Chapter Meetings (western Cape)



This channel contains highlights from Western Cape Chapter Meetings. Various notable guest speakers are invited to talk about different aspects of the engineering of systems, the development of technical systems, the management of human systems and the complexity and challenges that accompanies it.


  • INCOSE SA Western Cape Branch Event: How to write a paper for INCOSE International Symposium (IS) in 2020

    02/04/2019 Duración: 01h22min

    INCOSE SA — A vision to host INCOSE international events in South Africa was met with some scepticism at the 2009 INCOSE International Symposium in Singapore (IS2009). Undeterred, the vision was pursued with determination, resulting in the INCOSE SA Chapter hosting the first ever EMEA Systems Engineering Conference on the African continent in Somerset West in 2014 EMEASEC2014). The huge success of the conference, and continued promotion at international INCOSE events resulted in INCOSE Board approval, in April 2018, to host IS2020 in Cape Town. Having landed the coveted flagship event, the South Africa Chapter is now faced with the challenge to support the INCOSE Events Committee to ensure that IS2020 goes down in INCOSE annals as a most memorable and successful event. The participation of our South African members is important, hence we present a short tutorial to kick-start preparations for IS 2020 paper submissions. The following will be covered in the tutorial: • What is the role of a paper in a pro

  • Evolving MBSE to Enable the Digital Future

    12/10/2018 Duración: 01h01min

    INCOSE SA — For over ten years, the systems engineering community has focused on transforming from document-centric to model-based techniques. But the challenge is not to transform systems engineering. The challenge is to transform the holistic engineering lifecycle. How must we evolve model-based systems engineering to enable the digital future? For 25 years, David Long has focused on helping organisations increase their systems engineering proficiency while simultaneously working to advance the state of the art across the community. David is the founder and president of Vitech Corporation, where he developed CORE™, a leading systems engineering software environment. He co-authored A Primer for Model-Based Systems Engineering, and is a frequent presenter at industry events around the world. A committed member of the systems community and ESEP, David is the immediate past president INCOSE.

  • Using the requirements Tree -Ad Sparrius

    19/09/2018 Duración: 58min

    INCOSE SA — The Specification Tree is a well-known artefact for system engineering; but for many purposes its resolution is not nearly fine-grained enough. The Requirement Tree has the resolution of individual requirements and individual characteristics, and proves to be a very useful artefact as will be discussed. Ad Sparius holds a BSc BEng (Electronic Engineering), University of Stellenbosch, Master of Science in Electronic Engineering (MSEE), University of California, Berkeley and Master of Business Leadership (MBL) (cum laude), University of South Africa. He was awarded the Council medal for the best student. Professor Extraordinarius at the Graduate School for Business Leadership, UNISA. Ad teaches project management courses for UNISA’s Graduate School for Business Leadership and post-graduate courses at the Graduate School for Technology Management of the University of Pretoria. He is the research study leader for numerous master degree students at both the University of South Africa (Master of

  • Priscilla Mensah and Sepo Hachigonta - Showcasing South Africa’s investments in Systems Analysis

    28/08/2018 Duración: 01h11s

    INCOSE SA — The talk will showcase a collection of peer-reviewed articles by promising young scientists and their academic mentors. The research is contextualized by South Africa’s multi-year investment framework in research and capacity development for systems analysis through the NRF and the Department of Science and Technology (DST). This seminal publication serves as a valuable resource for policy makers, researchers and postgraduate students; providing tools and an analytical foundation for the management and governance of natural resources, disasters, and climate change for the technological and ecological transitions to sustainability. The book, edited by Priscilla Mensah (NRF), David Katerere (TUT), Sepo Hachigonta (NRF) and Andreas Roodt (UFS): • Serves as a valuable resource for policy makers and also postgraduate students conducting research using systems analysis thinking. • Provides an analytical foundation for the management and governance of natural resources, disasters, and climate chang

  • Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz – Energy modelling in the South African Power and Energy

