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Why choose Shufrans TechDocs?

 

Shufrans TechDocs is the global leader in STE training and consultancy. We offer a range of customised ASD-STE100 Simplified Technical English training solutions and consultancy services that will help you expand your knowledge of the fundamental principles of documentation management.

 

 

Our certified Simplified Technical English training workshops are conducted by seasoned industry experts who work according to international standards, while having the flexibility to deal with your specific requirements. Of course, our ASD-STE100 Simplified Technical English training supports the current version of the ASD-STE100 specification, Issue 6, January 2013.

We offer the following STE training programmes & consultancy services:

This training workshop offers the most tailored type of training designed to meet your exact needs. Our trainers will deliver STE training at your preferred on-site location. With Shufrans’ customised training workshop, there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions, seek clarification and receive personalised STE coaching.

  • 2 to 3 days of highly personalised and extensive classroom training, followed by workshop-style interaction
  • Recommended class size: 5 – 15 participants
  • This course is designed to meet your company’s specific requirements. Our STE trainer will also address some of the commonly encountered questions when technical authors begin writing in STE:
    • How to implement STE while complying with your industry’s regulations?
    • Using STE to meet your project deliverables and long-term business goals
    • How to optimise technical documentation workflow to fully benefit from STE?
    • Which STE checker software suits you best?
  • Practical discussions and activities based on your own content and documentation
    • Rewriting workshop sessions let participants convert existing text to Simplified Technical English.
    • Participants can compare, analyse, and discuss suitable technical writing solutions to reinforce learning.
    • All sessions are moderated by an expert STE trainer.
  • Delivered by an STE expert trainer with broad and in-depth experience in STE implementation worldwide
  • Customised level of ASD-STE100 compliance to suit your business objectives
  • Adjusted to fit your schedule
Day 1 – classroom-type instruction Day 2 – workshop-style interaction Day 3 – Q&A
Overview of ASD-STE100 development & status

Explanation of specification structure

Tea/coffee break

STE writing rules Part 1

Lunch break

STE writing rules applied – exercises & review

Tea/coffee break

STE writing rules Part 2

Adjourn

Vocabulary review

Tea/coffee break

Guidelines for customer specific terms

Lunch break

STE writing rules applied – exercises & review

Tea/coffee break

Writing/ rewriting instruction

Tea/coffee break

Adjourn

Quality improvement issues

Tea/coffee break

Rewriting exercise (own documents)

Lunch break

Rewriting review & presentation

Tea/coffee break

Q & A

Certificate hand-out

Adjourn

Shufrans’ on-site customised ASD-STE100 training workshops aim to help companies with in-house technical writing staff, technical writing teams or departments that are responsible for content and publishing implement STE in a perfectly consistent and coherent manner.

On-site training workshops are ideal for companies that manage medium and large-sized technical writing teams that include professionals such as:

  • Technical Writers
  • Editors
  • Translators
  • QA Managers
  • Documentation Managers
  • ILS Managers
  • Safety Assurance Managers
  • Field Support Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Product Managers
  • Training Managers
  • Documentation Engineers

It’s all about your needs

An on-site training class will offer you the most personalised form of training based on the nature of your business and industry. Our trainers will prepare a training agenda for your prior approval at least two weeks before class commences.

Dedicated support

During training, your technical team can fully tap on our trainers’ expertise and receive fully customised training support adapted solely for your business needs.

Convenience at your doorstep

An on-site class is also the most convenient option as our trainers will do their best to accommodate your schedule, and conduct training at your preferred location. Last, but not least, an on-site training does away with participants’ travel and accommodation expenses.

Deliverables

Copy of the ASD-STE100 specification, exercises, learning aids, certificate.

On-site classes are available throughout the year. To request for an on-site training session, simply fill out the registration form below.

Please include the following details in your message:

  1. Your requested training date(s):
  2. Number of training days:
  3. Number of participants:

We require a minimum class size of 5 participants for class commencement.

 

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Every on-site training session is different. For this reason, we will prepare a customised quotation once we receive the following information:

  1. Your requested training date(s):
  2. Number of training days:
  3. Number of participants:

We require a minimum class size of 5 participants for class commencement.

 

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Our open or shared STE training classes offer a highly accessible training platform where you can interact with participants from other industries during a 2-day training session. Shared STE training classes are organised roughly 6 times a year in various locations worldwide. Our trainers will deliver a comprehensive STE training curriculum to impart relevant STE writing techniques. This helps you to use effectively and accurately use STE in practice.

