SyntheSys Direct

Training and Services


We understand that value delivery from your IBM Internet of Things (IoT) Software is your priority, which is why we offer a range of flexible training solutions.  Our training and consultancy services can help to release this value quickly and seamlessly. We offer a range of different services to support your software integration and process delivery.


We have a proven track record of providing training and consultancy services to various organisations and pride ourselves on the quality of this service.  We can assists in the following areas:


Software implementation.

Staff training and development.

Process documentation and method analysis.



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 (CSEP)


We are pleased to offer the following systems engineering courses on request (please click on the course name below for more information).

  • » Systems Engineering Foundation


    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 syllabus 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


  • » INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) Preparation


    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 Data

Our Training Staff


We have many personnel available to deliver training.  The following biographies of some of our personnel provide an impression of our capability.  Further biographies are available on request.

Mark Williamson

Mark WilliamsonMark Williamson has over 30 years of engineering experience. He started his career in the Royal Air Force with a grounding in airborne radar, communications and flight systems. Subsequent tours on multiple aircraft types reinforced these engineering principles with supervisory roles in aircraft and avionic servicing. Mark then migrated into software engineering ultimately acting initially as Test Director and as Software team leader for Tactical Data Links (TDLs) on the UK E-3D Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) Mission system. With 15 years experience in the implementation, and interoperability testing of TDLs, Mark transitioned to SyntheSys and has been using his software and systems engineering skills to develop an innovative standards based interoperability tool, for the management of standards and military platform implementation.
Mark is the lead instructor for SyntheSys’ systems engineering courses and recently delivered a systems engineering course to the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency.

Sam Southwell

Sam SouthwellSam Southwell brings over 22 years experience in the Royal Air Force, including 9 years at a front line Tornado Squadron gaining experience on the full compliment of Avionics systems as fitted to the aircraft. Following this he completed 5 years of service as an instructor being responsible for Avionics training and course design. Finally moving to TDLs, primarily as a Link 16 engineer, he has extensive experience in Data collection, analysis and front line engineering support to the RAF, Royal Navy platforms and Army TDL systems. Since leaving the Service he continued in TDLs working within the company training team and on Problem Evaluation Services and UK support to the Joint International Configuration Review Board (JICRB) and MIDS International Review Board (MIRB) Link16 international conferences.

Course Booking Information


Our scheduled courses are held in high quality, convenient and accessible venues. These courses include detailed course manuals, and a copy of the presentations, both as a handout and on CD.    Details of our training venue, Branston Hall, can be found below. Training courses can also be held at any other venue and at any time to suit yourselves.


All other courses, which are held on request, may be held at our usual training venue, your premises, or at any other location to suit yourselves.  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.

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 and on CD, 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:
  • 12-16 February 2018.
  • 14-18 May 2018.
  • 10-14 September 2018.
  • 10-14 December 2018.


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


  • 17-18 January 2018.
  • 18-19 April 2018.
  • 11-12 July 2018.
  • 10-11 October 2018.

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.


We ask our Customers to rate our training courses through the use of a feedback form.  Comments from the feedback forms are used to improve our products and also provide compliance to ISO9001.  Various subjects relating to the venue, instructor, materials, presentation, etc., are graded. This grading runs from 5 for 'excellent', 4 for 'very good' to 1 for 'poor'.  The pie chart provides a synopsis of the Customer feedback received for courses held in 2012.
The feedback forms contain many accolades from Customers. Examples of these for specific courses, or from specific organisation can be supplied on request.


Course Venue - Branston Hall


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.


Map and Directions


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