This year the tutorial sessions have been planned be conducted virtually for the first time. This message is to advise that registration is required by 16 April 2021 to provide sufficient preparation time and confirm interest in the topics.
The tutorials aim to provide training or knowledge transfer on specific topics relevant to Systems Engineering, Test & Evaluation knowledge and practice. The tutorials are suitable for novice, experienced and advanced practitioners and may assist candidates seeking SE certification.
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The tutorial program is as follows, noting the presenter biographies are available on the IPEC website Home Page | IPEC (ipecongress.com.au)
Please note: You do not have to attend the IPEC to attend these tutorials.
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INCOSE recently revised its definition of Systems Engineering, moving away from that of a “technical” and “engineering process” focus to “a transdisciplinary and integrative approach to enable the successful realization, use, and retirement of engineered systems, using systems principles and concepts, and scientific, technological, and management methods:”. This tutorial and discussion forum will focus specifically on the “systems principles and concepts” noted in the revised definition, structured around three key perspectives (questions?) – Why, What and How – at an introductory level. Topics to be covered include the following:
There will be opportunity for sharing of ideas and insights through the session in groups around key concepts, with time set aside at the end for Q&A, feedback, and discussion.
In recent decades numerous government reports and academic research have highlighted that poor project definition is often a significant cause in project failure. In particular, poor identification of user needs and their systematic translation into effective system specifications is a real and ongoing problem. One way to improve the current situation is to to use a systematic capability design methodology to improve the way operational concept documents are developed during the early stages of the capability development process. This tutorial introduces a proven methodolgy and a range of best practice approaches to developing well grounded operational concept documents and function and performance specifications.
The US DoD  defines a collaborative system-of-systems as a situation where component systems interact more or less voluntarily to fulfill agreed upon central purposes. This tutorial will illustrate how a modern military pilot training environment can be modelled as a collaborative SoS, where the constituent systems comprise missionized training aircraft, a mix of high-fidelity full flight simulators and low-fidelity part task training devices, mission planning systems, mission debriefing and scoring systems, logistic support and configuration management systems, and competency-based training accredited products and organizations. This tutorial will identify and characterize key interfaces between the constituent systems and provide a suggested approach for designing a SoS T&E program that would be capable of evaluating the operational effectiveness and operational suitability of a modern military pilot training system. The tutorial/paper will also illustrate how testing a collaborative SoS requires input from T&E practitioners with multi-discipline backgrounds and expertise with advanced T&E skills and knowledge, and the need for T&E organizations to be capable of testing across organizational boundaries. The use of advanced T&E methodologies will be introduced, along with an illustration as to why a sovereign, enterprise level, independent and capable T&E organization is needed by Australian defence industry.
Communications networks underpin critical aerospace, defence, intelligent infrastructure, public safety and transport applications. This tutorial provides a guide to the systems engineering of communication networks in these domains. It explores: the characteristics of current communications systems; the value of systems engineering approaches to their development; optimization of network engineering activities across the life cycle; common pitfalls in the development of communications solutions; engagement with the international systems engineering community to improve delivery of communications solutions.
Over the last three decades, defence communication and information systems have been increasing the complexity and interconnectedness of systems that has pervaded society more broadly throughout the Information Age. Even more than society in the broad, Western Departments of Defence (DoDs) have sought to attain information dominance. The result has been a large number of complex systems, system-of-systems and families-of-system-of-systems.
This Tutorial examines the Australian implications of the big challenges facing decision making in complex systems and the key assurance initiatives pursued systematically by the US and Australian DoD initiatives to effect these more integrated, interoperable and information-assured capabilities, while also ensuring these capabilities remain resilient to the new cyber threats using ethically-aligned approaches to experimentation and Test & Evaluation.