of concept through to systems acceptance and operational deployment. Topics covered will include:
• Applying a system engineering approach to delivery of a safety-critical rail infrastructure project
• How systems engineering principles and traditional rail signaling principles have been applied together on the project to ensure delivery of systems assurance outcomes.
• The influence of technology change and modern software development practices over the lifecycle of the project.
• Transitioning from a proof of concept through to operational deployment and system support.

The presentation will touch on some of the key lessons learnt from the project and how these could be applied to future complex system delivery projects in rail.

Parallel Lines What does it mean to be a Systems Engineer on the client side? 
Every conference has Transport, Defence, Healthcare etc in different streams representing our home domains. This gives us an opportunity to explore and share our own bucket of challenges and successes with our own. I would suggest that whatever industry you are currently engaged with, we have more in common than differences.
This is a prompt to share ideas and lessons, starting from the all-important question of why do we need systems engineering to be an organisational capability on the client side through to working effectively across the organisational and commercial boundaries with our counterparts through the full lifecycle .  At every turn we are the Filling in the Sandwich.
We all have challenges developing Systems Engineering as an organisational capability including:
• Educating the masses, SE is more than simple managing requirements
• Breaking through internal silos
• Adopting common language, tools , methods
• Identifying competency requirements and career development 
• Finding the best operating model and embedding systems engineering into the organisation so that its sticks and is valued
• Building a diverse and inclusive team
Let me share where are we heading with Systems Engineering approaches in Transport for New South Wales. What progress we have made, the challenges, the breakthroughs, the things we are pretty proud of and where we might converge the parallel lines we are all on.
The 10 Year “V” of a Complex Engineered System Since the Government’s selection of a base design and Industry Participants in 2007, 10 years have elapsed seeing two DDGs delivered to the RAN and a third to be delivered in 2019. The DDGs are the most capable and complex surface combatant the RAN has ever had and are now transitioning into service with the development of operating and sustainment capabilities a current focus.
The 10 years of complex engineering behind this program has traversed the full systems engineering lifecycle – the “V” – and provided many insights and lessons learned. Indeed many of these lessons are recurring. We should have learned from previous experiences, but don’t always. Sharing the issues and approaches for recognising and dealing with them from a contemporary program should allow our systems engineering community to reflect and grow our mutual experiences to continually improve.
Insights to be discussed include:
Is there really a “shelf” for OTS systems?
Does scale make things complicated or complex?
System or Systems of Systems?
Requirements are never unambiguous and are not static over time?
What is technical integrity of a complex system?
How do we progress in the face of technical risks and incomplete information?
The challenges of environmental qualification of systems.
Systems Engineering for Autonomous Vehicle Trials Autonomous vehicles will change the world, just as cars did before them – and they are right around the corner from full scale roll out.
A number of trials are being conducted worldwide to learn not only about the behavior of these vehicles but also about parallel development of legislation, policy, insurance and optimal application for customer use.
A framework is presented for the safe trialling of autonomous vehicles on NSW road network using a Systems Engineering approach. The framework aims to present a structured method of testing from lower to progressively higher complexity environments in order to identify and define the technology, infrastructure and regulatory readiness of automated vehicles. The framework may be adopted in other jurisdictions and may assist in informing the legislation for full scale roll out of autonomous vehicles.
Success Measurement and Evaluation of Complex Systems Across Processes, Methods and Products Serious science starts with measuring, and systems engineering will not be an exception. We regard systems engineering as art and science of problem formulation, solution synthesis and transformation process from problem space to solution space. Given this simple model of major systems engineering activities, in this panel we discuss various ways that systems engineering success can be measured.
The discussion necessarily creates an interface with engineering project management, and we review some of the material in “Systems Engineering Measurement Primer”  from INCOSE handbook. We then discuss whether complexity and elegance of the solutions could be used as a success measure?The panel starts by a 30 minutes presentation revisiting Systems Complexity Measurement Framework and the Cynefin framework. Then various other systems engineering measures such as flexibility, evolvability, and elegance will be explored. After this, the panel members will present their views on the topic and comment on the measures that might be suitable for systems engineering success evaluation. The panel will discuss this for about 1 hour. We then open the floor for questions answers, and further discussions.
Summary of new Systems Engineering Competency Framework The next major evolution of the INCOSE Competency Framework (ICF) is Version 1.0. was released at INCOSE IS 2018.  The competency framework is structured five competence groups and 36 core competence areas across five levels of proficiency. Because this is a role-based competency framework, another major section is a guide to role definition that describes the typical roles systems engineers may assume.