  • 2 days of extensive classroom training and workshop-style interaction
  • Recommended class size: 6 – 10 participants
  • Shufrans’ STE training methodology prepares you for future STE implementation. Our training methods focuses on:
    • STE rules & compliance
    • Proper writing techniques that optimise your content development workflow and reduce your publishing & translation costs
    • Highly practical use of the STE specification to fulfill your training objectives
  • STE industry solutions based on available case-studies from Shufrans or your individual documentation.
  • Practical discussions and activities based on your own content and documentation
    • Rewriting workshop sessions let participants convert existing text to Simplified Technical English.
    • Participants can compare, analyse, and discuss suitable technical writing solutions to reinforce learning.
    • All sessions are moderated by an expert STE trainer.
  • Delivered by an STE expert trainer with broad experience in implementing STE across industries.
  • Full ASD-STE100 compliance
  • Organised ~ 6 times per year in convenient locations worldwide.
Day 1 – classroom-type instruction Day 2 – workshop-style interaction
Overview of ASD-STE100 development & status

Explanation of specification structure

Tea/coffee break

STE writing rules

Lunch break

STE writing rules applied – exercises & review

Tea/coffee break

Vocabulary review

Adjourn

Writing/rewriting instruction

Tea/coffee break

Rewriting exercise (own documents)

Lunch break

Rewriting review

Tea/coffee break

Q & A

Certificate hand-out

Adjourn

Open STE training classes are ideal for companies that manage small and medium-sized technical writing teams that include professionals such as:

  • Technical Writers
  • Editors
  • Translators
  • QA Managers
  • Documentation Managers
  • ILS Managers
  • Safety Assurance Managers
  • Field Support Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Product Managers
  • Training Managers
  • Documentation Engineers

2-day training workshop to kickstart your professional STE writing career

An open STE training class offers you 2 intensive training days when you can analyse and edit your own documentation with the help of our STE trainer. The training curriculum is designed to include lectures, course work and exercises that will prepare you for STE compliant authoring of technical manuals.

Learn and exchange ideas on an interactive platform

You will join other specialists from industries’ leading companies and gain access to new solutions and learning approaches to similar technical writing problems that you face at work. Our open STE training classes offer you a great opportunity to benchmark your technical writing workflow against industry leaders. Discussions will be moderated by our STE trainers.

Availability

Shufrans’ open STE training classes are organised roughly 6 times a year in various locations. You will always find an available training session just next door. This helps you reduce your travelling time and costs. Please refer to upcoming training class locations.

Deliverables

Copy of the ASD-STE100 specification, exercises, learning aids, certificate.

Open STE classes are available throughout the year. To register for an open STE training class, simply fill out the registration form below.

Please include the following details in your message:

  1. Open training class location: Please refer to upcoming training class locations.
  2. Number of participants:

We require a minimum class size of 6 participants for class commencement. If there are more than 2 participants from your company who will attend this training, please contact us for applicable discounts.

 

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EUR 1,500 per person (VAT not applicable)

If there are more than 2 participants from your company who will attend this training, please contact us for applicable discounts.

After STE training, writers would normally need sufficient time to adjust to new writing guidelines. Shufrans works with your staff to support any ongoing STE continuous improvement processes so that they become effective practitioners of the Simplified Technical English language. We can meet on-site with your staff, or conduct online Q&A sessions for your trained writers.

Shufrans also provides proofreading and editing services to kick-start and support your STE implementation. You can either send us your content for an STE review, or participate in an online compliance review as you prepare your document for translation.

In some cases, our customers ask us to review their first manual written in STE or to rewrite a manual for future reference purposes. We can also help you build your STE compliant technical terms dictionary, giving you optimum control over downstream documentation processes such as translation.

It is also possible to arrange for an STE expert on-site to facilitate any ongoing implementation process.

If your business requires regulatory compliance with the ASD-STE100 standard, Shufrans can support your technical writing team to make sure that they author fully ASD-STE100 compliant documentation.

Once trained, technical writers can apply STE principles to every content creation steps. A training approach ensures that your content is easily readable and also optimised for future translations.

To help you follow STE rules correctly, multiple STE checker tools have been created by various companies. Some were created strictly for the purpose of enforcing STE rules, while others regulate writing processes.

Our preferred checker software tool is the Acrolinx ASD-STE100 solution module. Find out more.

To implement STE in your organization, Shufrans offers crucial support in every step of the way. We assist your writers comply with STE throughout the entire product documentation life cycle:

  • Training
  • Dictionary building
  • Checker software implementation
  • Customisation
  • Integration
  • Rewriting
  • Editing
  • QA
  • Consultancy

 

We use the latest version of the ASD-STE100 specification: Issue 6, January 2013.

