ASEC 2016. An Engineers Meetup Story.

INCOSE UK Annual Systems Engineering Conference

  1. The Annual Systems Engineering Conference (ASEC) is INCOSE UK’s flagship annual event and brings together a wide range of professionals from a variety of backgrounds, with the common interest of building upon their Systems Engineering (SE) knowledge and sharing ideas with their peers.
    INCOSE UK hosted its first annual conference in 2010, with the aim of creating the premium annual Systems Engineering conference in the UK. Now in its 6th year, ASEC has indeed grown to become the UK’s foremost SE conference, with this year’s theme being ‘Building on Success’.
  2. This year's location: Warwick Conference’s flagship venue, the Scarman Centre at the University of Warwick.

  3. Buildup.

  4. It all started one day with an email in your inbox.
    What can it be this time? Then people started to talk ...
  5. 4 weeks to go to @incoseuk #asec2016 Hoping for a full house again Intrigued to find out the panellists' views on "the next big thing in SE"
  6. Just a week to go until the INCOSE UK #ASEC2016 in Coventry. Looking forward to some interesting discussions.  http://ow.ly/GKps305XEiD 
  7. Join us in 1 week @INCOSEUK #ASEC2016 conf & learn benefits of Multilingual Systems Engineering for your org #INCOSE #SystemsThinking #xl8 https://t.co/zUiRoaGSH4
    Join us in 1 week @incoseuk #ASEC2016 conf & learn benefits of Multilingual Systems Engineering for your org #INCOSE #SystemsThinking #xl8 pic.twitter.com/zUiRoaGSH4
  8. I am looking forward to attending @incoseuk #ASEC2016 and showcase @PTC_Integrity #MBSE solutions for smart connected products in #IoT era!
  9. We strongly recommend You to attend our tutorial "Model-based Requirements Engineering Challenges and Best...  http://fb.me/7lunBQIQ0 
  10. Did some final preparation for @incoseuk #asec2016 this afternoon. It's looking like a pretty packed programme for a pretty packed venue.
  11. Rhys is all ready to speak at @incoseuk #asec2016 tomorrow! Looking forward to bringing systems engineering and asset management together.

  12. Conference.

  13. Underway at @incoseuk #ASEC2016 for two days of learning & discussion. First up #AssetMgt, #SystemsEngineering for the bigger world pic.twitter.com/3Su2ejfTj8https://t.co/3Su2ejfTj8pic.twitter.com/3Su2ejfTj8https://t.co/3Su2ejfTj8pic.twitter.com/3Su2ejfTj8https://t.co/3Su2ejfTj8pic.twitter.com/3Su2ejfTj8
  14. First thing I got my name badge. Got upgraded this year.
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  16. Programme of the conference. Lots of content, must decide what to see. But, after all, it's Systems Engineering, one needs to find the best trade-off...
  17. Additional Elements were available:
  18. Working Groups had the opportunity to bid for up to three 45 minute sessions each day to conduct working group business, or engage with delegates who may not normally be able to attend their meetings.
  19. We were pleased to have Ben Jones, Professional Development Executive at the Engineering Council, with us to discuss the importance of continuous professional development (CPD) and to provide a demonstration of how to use their MyCareerPath tool to record CPD evidence against professional competencies.
  20. There was a “Fringe” session each day. Engaging and informative, providing a space where delegates can explore aspects of Systems Engineering and its relationship with its wider context.
  21. There is a long long day ahead of us.
  22. #ASEC2016 prior to start. Smaller and more intimate than the massive #IS2016. Looking forward to excellent event https://t.co/ON7FULNoWW
    #ASEC2016 prior to start. Smaller and more intimate than the massive #IS2016. Looking forward to excellent event pic.twitter.com/ON7FULNoWW

  23. Day 1.

  24. Because we are engineers. And mostly because what we engineer are systems, and everybody knows that a system is more than the sum of its parts ...
  25. Richard thinks we must take care what we engineer.
  26. Trick is making sure it's good things - which means getting consensus on what good is - which is what #systemsengineering is for! #ASEC2016  https://twitter.com/aitch_/status/798450783884836864 
  27. It kicks-off with our next former president reminding all what is INCOSE, and what's INCOSE-UK.
  28. Just finished my preparations for opening of #ASEC2016, describing what #INCOSE and #incoseUK do. Almost my last act as INCOSE UK president
  29. #incoseUk past president pin. strong, positive emotions. Thanks to the many who supported. Only as good as the team https://t.co/mpw0DhIjU8
    #incoseUk past president pin. strong, positive emotions. Thanks to the many who supported. Only as good as the team pic.twitter.com/mpw0DhIjU8
  30. Here we go... @richbsys kicking off @incoseuk #asec2016 by explaining what INCOSE is to an audience with a lot of first-time delegates.
  31. Done introduction to #incoseUK at #ASEC2016. Almost my last thing as president. Still get very nervous presenting, which I feel is positive
  32. In the meantime, radio waves are floating through the ether dreaming about the unending void ... We are just talking on Twitter about the new registration flyers:
  33. @ianthesonofgib @aitch_ I've read the new U2 guide cover-to-cover but I still haven't found what I'm looking for #ASEC2016 @incoseuk
  34. Keynote