This tutorial will walk through the new competency model and provide opportunities for discussion about is use and application.

Standardising International SE Certification (ISO/IEC 24773) on the SE Competency Framework Two significant pieces of work are being undertaken to better define the practice of Systems Engineering.
INCOSE have recently released the SE Competency Framework, a product of the SE Competency WG. This work is not yet complete as Annex E: Guide to Competency Evaluation is yet to be published.  This will undoubtedly have an impact on the INCOSE Certification Program as it takes root within INCOSE.
Separately, the ISO Standards Committee ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7 have a working group developing ISO/IEC 24773 Certification of Software and System Engineering Professionals.
SESA has representatives on both working groups.
This Workshop will provide a connection between the two working groups by mapping the SE Competency Framework to the Certification framework defined in ISO/IEC 24773 and gather comments on the SE Certification part if this Standard for ballot at the upcoming committee plenary meeting in Tokyo.Let’s be Standards Makers, not just a Standards Takers and have our say in defining the Practice of Systems Engineering.
Connection between competency framework and graduate/undergraduate outcomes There is often a major disconnect between the expectations of systems engineering graduates and systems engineering employers. The INCOSE Systems Engineering Competency Framework provides clear guidance on the expected competencies of a professional systems engineer at five levels: from ‘awareness’ to ‘expert’.
In this session, we’ll workshop how the Framework could be used help align Systems Engineering curricula taught at Australian universities and the needs of graduate-level employers.
Application of Systems Engineering to Large Communication Networks Telecommunication services and solutions matter. They underpin communities, businesses and governments. They support critical defence, education, energy, finance, health and transportation capabilities.

Telecommunications service and solution providers globally acknowledge the need to be smarter, faster and more flexible to meet the needs of users, customers, investors and other stakeholders.

The scale and complexity of today’s telecommunication infrastructure makes this difficult, the uncertainty on future telecommunications needs and applications makes it more so.

This workshop explores one question. How can providers of large communication network solutions be smarter, faster and more flexible in satisfying stakeholder needs despite complexity and uncertainty? Attendees will:
• Receive an overview of the “Guide for the Application of Systems Engineering to Large Communication Networks”, a work in progress with the SESA Telecommunications Working Group;
• Identify issues impeding delivery of large communications network solutions in practice;
• Explore the best and worst ways to engineer these systems;
• Find out how to engage with engineers and stakeholders through the Systems Engineering Society of Australia and the International Council on Systems Engineering to deliver better network solutions for your enterprise.

Model Based Engineering Analysis for Communications Networks This presentation demonstrates a descriptive telecommunications network model in a model-based systems engineering environment, extended from concise requirements documentation. The model is built to cover the full-scope of a mobile communications network, including the main network components, customer management and maintenance systems. Parameters on the customer profile and service standards are imported from the specified requirements. Constraint interactions that are affected by these parameters are built into the model, and the constraint equations are solved to size the network components. Using this system model, impacts on requirement changes are demonstrated.
The demonstration covers the use of Vitech’s GENESYS tool for MBSE, and the connector to Mathworks’ Matlab for constraint solving. It includes:
• Modelling constraints on elements of system design that relate to relevant parameters in defined in the system requirements.
• Representing these relationships visually using diagrams in the SysML notation.
• Using the Matlab Connector to automatically produce Matlab-compatible scripts combining mathematical expressions and the parameter values from these requirements.
• Executing these scripts through the automated connector.
• Returning design parameter values into the system solution design based on this analysis.
• Reuse of the model using modified input parameters and the effects on system design.
Tackling Poverty Holistically This workshop will look at the concept of using systems thinking to define the issues of poverty in Australia and design holistic strategies to address them. The workshop will commence with a short summary of the work conducted so far in this space, and an overview of the methodology that will be followed. The majority of the workshop will have participants contributing to this concept through working in groups to define the systems that are involved in the complex socio-technical System of Systems that poverty resides in. The intended outcome of the workshop is nn improved systemic understanding of the topic that can be used to design intervention strategies.
How do we best support Early Career Systems Engineers? With attendance at Systems Engineering symposiums and workshops often dominated by more experienced Systems Engineers, this workshop style session seeks to encourage discussion and elicit feedback on how SESA, and more broadly, the global Systems Engineering community can best support Early Career Systems Engineers (ECSEs) to ensure continuity within the discipline. Discussion topics will include:

