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We have a number of training courses available for delivery in your offices or off-site.
Please contact us for costs, further details and to register your interest in upcoming courses.

International Engineering Safety Management (iESM)

The international Engineering Safety Management (iESM) training course is delivered by Acmena in partnership with Technical Programme Delivery Ltd, the lead authors and publishers of iESM.

Knowledge of iESM is encouraged by the ONRSR (Office of National Rail Safety Regulator) and the processes are supported by major rail operators in Australia and overseas.

One Day iESM Overview

The course is aimed at project managers, engineers and others involved with new railways or developing existing railways. It is the perfect introduction for those who are new to iESM and an excellent refresher for those who are more experienced, as the focus is on current best practice and principles. It  provides an introduction to iESM principles, processes and techniques:

  • Introduction and overview
  • Definitions
  • Risk Analysis
  • Risk Control
  • Technical Support
  • Team Support

Attendees will receive an iESM Practitioner certificate on successful completion of a short exam and be entered on the “Approved Practitioners List” maintained on the iESM website

On completion of this course attendees will:

  • understand the need for a systematic approach to ESM,
  • understand the key concepts and terminology of ESM,
  • be familiar with ESM principles and international expectations of ESM in practice, and
  • Be better prepared to actively prevent incident occurrence and smooth the way for acceptance of new technologies or novel applications.

One Day iESM Application

We provide an optional second day to the iESM Overview during which attendees can gain further understanding of how techniques are applied through hands-on exercises and case studies.

On completion of Day 2, attendees will:

  • have an up to date understanding of international ESM principles and processes,
  • be familiar with emerging international standards and good practice, and
  • be better prepared to manage increasing complexity and more stringent safety expectations of regulators and the public.

Half-Day Conversion/Refresher Course

  • Short overview of principles and highlight of changes from Yellow Book
  • For attendees who have Yellow Book certificate
  • iESM Practitioner certificate on successful completion of exam

Testimonials

 “I enjoyed the training session and appreciated the knowledge and experience you brought to the session. Good overview of the iESM process. The presenter was very knowledgeable and had very relevant practical experience. Very useful course”

 “Excellent and practical course with relevant material and examples.”

 “This has been the best course I have attended in many years. Very refreshing to see there are still course presenters around that know their stuff.”

System Safety

Our in-depth system safety training consists of  a number of modules developed in line with the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) Competency Criteria for Safety-Related Practitioners.

Principles of Functional Safety

Duration: ½ day

Target Audience:

Anyone involved in the specification, design, deployment or maintenance of safety-related systems. Ideal for those new to the topic of functional safety management who need an overview of the principles, concepts and terminology.

Content:

  • Introduction to concepts such as hazard, risk, safety integrity, tolerability, the ALARP and SFAIRP principles
  • Overview of legislation and regulations relating to functional safety
  • Overview of relevant standards
  • Methodical approach
  • Safety life cycles

Attendees will:

  • Learn key concepts and terminology in the field of system safety
  • Gain awareness of key standards in functional safety and their requirements
  • Have an historical perspective on the field of functional safety
  • Appreciate the differences and similarities between Occupational or Workplace Health and Safety and Functional Safety
  • Understand generic processes for applying functional safety techniques

Hazard, Risk and Safety Requirements Analysis

Duration: 1 day

Target Audience:

Engineers who need to carry out safety analysis as part of the job and have little or no experience.

Content:

  • Hazard identification techniques
  • Hazard analysis methods, such as Fault Tree Analysis (FTA), Functional Hazard analysis (FHA), Interface Hazard Analysis (IHA), Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
  • Risk assessment methods
  • Establishing and maintaining hazard logs/risk registers
  • The hierarchy of risk control measures
  • Capturing safety requirements

Attendees will:

  • Understand appropriate hazard identification and analysis techniques and methods to suit particular objectives
  • Gain tips on what to look out for in the practical application of hazard and risk analysis methods
  • Gain useful tips for effective hazard log management
  • Learn methods for capturing good quality safety requirements and trace them back to hazard and risk analysis

Implementing Safety-Related Systems

Duration: 1 day

Target Audience:

Engineers involved in the implementation of safety-related systems and have little or no experience in designing or validating such systems against functional safety standards.

Content:

  • Decomposing and apportioning safety requirements, including integrity requirements
  • Safety in system architectures and design
  • Software safety assurance
  • Hardware safety assurance
  • Safety validation
  • Safety Cases

Attendees will:

  • Learn to compare architectures and designs from a safety perspective
  • Learn how to plan, specify, execute and document safety validation activities
  • Understand methods for analysing and assessing the safety of hardware and software design and implementation
  • Be able to use guidance and tips for writing safety cases

Human Factors Safety Engineering

Duration: ½ day

Target Audience:

Engineers involved in the design and implementation of safety-related systems who need to understand the principles of human factors. Particularly relevant for those developing the operation concept or user interfaces.

Content:

  • An introduction to the field of Human Factors
  • Human Reliability Theory
  • Interface Design
  • Task analysis
  • Integrating Human Factors into the safety engineering process
  • Safety analysis of humans in the system
  • Writing procedures
  • Organisational aspects of systems
  • Regulatory requirements

Attendees will:

  • Understand the diversity of human factors disciplines and their influence on system safety
  • Learn the key human factors principles
  • Understand the role some key human factors tasks play in improving system design from a safety perspective
  • Learn how good end-user requirements are captured
  • Appreciate the benefits of integrating human factors analysis into systems and safety engineering processes and awareness of key human factors integration standards
  • Appreciate how organisational context and culture influences functional safety

Functional Safety Management in Rail

Duration: 1 day

Target Audience:

Managers and engineers carrying out functional safety management tasks within a company or project.

Content:

  • Regulatory and Legal Requirements
  • Developing Safety Management Systems
  • Promoting Functional Safety Awareness
  • Monitoring compliance to Safety Management System
  • Handling Safety Incidents
  • Staff Competence
  • Project Safety Assurance Planning and Execution
  • Managing maintenance and  modification safely
  • Collecting and analysing in-service data

Attendees will:

  • Understand the key principles underlying the rail safety regulatory regime and associated legal issues
  • Gain awareness of the requirements of the relevant functional safety standards applicable to the rail industry
  • Learn how safety management systems are designed to meet regulatory requirements and how they relate to other organisational management systems
  • Understand the key factors in planning and managing the functional safety program for a project
  • Know how to assess the impact of change on the functional safety of systems
  • Learn what’s involved in monitoring functional safety performance

Communication for Safety-Related Practitioners

Duration: 1 day

Target Audience:

Anyone involved in the design, deployment or maintenance of safety-related system, looking to improve the quality of safety conversations and documentation.

Content:

  • Functional Safety Documentation Style Guide
  • Eliciting Information
  • Communication for Effective Working Relationships
  • Influencing and Negotiating
  • Facilitating Functional Safety Conversations and Decisions
  • Establishing a Positive Safety Culture

Attendees will:

  • Appreciate the importance of precision and accuracy in documentation
  • Gain tips for writing good quality functional safety documentation
  • Learn methods on optimising communications on safety in and between organisations
  • Gain tips on how to get the most from hazard and risk workshops, safety reviews or other functional safety meetings
  • Understand how to raise and resolve safety issues effectively

Systems Engineering

An introduction to Requirements Management

Duration: 1 day

Description

Effective requirements management is key to project success. This course covers the full life cycle of requirements management activities including; accurately capturing the user need, systematically decomposing this to a system definition, and then design, managing traceability, and change history, establishing test and evaluation and eventually providing assurance and acceptance evidence. Learn how to integrate requirements with the hazard log to support the safety argument and ultimately underpin the acceptance case.

This course introduces a formal approach to requirements elicitation (asking the right questions to record the true user need), a process for managing change and involving stakeholders to maintain buy-in at all stages, an approach to verification and validation to ensure confidence in the development and ultimately a set of rules for producing dashboard metrics for project management.

Attendees will receive a printed copy of the slides forming a useful reference book, and a certificate of completion

Target Audience

The Acmena Introduction to Requirements Management course is aimed at non-technical and technical staff alike. There are no pre-requisites. By establishing a simple set of process rules in the capture, management and use of requirements this course will set the foundation for better communication, better delivery and simpler acceptance.

Content

The course is split in to four 90 minute sessions:

Session 1 – Requirements Definition (90 minutes)
Session 2 – Requirements Elicitation (90 minutes)
Session 3 – Requirements Management (90 minutes)
Session 4 – Requirements Change (90 minutes)

Objectives

By the end of the course, practitioners will be able to:

  • Understand the various sources of requirements and manage stakeholder input
  • Elicit requirements effectively using recognised methods
  • Differentiate between functional / non-functional requirements and user / system requirements
  • Develop requirements that are atomic, identified, unique, unbiased, unambiguous and testable
  • Develop requirements sets that are mutually consistent, redundancy free and complete
  • Record, structure and categorise requirements
  • Use modelling techniques to establish domain information and understand system boundaries
  • Develop acceptance criteria and understand the processes of verification and validation
  • Understand the power of traceability and integration, and manage relationships between requirements and other system information
  • Use traceability to provide indicators and metrics for progress monitoring
  • Manage the implementation of change and carry out impact analysis

