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Model-based systems engineering (MBSE) is a subset of digital engineering (DE).

MBSE supports the systems engineering activities of requirements, architecture, design, verification and validation. These models would have to be connected to the physics-based models used by other engineering disciplines such as mechanical and electrical engineering. One challenge remaining for digital engineering is the integration of MBSE with physics-based models.

For many organizations, digital engineering represents a transformation of how they normally conduct systems engineering. Another way of looking at it, MBSE pushes digital engineering forward.

This has been especially important for the U.S. Department of Defense. Digital Engineering is DoD’s initiative that combines model-based techniques, digital practices, and computing infrastructure to enable delivery of high pay-off solutions to the warfighter at the speed of relevance. DE modernizes how the DoD conceives, designs, operates, and sustains capabilities to outpace its adversaries.

By shaping the culture and workforce to collaborate and work more efficiently with an authoritative source of truth, DE incorporates technological innovation into an integrated digital model-based approach to transform the state of engineering practice in support lifecycle activities.

In June 2018, Dr. Michael Griffin, the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, released the DoD Digital Engineering Strategy. The DoD Digital Engineering Strategy outlines five strategic goals for this engineering transformation. The strategy encourages innovation in the way we conceive, build, test, field, and sustain our national defense systems, and how we must train and shape the workforce to use digital engineering practices:

  1. Formalize the development, integration, and use of models to inform enterprise and program decision-making
  2. Provide an enduring, authoritative source of truth
  3. Incorporate technological innovation to improve the engineering practice
  4. Establish a supporting infrastructure and environment to perform activities, collaborate and communicate across stakeholders
  5. Transform the culture and workforce to adopt and support digital engineering across the lifecycle

Want to learn more? Tonex offers MBSE and Digital Engineering Workshop, a 2-day course that covers Model-based systems engineering (MBSE), Digital Engineering practices and tools, as well as methods like DODAF, UAF, UPDM, SysML and more. MBSE and Digital Engineering workshop helps participants and leads to greater efficiency and improved quality of all the acquisition activities.

Additionally, Tonex offers more than a dozen other courses in MBSE, including:

Model Based Testing Training (3 days)

Model Based Requirements Engineering  (4 days)

SysML Training Crash Course (4 days)

Requirements Engineering Workshop with Use Cases (3 days)

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