The Engineering and Design Lifecycle

Engineering context

Engineering and design work always has an identifiable lifecycle, from the point at which someone recognises that design work is required, until the end of the designed asset life.

An engineering (design) lifecycle applies whether the design is new work (green-field) or modifications to an existing design (brown-field), and whether the design work is minor or major in scale.

This webinar will explore the engineering lifecycle, and explain the steps in the lifecycle and what is expected for each step. By gaining an understanding of this lifecycle, you'll be able to improve your design processes and communication with stakeholders in order to plan and deliver design work that meets user needs. 

The engineering lifecycle presented will be generic (for training) and will not necessarily be the same as your organisation’s lifecycle. The intent is that you will gain an appreciation of general lifecycle phases and the key steps in the engineering lifecycle. 

Learning outcomes

  • Identify the steps of the engineering (design) lifecycle
  • Understand the importance of an initial requirement specification, and what should be in one
  • Appreciate the difference between specification types
  • Identify the different types of design reviews and their importance
  • Identify the difference between verification and validation

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The Engineering and Design Lifecycle

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"Excellent content. Well covered by Mike."

"It's a great webinar. I found that the outlined project lifecycle and the main concern at every stage / step, especially for the design change control, really beneficial."

"Very happy to see the Engineering and Design Lifecycle captured in a relatively detailed workflow. As someone who works primarily in detail design, it was great to see where we fit in the overall picture."

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Is this course for you?

This webinar is relevant for engineers and designers from all disciplines and all industries.

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Your facilitator for this course

Mike Hurd has 25 years' experience working with high-integrity systems such as nuclear plants, submarines, rail signalling and control, and electricity transmission and distribution networks.

Mike has developed safety in design processes, templates and training to augment the systems and processes already in use by engineering organisations. He has extensive experience of safety in design applications, its meaning, practical implications, the tools that give rise to safe outcomes and the issues that have ‘grown around’ the model WHS Legislation.

In 2013 Mike instigated an Engineered Safety committee in Engineers Australia's South Australia Division, bringing together a group of safety professionals with the common goal to promote safety in the engineering life cycle.

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