SESE 2018

The South European Systems Engineering Tour: May 2018!

Program Barcelona (23rd of May 2018)

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Welcome words by Kevin Baker (Fusion For Energy-F4E)


«Introduction from EMEA Sector»

A gentle introduction to the activities developed in the frame of INCOSE and EMEA.

by Juan Llorens (President of AEIS)

Juan Llorens is Professor at the Informatics Department of the Carlos III University of Madrid – Spain.

He received his MS degree in Industrial Engineer from the ICAI Polytechnic School at the UPC University in Madrid in 1986, Spain, and his PhD in Industrial Engineering and robotics at the Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain in 1996.

In 1987 he started his own company dealing with Artificial Intelligence applied to Database systems, named Knowledge Engineering SL (KE). Dr. Llorens worked as technical director in KE and as Marketing Director in Advanced Vision Technologies until 1992, when he joined the Carlos III University. Since 2003 he is Professor at the Carlos III University of Madrid. His main subject is Knowledge Reuse, which he teaches in the Informatics studies at the University.

Dr. Llorens is the leader of the KR Group (Knowledge Reuse Group) within the University. In 1998 he was invited to the Högskolan på Åland (HÅ) (Åland, Finland). From 1998 to 2008 he split his educational activities between Madrid's University and the HÅ, where he taught different Software Engineering subjects.

Since 2008, based on a funded agreement, The REUSE Company, a brand of the spin-off organization named CISET, has outsourced all its R&D activities to the Knowledge Reuse Group of the Carlos III University. In this context, Dr Llorens can defend TRC's CTO role within his professorship. His current research involves the study of knowledge technologies and system engineering techniques integration towards Software and Information quality measurement and Reuse.

He is member of INCOSE’s (International Council on Systems Engineering, Requirements Working Group and he is the Technical Director of the Spanish INCOSE Chapter (AEIS).


«Introduction - Overall presentation of activities from AFIS (France), AEIS (Spain) and AISE (Italy)»

An overview of the activities developed by the French, Italian and Spanish INCOSE chapters.

by AFIS, AISE and AEIS representatives.

  • Chrisophe Ducamp (AFIS)
  • Lucio Tirone (AISE)
  • Juan Llorens (AEIS)


«The Rising Sun of Systems Engineering»

Fusion for Energy (F4E) was created under the Euratom Treaty by a decision of the Council of the European Union. Its major goals is to provide Europe's contribution to the ITER fusion reactor.

In this context, upon signature of the ITER agreement and taking into account the complexity of the ITER project and the number of actors (institutional, industrial, and others), Systems Engineering processes like Requirements Management and Verification and Design Reviews have been implemented while others like Interfaces Management, Configuration Management are being the subject of an important update in order to help achieve the technical success of ITER.

This presentation will describe the Systems Engineering processes and concepts implemented and being implemented as well as the strategy for implementing them, highlighting the choices made with the aim of adapting it to the ITER project organisation and minimising the impacts on the work in progress in order to "bring the power of the Sun to Earth". The tools chosen and the strategies need to take into account the inherent difficulties in a change management process that impacts daily activities for a large part of the F4E teams and of our closest partners. The rising Sun of Systems Engineering is taking place in F4E and there is still a lot to do to have a Sun high in the sky!

by Gonçalo Serra (F4E Systems Engineering Coordinator)

Gonçalo Serra joined 'Fusion For Energy', Barcelona, Spain, in 2011 to work on Project Management and Systems Engineering aspects of the ITER Project . Since then he has been implementing and coordinating the different Systems Engineering topics in F4E (Requirements Management and Verification, Design Reviews, etc.).

In 2010 he had a short but valuable experience working as Project Manager for a small consulting company on Project Management topics in Lisbon.

From 2002 to 2009 he worked in the Herschel Planck satellite program from ESA in the Prime Contractor Thales Alenia Space as a consultant where he worked as Documentation Manager, Configuration Manager and Verification Engineer throughout different phases of the Programme.

At the beginning of his career, he worked as a development engineer in Skysoft Portugal (now GMV), a software company specialized in real-time software for Aeronautics, Space, Defense, as well as other industries like banking or insurances.

Gonçalo Serra holds an engineering degree from Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal, as well as additional certifications like Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering from the IREB, Project Management Professional from PMI or Prince2 Foundation certifications.

He speaks Portuguese, French, English and Spanish.


Group photo

Mentoring Corner (On demand)

Exchange in one to one with Systems Engineering experts on specific needs, issues to solve, questions.

You will have the opportunity to meet with:

  • Juan Llorens (TRC - France, Italy, Spain) (see at Linkedin)
  • Bernardo Delicado (MBDA - Spain) (see at Linkedin)
  • Carlos Fernandez (Airbus - Spain) (see at Linkedin)

Coffee break


«Naval Industry 4.0 driven by System Engineering»

Navantia is a naval design & shipbuilding company that has established systems engineering as one of its pillars for its transformation. The application of the methodology of systems engineering since the early 90's has allowed Navantia to develop successful programs and will be the basis to make the leap into the 4.0 industry.

by Angel Cárceles (Navantia)

Ángel has spent most of his professional career as engineer in Navantia, going through all stages of the product life cycle and being involved in design, building, setting to work and verification and validation activities. Since 2012, when he was appointed as responsible for the implementation of the systems engineering methodology in Navantia-Cartagena, he has been engaged in processes optimization, life cycle phases establishment and entry and exit criteria setting in formal project reviews.Currently is the senior manager for system engineering in Navantia Headquarters (Madrid).

