Tim Ingram (England) presented at the Annual Systems Engineering Conference (ASEC) at the Slate Conference Center located at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England on November 21-22, 2017. Tim represented MMI Engineering, a division of Geosyntec.
Tim's presentation was for session 1.2 "Cross Disciplinary Systems Engineering." His presentation, entitled "Systems Engineering Approach to Asset Management" addressed how a Systems Engineering approach can be applied within the Asset Management domain.
The theme of the conference was "Pushing the Boundaries of Systems Engineering." The Annual Systems Engineering Conference 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.
The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is a not-for-profit membership organization founded to develop and disseminate the interdisciplinary principles and practices that enable the realization of successful systems. Their mission is to address complex societal and technical challenges by enabling, promoting, and advancing Systems Engineering and systems approaches.
INCOSE has grown significantly since its formation in 1990 with a membership that represents a broad spectrum – from student to senior practitioner, from technical engineer to program and corporate management, from science and engineering to business development. Members work together to advance their technical knowledge, exchange ideas with colleagues, and collaborate to advance systems engineering.
Systems Engineering can be applied in any sector, to any project, but often gets lost in translation. For example, common issues can be that core terminology is tailored to Systems Engineering professionals rather than operators/designers, or the misconception that implementation of Systems Engineering is expensive.
The Institute of Asset Management (IAM) recognizes Systems Engineering as a useful tool to help deliver a successful asset management system. However, the intricacies of how to communicate such a diverse topic have not fully been realized.
To support the key Asset Management Standards (ISO 55000  & The Anatomy ), a document called Subject-Specific Guidance (SSG) for Systems Engineering is being prepared by the IAM community, to demonstrate where the Asset Management and Systems Engineering processes can complement each other pragmatically. To achieve this, the main elements of Asset Management (Strategy and Planning; Asset Management Decision-Making; Lifecycle Delivery; Asset Information; Organization and People; Risk & Review) have been decomposed to enable a clear understanding to be presented of where Systems Engineering can add tangible value to the Asset Management process, and in so doing, to try to initiate a paradigm shift.
We propose that we will present our current thinking within the SSG and key messages that we are trying to extol, through the articulation of tools and techniques that can be used to support an asset management system. For example, how requirements management principles can be used to support the development of corporate objectives, and how they are linked to strategy and planning. The paper will address some of the more complex issues of interaction across an enterprise, but also the simpler topics of terminology and definition of "systems", which can be lost in translation and lead to misunderstanding and failure to deliver.
Learn more about the event at: http://incoseonline.org.uk/ASEC2017/Default.aspx.
Learn more about INCOSE at: http://www.incose.org/about.
Learn more about Tim Ingram at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tim-ingram-17554127/.