Seminar: Data Safety Evolution

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Data Safety Evolution

Thursday 14 November, 2019 - London, UK

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The impact of data on safety systems is now well recognised and several high-profile accidents have had significant data causes or contributions. Data can directly cause systems to behave anomalously (for instance sensor data in the recent Boeing 737 MAX accidents) or it can cause humans to take inappropriate actions leading to harm (for example the loss of the Sikorsky S-92A helicopter in Black Rock, Co. Mayo, Ireland).

This seminar looked at what has changed in Data Safety in the last few years and where it is heading. It considered the current status of guidance and standards in the area and also new developments. It included talks from a variety of sectors where data safety is an important issue, in particular Healthcare, where data held in systems is crucial to effective diagnosis and treatment.

There was a focus on the SCSC Data Safety Guidance document ( and the software tooling being developed from it, enabling projects to easily work to the guidance.

There was a panel session where the audience had an opportunity to put further questions to the speakers. 

This seminar was an opportunity to hear about the issues data can cause in safety systems and look at new developments in the area. It was useful for safety engineers and safety managers, across any sector that uses data in a safety context. 

Talks include:

Mike Parsons, SCSC - “Why is data a safety problem?”

Mark Templeton, Qinetiq - "Data safety - doing it for real"

Dale Calicott, BAE Systems - "Data guidance in defining development of hydrographic data"

Divya Atkins, MCA - “Introduction to the SCSC Data Safety Guidance” 

Paul Hampton, CGI - “Applying the SCSC Data Safety Guidance: Practical Considerations”

Martin Atkins, MCA - “Data Safety Tooling” 

Alastair Faulkner, Abbeymeade - “Exploring the Data Safety Model (DSM) as part of the Assurance Solution”

Concessions (under 26, full time education, retired) have a day rate of £99 which includes a year's SCSC membership. Please note that up to 10 SaRS members can book at the concession rate. Contact Alex King ( for more details.

The event is taking place at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London Hotel, Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, London, SE1 7UT, United Kingdom.


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