  • What do ECSEs want out of their careers? How would they like to be supported?
  • How can ECSEs be encouraged to attend National and International Systems Engineering events?
  • What support can experienced Systems Engineers provide to their younger counterparts? What support would they have liked in the early stages of their careers?
The MBSE Adoption Challenge As we fast approach the turn of the decade, both industry and government are looking towards Model Based Systems Engineering as the answer to overcoming many challenges that persist in achieving superior warfighting capability for the nation.

Government is driving for Joint Force Integration by design, and Industry demands increasing efficiency and rigor in the design and delivery of Complex new systems.
While the languages can be taught and there are many tool vendors providing value-add software products, what remains to be developed is the underlying methodology. This is critical if we are to achieve a common understand of the HOW to apply MBSE across the complete system lifecycle from concept to disposal.

This workshop has been designed to engage both Industry & Government in identifying the common challenges facing the MBSE community with a vision to begin driving towards unified best practice for Australia.

The benefits and impact of a Systems Engineering approach to the ongoing development of the Australian electrical energy generation, transmission and distribution system A workshop organised in to sessions along the following lines:
1. A briefing by experienced engineers from the energy industry on the evolution of the current engineering issues facing Australia, with emphasis on the East Coast. Systems. 1 hour.
2. A briefing by an experienced systems engineers on how systems engineering has found a home in solving complex problems and projects in the defence and aerospace worlds with references to Model Based Systems Engineering. Engineers in the electrical energy world probably have a limited knowledge of the real meaning and relevance of the term ‘systems engineering’. 30 minutes.
3. Divide attendees into two Working Groups to retire and consider the issues as outlined in the above briefings.1 hour.
4. Plenary session – groups outline their thoughts on the benefits and impact of a Systems Engineering approach to the ongoing development of the Australian electrical energy generation, transmission, distribution and retail system. 1 hour.
The Use of Advanced Model-Based Systems Engineering Techniques in the Design of Complex Systems The Workshop explores the power of model-based system engineering techniques and demonstrates how these can be applied to the design of complex systems.   Using a proven methodology, conference delegates will see how to develop an integrated systems architecture that captures the outputs of operational analysis, requirements development, functional analysis, and design and synthesis.  A series of guided demonstrations will show how such techniques can develop a rich and traceable design architecture.

All demonstrations are supported by a simple to use, modern systems engineering tool.  The key insight from the workshop is how the systems engineering method can now be more effectively applied using advanced model-based systems engineering techniques.  This approach is shown to be far superior to conventional paper-based methods.

The workshop provides a good mix of presentations supported by detailed demonstrations.  There is ample time for interaction with the workshop participants.

Application of Systems Thinking, Systems Engineering and Modelling & Simulation in Healthcare Systems Engineering can sometimes be relegated to the role of managing requirements in medical and healthcare projects. This is because managing requirements in any medical regulatory environment is mandatory and requirements engineering is acknowledged to be part of the Systems Engineering process. However, the full benefit of Systems Thinking and the Systems Engineering approach is often not realised.

In today’s modern clinical environment where for example multiple complex technologies need to work together or where a new health facility is being developed, the need for a Systems approach is more important than ever. Modelling and Simulation has a role to play in this.

The Australian situation has particular challenges with a relatively small medical/healthcare sector and limited opportunity for cross-fertilisation between engineers and scientists who work in the systems role.

This panel and discussion session, structured as a set of short presentations from leaders in this sector followed by a collaborative exchange between workers in this field, will focus on the above from two key perspectives:
• On how Systems Thinking / Systems Engineering applies to Healthcare and related projects; and
• On what role does Modelling and Simulation play in Healthcare and related projects?”