    16/08/2017 Duración: 01h47min

    INCOSE SA — The current draft version of South Africa's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2016 Draft) plans for a renewable energy share in domestic electricity production of 18% by 2030, 26% by 2040 and keeps that share constant at 26% until 2050. The plan limits the amount of renewables that can be built in any given year and therefore arrives at these relatively modest renewables shares until 2050. The CSIR conducted a study that lifts the renewables new-build constraints and re-optimises the power mix until 2050 from a pure least-cost perspective. The preliminary results of this unconstrained model outcome will be presented. The least cost scenario exhibits a large amount of solar PV and wind in the power system by 2050. With a much larger share of these two variable renewables (VRE) in the power system, the immediate next question is how to bring in the concept of sector coupling (electricity, transport and heat) in order to reduce total energy system cost even further (through the portfolio effect) an

  • Hanno Retief – Comparing sequential vs. incremental software development models

    25/04/2017 Duración: 01h05min

    INCOSE SA — What is Agile really? Is waterfall really bad, and if so why? How does one makes sense of all the buzz words thrown about in today’s software development environment. Hanno Retief will present a comprehensive comparison of the most commonly used models, characteristics, their benefits and when to apply which. Over the past decade, Hanno has held multiple positions in software development, both in technical and managerial positions. Having spent 5 years leading software development teams, he has become a passionate advocate for applying the right software model to the right problem and developing organisational process to cope with business demand. With a background in economics, he has always leant towards a systems thinking approach to problem solving. Presentation Slides — PDF (1.8 MB)

  • Alwyn Smit - Getting the Most out of "Work" Breakdown Structure

    23/02/2017 Duración: 49min

    INCOSE SA — Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) can be a powerful aid in effectively managing projects, but it is also easily misunderstood and misapplied. Issues to be considered include: why WBS must not be just a breakdown of work, essential principles in adopting WBS as a management tool, failsafe rules for constructing effective WBS, relationships to other structures useful in project/engineering management, e.g. Systems Breakdown Structure (SBS), Cost Breakdown Structure (CBS), Organisational Breakdown Structure (OBS), Specification Breakdown Structure (Specification Tree), application of WBS to costing, scheduling, definition, risk analysis, measurement, reporting, organisational design, and control. Alwyn Smit is a Principal Consultant with Project Performance International (PPI). He has a B.Eng. (Electr) degree from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, and is registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) as a professional engineer. He has spent the bulk of his career workin

  • Dr Willem Barnard- Organizational Development in the Information Age

    24/11/2016 Duración: 47min

    INCOSE SA — The development of an organization is a complex process: as a continuously changing organism, it is confined to a structure created in a continuously changing environment. This talk aims to give a broad and philosophical overview of the essential aspects of such an organism: the environment (legalities, paradigms and algorithms); the people in the organisation, planning for the future making use of opportunities and threats in uncertainty; and the structural aspects ensuring a proper fit for the organisation. Dr Willem Barnard obtained a DSc at the University of Pretoria in 1977. From 1969 – 1991 he had several positions in engineering, research and management in high technology sectors. In 1992 he became the managing director for Dorbyl. In 1994 he was appointed the Chief Executive Officer for KWV and held that position until 2007. Since then he is the Executive Chair for Vastech. Dr Barnard served on numerous boards and played a major role in establishing the importance of systems engineer

  • Giorgio Brajnik - Agile usage-centred software development

    13/10/2016 Duración: 01h18min

    INCOSE SA — Despite technological advances seen in the past decades, several best practices for developing usable user interfaces are still too seldom being applied. Yet, the user interface of a software system is often its most complex and volatile component, where most of the problems in the end converge. While agile approaches aim at delivering often high quality batches of the system, they also run the risk of overseeing problems with the design of the user interface. To many people, the user interface is just a thin layer of coat covering the underlying system. But this is not true in the majority of cases: users will rebel against such user interfaces, leading to low productivity, low acceptance, too many errors, refusal to learn to use new features, boycott of the system, etc. In this talk we will see how agile approaches that strive to make the software development process controllable can be coupled to usage-centred development practices so that usable software can be delivered in time and wi

  • David Long - Beyond MBSE: Looking towards the Next Evolution in Systems

    05/09/2016 Duración: 01h07min

    INCOSE SA — For almost ten years, the systems engineering community has been focused on the transformation from document-centric to model-based techniques. While most systems engineering organizations have completed pilot efforts, established appropriate communities of practice, and are plotting their path forward, this transformation is far from complete. In terms of the Roger’s innovation adoption lifecycle, we are beyond the early adopters, in the early majority, and moving towards the tipping point where model-based systems engineering becomes the expected framework and approach for systems engineering. Systems engineering remains a young discipline – one that must continue to learn and evolve, one where transitions should be viewed as waypoints along a journey rather than destinations themselves. While work remains to ensure the transformation to model-based techniques is both efficient and effective, it is time for the systems engineering community to begin looking beyond MBSE. When model-based is