See profile at Linkedin.


«How to apply Systems Engineering to large infrastructure projects and not dying in the attempt»

Systems Engineering techniques that are very well known in industries such as aerospace, defence, etc., are not always easy to implement in the infrastructure engineering domain, especially for heavy civil projects. For these projects, the need for processes such as requirements management, or interface management, may appear to be redundant or seen as an unnecessary overhead, as system architectures and design solutions are well defined and little innovation risk is taken by infrastructure managers from one infrastructure project to the next (e.g. High Speed Railway systems). However, due the large scale of such projects, a deviation from scope technical solution or schedule may have a tremendous impact on the costs associated with the engineering process.

This talk describes the approach followed by SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas to produce a tailored set of Systems Engineering processes and toolsets for the engineering of large infrastructure projects. Nowadays, the complexity of the civil projects carried out by SENER (with a large number of different disciplines working together at the same time), require the control and monitoring of the design activities through all the life cycle in order to achieve efficiency, avoid re-works and satisfy client requirements.

We envision Systems Engineering becoming a transversal discipline that supports and enables collaboration between all disciplines that need to be involved in the different phases of an infrastructure projects that will be successful and fit for purpose. With this goal in mind, we have evolved the current “standard” Systems Engineering processes into a family of SE processes adapted to different classes of problem, in accordance with the nature of the “system problem” (levels of risk, uncertainty, opportunity and change).

by David Martin (SENER)

David possess more than 17 years of professional experience as Systems Engineering Manager, RAMS Manager, System Assurance Manager and Requirements Manager in several projects related with Systems/Software Engineering, Defence, Aerospace, Transport, Telecommunications, Energy and Control. From 2000 to 2007, he worked in GTD, a Systems Engineering company for software systems, where he completed successfully different projects related with Satellite Monitoring, Avionics, Artificial Intelligence and Wind Farms monitoring, to name a few. From 2007 David has been working in Sener Ingeniería y Sistemas, developing the RAMS and Systems Engineering discipline and applying them to the engineering in railway and maritime environments of large infrastructure projects, such as California High Speed Rail, Dubai Metro or HS2 in UK.

David holds a Degree (BsC+MsC) in Telecommunications and Information Technology (2000), which he has complemented with a Master's Degree in Aerospace Science and Technology (2012) and a Master's Degree in Software Engineering (2004). Being an active enthusiast of physics, David is currently developing his PhD studies in the field of Nuclear Astrophysics, which he combines with his work.


«Requirements and models in the verification loop»

Both textual requirements and models clearly represent a key input for the verification loop and, in turn, are vital to the overall quality of a system. This talk shows the first steps towards high-quality projects by properly implementing a fully-automatized systems verification process.

by Jose Fuentes (TRC-The Reuse Company, Spain)

Mr. Jose Fuentes received his degree in Computer Science in Carlos III University of Madrid (2003). Now, he’s CCO at The REUSE Company, accountable of the definition of Requirements Quality Suite. For many years he has been involved in the definition of tools, techniques and methodologies aimed to increase the quality and the reusability of both software and system engineering projects. Both working for The REUSE Company, but also as an Associate Teacher at University Carlos III of Madrid, he has leaded different workpackages in different European projects such as CRYSTAL or AUTOSoft. He’s member of the Spanish Chapter of INCOSE.

His CV is presented in:


Break-Informal lunch


«Thales - On quest for the Grail - Implementing Product Line Engineering in Large Organizations»


by Jean-Christophe Orhant (Thales)

Mr. Jean-Christophe ORHANT is a senior expert in System Engineering for the Thales Group. He joined Thales in 1990, and collaborated to different military and civil development programs of various sizes. In 2000, he joined its central engineering organization where he led the definition, development and deployment of System Engineering workbench solution for the company. Since the last decade, he has focused on the field of product line engineering (PLE) in order to deploy the best processes, practices and tools in the group. He is a graduate of the Doctoral School of UTC in Computer Science and Robotics.


«Technology Foresight and Systems Engineering»

Technology foresight is one of the tools that bring us insight on the interest on a technology area on the medium and long term. The use of foresight technology is commonly one of the first steps in technology development, supporting technological strategies of companies, state departments and many other organisations.

In this presentation, the author will present the standards for technology watch and foresight and how their results can lead to the identification of relevant aspects for the development of systems and furthermore to other impacts in the whole organization. The presentation will make use of the concept of autonomy in defence systems in order to contextualize and ease the flow of information.

by Guillermo Carrera López (ISDEFE)

Aerospace engineer at ISDEFE with 6 years of experience in aeronautical and defence sector. Currently supporting the Foresight and Technology Strategy unit of the Spanish Ministry of Defence in the area of aeronautical systems (manned and unmanned). Before joining ISDEFE, Guillermo worked as an engineer in the aeronautical and banking sector.

Certification – Courtney Wright (Certification Program Manager at INCOSE)

Room 2D

  • Briefing
  • Break
  • Exam

Coffee Break

Mentoring Corner (On demand)

Exchange in one to one with Systems Engineering experts on specific needs, issues to solve, questions.


«Panel discussion - SE challenges in Spain»

Open discussion



15:00-18:00 ASEP/CSEP INCOSE certification Exam


Information about how to get here is also available in the Barcelona venue page.