  1. Cyle Sprick – Flinders Uni
  2. Mohammad Safaeipour – Uni of SA
  3. Christophe Waterplas – Resmed
  4. Anand Ganesan – Flinders Uni
  5. Roman Greifeneder – CathRX
Information Publication Skills for Systems Engineers: making engineering outputs more accessible Your engineering competence might be excellent, you probably have a stack of experience and qualifications in getting the job done, maybe you’ve even been doing additional professional development around some specialist skills; but none of that means anything if you’re not able to share your work in a coherent and engaging manner. A key part of almost all engineering delivery is the dissemination of ideas, results and analysis through documentation – but when did you last go on course for that?

Publishing engineering information in graphs, charts, tables, models and reports is a key skill that all engineers should have, particularly Systems Engineers, who frequently bridge the gap between multiple stakeholders, interfaces and disciplines. Unfortunately, this is not a standard feature in most engineering training courses, with most engineers having to either learn on the job, or worse, make it up as they go along!
This tutorial will introduce a few key concepts related to publishing the outputs of engineering in a variety of forms. It will draw upon current best practice in the areas of data visualization, report writing, and data presentation, tailored with specific applicability to Systems Engineering. Delivery will be a mix of presentation, exercises and group discussion.

Decision Analysis & Lifecycle The tutorial will refresh the techniques developed by the INCOSE Decision Analysis Working Group and documented in the text-book “Trade-off Analytics-Creating and Exploring the System Tradespace, Edited by G.Parnell”, published by Wiley 1n 2017. Tutorials on this subject have been conducted at ASEW 2107, SETE 2018 and INCOSE International Symposium 2018. ASEW 2018 will continue to develop the techniques, focusing on the relationships between the trade-off study reports and other system engineering artefacts generated at significant phases of the system lifecycle. The tutorial session will discuss the related current features developed by other working groups including MBSE, System of Systems and Product Line Engineering.

The workshop session will simulate trade studies at different lifecycle phases and consider the utility of products for effective engineering support of the system evolution over the lifecycle. This topic was identified at the Decision Analysis Working Group at IS2018 in Washington D.C. as an issue needing analysis. It would be  beneficial to the working group if the Australian workshop and subsequent technical paper could make a contribution to the working group. Participants can be industry practitioners, academics and acquisition organisations with varying levels of experience. Teams will be formed with a mixture of backgrounds to seek fresh ideas and innovative solutions.

Soup to Nuts: Sys Eng the Elements of the Space Enterprise This session will serve two purposes – to help people understand how space activities are linked together, starting from what it takes to build a satellite and a payload – what the trends in those areas are, what the cost and schedule drivers are – then discuss launch and do the same, and then the same for on-orbit operations, and downstream use.

The day will start with a panel with an expert in each of these three areas. They will provide an introduction to each area and its challenges. The task then turns to a facilitated workshop discussion of how the linkages between the elements could be improved or streamlined, with nothing off the table – tech, policy, business – to make a more efficient space industry.

Introduction to Modelling and Simulation Modelling & Simulation (M&S) is increasingly being recognised as a universal enabler, while Systems Engineering (SE) has long been recognised as the Systematic Application of Systemic Thinking to deliver complex systems. Interestingly, Modelling and Simulation (M&S) is an intrinsic part of the SE process itself (refer MBSE). This session will provide an introduction to basics of Systems Thinking and Modelling and Simulation, covering the following key topics
•       Motivation for M&S & SE
•       Definitions M&S and SE
•       Categories of M&S
•       Fidelity & Resolution
•       SE Lifecycles for M&S – Acquisition & Sustainment
•       Verification, Validation & Accreditation of M&SIt will conclude with a general discussion and a Q&A session.
Challenges of Interoperability in a Live, Virtual, and Constructive context The ever evolving Defence operational context in conjunction with increasing complexity of Defence assets is driving a need for greater integration across the ADF in order to ensure safe and effective delivery of required outcomes. This operational context is driving a greater need to interoperate efficiently and effectively, across Services, and perhaps even more importantly, in the ability to train and rehearse as a joint force to demonstrate preparedness prior to actual operations.

This panel, comprising members with experience spanning acquisition and sustainment of Defence capability and training, will focus on defining this complex and evolving operational context, highlighting some of the key challenges, and considering initiatives and innovations towards overcoming these challenges, from Systems Engineering and Modelling & Simulation perspectives, through presentations and an open discussion / Q&A forum.


