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INCOSE puts it this way: Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) is the formalized application of digital modelling … to support system requirement, system architecture, design, analysis, verification and validation, process planning and service.

In other words, the impact of MBSE in digital engineering is substantial, and growing more important as technology advances.

Although MBSE is often associated with product and system modelling, it is also applicable to the modelling of IT and process architectures. 

With the modelling and verification capabilities of MBSE it is possible to model both your idea of a future product architecture and the related engineering processes and workflows.

MBSE historically focused on expressing and recording requirements, design, analysis, and verification information. As modeling technology matures, it provides even more value by accelerating learning (e.g., simulation) and provides better insights into the physical world as in digital twins.

Both are important to evolve live systems and enable Enterprise Solution Delivery.

Although models are not a perfect representation of a system, they provide knowledge and feedback sooner and more cost-effectively than implementation alone. And they allow simulation of complex system and system-of-systems interactions with appropriate fidelity to accelerate learning.

In practice, engineers use models to gain knowledge and to serve as a guide for system implementation. In some cases, they use them to directly build the actual implementation. MBSE takes a holistic, system approach to manage system information and data relationships, treating all information as a model.

Digital twin technology supports MBSE. A digital twin is a virtual instance of a physical system synchronized through the physical twin’s operational data such as performance, maintenance, and health.

Integrating the physical and virtual worlds validates virtual models and helps engineers improve system analysis, better predict failures or downtime, and provide for more accurate maintenance schedules.

Digital twins support business agility by better predicting when future enhancements and product upgrades will be necessary to make Solution Roadmaps more accurate. And they can uncover new business opportunities by making learning, faster, cheaper, and more reliable.

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)

 For more information, questions, comments, contact us.

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