  • Dr. Dietmar Winzker - "Systems Engineering, Innovation and Leadership"

    26/05/2016 Duración: 01h35min

    INCOSE SA — Often portrayed as separate items, requiring separate disciplines, Systems Engineering, Innovation and Leadership should really be viewed as a “merging” of interrelated parts, making something greater than the sum of these three together. This talk will relate experiences and findings by dr , working across diverse countries and industries and show how a more holistic view of these parts can enhance the value of business and engineering. Born and raised in Germany until 15 years of age, Dietmar has a professional background in Aeronautical Engineering, specifically missile/rocket propulsion and gun-projectile aerodynamics as well as in the area of technology and senior management. He graduated as an Aeronautical Engineer from Stellenbosch in 1977 and completed his Masters degree (1986) and first PhD (Eng) from the University of Pretoria (1988). He obtained a second doctorate in 2005 (Dr.-Ing) from the University of Johannesburg in Engineering and Technology Management. For 15 years he work

  • Chantell Ilbury – "Welcome to the Age of The Fox…thinking the future"

    26/11/2015 Duración: 01h07min

    INCOSE SA — INCOSE Western Cape Year End Function: Chantell Ilbury is an independent scenario strategist, facilitator, speaker and top-selling business author. She specialises in guiding organisations through strategic conversations, especially in times of uncertainty. Chantell holds a BSc in Chemistry, a post-graduate Higher Diploma in Education, an Executive MBA from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, and has studied Strategic Negotiation through Harvard Business School in Boston. It was at UCT where she first met Anglo America’s Clem Sunter and shared her ideas on scenario planning that lead to the writing of their best-selling books The Mind of a Fox, Games Foxes Play and Socrates and the Fox. The three books were later published together as The Fox Trilogy in 2011. Chantell is also a guest lecturer on strategy and scenario planning at a number of top business schools, and is an accomplished speaker on scenarios and effective strategy in times of uncertainty. As a scenario st

  • Robert Halligan - "An Overview of ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288:2015"

    08/10/2015 Duración: 01h07min

    INCOSE SA — ISO/IEC 15288 – "Systems and Software Engineering - System Life Cycle Processes" has had a chequered history. Does the release on 15 May 2015 of ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288:2015 mark the commencement of a new era? Robert believes so. The importance of the release of this new version of the standard cannot be overstated, forming, as it does, the foundation of the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook (SEH) Version 4, and therefore, of INCOSE ASEP/CSEP/ESEP certification. Robert will identify the changes from 15288:2008 to 15288:2015, and will discuss their significance. He will also share his thoughts on residual issues with the new version.

  • Prof. Alan Brent – The Western Cape Green Economy Model (WeCaGEM)

    20/08/2015 Duración: 45min

    INCOSE SA — Prof. Alan Brent – "Using System Dynamics to investigate transition and investment scenarios: The Western Cape Green Economy Model (WeCaGEM)" Transitioning to a green economy presents opportunities and challenges for not only national governments, but also provincial and local governments. Within the South African context, a green economy transition is recognised as one of the key pathways towards achieving an environmentally sustainable, resource efficient, low-carbon economy, and a just society. For the Western Cape Province of South Africa, several sectors have been identified as capable of playing a key role in the government’s effort to transition towards a green economy and becoming one of the leading green economic hubs of Africa. To achieve this transition, however, requires trans-disciplinary, integrated approaches to manage and plan the identified sectors. Using system dynamics, a Western Cape Green Economy Model (WeCaGEM) was developed to investigate the complexity involved in re