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Through interactive workshops and exercises, your technical publication and writing team will learn how to standardise content and structure to:

  • Author efficiently
  • Facilitate information exchange
  • Improve overall text readability
  • Publish in multiple channels
  • Reduce maintenance costs for technical information

 

 

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Ms Shumin Chen

Principal ASD-STE100 Trainer & Consultant

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The principal trainer is Ms. Shumin Chen who has helped many companies with their STE and other documentation needs, based on standards where possible. Although STE was developed for the aerospace industry, more specifically for aircraft maintenance documentation, Ms Chen found that it made a lot of sense to apply the same principles to other industries and types of documents as well. Few -if any- changes to the specification are necessary to adapt STE to industries ranging from machinery to IT, automotive to medical equipment.

Ms. Chen received her professional on-the-job training in the field of STE under the tutelage of Dr Frans Wijma, a linguist, documentation expert and private pilot who has been in the field of controlled language, multilingual documentation and aerospace & defense standards for 15 years, working with customers worldwide. STE classes taught include Boeing, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, EADS, Eurocopter, FAA, RAF, Philips, Fluke, Watchguard, Elekta, Hach, Tellabs, Omron and Kubota.

Dr. Wijma and Ms. Chen are regarded as the leading experts in Simplified Technical English (STE) implementation. They received very professional positive feedback and references are available on request.

 

