Systems Engineering – What it does and why we should care
Complexity is a common feature of many major engineering projects today, including both customer and stakeholder expectations as well as technical environmental and regulatory requirements.
Systems Engineering methods and tools, developed in the Defence sector to confirm that equipment and software achieved specified requirements, and are commonly used in rail and other sectors for projects such as new trains. Increasingly however, Systems Engineering is also being used in the initial stages of project development as a means of identifying key players and requirements and to better manage the risk and implications of change during project implementation. Shaun Wilson from Shoal will provide an oversight of Systems Engineering principles and methods including examples of how it is being used by major organisations such as Transport for New South Wales and Public Transport Victoria.
Shaun Wilson is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of systems engineering house, Shoal, an Adelaide based firm which focuses on conceptual design of large, complex defence and transportation systems. During his career, Shaun has led a range of technology initiatives including development of the first inservice Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) for the Australian Army, early development of broadband communications capability for Antarctica using small satellites, and practical implementation of model based design approaches for large, complex military systems. Shaun has been active within the engineering profession over his career. He chaired the Engineers Australia National Committee on Space Engineering, was Deputy National President, and later President, of the Systems Engineering Society of Australia.