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Robotic Surgery’s Recent Advances

We have always been fascinated with robots. With advances in robotics fast becoming a reality, we really wonder if these machines will be our friends or foes in the future. Will they be out to destroy humanity (Terminator)? Could there be alien robots that transform into everyday objects (Transformers)? Regardless of your opinions on these […]

System Engineering Tools Database Beta Version 0.9

The Systems Engineering Tools Database is a project jointly developed by Project Performance International (PPI) and the International Council of Systems Engineering (INCOSE), designed to assist you in finding appropriate software tools and cloud services that support your engineering activities. Although still being populated with tools data and possessing only core functionality, the Beta provides […]

Dr. Ralph Young Will Pass the Batton for PPI SyEN Editorship to Kevin Nortrup

As the saying goes, all good things come to an end eventually. Dr. Ralph Young is stepping down as Editor of PPI SyEN Systems Engineering Newsjournal after a marathon innings that will continue to include the celebration April 2021 100th Edition. Kevin Nortrup will take over the Editor role from Ralph commencing with the May […]

CTI Managing Director Completes MSc in Systems Engineering

CTI Managing Director René King graduated in December 2020 with a Master of Science (MSc) in Systems Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. The 50/50 MSc comprised of courseware and research. Topics as part of the degree program included Requirements Analysis, Integration, Verification and Validation and Architectural Design. Her research report […]

China To Build The World’s Largest Hydroelectric Dam On The Yarlung Tsangpo River

The project  China recently announced its plan to build the world’s biggest hydroelectric dam on the Yarlung Tsangpo River, in the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR). China’s commitment is to reduce the use of fossil fuels and become carbon-neutral by 2060.  The plan is to build eleven hydropower stations on the river. These will generate 60 […]

Team PPI Attends the INCOSE International Workshop

Over the course of the INCOSE International Workshop 29 – 31 January 2021, PPI team members Robert Halligan, Randy Iliff, René King, Paul Davies, John Fitch, Eduardo Muñoz and Kevin Nortrup attended many presentations, work sessions and cafés on a wide range of topics including systems engineering heuristics and principles, integration project management and systems […]

PPI Welcomes John Fitch

PPI welcomes John Fitch to the PPI team. John, based in Garrett, Indiana, USA, joins the professional team as Principal Consultant. John is an innovator in systems engineering methods and tools, especially in the area of decision support. John retired from his full-time consulting business Decision Driven® Solutions in 2018, having created outstanding resources in the field […]

A PPI Description of Systems Engineering

PPI has produced a number of definitions of systems engineering at different levels of abstraction and for use in different contexts. One PPI answer to the question ‘what is systems engineering?’ follows. Systems engineering is a set of principles and supporting methods, based on systems thinking, for the successful engineering of solutions to problems. The […]

Reflections on the INCOSE IW2021

By any criteria, the INCOSE International Workshop 2021 (IW), delivered virtually, was a great success for the 689 professionals who took part. Officially running over 29-31 January, the participation was well up from last year’s record of 590. Some of my colleagues actually preferred the virtual format, missing only the out-of-hours social interaction. I’m “on-the-fence” […]

Genoa Bridge Collapse

On 14 August 2018 during a torrential rainstorm, a 210-meter section of Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy collapsed. The Genoa bridge collapse killed 43 people, injured 16 and left 600 homeless. An 80-meter section of the bridge, including one set of the supports that tower above it, crashed down onto the roof of a factory […]

PPI and INCOSE Systems Engineering Tools Database (SETDB) Activity at the INCOSE IW 2021

At the virtual INCOSE International Workshop taking place from 29-31 January 202, PPI and INCOSE will be conducting work sessions to overview the current status of the SETDB website and develop supporting operational procedures. The INCOSE-PPI SETDB project has been ongoing since January 2018 and it is wonderful to see the project winding down after […]

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