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Awareness Report July 2005

 Flight International magazine

This week Flight International launches one of the most powerful aviation information resources on the internet.

 The full content of the magazine, along with nine year’s of searchable archives, is now available to all visitors free of charge at All content of the current issue is available online as soon as the magazine is published.

 What’s more, all the Paris Air show news stories from Flight Daily News as well as coverage at future shows will be online, allowing non-attendees to follow the events from a distance. And, jobseekers can continue to access Flight’s market-leading range of aerospace vacancies – entirely for free.  

Hazard and Safety Analysis Courses from the HISE Group

 HISE Website - The High Integrity Systems Engineering (HISE) group is responsible for the development and presentation of a range of courses on safety engineering and management, with an emphasis on embedded systems and software.

 These courses are closely linked with the Department's MSc and Certificate courses in Safety Critical Systems Engineering; the HISE group presents most of the modules of the Certificate course, and a number of equivalent public courses and on-site courses for clients from a range of industries.

 EMC for Functional Safety and Reliability Engineering

 IEE Website - This training course describes the problems; shows how to identify the actual risks; and provides practical engineering techniques for correctly dealing with EMC to reduce functional safety risks in a cost effective manner.

 The System Safety Society

 SSS website - The System Safety Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Safety Professional in the application of Systems Engineering and Systems Management to the process of hazard, safety and risk analysis.  The Society is international in scope and draws members throughout the world.  It is affiliated with major corporations, educational institutions and other agencies in the United States and abroad.  

The 14th IEE Safety Critical Systems Residential Courses

IEE website - This Residential Course has been planned to provide an overview of, and tutorial instruction to:Enable participants to develop an understanding of the key aspects of IEC 61508 Cover various phases of the safety lifecycle in a systematic manner Cover systems, hardware, software and human factor issues Address risk based approaches to the development of the safety requirements specification use case study material to facilitate consideration of the requirements of IEC 61508 in a realistic manner and provide participants with an opportunity to address practical issues

 Safety Critical Computing Group

Leeds University

Aims: - To undertake research in the field of safety-critical computer-based systems, identify 'best practice' for industrial applications, and transfer this knowledge to industry; to contribute to the development, and the use, of standards and assessment criteria.

 Our research is primarily concerned with the development of methods to assist in the design, implementation and assessment of safety-related and high-integrity telematic systems, with particular emphasis on road transport applications. A specific objective of the group is to make effective use of safety integrity levels in the development of safety-related systems so that product costs may be kept as low as possible without compromising safety requirements.

 Recruiting safe employees for safety-critical roles

HSE - This document summarises an innovative research project undertaken by psychologists from the Occupational Psychology Centre (OPC) on behalf of Her Majesty’ s Railway Inspectorate (HMRI). The study involved piloting a selection process for safety-critical employees within the UK rail industry. The process was piloted with employees working on the track and it involved:

bulletidentifying the key characteristics required for safe and effective performance in a range of safety critical activities undertaken on the track that have not previously been analysed;
bulletselecting suitable assessment tools to measure these key characteristics;
bullettrialling these assessment tools with track worker applicants and existing track workers; and,
bulletvalidating the assessment tools by demonstrating, wherever possible, the link between performance on the assessment tools and performance in training and on the job, including safety performance.

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

In Pursuit of Safety-Critical Java

HSE - Compared with other high-level programming languages like C and C++, Java offers productivity benefits from two- to ten-fold greater than those earlier languages. By carefully applying Java technologies to embedded real-time systems, software engineers have been able to deliver higher software quality, increased functionality and greater architectural flexibility in software systems.

Awareness Report June2005

Research on Safety Systems  Research Centre

SSRC Website

The SSRC, hosted by the Department of Computer Science, University of Bristol, UK, was established in 1995 and has been expanding ever since, providing solutions to problems related to the design, operation and maintenance of safe and reliable computer-based systems.

Oxford University Safety Critical Course

Oxford Software Engineering Website

The course will enable attendees to understand the specific issues, problems and techniques associated with analysis, design, development and verification of systems that will be used in safety critical applications. The course follows the complete life cycle of safety critical systems development, paying particular attention to systems that rely on software.

IEC 61508 for Safety Critical Systems: An Intensive One Day Workshop

Maintenance 2000 Website

 IEC 61508 for Safety Critical Systems: An Intensive One Day Workshop
There are also other one day courses, seminars, workshops, and education for improving equipment effectiveness in the following areas, either at your location or in one of our classrooms:

 Requirements Engineering Workshop for High Assurance Systems

Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute Website

The Fourth International Requirements Engineering for High-Assurance Systems Workshop (RHAS’05 - Paris) is a one day workshop that addresses the special challenges of engineering the requirements of software-intensive systems, the performance and dependability of which is mission critical. For such systems, it is thus critically important that requirements engineers must collaborate with specialty engineers to proper engineer both:

·         Performance requirements (e.g., jitter, latency, response time, schedulability, and throughput)

·         Dependability requirements (e.g., defensibility, operational availability, predictability, reliability, robustness, safety, security, stability, and survivability)

 Praxis High Integrity Systems ATM Courses

Praxis Website

Praxis High Integrity Systems offers generic and bespoke training courses that assist ATS providers in meeting their future Safety Management Obligations. This is a three-day training course to introduce managers and engineers to practical Safety Management. This course will help you to meet your ICAO and EUROCONTROL obligations, help provide assurance that safety activities are carried out at the right time in a cost-effective manner and thus increase confidence in air transport safety.

Safety-Critical Systems Symposium

Safety Critical systems Club

Bristol Marriott, Royal Hotel Tuesday 7th February - Thursday 9th February 2006

 The Safety-critical Systems Symposium has been organised annually, each February, by the Safety-Critical Systems Club since 1993. The event - the UK's and, arguably, Europe's, premier safety conference - brings together safety practitioners (both engineers and managers) from all industry sectors, and sprinkles among them leading academic researchers and teachers.

 Workshop on Interdisciplinary approaches to achieving and  analysing system dependability

SC Mailing List

A workshop on interdisciplinary approaches to achieving and analysing system dependability" will be held as part of the conference ‘DSN’ in Florence, Italy June 29, 2004.

Results and Achievements from the DTI/EPSRC R&D Programme in Safety Critical Systems

Lancaster University Website

This report describes the main results and achievements of the substantial programme of R&D in Safety-Critical Systems funded by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council which ran from October 1991 to early 1998. In all there were 32 projects involving some 99 organisations. The total investment by industry, DTI and EPSRC has been of the order of £28.4m of which about half has been contributed by industry. The technical scope has been correspondingly broad.

Electronic Safety Case Technology

E Safety Case Website

The eSafetyCase is a recent innovation, which improves both the management of safety information and the presentation of safety cases.

Safety cases present arguments for safety, drawing on evidence from diverse sources to demonstrate that a system is acceptably safe. Without care, both the arguments and the evidence can easily be lost in a sea of documentation. The outcome is that costs and time-scales are compromised because approvals are delayed.

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