  1. WGCDR Malcolm Tutty; and
  2. Luke Brown (CASG).
SESA Telecoms Working Group Planning 2019  The purpose of the SESA Telecommunications Working Group is to improve telecommunications services by developing a body of knowledge that advances Systems Engineering of telecommunications solutions. Attendees of this planning workshop will:
• Identify telecommunications stakeholders and needs;
• Articulate the need to change interactions between telecommunications and systems engineering communities;
• Refine the Telecommunications Working Group purpose with outcomes, measures and benefits;
• Contribute to the Telecommunications Working Group plans for 2019, which include the establishment of an INCOSE Telecommunication Working Group;
• Find out how you and your enterprise can engage with and benefit from this Working Group.
All are welcome. Attendance is not limited to SESA Telecommunications Working Group members. 
Corporate Engagement Group (CEG) First Meeting The Corporate Engagement Group (CEG) will operate to improve SESA’s engagement with the corporate sector across Australia.   Membership of the CEG is open to all corporate SESA members, with each corporate member entitled to nominate one representative. This session will outline the scope and opportunities of the CEG and will provide an opportunity for the SESA corporate members to provide feedback on SESA practice and systems engineering issues.

The scope of work for the CEG will be outlined including:
• Be a conduit between SESA and their employees, clients and peer organisations to promote the value of Systems Engineering;
• Promote the value of CASE among their employees and clients as the preferred pathway to CPEng for Systems Engineers to lift the competency standards of the SE profession.
• Recommend active engagement of their employees in the SESA agenda;
• Develop any recommendations for any changes in SESA practice;
• Share lessons learned for SE and known good practice.
The opportunities of the CEG will be outlined including:
• Influence systems engineering in Australia – direction and structure – through SESA, Australia’s leading systems engineering body;
• Increase the organisation’s commitment to professional systems engineering within Australia to both staff and customers;
• Represents the “voice of industry” as a sounding board for government and academia on systems engineering issues.

Early Career Systems Engineer Huddle Informal lunch-time gathering to:

  • Provide some background to the ECSE initiative, why it is important to SESA and INCOSE  
  • Meet those who identify as an ECSE, especially those not attending Michael Psalios and Chris Browne’s  workshops so they can be informed of the outcomes.
  • Mention the survey commissioned by Luke Edelston. Michael will cover in his session.
  • generally provide Michael and Chris and  those attending their workshops some focus areas to work with. There are also several well-held views  which need to be re-assessed, such as;
    • When should engineers identify as SE’s?.  From the ‘git-go’ or after some specialist/design related experience?.
    • Can or should employers  be discouraged from engaging  ‘graduate systems engineers’?. If so why and how?.
SEP Muster Systems Engineering Professsional (SEP) Muster (SEP Gathering)

A certified systems engineers are welcome to this gathering (ASEP, CSEP & ESEP)

INCOSE Knowledge Exam Paper based 2 hr INCOSE Knowledge Exam
ASEW Outcomes Summary A short summary of the outcomes of each of the Workshops, Panels and Working Group sessions at ASEW, presented by the related session facilitator
(Resolution of) Pain points impacting the (efficient) development of transportation infrastructure Across the transport sector, prevails a common cultural background and history of working in silos, civil engineering leadership, heavy/civil construction environment and a legacy of predominantly electro-mechanical equipment. Against this, we are deploying leading edge technology to improve efficiency for operations staff and improved service and amenities for users, leading to an increased level of complexity and integration.
This workshop will target discussion around the challenges to SE adoption and promote the exchanging of strategies and practices leveraged by SE leaders for increasing systems implementation and uptake.Structured as three distinct “Blocks” each building upon the others. Each block is a collaborative exchange, breakout groups will begin with an investigation into selected “pain points” with the intent of understanding the problem space sufficiently through a holistic exploration of key drivers, players, and dynamics.Participants will share their perceptions and draw on their experience and knowledge from all sectors to outline requirements for solutions, and detail the “next steps” required to plan and deploy solutions.The intent is to develop a shared understanding of the problem space, identify solution requirements – with attention to impeding factors such as cultural, social and organizational.
The Value of Integrating Project Management with Systems Engineering The benefits of overlaying Systems Engineering principles with Project Management philosophies are well established so why is it still so difficult to implement.

