Monday, 20 February 2017

SyntheSys sponsors bright young star to complete his BSC Hons Computing and IT Degree

We are pleased to announce that Whitby born Luke McCarthy has joined the SyntheSys team under a sponsorship scheme that will enable him to earn his degree whilst working for the company. 

Luke completed A levels at Scarborough Sixth Form College, leaving with a Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) in IT, a BTEC in Business and a full A level in Applied Science.  He has been working with SyntheSys since July 2016 where his work has been focused on the development of a web based portal for SyntheSys’ clients. 

As a result of the impressive work Luke has invested over the past six months, we are pleased to have formulated a scheme whereby Luke is able to work for us whilst studying towards his Computing and IT degree with the Open University. 

Luke’s primary goal here at SyntheSys is to deepen his understanding and knowledge of software and systems development and we are excited to have him on board.  He said ‘I am looking forward to the challenge of working alongside SyntheSys’ experts who are leaders in their fields.  I am quite overwhelmed by the depth of experience of everyone from so many walks of life in systems engineering and training.  Specialising in software development with my degree will fit in with my SyntheSys work.’ 

John S Hartas, SyntheSys Managing Director commented ‘We are delighted to be able to support Luke in his studies whilst also benefitting from his existing technical know-how and great work ethic.  For SyntheSys, we feel this reflects on our commitment to not only our employees, but to our local and wider communities.  We hear time and time again negativity in the media regarding the quality of young graduates and we feel here is an opportunity for us to help enrich a learning process so Luke will finish his degree with both theoretical and practical skills.’

Luke has an interesting and rewarding journey ahead of him, we hope our community will join us in welcoming him to the team.

Friday, 6 January 2017

SyntheSys Managing Consultant Jeremy Dick has received an award 23 years after completing the work!

Jeremy, 61, of Newbury in Berkshire, worked in 1993 with a colleague on a paper about automating the generation and sequencing of test cases from model-based specifications.  At the time he was working for computer manufacturer Bull Information Systems in Paris, where he had a post in the corporate research centre.

Jeremy said: “Bull had a history of generating test cases for the testing of computer hardware from the specification of the hardware.  They wanted to do the same with software and that’s what we were researching.

“The paper was published by Springer and made available to the general public.  I published the paper with a colleague, Alain Faivre, in a series of conferences called Formal Methods Europe (FME), today called simply Formal Methods.

“Twenty three years later that same conference decided to give us an award as the paper had had around 400 citations during the twenty three years!

“It has formed the basis for a lot of other people’s work in the same area.”
As the conference was internationally based, the paper has been cited by groups from all over the world.

The essence of the paper is this: it had been well-known that test cases could be generated from the structure of computer code, giving notions of code coverage; the paper detailed a way in which test cases can be generated from the structure of formal specifications, giving rise to new notions of functional coverage.

The original paper was presented at FME93, which was held in Odense, Denmark.
Jeremy recently went to the Formal Methods conference in Cyprus to receive his award, the Lucas Award, from Professor Marie-Claude Gaudel, Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, of the Université de Paris-Sud.

Jeremy added: “The award came literally as a bolt from the blue especially as after publishing the paper I left the group and started work in a different field, so that I never did this type of work again.

“I subsequently went into systems engineering and requirements management which is what I now do for SyntheSys, which specialises in military tactical communications systems.

“When you do this sort of work for a paper you have no idea of its significance at the time as this takes quite a long time to emerge – but perhaps not usually this long!

“Nevertheless, after 23 years I was delighted to receive this award.  I went to the conference and reconnected with colleagues from the past.

“One of my ex-colleagues like me had children who have grown up and left home during this time.  That brought it home what a long spell this was.”

*The official paper citation is: "Automating the generation and sequencing of test cases from model-based specifications", Jeremy Dick and Alain Faivre, Procs.  FME'93, Odense, LNCS Vol. 670, Springer, April 1993.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

The latest SyntheSys Training E-Newsletter is out now!