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  • Working with Shumin is a great pleasure because of her professional approach. Her knowledge of STE is excellent and with her pragmatic approach she helps companies to improve. Our trainees rated Shumin all with excellent. If you consider to train your staff in STE, I highly recommend Shumin.
    Henk Wijnands Founding Partner & Commercial Director, Foxiz BV
  • I fully appreciate the advantages and benefits of implementing international language standards to our documentation. My favourite technical English writing rule is to only use company-approved terminology in addition to the general vocabulary that is offered by the Simplified Technical English specification. The technical English writing rules were clearly presented during this webinar. Overall, I have found this webinar to be useful for my work and Shumin responded well to all my questions and clarified the doubts I had before taking this course.
    Senior Technical Writer Technical Documentation Development, IT, Kaspersky Lab
  • I attended a two-day ASD-STE100 training workshop by Shumin. She presented the materials clearly and succinctly with sound and logical written examples. There was a good balance of worksheet exercises and individual rewriting tasks. We explored certain topics and asked critical questions related to standard technical writing practices which were well discussed during this workshop. Shumin seems like a kind and well-educated trainer who has an answer for every question. Top Qualities: Personable, Expert, Good Value
    Frank Omvlee Technical Publication Engineer, B/E Aerospace
  • I was at first skeptical of the advantages that STE will bring as it seemed to have mainly been used in the aerospace & defence industry. This intensive three-day training course has changed my opinion and certainly helped to sharpen my technical writing skills tremendously! Top Qualitites: Cheaper, faster, and better translations.
    Brian Cho Head of Language Services Division, HansemEUG
  • The ASD-STE100 course I attended by Shumin was very intensive yet enjoyable. Besides the standard format and company templates used when creating documentation, STE rules helped me understand that there is an alternative approach to technical writing. By shrinking the size of my vocabulary, I am effectively using only one word for one purpose. With STE, my goal is to focus on what I would like to communicate effectively, rather than to simply place information into a template.
    Mehmet Emin Ozmen Manufacturing Engineer, FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.Ş.
  • Airbus is widely known to have strict STE quality checks that are difficult to meet for outside suppliers. Learning how to optimally use a documentation standard like ASD-STE100 is a substantial boost to our technical writing team’s capabilities and significantly improved our compliance rating!
    Raja Sureshbabu Global Head of Aerospace Vertical, Tata Consultancy Services
  • This Simplified Technical English (STE) workshop has equipped me with the right kind of STE knowledge and skill sets to move forward confidently in my role as a technical writing team leader. I am glad that I was able to attend this course!
    Team Leader Technical Writing, Hansem EUG
  • I have a great pleasure to work with Shumin Chen on a number of complex technical translation projects. She is very talented, efficient and dependable, making sure to meet and exceed the customer's expectations.
    Anouar Koutchoukali Owner, A Propos Vertaalbureau
  • I am glad to say the STE course attended by team was really satisfactory. Feedback is very positive and we will be interested in repeating the experience in a near future.Top Qualities: Personable, Expert, On Time
    Felix Donoso Translation Manager, arvato technical information S.L.
  • Shumin possesses an in-depth knowledge of the English language and of Simplified Technical English (STE). We covered a lot of ground in the area of STE within a short time!
    Berry Jansen Senior Technical Author, Triview
  • Personally, it became clearer to me that STE is a language that one can learn to pick up. This includes the standard vocabulary and customised dictionary that is built for every company or product. In other words, STE is a ‘way of life’ in the field of technical writing and documentation. The ASD-STE100 exercises covered a wide spectrum of topics from choosing between approved and non-approved words to recreating documentation in STE. Shumin expertly guided us from classroom learning mode to real-life practical application of STE rules. The materials that she presented were informative and very convincing. Top Qualities: Practical, Convincing, Informative
    Martin Broekhuis Technical Editor, Webasto
  • The introduction to the ASD-STE100 gave me a nice and clear overview of what to expect in the two training days that followed. Consistent language and spelling in STE are the rules I like best. The list of approved and unapproved verbs was a nice surprise for me. Shumin gave a highly practical STE training using relevant and pragmatic examples that relate closely to our field of work.
    Maikel Kornuit Technical Writer, Triview
  • I found all the STE rules to be highly beneficial for my work and certainly look forward to start applying Simplified English rules by using the ASD-STE100 specification. The two-day workshop conducted by Shumin has taught me how to use the STE rules correctly and apply them in the appropriate context. Everything has been explained very clearly.
    Tina Kosman Safety Engineer, De Boer Machines
  • Shumin introduced the very interesting concept of a controlled language in the form of Simplified Technical English (STE). My favourite STE rule is to use approved words from the dictionary only as the part of speech given. In the two-day duration, we were able to familiarise ourselves with all the STE rules as well as practical steps for implementation of this controlled language standard. Shumin is very capable of explaining STE concepts in a brief but accurate manner, giving us easy access to a highly technical subject. Love the humour you inject in between lines! Top Qualities: Concise, Personable, Knowledgeable
    Lycke Koersen Marketing Coordinator, Maats Pipeline Equipment
  • The Simplified Technical English workshop has been most informative and clear. The list of approved and non-approved technical helped me a lot in my work. Most of the classroom exercises were well-paced as Shumin has a very structured approach to discussing these exercises in a suitable order. She speaks with a very clear voice that facilitates understanding.
    Gieljan Smits Product Designer & Engineer, Maats Pipeline Equipment
  • Shumin gave a two-day ASD-STE100 training to standardize and improve the language used by technical authoring personnel. I learnt a great deal in terms of advantageous STE writing rules for the authoring of technical manuals. Thank you once again for the excellent training!
    Fatih Ülger Product Support Engineer, FNSS Defence Systems
  • As advisor to her ASD-STE100 Simplified Technical English on-the job-training, Shumin adopts a very structured approach to learning. She observes, absorbs and analyses to come up with relevant and insightful questions as well as ideas regarding the subject matter and improved ASD-STE100 training methods. Shumin is a very driven and highly intelligent professional who works very well either independently or as part of a team. She has strong analytical skills and expresses herself very well both verbally and in writing. Her sense of responsibility and passion about achieving the set objectives while meeting and exceeding clients' expectations is very inspiring and is a great asset to the company and its customers alike.
    Dr. Frans Wijma ILS expert, trainer & consultant, Shufra Ltd
  • Shumin is a supportive and approachable manager, colleague and friend. She possesses excellent linguistic, communication and presentation skills. She is able to communicate well and is eloquent on the international platform and is able to exercise professional inter-cultural sensitivities.
    Dennis Yeo Learning Advocate, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
  • No doubt for Frans knowledge of simplified technical English. It's really useful in my job. Top Qualities: Personable, Expert, Creative
    Jumadi Timotius Simangunsong Aircraft Engine Maintenance Planning Engineer, GMF AeroAsia
  • I've worked with Shumin Chen when she was a Localization Program Manager for large projects into multiple languages. She was always very professional and confident. I would work with her again in the future.
    Ulisses Bognar Account Manager, All Tasks
  • Shumin is personable and easy to work with, so it was great to work together on aviation management related events during her tenure. She is a good communicator, and a consultative manager who would often involve others in problem solving, team building, and focuses her time on more important activities while providing proper recognition, which I am appreciative of.
    Joyce Tay Senior Executive, Programme & Event Management at Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
  • Frans provided a multi-day training on STE in my company, Hansem EUG, and impressed every participant with his profound expertise in the subject matter and his kind and witty manner which had made the training much more enjoyable. I am glad to have known him and expect to have a sound, professional relationship for our mutual benefit.
    Yangsook Kim CEO, Hansem EUG
  • Lufthansa Systems FlightNav Inc. Zürich recommends the professional and qualified ASD-STE100 Simplified Technical English training provided by Dr. Frans Wijma from Shufra Consultancy
    Juergen Kuhnhenn Head of Lido/RouteManual Standards bei Lufthansa Systems
  • I had the pleasure of working alongside Shumin for several projects during her time at the Singapore Aviation Academy. She is what I would call a balanced manager - always keeping a cool head regardless of the obstacles we had faced as a division. Her outstanding abilities include bringing inspiration to her team and her effortless presentation skills.
    Nasuha Rahim Executive, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore