Splendid Engineering has developed and delivered training courses in Transition Engineering and Transition Innovation ranging from professional development courses, to our masters level module.

  • 1 day CPD training: introduction to Transition Engineering, public or in-company
    delivered at IMechE and CEREB, London
  • 5 day CPD training: Sustainability Energy and Change
    developed for AZTech Training and Consulting, Dubai
  • 6 week Masters course
    developed for London South Bank University

We can offer longer, shorter or tailored in-company courses, which work out cheaper and they get more action going on within your own innovation team.

Students are saying that they just want to get on and learn about Transition Engineering and apply it to their projects, and to real life “wicked problems”. If one of these training options is not suitable, get in touch and we’ll work out a way to teach you, and to make sure you’re competent and equipped to go out and make some change happen towards sustainability.

Daniel Kenning has been delivering Sustainability training since 2003, when he joined the British Safety Council as Associate Environmental Adviser. He has delivered the IEMA-accredited 3-week Diploma in Environmental Management, and the International Diploma in Environmental Management, in the UK and in Zambia.

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Daniel with students Environmental Management at Konkola Copper Mine Zambia 2013

Daniel with his class of students of Environmental Management at Konkola Copper Mine, Zambia, in 2013.


CEREB classroom 1

The spacious and sunny classroom at CEREB, the Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings, overlooking London at the London South Bank University.

1 day Transition Engineering CPD course
Introduction to Transition Engineering

This course is suitable for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Testimonials from previous delegates:

“very attractive and relevant content”

“vast knowledge of course content and delivered in a clear and concise manner”

“a great course – a massive eye-opener. It has given me a different perspective to use in my design practices”

“extremely informative, delivered excellently, and I look forward to applying to my future work”

In-company delivery

If you would like to host a delivery of this course for a group of colleagues within your company, this is easy to arrange for between 5 and 20 delegates.

Please contact Splendid Engineering for details.

Taster Sessions

If you would like to host a short taster session for a number of colleagues in your company, this is possible. For example, a breakfast briefing that will not take too much time out of the working day, or an after-hours session, will give you an idea of the content before you decide to commit to a formal training course.

Who will benefit from this course?

This course is designed for engineers, business leaders and decision makers who are dealing with sustainability issues and looking for the best tools to make change happen towards a better future.

Why attend this course?

The problems and the solutions of “un-sustainability” are opportunities for managers and engineers. Constrained energy and material resources demand a different way of thinking about engineering and management, while issues such as climate change demand their own radical solutions, including challenging assumptions about energy use. Transition Engineering will enable you to overcome barriers to change from organisational inertia and short-term thinking, and to identify business and engineering changes that can ensure resilience, prosperity, stability and security for your organisation and your customers.

After the course you will be able to

  • Identify the business risks and opportunities facing your organisation because of ‘un-sustainability’
  • Think differently about your business model and find opportunities in a constrained future.
  • Identify ways to secure long term prosperity and resilience to external change.
  • Use engineering and non-engineering examples of ‘sustainability in practice’ to improve your own organisation’s sustainability.
  • Know which tools and management systems can help improve sustainability.
  • Be equipped with key skills for the future of engineering and business sustainability.

Splendid Engineering offers training to enable engineers to respond effectively to the risks of UNSUSTAINABILITY. This course will introduce you to “Transition Engineering”, and will enable you to take a robust and engineering based approach to setting your organisation on a development trajectory towards the realisation of “the capacity for continuance into the long term future”.

  • For engineers already working in the field of environment and sustainability:
    It is intended as an introduction to the methodology of Transition Engineering – the engineering approach to making the organisational change from unsustainability to sustainability. The course will strengthen your capacity to bring about change.
  • For engineers who have been given the environment / sustainability portfolio in their work:
    The course is designed to introduce the risks inherent in unsustainability, to explain some of the key concepts you’ll need to work with, and to enable you to set out a plan of action to move your organisation forward in response to current global challenges.
  • For business leaders and managers who need to steer their organisation through a rational and robust process of change, to secure the capacity for continuity into the long term future.

The course will enable you to address questions such as:

Is my organisation sustainable today? What does this mean and how can I measure it?
What are the possible future scenarios for my organisation?
What would a sustainable future scenario look like?
How can I use engineering tools to change the trajectory of my organisation?
What is “Transition Engineering”?

The course includes presentations, group exercises, and a course manual.

5 day CPD Training Course

Sustainability Energy and Change
Fundamentals of Transition Engineering

This course was developed for AZTech Training and Consulting Ltd., Dubai. 

Why choose this course?

This course will feature:

  • Historical context of Sustainability, Unsustainability, and Energy systems
  • Key challenges, risks and future scenarios for participants own organisations
  • Fundamentals of the “Transition Engineering” approach
  • Engineering tools for Transition Engineering
  • Opportunities presented by sustainability for your own organisation
  • Workshop of guided problem-solving for the participant’s own organisations

What are the goals?