  35. Rhys Davies, President of eAsset Management.
  36. Rhys is the Chairman of ISO Committee (TC251), leading 31 countries in developing InternationalStandards for Asset Management and resulting in the publication of the ISO55000 series in2014. He continues to lead that group in its ongoing work.
  37. 55001 and 15288: Two Sides of the Same Coin. Much is made of Asset Management ‘just being something we have always done’. But in a world where we have had strong bodies of knowledge in the fields of reliability engineering, Systems Engineering, and maintainability, why do we still fail to deliver effective performance? This keynote will try to challenge our thinking and try to explore where Asset Management fills in some of the gaps. It will also highlight the missing bits that no standard can fill…
  38. eAM's Rhys Davies is giving the keynote address at this year's @incoseuk #ASEC2016 conference. Systems eng & AM - two sides of the same coin https://t.co/Cbu2DK2dbX
    eAM's Rhys Davies is giving the keynote address at this year's @incoseuk #ASEC2016 conference. Systems eng & AM - two sides of the same coin pic.twitter.com/Cbu2DK2dbX
  39. #ASEC2016 orgs needs aligned objectives. Not only technical issues for the products, also between functions in the organisation. It's hard!
  40. Michele Trevithick is talking about Model-based Systems Engineering Approach to Evidence based Decision making.
  41. Excellent talk by Michele Trevithick on using architecture to underpin a MOD medical service transformation programme at @incoseuk #asec2016
  42. #asec2016 on to technical 'meat'. Michele Trevithick on MBSE Approach to evidence based decision making. Interesting https://t.co/QACPi8S6iZ
    #asec2016 on to technical 'meat'. Michele Trevithick on MBSE Approach to evidence based decision making. Interesting pic.twitter.com/QACPi8S6iZ
  43. Then Rick Adcock proceeds to Scenario Selection Method for System Scenario Analysis.
  44. Rick Adcock talking about being pluriform and prefunctory with scenario development at @incoseuk #asec2016. https://t.co/fOvw45cZqQ
    Rick Adcock talking about being pluriform and prefunctory with scenario development at @incoseuk #asec2016. pic.twitter.com/fOvw45cZqQ
  45. #asec2016 yet again reminded of centrality of context. Context can be seen as bridge between holistic view of whole and reductionist detail
  46. Next, Data Visualisation for Systems Engineers - John Welford.
  47. A good reception and interesting debate following my @WSP_PB_UK presentation on visualisation @incoseuk #asec2016 conference
  48. It's worth checking out the link extuitive.co.uk/10reasons/
  49. #asec2016 Visualisation purpose should aim for clear portrayal of complexity to give visual access to subtle and difficult - from Ed Tufte
  50. Finally, Stephen Powley wonders if Are We Talking the same Language? Multilingual Systems Engineering.
  51. Stephen Powley making the case for left-shifting translation activities in multi-national projects.
#asec2016 https://t.co/0xpvmsbb6h
    Stephen Powley making the case for left-shifting translation activities in multi-national projects. #asec2016 pic.twitter.com/0xpvmsbb6h
  52. Many things to consider in an international programme.
  53. Anecdotal? example of sending the text by email to the translator service. Never imagined they might not work today:
  54. Panel Discussion.

  55. In the meantime, James is very busy:
  56. Panel discussion: you connect your smart washing machine. It'll hack your bank account and do money laundering #ASEC2016 @incoseuk
  57. More points on emergence, IoT and society's readiness for systems we can build, but should we? @incoseuk #asec2016
  58. #ASEC2016 advantage from IOT comes from what you do with the data (through analytics). Connectively of appliance to Internet is a given now
  59. Voting happens on opinion on current matters.
  60. But this immediately led to recognising, again even in the audience, the disproportional gender representation.
  61. Quite a strange coincidence to count 9 persons when talking about 9%.
  62. Great to see @incoseuk bringing different disciplines together. Next step to increase engineering diversity #9percentisnotenough #ASEC2016
  63. Lily Bacon, @realVNC executive VP, agrees that #9PercentIsNotEnough when it comes to women in the UK's #Engineering & #Tech workforce! https://t.co/iS6lAdvsau
    Lily Bacon, @RealVNC executive VP, agrees that #9PercentIsNotEnough when it comes to women in the UK's #Engineering & #Tech workforce! pic.twitter.com/iS6lAdvsau
  64. Quite enjoyed the first day of #asec2016, some very good presentations and attended my first architecture working group. thanks @incoseuk

