**Cancelled** Software tools in the development of safety systems

Design and Development of safety systems have become demanding tasks in recent years owing to increasingly stringent safety requirements and the stricter needs for verification, validation, and qualification of systems. 

This one-day workshop aims to explore the role and importance of software tools in managing the various phases of safety systems lifecycles - from requirements capture to detailed design and final verification and validation.  

Software tools are of great importance in the development of safety systems because:

  • They provide a structured approach to the various tasks involved in safety system development.
  • The improved structured approach improves efficiency of developing complex systems and software.
  • The efficiency gains also enable attention to detail that can otherwise be missed.  
  • Software tools reduce the opportunity for errors to be introduced which reduces time and cost.
  • The use of tools enable repeatable objective results as opposed to manual processes which are subjective and error prone.

This one-day event will include talks covering analysis, design, verification and validation currently in use for safety systems engineering and the future challenges for further development. 

Focus will be also given to the qualification and validation of tools to provide guidance on the selection of toolsets for individual needs.

The workshop will benefit developers, integrators and end-users alike to gain insights into the emerging trends in software techniques for functional safety development projects. 

This event is very kindly supported by LDRA and DRisQ Ltd


  • Design and Manufacturing
  • Systems Engineering
  • Functional Safety
  • Safety Assurance

Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


21 Nov 2023

Add to Calendar 11/21/2023 10:00 11/21/2023 16:00 **Cancelled** Software tools in the development of safety systems Find out about the advances in software tools in the development of safety systems Cambridge St, Birmingham B1 2NP, UK


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Andrew Banks

Andrew Banks

Technical Specialist

Andrew is a software engineer with over 30 years’ experience in real-time/embedded systems. For the last ten of those years, he has been the Chair of the MISRA C Working Group, and an active participant in various standards activities. Now working with LDRA as a Technical Specialist.

Andy German

Andy German

Technical Director

Andy is a Chartered Engineer has been working in the UK Defence Industry for more than 41 years and has been involved in High Integrity Software and Safety Engineering for most of that time. He is the Technical Director for Resilience Engineering within Aerospace, Defence, Security and Technology division and a Fellow of SCN-Lavalin.  Andy has been with Atkins (part of the SCN-Lavalin group) for over 16 years. He is using Model Based Systems Engineering and Digital Twins to create a wholistic risk understanding of enterprise resilience rooted in Defence system survivability to ensure that system-of-systems are secure, safe, certified, useable, trainable, available, reliable, and maintainable.

Matthew Hinson

Matthew Hinson

Principal Consultant and Software Development Manager

Matthew has a background as an Electronic & Electrical Engineer, with 10 years working in Functional Safety. He is lead developer of the ProSET software toolset.

Simon Burwood

Simon Burwood

Partner at ERM

With a background in design of safety-related control functions in manufacturing, Simon is co-founder of Engineering Safety Consultants Ltd. (ESC), which is now part of the ERM Group. He is a member of international IEC 61508 and IEC 61511 maintenance committees for the development of global Functional Safety standards. Matthew is also a Functional Safety software tool designer, FS Expert (TÜV Rheinland, #269/16, SIS & PH&RA) & Trainer

Edward Marszal

Edward Marszal

President and CEO

Ed Marszal is President and CEO of Kenexis. He has over 25 years of experience in risk analysis and technical safety engineering of process industry plants, including design of Safety Instrumented Systems and Fire and Gas Systems. Ed is an ISA Fellow and former Director of the ISA Safety Division and 20 year veteran of the ISA 84 standards committee for safety instrumented systems. He is also the author of the “Safety Integrity Level Selection” and “Security PHA Review” textbooks from ISA.

Nick Tudor

Nick Tudor

CEO - D-RisQ Ltd

With a degree in Electrical Electronic Engineering, Nick had a full career of 20 years’ with the RAF as an Officer Engineer. After a MSC in Software Engineering, he became a senior software advisor on multiple air programmes including JSF, Eurofighter, Chinook and Hawk. After the RAF, Nick was an active contributor to DO-178C. In 2012, Nick co-founded D-RisQ which produces automated formal methods verification tools for systems and software which support compliance to many standards. He is one of only 4 invited members from the UK of the Forum for Aeronautical Software following on from the DO-178C working group.

Reasons to attend

Learn from the experts and gain an understanding of:

  • Role and importance of software tools in functional safety development projects
  • Requirements for better integration of tools and techniques across safety life cycle and industries
  • Selection, Qualification and Validation of software tools
  • Changes in industrial standards and their implications on software tools
  • Develop knowledge of software tools available in the market and their capabilities
  • Discussion on future requirements for software tools in light of emerging technologies
  • Networking and information sharing with like-minded people



IET Birmingham: Austin Court

80 Cambridge Street
B1 2NP
United Kingdom



Registration and refreshments


Chairman’s welcome and introduction

Andrew Banks - IET System Safety Engineering Technical Network


Overview of the standards landscape

Andrew Banks - IET System Safety Engineering Technical Network


AI – Standardisation using AI, design, develop and verify, focus on tools and the impact on safety

Riccardo Mariani - VP, Industry Safety presso NVIDIA


Introduce the FRAM system safety modelling approach and available tools

David Slater - Environmental Regulator for the UK, HMIP, Environment Agency, EU



Nick Tudor - CEO, D-RisQ Ltd


Lunch, networking and exhibition


Digital Twin

Andy German - Technical Director – Resilience Engineering, SNC-Lavalin Fellow


Benefits of conducting a Visual LOPA using the Bow Tie view

Simon Burwood - Partner, ERM

Matthew Hinson - Principal Consultant and Software Development Manager, ERM


Software Verification & Validation. Let your toolset do the hard work! 

Andrew Banks - Technical Specialist at LDRA Limited


Data Structure Standardisation. How to improve functional safety - and lower costs.

Edward M. Marszal - President and CEO, Kenexis


Wrap up



Programme subject to change