Below is a list of 24 resource documents that are directly associated with the type of services provided by Pedalion. Please click on the thumbnail images to the right of the page to download the PDF files.


  1. Masters Research Thesis (Vol I) - Conceptualisation and Automatic Generation of TEMPs
  2. Chapter 1 - Introduction 
  3. Chapter 2 - The Genesis of Test & Evaluation
  4. Chapter 3 - The Genealogy of Aircraft Flight Testing
  5. Chapter 4 - Analysis & Comparison of T&E Structures & Processes
  6. Chapter 5 - Automating the Test & Evaluation Process
  7. Chapter 6 - AutoTEMP - The Automated TEMP Generator
  8. Chapter 7 - Conclusion & Future Proposals
  9. Defence Capability Development Handbook 2012
  10. Defence Capability Development Manual 2006
  11. Defence Capability System Life Cycle Management Guide 2002
  12. ADFP 102 – Defence Writing Standards
  13. DMO Materiel Lifecycle Guide
  14. DMO Materiel Lifecycle Management Guide
  15. DMO Guidance for the Preparation of an OCD, FPS and TCD 2001
  16. Capability Life Cycle Simulation Support - Acquisition Phase Guide
  17. US Systems Engineering Fundamentals Guide 2001
  18. Defence Test & Evaluation Roadmap 2008
  19. US Test & Evaluation Managment Guide 2001
  20. SMC Systems Engineering Handbook 2004
  21. NASA Systems Engineering Handbook 2007
  22. Engineering Complex Systems
  23. Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) 2000
  24. IEAust, The Engineering Profession - A Statistical Overview 2006  


Masters Research Thesis (Vol I) - Conceptualisation and Automatic Generation of Test & Evaluation Master Plans (TEMPs) for Defence Acquisition Test Programs (DATPs)

This thesis investigates a method to support an important facet of the Test & Evaluation (T&E) process, in particular, the conceptualisation and consequent automation via the assistance of a computer, the manual generation of Test & Evaluation Master Plans, from the functional requirements specification of any defence acquisition test program, for the real-time test & evaluation (T&E) of complex systems, such as the highly instrumented fighter aircraft F/A-18 Hornet of the RAAF. The aim of the research was to reduce the performance risk associated with Systems Engineering (SE), Test & Evaluation (T&E) processes via a process known as Master Planned Test & Evaluation (MPT&E) for non-traditional regimented systems. A further aim was to produce a set of generic principles for applying as a set of guidelines to the various SE, T&E processes that would set up a framework in which to carry out performance risk management to any given process.

Masters Thesis (PDF 1.64M)

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Chapter One

Chapter 1 gives an introduction to the research undertaken, the aim of the research, a detailed background of the research and its contribution to Australia, and structure of the Thesis. The thesis details the work accomplished on the research project “Performance Risk Reduction for Systems Engineering, Test & Evaluation Processes”. John S. Nissyrios, working under the guidance of Professor Peter Sydenham at the Australian Centre for Test & Evaluation (ACTE) conducted this work. This research was conducted on a full-time basis at the Levels Campus of the University of South Australia (UniSA), over 1997 to 1999 inclusive.

Chapter 1
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Chapter Two

The origins of Test & Evaluation are described in Chapter two, where the history, types of T&E, interests, reasons, importance, objectives and the need for conducting T&E are discussed. This Chapter hypothesises that T&E is essentially a process and synonymous to the systems engineering process, and as the phrase implies, a two part process, i.e., testing and evaluating.

Chapter 2
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Chapter Three

Chapter three then outlines a brief genealogy of the discipline of this research, i.e., aircraft flight testing, giving a short introduction to flight test, flight test planning, test resources, and telemetry formats used in flight testing that could assist in the design of telemetry data formats. This Chapter reveals that T&E practitioners are taking more measurements than are required, and as a consequence increasing the cost of testing not to mention human resources required to carry out these tests, hence the importance of keeping tests simple, small, economical and manageable, i.e., adhering to the philosophy of parsimony.

Chapter 3
(PDF 217.1K)

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Chapter Four

Chapter four analyses and compares two most prominent T&E structures and processes, namely, that of the United States of America and Australia. It is determined that one of best documented T&E systems in the world, is that originating from to the United States of America and due to this fact, many non-US based countries have adopted its basic principles, terminology, and structure.

