SyntheSys Systems Engineering


We offer a range of flexible training solutions to ensure that you get value from your IBM Watson Internet Of Things (IBM Watson IoT™) Software.  We have a proven track record of providing training and consultancy services to various organisations.  We can assist in the following areas:


  • IBM Watson IoT™ tool training
  • Software implementation
  • Staff training and development
  • Process documentation and method analysis
  • Maintenance
  • Enhancements
  • Ad hoc support.

Systems Engineering Training Courses

We have a wealth of systems engineering experience; members of our staff are active members of the International Council On Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and are INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professionals (CSEPs).

  • Click here for the biographies of some of our personnel.

    Mark Williamson

    Mark Williamson

    Matt Mendell

    Matt Mendell

    Mark Williamson, BSc (Hons), CSEP, MINCOSE, leads the Systems Engineering Business Group, responsible for the delivery and support of IBM Watson IoT™ solutions and associated services.  Mark has an engineering background with 23 years’ service in the Royal Air Force, providing both direct and support roles for airborne radar systems on a variety of aircraft.  He also served on software teams in both test and software maintenance roles.


    Since joining SyntheSys in 2005, he has gained significant experience with IBM® solutions for software and systems engineering, and is a certified IBM® Rational® DOORS® professional.  This experience enables Mark to support clients in identifying the ideal IBM® solutions that meet their engineering requirements, implementing the solution, and providing mentoring for the products.  His systems engineering credentials have been recognised by INCOSE CSEP certification in 2013.  He is now delivering Systems Engineering and CSEP preparation training to future candidates.

    Consultant Matt Mendell, ASEP (Associate Systems Engineering Professional), is currently on secondment to SyntheSys from IBM®, where he is employed as Product Specialist / Technical Pre-Sales.  With IBM® he has spent much time working on-site with customers, assisting them with the configuration of the tools and helping them to improve and implement their processes.


    Matt has in-depth knowledge of the IBM Watson IoT™ toolset and has a wealth of experience working with a variety of different customers on the implementation of new IBM® tools, whilst advising customers on how they can further enhance tool usage within development teams.  Matt has only ever received positive customer feedback and has a talent for creative problem solving.  His broad knowledge of computer systems, teamed with his analytical skills makes him an asset to the Systems Engineering team.

  • Click here for details of our Systems Engineering Foundation course.


    A 2-day course that introduces students to the fundamentals and processes of systems engineering as described by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).  To view the course datasheet, please click here.


    After an introductory session covering general systems engineering principles, students cover topics including Generic Life Cycle Stages, the Requirements Definition Process, the Configuration Management Process and Testing Methodology.  Other optional areas such as Reliability Engineering may be included on request.
    For our scheduled Systems Engineering Foundation Courses click here.
    For prices and further details please contact


    Course Overview


    Systems Engineering Foundation


    Duration – 2 days


    Lessons 1 and 2


    Lessons 1 and 2 explore what we mean when we say ‘systems engineering’ and examine the major principles. Lesson 1 examines through-life processes. Key topics covered within Lesson 1 include user requirements, validation and verification, configuration control and design processes. For Lesson 2, we look further at the through-life process and cover topics such as characteristics, decision gates, life cycle stages, life cycle comparisons, life cycle approaches, storyboard exercises and examples.


    Lessons 3 and 4


    Lesson 3 focuses on the pivotal role of requirements analysis, capture and management. During the lesson, we examine the concept plus the analysis process including input, controls and outputs.

    Other key topics include requirements process activities, how to carry out requirements analysis, characteristics of requirements statements, rules for writing requirements, requirements vocabulary and the use of requirements management systems.

    Lesson 4 explores configuration management, change management and configuration control. Key topics include configuration management processes, baselines, change requests, configuration control, change control, configuration status and accounting.


    Lesson 5


    The final lesson of the course explores test and acceptance procedures including test categories, validation and verification, test cases and test scripts.


    Optional Extra Modules


    Students can benefit from optional modules should they wish. Choose from the following:

    • Options Analysis
    • Design Reviews
    • Compliance Verification
    • Reliability Engineering
  • Click here for details of our INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) Preparation course.


