OptimiSE Magazine

OptimiSE magazine, SyntheSys Technologies' biannual publication is aimed at members of the engineering, systems and software development community.  The magazine aims to share best practices and technical insight and gives us a platform to share company news.  This informative magazine presents a collection of articles about Systems and Software and we hope that you, our colleagues and customers throughout the community, will find it both interesting and useful.

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Featured Article: Issue 7

Automotive Engineering

Maximising Customer Value in Automotive Engineering

There's a delicate balancing act to be struck in contemporary automotive engineering.  Customers increasingly demand a more personalised experience, and a bespoke product that reflects and respects their particular needs.  For manufacturers and designers, there are certainly opportunities in being able to meet these more specialised demands.  This technical article explores how specialist automotive manufacturers can better understand, prioritise and address customer requirements through the use of systems engineering practices.

Issue 7: July 2021

Current Issue: Issue 7 – July 2021 – Automotive Special

Automotive Engineering Management & Compliance with IBM®


We live in an age of constant technological change, and automotive engineers build some of the most complex assets on the planet.  Our solution tour explores how engineers can leverage the power of IBM® Engineering Lifecycle Management (ELM) suite for Automotive; a solution specifically designed for the complex and evolving needs of the Automotive industry.


New Technology Partner: BoostHigh



In an exciting time of change and growth, we are pleased to announce our latest strategic alliance with Poland-based software development company, BoostHigh.

Meet the Team - Pete Skipper

Meet the Team: Pete Skipper




Consultant, Pete Skipper, has over thirty years’ experience covering all aspects of software development from project management and system design, through development to integration and acceptance testing.  Read our article on page 10 which shares more about Pete’s background and interests.

More from OptimiSE Magazine

Agile Systems Engineering

Agile Systems Engineering


Many industries have now reached the threshold of complexity past which traditional methods of project management are no longer up to the task, but aerospace and defence was the first, and systems engineering was the result.  This article explores how Agile and Systems Engineering can be combined to better manage complex system development programmes.

Porter Sports Racing - Car and Driver

Speedy Success for Porter Sports Racing


The UK automotive industry is a vital part of the UK economy worth more than £82 billion turnover and adding £18.6 billion value to the UK economy. SyntheSys has been providing engineering services to the automotive industry for several years which is why we were thrilled to hear of an interesting and unique opportunity to get involved with local motor car racing team, Porter Sport Racing, via an exciting sponsorship arrangement.

Train Station - The Complexity Gap

The Complexity Gap



Managing complexity in rail supply using proven systems engineering methods.  Even before the COVID-19 crisis, the next few years looked like a period of significant change for the rail industry.  The network is being transformed by massive investment in the digital railway, and technologies like cab signalling and condition-based maintenance require IT integration between systems that never used to directly interact.

Meet The Team - Matt Muller

Meet the Team



Matt Muller has worked with prestigious customers in automotive, defence, banking and transport sectors, to deliver and support systems and software solutions.  We were delighted to welcome Matt to the SyntheSys Technologies technical team in September 2020.  Here, Matt tells us more about his background, experience and what makes him tick!

Systems Engineering Essentials Honey Comb

Adapting the Product Life Cycle for Complexity



As the pace of change increases, development processes have adapted to a world where requirements can change at any stage of the life cycle, with a strong focus on streamlined development of individual subsystems and iterative testing.  This article discusses how having an approach to the life cycle which emphasises the whole system can be critical to success.

Engineering Lifecycle Management

Introducing Version 7.0 of Engineering Lifecycle Management


This article explores the new release of the IBM® Engineering Lifecycle Management (ELM) toolset.  ELM is a set of integrated tools that work together to offer full traceability across the engineering process.


2020 Systems Engineering Training Course Announcement



We are delighted to announce that we will be delivering the remaining 2020 training courses in line with social distancing requirements.

Motorway with HGV and car

Engineering Supply Chain Collaboration



Getting suppliers to understand your requirements can be time-consuming and costly through poor communication and misunderstandings.  This article examines different automated solutions for effective engineering supply-chain management.

3D model of a car

Electrification in the Automotive Industry: A Systems Engineering View


As we take major strides towards complete electrification on our roads, this article considers the development of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and discusses some of the key elements to which systems engineering methodologies and practices can accelerate EV adoption.

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Engineering Development in the Cloud



Many of us use the Cloud without realising it, as it sits behind social media, online shopping and government services that we all use every day.  More than ever we use connected devices and the exponentially-growing Internet of Things, but not all businesses are taking full advantage of what the Cloud can do for them.  This article considers how Cloud solutions may enhance and accelerate engineering development.

Train at a platform

Guest Article: Progressive Assurance for the Rail Industry



This article will take a look at some of the pitfalls that are commonly encountered in the mega rail and metro infrastructure projects.

London Tube Map

Transport for London (TfL) Success



TfL uses SyntheSys' cloudbaSE SaaS facility to flexibly manage Systems Engineering Tools.

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Improved Productivity through Collaborative Engineering Management


Improved competitiveness through Collaborative Engineering Management.

Functional and Non-Functional Requirements


Functional Requirements describe how a product must behave - they identify its functions.  Some people describe these as 'capability' requirements.  These are the ones that everyone has an opinion on and they are relatively easy to capture.


Non-Functional Requirements are sometimes described as 'anything about a system that isn't what it does'.  They describe the quality attributes of a system and they impose limitations on the functions of the system.


In this article we look at the difference between functional and non-functional requirements.  What's the difference between what the solution must do and how it must be done?

Paper documents to electronic documents

Guest Article: Model-Based Systems Engineering with OMG SysML™


Model-Based Systems Engineering is a growing discipline within Systems Engineering that returns significant benefits over traditional document-based methods across the entire life cycle.


Guest author, Fraser Chadburn, discusses the merits of the techniques and how OMG SysML™ is a game changer.

Train Station

Supporting Network Rail IT Upgrade

SyntheSys completes an upgrade of IBM® DOORS® and Rational® Publishing Engine at Network Rail.

Verification and Validation Model

What is the purpose of
Verification and Validation?

Our Systems Engineering trainer, Mark Williamson, gives his top tips for effective Verification and Validation.

INCOSE Certification Levels

Getting Certified


As a Systems Engineer, are your capabilities recognised and does it matter?  Exploring certification.

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