Introduction to IBM Rational DOORS

Duration: 1 day

Description

The Acmena Introduction to IBM Rational DOORS course is delivered by an IBM Certified Professional and collates the highlights of three courses previously offered by IBM in to just four 90 minute sessions, allowing attendees to be effective with the tool in just one day.
With hands-on exercises in each session, and a live tool demo throughout, attendees will learn about navigating the DOORS database, creating and managing DOORS objects, structuring and filtering DOORS modules, following and establishing DOORS links, managing DOORS change history and exporting content to create specifications.
The course also introduces some of the more powerful DOORS functions including coverage and traceability analysis, progress monitoring, baselining and simple schema customisation.

Target Audience

The Introduction to IBM Rational DOORS course is aimed at technical and non-technical staff alike. There are no pre-requisites but a background in Requirements Engineering is considered useful.

Content

  • Terminology
  • Modules & Hierarchy
  • Object Editing
  • Attributes & Views
  • Searching & Sorting
  • Tables, Images & OLE
  • Change History
  • Links & Traceability
  • Impact Analysis
  • Importing & Exporting
  • Printing & Reporting
  • Baselines & Sharing

 

Objectives

On completion, attendees will be able to:

  • Navigate the DOORS database and filter, search and sort in DOORS modules.
  • Make changes to DOORS objects and create object hierarchies in DOORS modules.
  • Establish DOORS traceability (links) and extract progress metrics for monitoring.
  • Create traceability views for satisfaction, impact and coverage analysis.
  • Manage DOORS change records (history), baseline modules and compare baselines.
  • Embed rich DOORS content including images, tables, dynamic content & OLEs.
  • Export DOORS data to generic formats including MS Word, MS Excel & HTML.
  • Make changes to the DOORS database structure / schema including attributes.
  • Recognise DOORS Test Tracking, Change Proposal System and use DOORS Forms.

 

Testimonials

 Great content and excellent introduction. Clearly they know their stuff.”

Human Factors

An Introduction to Human Factors

Description

Human factors play a key role in system safety, but are often overlooked during design and risk management activities because of a lack of understanding among senior managers and others not working in the field.

This course is intended to build awareness of the diversity of human factors and the role of users in complex systems, as well as addressing how non-technical skills may contribute to human error reduction. Participants will be better prepared to identify how and when human factors activities should be applied throughout the project lifecycle, along with relevant human factors standards and regulations.

Target Audience

The course is suitable for anyone involved in the design or management of safety activities and people, including development of facilities, equipment and workstations, as well as those who are seeking an introduction to human and organisational factors, but have limited prior knowledge of the subject.

Content

Session 1 – Overview of human factors

  • Key terms and definitions
  • Disciplines of human factors (Psychology, Engineering, Ergonomics, Biomechanics, Anthropometrics, Sociology, Industrial design etc.)
  • Human factors domains (different approaches to understanding human factors in the organisation)

Session 2 – Understanding people

  • Aspects of a person relevant to human factors
  • Human behaviour
  • Human performance variability
  • Performance shaping factors
  • Non-technical skills

Session 3 – Human factors in systems development

  • Human factors engineering (implementing human factors activities appropriate for the situation)
  • Human factors integration (management of human factors activities throughout the project or system lifecycle, and relationship to other project disciplines)
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Standards

Objectives

Upon course completion, attendees will:

  • Have a better understanding of the breadth and diversity of human factors
  • Have an increased understanding of how humans play a role in various parts of the system
  • Recognise that the operator or end user is not the only point at which to consider human factors
  • Be able to identify human factors issues in complex systems
  • Understand the System of Systems concept and be able to use this to improve human factors engineering and integration activities
  • Learn about the tools and techniques used to deal with human factors issues
  • Be able to address human factors issues early in the design lifecycle by integrating appropriate tools and techniques
  • Have a better understanding of human factors regulations and standards that are applicable to work being undertaken

Testimonials

Really good overview at high level. Well presented and informative. Can be well integrated into our everyday design.”

 “Well presented and held my interest throughout. Has inspired me to review HF on my current project.”

 “A fresh approach to looking at design.”

Topics covered were directly applicable to current projects. Did well to cover and customize relevant topics in one day.”