Chapter 4
(PDF 147K)

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Chapter Five

Chapter five gives a concise description on the research methodology utilised in the attempt to conceptualise and automate the Australian T&E process. The importance of adhering to and regularly updating a Test & Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP) is emphasised as the most vital part of any defence acquisition test program, as it outlines very crucial elements that all such test should adhere to.

Chapter 5
(PDF 129K)

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Chapter Six

Chapter six describes the results of this research, namely, a software tool known as AutoTEMP© Beta 2.0, outlining descriptions of all three modules, namely, the US defence phased acquisition process tutorial, the TEMP generation module, and the automatic generation of the TEMP document. It was designed to comply to the Australian Defence Force Capital Equipment Procurement Manual, often referred to as the CEPMAN 1, instruction.

Chapter 6
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Chapter Seven

Chapter seven is essentially the conclusion and the recommendations for further research. This research was considered important as it was the first time ever that this problem has been researched using an academic methodology, as opposed to picking up from something well known. The development of this project has provided a tool that can save the agencies involved in high volume testing, hundreds of millions of dollars, due to a reduction in time, cost, and effort taken to manually produce a TEMP, whilst offering more thorough and reliable testing, as well as increasing confidence in the safety and predictability of complex systems, such as the highly instrumented fighter aircraft, F/A-18 Hornet.

Chapter 7
(PDF 39.9K)

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Defence Capability Development Handbook 2012

The Defence Capability Development Handbook (DCDH) provides Defence personnel and relevant stakeholders with an understanding of Capability Development within the Capability Systems Life Cycle (CSLC). It describes the processes that support Government approval of new capability proposals, and explains the considerations for developing the documentation required to obtain and implement Government’s decisions and achieve project deliveries. Capability Development is primarily conducted through the Major Capital Acquisition Program (‘Majors’) and the Minor Capital Acquisition Program (‘Minors’). The DCDH describes the core processes for the capability development of the Majors program within Capability Development Group (CDG), with links to additional guidance provided throughout the handbook.

Handbook 2012
(PDF 1.4M)

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Defence Capability Development Manual 2006

In 2004 the Australian Government announced major changes to the way the Australian Defence Organisation (ADO) is organised and operates with regard to the development of major proposals for new Defence capabilities. These changes followed the publication of the Defence Procurement Review 2003, also known as the ‘Kinnaird Review’, and resulted in the Capability Development Group (CDG) releasing the inaugural Defence Capability Development Manual (DCDM) in February 2005. Replacing the Capability Systems Life Cycle Management Manual (2002), the DCDM provides authoritative guidance to CDG staff in carrying out the Group’s core tasks of developing investment proposals (including options) for new Defence capabilities for consideration by Government and managing the Major Capital Equipment program. A further benefit of the DCDM is its value to the very wide range of organisational stakeholders in the capability development process in the ADO and with whom CDG needs to engage fully if it is to carry out its role effectively. This second edition of the DCDM reflects the continued evolution of capability development activities within the ADO and incorporates feedback from those who use the processes in the conduct of their daily business.

Manual 2006
(PDF 3.3M)

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Defence Capability Systems Life Cycle Management Guide 2002

This manual is intended as a primer for those with little or no previous experience of capability systems life cycle management. It emphasises the management of the front end of the life cycle, especially the management of Major Capital Investment projects. Only general reference is made to Defence organisations. Where a Defence Executive is identified as having a specific accountability the authority inherent in that accountability may be delegated to a subordinate, but the Defence Executive remains accountable for how that delegated authority is exercised. A knowledge of the basic principles of financial accounting and management accounting will assist in understanding those parts of the manual dealing with financial management.

Capability Life
Guide 2002
(PDF 2.33M)

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ADFP 102 – Defence Writing Standards

Australian Defence Force Publication 102 (ADFP 102) – Defence Writing Standards outlines the conventions that apply to Defence writing and gives publishing guidance to writers. Personnel throughout the Defence Organisation should use this manual to improve the quality of their writing, to make the presentation of information clear and attractive, and avoid ambiguity and misunderstanding. ADFP 102 is the sole reference manual for the preparation of Defence material and replaces previous Service and civilian writing manuals. By providing consistent Defence-wide standards that establish common practices and terminology for writing and communicating, ADFP 102 ensures corporate uniformity of documents issued throughout the Defence Organisation. ADFP 102 is the first point of reference when preparing material, or when creating electronic and paper-based documents for promulgation and distribution within Defence. It provides detailed information on writing and publishing, and presents examples of standard formats and designs to aid both the writer and reader.