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate and evaluate key sustainability challenges to their own organisation
  • Apply the Transition Engineering process to organisations or activities
  • Identify business risks of unsustainable activities and external trends
  • Evaluate the costs and benefits of transition products and services
  • Use strategic analysis to develop business opportunities

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable to a wide range of technical professionals but will greatly benefit:

  • Those who are involved at any level in functions of engineering, quality or environmental management, or in any energy-dependent functions of the organisation
  • Engineering and Technical Personnel involved in energy management, product development, logistics, procurement, transportation and energy efficiency.

How will this be presented?

This course uses a variety of proven learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension and retention of the information presented. This includes a course manual, suggested reading before and after the course, tutor presentations, individual and group exercises, video, group discussion and homework.

The course will be highly interactive and will challenge delegates to think differently about sustainability and to change their frame of reference to transition. The tutor will facilitate and guide delegates to apply the learning, and their understanding of their own organisations, to synthesize solutions to old and new problems.   

Course Content

Day One 

Introduction and historical background of Sustainability and Unsustainability 

  • Sustainability; the capacity for continuity into the long term future
  • Safe operating spaces and “unsustainability”
  • The importance of energy in human systems
  • Historical background to current global challenges
  • Historical responses to un-sustainability
  • Overview of global problems of unsustainability

Day Two

Future Scenarios and Introduction to Transition Engineering

  • EX The unsustainability challenges facing my organisation.
  • Examples and use of future scenarios
  • The challenge of energy return on energy invested (EROI)
  • The problem of exponential growth
  • The relative usefulness of existing future scenarios for my organisation
  • Introduction to the Transition Engineering approach

Day Three

Engineering, Change, and thinking differently  

  • The role and responsibility of engineers in the change process

Day Four

Making it happen – planning a program of change 

  • System thinking for change towards sustainability
  • The survival spectrum
  • Sustainability Principles – The Natural Step
  • Value Analysis
  • Creating a vision of future success
  • Trigger Events – external and internal events that help avoid undesirable inertia 

Day Five 

Tools for analysis and Action Planning, Assessment  

  • Core and non-core activities and how to treat them
  • From “More newer faster bigger” to “better”
  • Stakeholder analysis and engagement in change
  • Strategic analysis of unsustainability risks
  • Energy auditing – using the ISO 50001 model to assess vulnerability
  • Assessment; multiple choice test


6 week Module within the Master of Engineering Management Course 

Energy Environment and Product Life Cycle

This module was developed for London South Bank University, as part of the Master of Engineering Management course. 

Module Content 

Over the first five weekly sessions the students learn about the engineering management and product design implications of a changing future operating environment. Taking the role of an engineering management consultant to a manufacturing client, they learn and then apply the Transition Engineering process to a product system, and then adapt the design, and the system in which it exists, to suit the forward operating environment. They produce a professional report on the project – explaining the whole process to their client.

The course focuses on energy and the dependence of complex manufactured systems on energy. It starts by taking a look at the more familiar supply-side of energy systems, then looks at the demand side where the engineering manager has more control.

Then the students look at “defining the problem” – they apply the first steps of Transition Engineering which enable them to start thinking about their product in ways that are more useful for future adaptation than “how to sell more of them”. This includes looking at the history of the product and understanding what external factors led to its changing design. Then they look at the status of the product now and what is likely to be the status of the product in the future.

Splendid Engineering Training is supported by a team of Training Associates.

dk720Daniel Kenning, Lead Tutor

Daniel has been delivering training as an Associate Environmental Tutor with the British Safety Council since 2003. He has delivered the UK and International Diplomas in Environmental Management in the UK and Zambia. Since 2011 he has been working on the development of the emerging “Transition Engineering”, which he defines as “any engineering thinking that moves from the unsustainable present to a sustainable future”. From 2007-2014 Daniel was Chair of the IMechE “Energy Environment and Sustainability Group” and is the founder Chair of GATE (the Global Association for Transition Engineering).

Julie Winnard, Associate Tutor

Julie is an experienced consultant, product development & design engineer, innovator and project manager. Recently she has specialised in sustainability decision-support processes for the strategy, concept and design stages of projects. She has lengthy automotive experience particularly with powertrain suppliers such as Lucas, and also with Ford, and has worked with underground rail asset management and a start-up in fuel cell development. She has designed and delivered new approaches and training for Transition Engineering, some as part of new research; and is a founder member of GATE (the Global Association for Transition Engineering).

Richard Macphail

Richard Macphail, Associate Tutor

Richard brings very long experience of training in energy efficiency in the built environment. He founded Optima Energy, was one of the original group of City & Guilds energy awareness trainers in 1989, and has trained over 3,000 people, and undertaken hundreds of domestic energy surveys. In April 2003 Optima merged with National Energy Services (NES), and Richard became principal consultant with responsibility for all aspects of energy training. In January 2010 he left NES and now works as a freelance energy consultant providing C&G 6281 training, DEA and Green Deal training and running energy advice and training programmes.

Transition Engineering

The materials, and the “Transition Engineering” methodology, have been developed by:

Daniel Kenning
Susan Krumdieck
Julie Winnard