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Model-based systems engineering (MBSE) is an approach to engineering that has become increasingly popular in industries for a multitude of reasons, cost savings ranking high among them.

The cost savings is due in large part because a model-based systems engineering approach allows organizations to design before they build – allowing stakeholders to visualize, simulate and fine-tune product specifications with a greater degree of precision far earlier in the product life-cycle — ideally, before project resources have been committed and project schedules established.

Technology advisory firm EMF reports that when compared to typical systems engineering endeavors, the addition of model-based systems engineering delivers a 55 percent reduction in total development cost.

MBSE methodology also streamlines and enables product-line engineering. When compared to typical systems engineering endeavors, the addition of product-line engineering delivers a 41.6 percent reduction in total development cost.

According to EMF, this enables organizations to explore multiple solutions or ideas concurrently with minimal risk; manage size and complexity with rich abstractions, and detect errors and omissions earlier in the product development lifecycle, when they are significantly less costly to find and fix.

A key advantage of a visual and standards-based modeling approach is that it aligns electrical, mechanical, software engineers and architects – all of whom use differing technology language and toolsets – with a common, whole-systems view of the product under development. It replaces ambiguity with clarity that transcends both engineering discipline and geographic location.

Basically, MBSE is an approach to systems engineering that is designed to eliminate miscommunication and inefficiency, which in itself is a time and money saver. Model-based systems engineering uses models rather than diagrams to visually portray system architecture, relationships between different parts of a system and outline specific guidelines pertaining to tools and communication.

The importance of being on the same page with your engineering team can’t be overemphasized.

Many projects are held up and go over budget because of miscommunication. MBSE calls for a single terminology to be used by all team members.

EMF data also shows:

  • The use of MBSE has reduced design delays and cancellations.
  • The use of MBSE has significantly improved the relationship between pre-design expectations and final designs.
  • SysML is the most popular graphical representation for MBSE for discrete embedded system designs.
  • Model simulation and code generation enables faster design iterations that produce desired performance, functionality and capabilities.
  • Using model simulation and code generation, design cycles are more predictable and result in faster product shipments with lower project risk.
  • Using model simulation and code generation contributes significantly to a reduction in design, development and implementation costs.

Tonex MBSE Classes

Tonex offers a 4-day hands-on MBSE seminar crash course that reviews principles, theories and techniques associated with Model-based systems engineering. The MBSE Course is especially beneficial for a wide range of professionals, everyone from product managers and enterprise architects to systems engineers and business analysts.

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