    This 5 day course equips students with the knowledge and structure of the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook V4 and its constituent processes.  It combines real world scenarios with theory to provide students with a unique learning experience which will enable you to sit the INCOSE CSEP examination.
    Presented by a fully accredited, qualified CSEP instructor, the course examines the role and benefits of applying systems engineering principles within your organisation. We teach students how to apply this theory and how to use the correct terminology to convey this process and complete a series of exercises which will prepare you for the exam.
    We offer discounts for group bookings and we offer our training in a number of different locations, both at Customer locations and approved training venues.
    For our scheduled Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) preparation courses click hereFor prices and further details please contact
    On successfully completing the course, students will be able to:
    Understand the significance of the CSEP Certification.
    Apply processes from the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook V4.
    Define and recognise the part systems engineering plays within your organisation.
    Understand the different elements of the systems development  process.
    Apply the knowledge you gain to your day-to-day role.
    Comfortably sit the CSEP examination having gained knowledge and skills over the 5 days of the course.

    CSEP Course Datasheet

Scheduled Training Courses

In addition to the training courses at our Customers' venues, we also run a programme of scheduled training courses.


The scheduled courses are held at Branston Hall, near Lincoln, UK.  The cost of all courses includes a copy of the relevant manual, copies of the presentations as a handout, lunch and refreshments throughout.  Discounted accommodation is available for delegates attending courses and generous discounts are available for multiple bookings.


Our Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) course is available on the following dates:


10-14 December 2018.

11-15 February 2019.

13-17 May 2019.

14-18 October 2019.


Our Systems Engineering Foundation course is available on the following dates:


15-16 January 2019.

5-6 March 2019.

4-5 June 2019.

3-4 September 2019.

3-4 December 2019.


Contact us at or phone +44 (0) 1947 821464 for details.

Why choose SyntheSys for your training?

  • Training presented by experts in each of the fields - using our instructor qualified consultants to provide the training, you are assured of in-depth knowledge and experience of the subject matter, and access to the most up to date information.
  • FREE training need assessment service - let us help you determine exactly what training you require.
  • Value for money - our flexible training plan ensures that you get the best possible training at the best possible price.
  • ISO 9001 accreditation - offers assurance that Quality Assurance processes have been applied.
  • Customer satisfaction - we don’t make unjustified claims! View our credentials pages for honest feedback results.
  • Cost and time savings - training can be given at a location of your choosing, saving on unnecessary travel expenses.

Our guarantee

We offer a no-quibble, money-back guarantee on all our training courses if not fully satisfied.

Customer satisfaction

Customer satisfaction is our number one priority.  We always strive to ensure that all of our Customers' requirements are met.  We are so confident that this is achieved that we offer a no quibble, money back guarantee, with all of our training events.

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Course Booking Information

Our courses include detailed course manuals, and a copy of the presentations as a handout.


Our scheduled courses are held at Branston Hall near Lincoln.  All other courses, which are held on request at a time to suit yourselves, may be held at our usual training venue, your premises, or at any other location.  Course material can also be tailored to suit your exact requirements.  Please contact us for your individual quotation.


For prices, further information, or to book any of our courses, please contact or telephone +44(0)1947 821464.

We aim to provide a relaxed training atmosphere for our delegates.  Most of our UK-based scheduled courses are delivered at Branston Hall.  Originally built in 1885 as a stately home, the property was restored and converted into a hotel in 1990.  It is surrounded by 88 acres of wooded parkland and lakes, all belonging to the hotel.  Free ample parking is available, all conference rooms are easily accessible on the ground floor with natural daylight.

Branston Hall Hotel is easily accessible from all areas of the UK. It is 18 miles from the A1 with the A46 being the nearest major road. Lincoln Railway Station is only 5 minutes away by car.


Discounted accommodation is available for delegates attending courses and further details are available by contacting


From the North:


Take the A15 south out of Lincoln, take a left turn onto the B1188 follow signs to Branston. Branston Hall is situated on the right immediately after entering Branston.


From the South:


Take the A15 towards Lincoln, take a right turn onto the B1188 follow signs to Branston. Branston Hall is situated on the right immediately after entering Branston.

Click here for UK view of location in Google Maps.


Approximate price for a taxi from Lincoln railway station to Branston Hall is £10; approximate price for a taxi from Newark Northgate railway station (on mainline to/from London) is £38.  (Prices from

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