With current statistics still showing project success rates as low as 30% regardless of industry sector or project complexity, the question of ‘WHY’ still occupies a significant amount of researchers’ time and directly affects the confidence of government decision makers when embarking on the next major infrastructure project. Many studies have been conducted over the past decade to try and deduce the drivers behind project success or failure. Although most of these are flavoured toward presenting the best interest of the domain which funded the study, those in the area of Systems Engineering and its contribution to project success are consistently supported by Project Management Industry bodies.

In this presentation, Martin Griffin will review the continuing conflicts between Project Management philosophies and the discipline of Systems Engineering and highlight where and why these elements of project delivery struggle to align and quite often cause friction. The definition of Project Success is evolving beyond the traditional measures of Schedule, Cost & Quality to one where Projects must deliver what they set out to do – the expected benefits or the availability of capability. This will truly require the tight integration of Project Management with Systems Engineering to deliver Project Success.

The Future of Maritime Test & Evaluation in Australia With record levels of investment in Australian Maritime Capability programmed for the coming decades how will Australia’s Test & Evaluation community ensure ongoing fitness for purpose and the achievement of superior capability outcomes? Join us for a Panel discussion exploring the current state of play and future challenges related to T&E Policy, Facilities, Ranges, People, Processes and a host of other topics including issues of practicality and cultural mindsets.

Chair: Peter Nickoloff (Director Nova System Australian; President ITEA)

Panelist: Bill Keegan (Director Test & Evaluation – Future Submarine Program – CoA PMO; International President ITEA)

Panelist: Shane Casboult (Director Test & Evaluation – Air Warfare Destroyer Program – CoA PMO)

Panelist: Gerard (Larry) Lavallee (Production/Block Manager – Offshore Patrol Vessel Program – ASC; former Test & Activation Lead – Air Warfare Destroyer – ASC)

Multi-Stakeholder Decision-Making in Complex Scenarios – Using Systems Thinking Global challenges and local problems can no longer be viewed and ‘solved’ with disciplinary sciences and the 17th century reductionist mind-sets. Leaders and decision makers need to understand complexity and how to deal with it in the multi-stakeholder multi-agency scenarios that predominate today. In today’s exceedingly connected and dynamic world, most decisions are complex and require engaging with multiple stakeholders representing diverse sectors and competing interests, often under uncertain and adversarial conditions. Worse, systemic delays and feedback cycles embedded in complex systems muddle decisions and their anticipated outcomes, causing adverse and unintended consequences.  According to the Australian Public Service Commissioner, “Tackling wicked problems requires thinking that is capable of grasping the big picture, including the interrelationships among the full range of causal factors underlying them. They often require broader, more collaborative, and innovative approaches.”  Yet, despite sophisticated technology and seasoned manager, business and government decisions – everywhere – are fraught with failures and adverse consequences. The impacts of these decisions undermine the economy, the environment, the society, and the communities – locally and globally.

In this workshop Professor Maani will discuss the hidden, yet commonplace, pitfalls of group and organizational decision-making and will introduce a simple and proven process for building consensus decisions in complex scenarios.  Drawing from three decades of working with business and government leaders around the globe, Kambiz will share several international case stories, including sustainability projects in Asia-Pacific, to demonstrate this process.  The workshop will be interactive with opportunities for the participants to share their own stories and challenges. 


Can better systems engineering practice lead to more efficient assurance of rail projects


This session will provide an introduction and background to assurance, acceptance, and regulatory requirements on rail projects and how they relate to systems engineering activities.    In particular, the session will explore how good quality satisfaction arguments of high level non-functional project requirements (such as safety, reliability, capacity, customer experience) can reduce acceptance risks and facilitate more efficient assurance activities. The attendees will then have an opportunity to explore some more specific examples and discuss, based on their own experience.


Complex Systems
  1. What are complex systems?
  2. Systems thinking approaches to complex systems
  3. Ashby and first order cybernetics
  4. Saynisch and second order cybernetics
  5. ‘This is not rocket science’: the Complex Responsive Process of Relating of Stacey, epistemologies of engineers and support from Pentland’s Social Physics
  6. Other complex issues in traditional systems engineering

Emeritus Professor Complex System, The University of Adelaide

Visiting Professor Chongqing University

20 October 2018