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MBSE (Model Based Systems Engineering) involves applying software-based tools to capture systems engineering evidence—typically called “artifacts”—in a systematic, disciplined way that allows people to manage complexity while communicating effectively across the life cycle of a system.

MBSE is designed to support a team’s systems engineering processes by connecting system relationships, controlling system configurations, and communicating an overall system site picture that all stakeholders can access.

By utilizing MBSE, team members can more easily integrate disparate material while reducing time and effort.

Additionally, MBSE ensures the entire team is working with the same up-to-date information at all times, eliminating problems with version control. This can have a positive impact on cost and schedule.

MBSE methodology is commonly used in industries such as aerospace, defense, rail, automotive, industrial, etc. At NASA, for example, MBSE is used to perform systems engineering with digital models, which in addition to better describing the system, also offer the capability to more thoroughly exercise, evaluate, and capture the system performance.

The job of a systems engineer is in part to lead the system design and development by working with the various design disciplines to optimize the design in terms of cost, schedule, and performance.

MBSE can help this coordination by providing a way to capture all the information from the different disciplines and share that information with the designers and other stakeholders.

Modern MBSE tools, like Innoslate, provide the means for this sharing, as long as the tool is easy for everyone to use.

A good MBSE tool will have an open ontology, such as the Lifecycle Modeling Language (LML); many ways to visualize the information in different interactive diagrams (models); ability to verify the logic and modeling rules are being met; and traceability between all the information from all sources.

Want to learn more? Tonex offers MBSE Training Crash Course, a 4-day program that covers all the principals, theories and techniques associated with Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE). Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to comprehend the general principles of systems engineering, discuss the main characteristics of a system and understand the overall process factors and their relationships, which together establish the bases of systems engineering.

Additionally, Tonex offers more than a dozen other courses in MBSE training, 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)

 For more information, questions, comments, contact us.

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