In this issue, we bring you highlights from the second half of this year. Whether you are new to us or old friends, our hope is to keep you informed via stories and insights from our Training Division. Download now to read more about the application of the Data Link Manager (DLM)/Interface Control Officer (ICO) Training, along with details of organisations that have successfully completed SyntheSys training.  Read the newsletter here

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

SyntheSys hits the ground running with the first 2017 Data Link Manager/Interface Control Officer (DLM/ICO) course taking place at the Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC) Uedem

SyntheSys Training Services is delighted to announce that the first DLM/ICO course of 2017 will be held at the CAOC Uedem, Germany.  The course will be held between the 20 February and 10 March with NATO once again hosting the event.  NATO personnel from a variety of positions will be in attendance, along with other personnel from a range of nations and organisations across Europe. 

All attendees who undertake the three-week course leave with a comprehensive understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a DLM/ICO.  The added benefit and use of extensive practical exercises and simulation create an enjoyable learning environment. 

If you would like to join the course or would like to know more about the Learning Outcomes within the syllabus, then please contact us at 

Monday, 14 November 2016

Great to see you at IDLS 2016

The 2016 annual International Data Link Symposium (IDLS) proved to be a valuable, interesting and enjoyable event at which we had the opportunity to meet with colleagues and customers throughout the Tactical Data Link (TDL) Community.

In keeping with our overall business objective to create an integrated TDL Community, we were pleased to see so many delegates participate in our ‘Follow the Link’ competition.  Congratulations go to Roberto Silva from Ultra Electronics and Simon Verduijn from the Royal Netherlands Navy who each won a Kindle Fire.

Our training day for this year’s show took an interactive approach where we provided a Joint Range Extension Application Protocol (JREAP) training course.  Our trainers, Paul Czajkowski (Ski) and Tony Castle, delivered the ‘JREAP - How does it work and what does it provide the user?’ training course, which delivered a definition of JREAP along with how JREAP users can interact with Link 16 networks, together with advantages and capabilities.  The training was split into two parts which enabled attendees to apply the learnt theory in a simulated training environment using the Daronmont Data Link Training Suite (DLTS) and the Engility Joint Range Extension (JRE) software.

Our educational contribution did not end there.  For delegates particularly interested in Variable Message Format (VMF), Tony Castle delivered a presentation on day one giving an introduction to this subject covering VMF capabilities, message and header format and users.

On day two, Ski delivered a 45 minute lesson aimed at all international delegates who sought an interesting introduction to Link 22.  The lesson referenced NATO standards and documents, and also examined the main features of Link 22, Operational Net Cycle Structure and Assignment Slots.  Ski also provided a comparison of Link 22 versus other Links such as Link 11 and Link 16.

Tony Castle rounded up our educational presentations with a condensed version of the JREAP training day, which was aimed at delegates who were interested in high level information relating to JREAP.  Tony examined many elements including; the need for JREAP, common time references, JREAP media types and management messages.

You can access all the presentation material relevant to our workshops on the IDLS website.  

IDLS gave us an excellent opportunity to distribute the latest issue of our ‘TDL Technology’ magazine and we were glad to speak to many members of the community who have great ideas for features in the ‘Community Forum’ section of the magazine.  Please contact if you would like to feature in future magazines.

For further information on any of our services, or to hear more about how we are involved with the International Data Link Society, please contact

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Roland Kemp Joins SyntheSys

We are delighted to announce that highly experienced Tactical Data Link (TDL) and former Dutch Patriot operator Roland Kemp has joined SyntheSys.

Roland served for 37 years in the Dutch Armed Forces, during which time one of his career highlights included being a Staff NCO at the Group Operations Centre - responsible for training crews on the Patriot Information Coordination Centre (ICC).

Roland was acting Joint Interface Control Officer (JICO) in the JICO cell during exercises such as Joint Project Optic Windmill (JPOW), Roving Sands and in the Joint Combat ID Evaluation Team 2002.

During the mission Iraqi Freedom in 2003, he was Link Manager at the PATRIOT Battalion Level.
He has also been an operator for Tactical Simulation HAWK and a member of the analysis team in Live Flying Exercises.

In addition, Roland has been a Senior Tactical Data Link Manager responsible for training junior TDL managers and has been involved in testing weapon systems and platforms equipped with MIDS terminals including F-16, Air Defence Command Frigate and KDC-10.

