Are we there yet? After eighteen months of unprecedented disruption to all our lives and having to find new and novel ways of working, it seems we are now seeing a return to the way things used to be – to the more traditional methods of meeting face-to-face and engaging with each other.
Our first in-person seminar entitled “Can we Quantify Risk?” (scsc.uk/e800) will be held in London on 21st October 2021 and the club is delighted be able to host this event and to perhaps, have the level of contact and interaction that is impossible with a purely online event. It’s appreciated that we’re not entirely out of the woods yet, especially as winter approaches, and so online access will also be available for those unable to attend in person. See opposite page for further details of the event.
This blended approach to events will continue to be adopted for the next few events including the annual Safety-Critical Systems Club Symposium being held in Bristol this year from 8th-10th February 2022 (scsc.uk/e797). As a reminder, this symposium marks the club’s 30th Anniversary and so please attend if you can as there will be many special events, gifts and delegate hand-outs to mark the occasion. For example, delegates will receive the book “30 Years of Safer Systems” – an anthology of newsletter articles published over the last 30 years, each with new commentaries setting the technical and social context for each article.
But are we truly over the worst? In our first article: “Dealing With Covid-19: Where We Are” Peter Ladkin helps inform the answer to this question by assessing where we are in terms of understanding and technological prophylaxis in tackling Covid-19.
Despite the restrictions, our Working Groups have remained busy, and Phil Williams, in our second article, provides a progress update from the Assurance Case Working Group, and in particular, details of two new important publications from the group: version 3 of the Goal Structuring Notation Community Standard (scsc.uk/scsc-141C) and version 1 of the Assurance Case Guidance (scsc.uk/scsc-159). Continuing with the assurance theme, Stephen Barker and Andrew Eaton then describe another recently updated publication CAP 1801 (www.caa.co.uk/CAP1801) from the Civil Aviation Authority, providing guidance on assessing change safety cases.
Our fourth article is one of a new series of Newsletter articles called “How Do I Get Into Safety?” The path to developing a career in safety is not often a direct one, and we ask some of the SCSC Steering Group members to share their own personal experiences. For those embarking on a career in safety, help is also at hand, Zoe Garstang provides an update on the Safety Futures Initiative and provides details of the next meeting (scsc.uk/e856).
We have one event report covering the seminar in May on “Software Maintenance: Legacy and Archaeology” (scsc.uk/e817) and we are also launching a new SCSC forum (scsc.uk/f295) allowing members to be notified of new draft standards prior to their publication.
Our 60 second interview is with Dr Emma Taylor.
Paul Hampton SCSC Newsletter Editor