  • "Industrial Symbiosis and the Circular Economy." - Sally-Anne Käsner

    02/07/2015 Duración: 01h06s

    INCOSE SA — Industrial Symbiosis is the collaboration between organisations to achieve resource efficiency, with particular focus on material and energy exchange. IS has evolved over the years in terms of scale and types of exchanges; however the motivation for the implementation of an IS approach by companies is the (typically mutual) benefits derived through participating in an exchange. These include financial benefits to the companies, benefits to the economy, environmental benefits and social benefits. In practice, despite the obvious benefits, the fundamental drivers for the implementation of IS by companies appear to be financial and resource constraints or legal pressures. The need to increase the efficiency of resource use can be closely linked to another important concept, namely the Circular Economy. The Circular Economy refers to an industrial economy that is restorative by intention; aims to rely on renewable energy; minimises, tracks, and ideally eliminates the use of toxic chemicals; an

  • We are what we will – a systems perspective on decisions, relationships...

    23/04/2015 Duración: 01h11min

    INCOSE SA — "We are what we will – a systems perspective on decisions, relationships and practical implications for systems engineers" - Presented by Gericke Potgieter. Gericke Potgieter has an MA in Socio-Informatics from the University of Stellenbosch, specialising in the field of Judgment and Decision Making. His educational background gives him broad insight into the interaction between data, information, knowledge and the psychology of decisions. With a colourful career spanning nearly 20 years he has experience within the fields of communication systems, IT systems, training, software development, strategy consulting and most recently software automation.He is the managing director of Artifex Knowledge Engineering, a company that specialises in reducing risk through the development, automation and quality control of spreadsheet systems. Presentation Slides — PDF (5.7 MB)

  • Why Systems Engineering … ?

    19/02/2015 Duración: 01h07min

    INCOSE SA — Why Systems Engineering …? Presented by Gerhard Swart. Gerhard is a multi-disciplinary Systems Engineer and Technology Strategist, consulting from his company Alphadot (Pty) Ltd. Alphadot helps customers achieve the profitable commercialisation of products based on high-impact local technologies, particularly in the fields of Renewable Energy and Electric Vehicles. He hopes that this will contribute to employment creation through a revival of the South African manufacturing industry. Gerhard has previously taken a technical leadership role in several high-profile development projects such as the weapons system for the Rooivalk Attack Helicopter and the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT). He has also worked abroad as an Integration Team Leader for the Hong Kong International Airport. More recently he was a co-founder and the Chief Technical Officer of Optimal Energy, the developer of South Africa’s first Electric Vehicle, the Joule. In this process he has become a recognised authority in

  • South Africa's Energy Outlook

    20/11/2014 Duración: 01h05min

    INCOSE SA — South Africa's Energy Outlook - Presented by Kobus Meiring. Kobus was born in Paarl, matriculated at Paarl Boys High and graduated at the University of Stellenbosch as a mechanical engineer. He started his career at Denel Aviation in 1988 and was appointed Rooivalk Programme Manager in 1997, a position he held until the first aircraft was delivered into service. Kobus then moved to Cape Town as Project Manager of the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), which he managed from inception to handover in 2005. After that he co-founded Optimal Energy, where the Joule electric car was developed. A number of “customer ready” prototypes were built, tested and displayed at International shows. Kobus joined juwi at the beginning of 2014 as Operations Director, in which position he is responsible for all juwi South Africa’s projects (EPC and development) as well as O&M. He is married to Rouxnette since 1989 and they have four teenage children.

  • Systems Engineering in Turbulent Times

    23/10/2014 Duración: 55min

    INCOSE SA — Systems Engineering in Turbulent Times. Presented by David Long. For over twenty years, David Long has focused on enabling, applying, and advancing model-based systems engineering (MBSE) to help transform the state of the systems engineering practice. David is the founder and president of Vitech Corporation where he developed CORE®, a leading systems engineering software environment. He co-authored the book A Primer for Model-Based Systems Engineering and is a frequent presenter at industry events around the world. A committed member of the systems community, David is president of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), a 10 000 member professional organization focused on sharing, promoting, and advancing the best of systems engineering. David holds a bachelor's degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics, as well as a master's degree in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech. Presentation Slides — PDF (3.7 MB)

  • The integration of Design Thinking and System Thinking

    14/08/2014 Duración: 01h12min

    INCOSE SA — The integration of Design Thinking and System Thinking. Presented by Richard Perez (Program Director World Design Capital 2014) INCOSE Introduction — PDF (1.4 MB) · Presentation Slides — PDF (4.2 MB)

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