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Adelard’s ASCE software solution has played a significant role in helping BAE Systems’ engineer, Paul Atkins, achieve an award in the Safety First category. Paul leads the safety team responsible for the development of the safety case for the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier.


The Team Portsmouth Engineering Awards recognise some of Portsmouth Naval Base’s most talented engineers and have been jointly set up by the Royal Navy, BAE Systems and the Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation within the Ministry of Defence. The three organisations work together under the Team Portsmouth name with one aim: to support the Royal Navy’s Portsmouth-based fleet.


The awards are built around four categories which recognise engineering success: Safety First, Innovation & Technology, Inspiring Engineering, and Trainee Engineer of the Year.


The Safety First award recognises an engineer who has contributed significantly towards maintaining, improving, promoting and implementing safety of processes and environment.


The team’s choice of ASCE, a software solution for the development, communication and maintenance of a safety case, was a new approach for a programme of this magnitude. DE&S was fully supportive of the decision to use ASCE, based in part on its knowledge and experience of the tool from previous projects.
The safety case programme got off to a flying start with a proof of concept being created in just 6 weeks, a remarkable achievement given the complexity of the programme and a testament to the capability of the safety team. Since laying the groundwork of the safety argument within ASCE, both the safety argument and the resulting safety case have developed further as the vessel goes through extensive sea trials.


Paul commented: “It was a great honour to win the award and is recognition of all the effort the team has invested into making the safety argument robust and defensible. Supporting the safety of the aircraft carrier and her crew is a fantastic job and a great responsibility. This has been helped by ASCE’s ability to visually present the safety argument and highlight areas that require further development.”


Using ASCE’s export to Word capability, safety case reports can be generated with ease providing the duty holder with a snapshot of the safety case at any one point in time. ASCE’s ability to track changes in underlying documentation and use visual decorators such as traffic lights to flag areas of interest instantly points to elements of the structured argument that require further development or evidence. These visual indicators help de-risk the programme and maintain the integrity of the safety case.