Model-based systems engineering (MBSE) has become a substantial trend in engineering today. Companies from Boeing to GM and organizations like NASA are proponents of MBSE – and for good reason.
Complexity is difficult to manage, a fact of life all engineers understand. Even more challenging is the trend toward the compounding of systems into systems, which tends to introduce new complexities in the form of unexpected overlaps of parts and unexpected behavior of previously well-behaved systems.
The net result of the rising complexity of systems has been the crying need for ways to express component systems in ways that those designs can be easily shared between design teams. For many organizations the answer has been MBSE and its accompanying systems modeling language (SysML). A shared language is a critical component of the design methodology of any system or process, be it chemical, mechanical, electrical or software.
A white paper published by Embedded Market Forecasters (EMF) sheds some light on the reasons behind the popularity of MBSE.
According to the report, the addition of model-based systems engineering delivers a 55 percent reduction in total development cost. MBSE approaches also streamline and enable 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.
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.
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.
MBSE Training Classes
Tonex offers Hands-On MBSE Training, a 3-day MBSE and SysML combo training program. The MBSE/SysML course covers modeling of complex systems, System of Systems (SoS), aerospace, military and advanced deep space applications.
This combo course also covers the OMG Certified Systems Modeling Professional (OCSMP) certification.
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