ADFP 102 – Defence Writing Standard
(PDF 5.17M)

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DMO Material Lifecycle Guide

The processes involved in equipping and sustaining the ADF are complex and involve many elements of the Australian Defence Organisation (ADO) and industry. Managing these processes more effectively is a responsibility of all managers and staff in the DMO and the ADO. This Guide is an important first step in defining high-level materiel life cycle processes across the ADO. This Guide provides a high-level view of the DMO Business Model processes which support the Defence Capability Systems Life Cycle. The DMO Business Model provides the governance, core and enabling processes.

DMO Material
Lifecyle Guide
(PDF 355k)

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DMO Material Lifecycle Management Guide

This is a graphic representation of the DMO Material Lifecycle Management Guide. The Guide graphically describes how these processes are managed and how they will mature over time. It has been developed for Defence personnel but will also be a useful reference for industry. The Guide is centred on the core business processes of Acquire Materiel Systems and Equipment and Provide In-Service Capability Support (including Disposal). It is not intended to describe the full extent of the DMO business process model.

DMO Material
(PDF 706.5k)

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DMO Guidance for the Preparation of an OCD, FPS and TCD

Guidance for the Preparation of an OCD, FPS and TCD is issued for use as guidance in developing the Operational Concept Document, Function and Performance Specification and Test Concepts Document as specified by the Capability Systems Life Cycle Management Guide 2001, December 2001. The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for the preparation of the set of documents that forms the basis of agreement of requirements between Capability Staff, Knowledge Staff and the Defence Materiel Organisation.

and TCD 2001
(PDF 947k)

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Capability Life Cycle Simulation Support: Acquisition Phase Guide

The purpose of this Capability Life Cycle Simulation Support: Acquisition Phase Guide is to assist Defence staff with understanding where and how simulation can be employed during the acquisition phase of the capability lifecycle, to improve the methods of delivering capability to the Australian Defence Force and maximise the effectiveness of the delivered capability. This guide is one in a series produced by the Australian Defence Simulation Office (ADSO) in support of Defence Capability. This guide complements the ADSO Simulation Application Guide and draws upon information from the other ADSO-sponsored material dealing with simulation. The Acquisition Phase activities focus on the employment of modelling and simulation to assist with transforming capability requirements into an ADF combat system. There is significant potential for employing simulation methods and techniques during the acquisition phase to minimise risks, reduce costs and promote the full effectiveness of the delivered capability system. This guide suggests potential areas where simulation can assist with the acquisition process.

(PDF 913k)

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US Systems Engineering Fundamentals Guide 2001

This book provides a basic, conceptual-level description of engineering management disciplines that relate to the development and life cycle management of a system. For the non-engineer it provides an overview of how a system is developed. For the engineer and project manager it provides a basic framework for planning and assessing system development. The book is divided into four parts: Introduction; Systems Engineering Process; Systems Analysis and Control; and Planning, Organizing, and Managing .

US Systems
(PDF 1.31M)

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Defence Test & Evaluation Guide 2008

The CDF has stated that his vision for the ADF is a ‘balanced, networked, and deployable force, staffed by dedicated and professional people, that operates within a culture of adaptability and excels at joint, interagency, and coalition operations. The aim of the Defence Test and Evaluation (T&E) Roadmap is to review the current Defence T&E capability, Defence’s strategic planning for future operating environments, and the future capability acquisition plan as detailed in the DCP 2006–2016, to ensure Defence’s T&E direction and resources will be adequate to assist in the delivery of the CDF’s vision. This document explains the benefits of T&E to Defence and how it can assist the capability development process. It considers Defence’s current T&E capability and policy, the level at which T&E is being performed, when it is undertaken, and what T&E resources are utilised. Importantly, the Roadmap considers the extent of the gaps and overlaps in the delivery of T&E which may impact on the delivery of DCP projects, and the resources that will be required to deliver these projects into service.

