Engineering Blogs

Over the years I have come along quite a few good websites and blogs around the field of system engineering, safety, security and risk management. Often they are operated by passionate experts in their respecive field. Instead of keeping them just in my personal bookmark list, I decided to make them available to you. I have tried to make a rough categorization – which is not always possible.

Please note that the selection below does not imply any kind of ranking, actuality or quality proof. It is just based on my personal reading experience and impression.

So feel free to check the pages yourself.

System Engineering (in general):

  • Joseph Aracic defines the goal of his blog as follows: The purpose of this blog is to create a body of knowledge about systems engineering usefull to all those involved in the use and/or implementation of technical “management” of systems engineering.Crescendo Technologies – The Blog



Modelbased Engineering:

Safety Engineering:

  • Drew Rae (Australia) regularily broadcasts his view on system safety and what happens without it in the “DisasterCast Safety Podcast” since 2013. Usually he produces several episodes per month. Safety philosopy, spectacular accidents, big disasters and the investigations behind the scenes are the topics of his podcast-episodes. DisasterCast Safety Podcast – Disasters, Accidents, and How to Stop them Happening
  • Troels Winther (Denmark) has set up his blog “EN 50126 / IEC 62278” about railway safety, mainly between 2008 and 2011. EN 50126 is about Safety Management Systems in Railway Projects and he provides a more or less complete coverage of this norm in form of textbook chapters. Starting from general safety management over RAMS concepts and necessary EN 50126 key documents he ends at the role of the assessor and a case study from a small supplier company. Troel worked with railway safety management for more than two decades and contributed to Cenelec working groups for “Guide to EN50129” and “EN50128”. EN 50126 / IEC 62278
  • Aditya Raj Nayak (India) has focussed his blog “Embedded In Embedded” on Embedded C-software development and functional safety according the automotive standard ISO 26262. In a very detailed and pragmatic way he writes about typical question of automotive software development and the underlying safety analyses like Dependenet Failure Analysis (DFA) and more.

    ISO 26262 – Dependent Failure Analysis (DFA)

    In this example, 2 different software functionalities (SWF1, SWF2) are using same Firmware functionality (FWF1) algorithms to get the battery voltage and power source voltage for ECU2 from a common functionality (FWF1). Dependent failure analysis aims at identifying failures that may hamper the required independence or freedom from interference between given elements (hardware/ software/ firmware) which may ultimately lead to violation of safety requirement or safety goal.




Security Engineering:

  • Ross Anderson (UK), supported by his security research group at computer labs of University of Cambridge, has named his article series after the slowly burning paper, used for firing gunpowder “Light Blue Touchpaper”. This name is symbolic for security issues that he has in focus: “brief and timely essays on recent developments and topics related to computer security, including pointers to interesting new research results and literature, opinions on current developments, commentary on media coverage and other musings.” Ross is also author of the “Security Engineering“-book, referred on the Books-page. Light Blue Touchpaper

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