  65. Day 2.

  66. Keynote

  67. Professor Andy Stanford-Clark,IBM Distinguished Engineer for the Internet of Things.
  68. Professor Andy Stanford-Clark is a Distinguished Engineer in IBM’s global Internet of Things team and an IBM Master Inventor, with more than 40 patents.
  69. Explained how the Internet of Things is making a huge difference in the industrial manufacturing world, to improve process efficiency and reduce downtimethrough predictive analytics. He explains how the new area of “cognitive” analytics, using unstructured data such as images and machine learning, can give a holistic view ofthe manufacturing process to achieve levels of improvement that have not been seen before.He gives examples of how the IBM Watson analytics services are being used to makemanufacturing more efficient and eliminate downtime due to unplanned maintenance.
  70. #ASEC2016 industry 4.0 - intelligent automated systems. A cognitive revolution
  71. #ASEC2016 Day 2starting with @andysc talking about Internet of things and advanced analytics https://t.co/1cTSB9hSxY
    #ASEC2016 Day 2starting with @andysc talking about Internet of things and advanced analytics pic.twitter.com/1cTSB9hSxY
  72. Cognitive factory of future - computer supports Human experts and thinks WITH them. #ASEC2016
  73. #asec2016 @thomaswalworth says process not enough for good engineering - need good practice. For years I've said SE=process+systems thinking
  74. #asec2016 getting ready for my SPOT paper. Delivered before but still nervous. there are many interesting competing tracks - who will come?
  75. Enjoying @richbsys explaining how he has used SPOT to prioritise organisational Systems Engineering improvements at @incoseuk #asec2016.
  76. Enjoying "Stretchy Fred" moments from Anne Bearne's presentation "How not to do Requirements Management with Civil Engineers" at #asec2016
  77. Anne Bearne: How not to do Requirements Management with Civil Engineers.
  78. About how not to do requirements management .. in rail . With a bad picture #ASEC2016 @incoseuk https://t.co/qTeQQm8KTM
    About how not to do requirements management .. in rail . With a bad picture #ASEC2016 @incoseuk pic.twitter.com/qTeQQm8KTM
  79. Paul Wheway: Agile SCRUM in Systems Engineering – A Practical Application.
  80. Now Agile SCRUM in Systems Engineering, a practical application #ASEC2016 @incoseuk
  81. #asec2016 event over. Excellent. Thanks to speakers, events team for technical content, dot the eye for admin, delegates for engaging
  82. Mission Impossible achieved Well attended high quality @incoseuk #asec2016 conference only 4 months after a record breaking #INCOSE_IS 2016!

  83. Tutorials.

  84. Thinking about Domain specific competencies for aerospace SE Competence framework tutorial #ASEC2016 @incoseuk https://t.co/KGYXJ3dnGC
    Thinking about Domain specific competencies for aerospace SE Competence framework tutorial #ASEC2016 @incoseuk pic.twitter.com/KGYXJ3dnGC
  85. @aditot @incoseuk I'd add Platform Enhancements, Mission Planning & Rehearsal and Safety Cases. Enjoy and I'll see you next year!
  86. We are pleased to have Ben Jones, Professional Development Executive at the Engineering Council, with us to discuss the importance of continuous professional development (CPD) and to provide a demonstration of how to use their MyCareerPath tool to record CPD evidence against professional competencies.
  87. #ASEC2016 MBSE doing a pattern for making 'claims' - can we generalise/apply/use in Verification - leading to generation of evidence reqts
  88. James of Scarecrow in action delivering model-based requirements engineering tutorial at #ASEC2016 @incoseuk https://t.co/Hi7pYqo5aV
    James of Scarecrow in action delivering model-based requirements engineering tutorial at #ASEC2016 @incoseuk pic.twitter.com/Hi7pYqo5aV
  89. On writing requirements. This promises to be very interesting, and useful. Ok, maybe more useful #ASEC2016 @incoseuk 🤓 https://t.co/kq1dHIUBfW
    On writing requirements. This promises to be very interesting, and useful. Ok, maybe more useful #ASEC2016 @incoseuk 🤓 pic.twitter.com/kq1dHIUBfW
  90. Exhibitors' Stands.

  91. Our stand at this year's INCOSE UK conference. Come along and say hello. @Scarecrow_MBSE #ASEC2016 https://t.co/oEiNtHl7yM
    Our stand at this year's INCOSE UK conference. Come along and say hello. @Scarecrow_MBSE #ASEC2016 pic.twitter.com/oEiNtHl7yM
  92. @aditot @incoseuk @andysc it doesn't quite produce enough water to make coffee. Some mods needed I think.
  93. Very useful, interesting conference. Learnt a lot, met many new faces.  Thanks to all @incoseuk for the hard work. #asec2016 #incoseuk https://t.co/osZQgO9aQF
    Very useful, interesting conference. Learnt a lot, met many new faces. Thanks to all @incoseuk for the hard work. #asec2016 #incoseuk pic.twitter.com/osZQgO9aQF
  94. Working Groups.

  95. MBSE Working Group
  96. During this session, the Model-Based Systems Engineering Working Group gives a brief overview of its objectives and current work-streams, plus launch a new 'Interest Group' activity aimed at keeping all members informed about all things MBSE.
  97. Exciting stuff!
  98. Rocket Science Dinner.

  99. Karl being fascinated by the rocket.
  100. Thoroughly enjoyed my time as after dinner speaker at @incoseuk #asec2016 conf yesterday. A very engaging audience!  http://www.crusade.space