Defence Test
(PDF 9.35M)

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US Test & Evaluation Management Guide 2001

This book is one of many technical management educational guides written from a Department of Defense (DoD) perspective; i.e., non-Service peculiar. They are intended primarily for use in the courses at the Defense Systems Management College (DSMC), Defense Acquisition University (DAU), and secondarily as a desk reference for program and project management personnel. These guidebooks are written for current and potential acquisition management personnel who are familiar with basic terms and definitions employed in program offices. They are designed to assist government and industry personnel in executing their management responsibilities relative to the acquisition and support of defense systems.

US Test
Guide 2001
(PDF 2.19M)

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US SMC Systems Engineering Handbook 2004

This Systems Engineering handbook is written to provide the US Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) personnel with fundamental systems engineering concepts and techniques as they apply to space and launch systems and the SMC environment. The handbook was written with prior recognition that Systems Engineering subject matter is very broad and approaches to performing Systems Engineering varies greatly. This exposition is not intended to cover them all. It addresses general concepts and common processes, tools, and techniques that are mostly familiar to SMC. It also provides recommended Systems Engineering practices and pitfalls to avoid. Many references are provided for the reader to consult for more in-depth knowledge.

SMC Systems
(PDF 2.553M)

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NASA Systems Engineering Handbook 2007

This handbook describes systems engineering as it should be applied to the development and implementation of large and small NASA programs and projects. NASA has defined different life cycles that specifically address the major project categories, or product lines, which are: Flight Systems and Ground Support (FS&GS), Research and Technology (R&T), Construction of Facilities (CoF), and Environmental Compliance and Restoration (ECR). For simplicity this handbook uses the FS&GS product line as an example. The specifics of FS&GS can be seen in the description of the life cycle and the details of the milestone reviews. Each product line will vary in these two areas; therefore, the reader should refer to the applicable NASA procedural requirements for the specific requirements for their life cycle and reviews. The engineering of NASA systems requires a systematic and disciplined set of processes that are applied recursively and iteratively for the design, development, operation, maintenance, and closeout of systems throughout the life cycle of the programs and projects. The handbook’s scope properly includes systems engineering functions regardless of whether they are performed by a manager or an engineer, in-house, or by a contractor.

NASA Systems Engineering Handbook 2007 (PDF 8.50M)


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Engineering Complex Systems

This book describes how to combine text descriptions and rigorous modeling to analyze and describe large or small complex systems. The systems engineering work begins with the needs of users, owners, and operators and with the realities of the marketplace. The systems engineering work transforms these needs into a description of a system architecture and design that specifies the components to be designed, implemented and integrated. The fundamental process for the engineering of systems is an optimization process. That process finds a near optimal solution for the system out of a multitude of possible solutions. The process produces rigorous descriptions of the near optimal solution by defining what the components are, what they must do, and how they interact to perform as a system. This book focuses on the technical engineering work of transforming needs to a near optimal system solution for complex systems that require multiple engineering disciplines to do the work.

Complex Systems
(PDF 2.763M)

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Project Management Body of Knowledge 2000

Project Management is an emerging profession. The primary purpose of this document is to identify and describe that subset of the PMBOK that is generally accepted. Generally accepted means that the knowledge and practices described are applicable to most projects most of the time, and that there is widespread consensus about their value and usefulness. Generally accepted does not mean that the knowledge and practices described are or should be applied uniformly on all projects; the Project management team is always responsible for determining what is appropriate for any given project. This document is also intended to provide a common lexicon within the profession and practice for talking and writing about project management. Project management is a relatively young profession, and while there is substantial commonality around what is done, there is relatively little commonality in the terms used. This document provides a basic reference for anyone interested in the profession of project management. This includes, but it not limited to:

  • Senior executives.
  • Managers of project managers.
  • Project managers and other project team members.
  • Project customers and other project stakeholders.
  • Functional managers with employees assigned to project teams.
  • Educators teaching project management and related subjects.
  • Consultants and other specialists in project management and related fields.
  • Trainers developing project management educational programs.

(PDF 1.92M)

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IEAust, The Engineering Profession - A Statistical Overview 2006

This Handbook is designed to provide an overview of the engineering profession in Australia. In many spheres of life ideal statistics to achieve such a task are not available. This proved to be the case for the engineering profession. To overcome this limitation statistics from a wide variety of sources have been combined to provide the best available overview. Gaps remain and in coming years Engineers Australia will endeavour to remedy these by negotiating with responsible authorities, refining existing collections and analyses and, where possible, considering new ways to obtain the necessary information.

Statistical Overview 2006 (PDF 358k)

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