Infrastructure projects are becoming increasingly complex. This is due to:
- rapid shifts in economic activity
- availability of information
- resource scarcity
- human connectivity.
As this complexity increases, engineers can no longer rely on traditional methods for delivering projects. Using a systems engineering approach, you'll understand how to identify the project context, and analyse, write and structure requirements that meet stakeholder needs.
You'll learn key elements of the systems engineering approach, including:
- understanding the problem up-front
- engaging with the broader, dynamic context of projects
- mapping how a built system will interact with that context
- identifying the competing needs of stakeholders.
By the end of the course, you'll have the tools and techniques to make better engineering decisions when designing and managing projects in uncertain and complex environments.
For corporate clients, we can customise course content to include applications to your industry.
- Understand the principles of systems theory and systems engineering
- Apply new tools to identify the project problem and environment
- Use systems engineering processes to identify all stakeholders and their competing needs
- Write project requirements that meet all stakeholder needs
- Design the project in an integrated way that delivers optimal stakeholder value
Is this course for you?
This course suits engineers with two or more years of experience and industry professionals with more than five years' experience.
- asset engineering specialists
- design interface managers
- engineering or technical managers
- project managers
- management executives.
Before attending this course, you must complete eight to 12 hours of online activities. These activities will introduce you to the theories and concepts covered during the face-to-face component of the course.
You must complete this at least two business days before the course.
For this reason, you can only substitute a participant up to two business days before the course starts.
Topics we'll cover
Why systems engineering?
- Introduction to complexity and systems
- Systems thinking applied to engineering
- Applications to your industry (for corporate clients, on request)
The three systems
- Developing the system of interest
- Engaging with the system context
- Optimising the organisation
The systems engineering process
- Requirements analysis
- Functional analysis
- Synthesis and systems architecture
- Verification and validation
Take this course to build skills and knowledge in the following Engineers Australia Chartered status competencies*:
5. Engage with the relevant community and stakeholders
12. Advanced engineering knowledge
15. Creativity and innovation
*Completing this course does not automatically guarantee you a competency. However, you will gain the base knowledge you need to develop these specific Chartered competencies.
John Nasr is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and Chartered Systems Engineering specialist. A recognised leader in his field, he has experience in both government and commercial positions spanning the transport, automotive, aerospace, defence and oil and gas sectors. He helps clients use systems thinking, engineering management, process improvement and project management to manage complex projects, reduce risk and meet stakeholder needs.
John has led the client-side development effort for complex, multibillion-dollar defence projects. He has also led large multi-disciplinary teams across several sectors, and has developed cost-cutting asset management strategies.
John has challenged the way complex transport projects are developed in Victoria. He has developed a systems engineering methodology tailored to the Victorian transport sector, which has already delivered significant benefits to the state.
The depth of knowledge and how this was translated to examples was most valuable. In the past, the abstract nature of the information has been difficult to comprehend.
Captivating and interesting [content] which can be easily implemented in the workplace... Completing the online introductory content before the course helped to understand the material more clearly and deeply.
Explanation of tools and concepts with examples was the highlight of the course for me.