As Chief of the Network Design Facility he was responsible for training new network designers and the validation and accreditation of newly developed network designs for national and international use.  He also supported units in their respective mission and training areas.

Together with German and American TDL SME’s he set up the Joint Interface Control Cell (JICC) at AB Ramstein and supported the Army GBAD and PATRIOT in exercises with the JRE.

Roland will primarily be employed to work with our training team, and will provide a different viewpoint to our very successful Data Link Manager/Interface Control Officer (DLM/ICO) training course.  His experiences with Patriot, and the use of JRE will add another dimension to our training courses.  As a qualified JICO, Roland will also bring experience from the US perspective.

Roland’s arrival at SyntheSys emphasises our commitment to employ the highest quality personnel, which in turn will provide the highest quality results for our customers.  We wish Roland the greatest success in his endeavours with SyntheSys.  

Thursday, 27 October 2016

The Third Issue of SyntheSys’ TDL Technology Magazine is Now Available

We are pleased to announce the arrival of the third issue of the TDL Technology magazine.  Many of you have read and enjoyed the first two issues of our magazine, the last of which was published in the spring.  Thanks to your subscriptions and support, it seems to be going from strength to strength.  For this issue, we have introduced our TDL Technology community forum which is a section of the magazine where we invite contributions from other organisations.  We are delighted that we have been able to include articles from Engility, DIGINEXT and the Royal Naval Air Station at Culdrose.
In our latest issue we feature our regular ‘Ask the TDL Expert’ article, further articles on modelling to support interoperability and a guide to choosing a TDL Capability.

To read the free online version and to subscribe to future issues, please visit or, if you would prefer to receive a free hard copy, contact

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Will we be seeing you at IDLS 2016?

SyntheSys will be exhibiting at this year’s International Data Link Symposium in Maastricht, The Netherlands 1st November - 4th November 2016.  We will be using this year’s show as a platform to present:

  • JREAP- How does it work and what does it provide the user?
  • Introduction to Link 22
  • Introduction to Link 16
  • Introduction to JREAP

Come and visit us at Stand 23.  We are inviting customers and colleagues throughout the TDL community to come and pick up a FREE copy of Issue 3 TDL Technology magazine and we are also running our ‘Follow the Link’ competition where we have 2 Kindle Fire HD6 up for grabs.

Our Technical Staff will be on hand to discuss TDL Training, our SPIRIT process and also our operational capability.  What’s more, you can even grab yourself a refreshing beverage whilst you chat to us!

Sunday, 23 October 2016

SyntheSys’ Jeremy Dick Set to Present at the Upcoming Systems Engineering in Capital Projects Seminar

Our renowned systems engineering expert Jeremy Dick will be presenting at the upcoming ‘Systems Engineering in Capital Projects’ Seminar and you are invited. The event takes place on 31st October 2016 at IBM Southbank, London.

The seminar aims to explore how Systems Engineering practices can help you with the challenges of managing complex capital projects and associated supply chains.  Jeremy will be collaborating with Costain Group to deliver, ‘Helping to meet national needs by bringing SE practices into infrastructure projects’.

For more information and registration details click here , or for more information on Jeremy click here

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

You are invited to join SyntheSys at the IBM Systems and Software Symposium

There is less than a week to go until we attend and present at the IBM Systems and Software Symposium at the Old Trafford football stadium on 27th September.  Join us there to explore the latest innovations in systems and software development tools from IBM.
The event aims to bring together members of the Systems and Software Development community for a day filled with industry presentations, best practices and networking. Our specialist Matt Mendell will be presenting ‘Migrating DOORS to DOORS Next Generation’.  We also look forward to hearing from Warwick Manufacturing Group, Visteon, Nationwide, HS2, TNT and XoServe.  

Other highlights include:

  • Split Tracks for IT and Engineering customers;
  • A detailed look at SaaS, Scaled Agile Framework, Integration/Migration with other tools;
  • Ovum analysts explaining why IBM are leading the way for Application Lifecycle Management. 

Places are still available for this free one day educational symposium. Register here or contact for more information.