Today marked the close of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) International Symposium in Adelaide. The six-day event hosted over 600 delegates from around the globe to participate in a very full technical and social event schedule.

The Shoal booth in the exhibition hall featured a blue Kombi Van, a barista, and beers from Vale Ale; it was an enabler for good conversation, where symposium attendees could drop by to network and socialise. This sat amongst exhibitors such as software developers, universities, and companies across the industry.

Two of the keynote addresses covered contemporary developments in Systems Engineering with Air Vice-Marshal Mel Hupfeld describing the Australian military force design approach as being evolutionary, not revolutionary and Paul Nielsen from the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University identifying the opportunities and challenges for Systems Engineering in dealing with autonomous systems. We were also provided a window into the political and technical decision-making behind one of the world’s iconic engineered systems, the Japanese ‘Shinkansen’ Bullet Train by Dr Tomohiko Taniguchi, an adviser to the cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The closing keynote, by Bill Murtagh from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told us how nature, in the form of space weather, impacts our critical infrastructure.

Technical sessions covered a variety of topics from systems engineering fundamentals, to model-based approaches and conceptual design. Various case studies were explored, demonstrating best practice and the state of the industry across sectors such as energy, transportation and robotics. Our senior engineers had a presence in multiple streams through involvement as session chairs, panellists and presenters. Shoal also sponsored the Monday evening icebreaker session, pictured below. At this social event, delegates had the opportunity to interact and meet exhibitors and event sponsors.

Shoal was proud to be a silver sponsor of the INCOSE International Symposium. The company was well-represented and demonstrated our technical capabilities through various presentations and conversations over the course of the event.

Shoal looks forward to the next International Symposium in Washington DC in July next year.