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Hands-On MBSE Training, Creating SysML Models Workshop

Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) provides a visual representation of everything involved in software development and systems development lifecycles.

Consequently, MBSE can condense hundreds of pages of documentation into a single graphical representation, covering everything from how a system operates, how multiple systems interface, their components and subcomponents.

Analysts are high on MBSE for its ability to allow organizations to create a model for just about any kind of system, which helps everyone better understand the different levels of that system.

MBSE makes it possible to model the architecture, relationships, requirements, everything from a high level overview all the way down to specific protocol.

MBSE methodology is commonly used in industries such as aerospace, defense, rail, automotive, industrial, etc.

MBSE is an important application that allows us to develop, analyze, and test complex systems. MBSE is also important because it provides a means to coordinate system design activity, satisfies stakeholder requirements and provides a significant return on investment.

One trend in particular with MBSE is the growing realization that MBSE is not a function of any one software tool, not PLM, not SysML, not requirements.

The goal is the Digital Thread, the complete set of domain models organized, connected and version-managed in a way that allows everyone on the development team to find the data they need to do their jobs.

In other words, each discipline and each organization has a seat at the MBSE table.

Of course, it’s important to understand that implementation of the Digital Thread is still incremental in every enterprise. Early adopters look for specific integrations that enhance collaboration between team members, speeding completion of tasks and reducing errors from domain model inconsistencies.

One sector that has recently shown a strong commitment to MBSE is the U.S. military with the support of the DoD.

The adoption of MBSE requires a workforce that is skilled in the application of MBSE. This requires organizations to provide an infrastructure that includes MBSE methods, tools and training, and a commitment to deploy this capability to their programs.

As with any organizational change, this must be approached strategically to grow this capability and learn from their experiences.

The object of MBSE is to build a well-defined model of the product design that is complete and consistent and accurately represents truth. This allows for analysis and review and test on the model.

Cost is reduced and development time is reduced and quality is improved. It is much easier to try alternate designs.

The benefit from this on the design of a single product is small, though still worth doing in many cases. The real benefit comes when designing a family of products that share some parts but are different in some ways.

Hands-On MBSE Training, Creating SysML Models Workshop by Tonex

Hands-On MBSE Training, Creating SysML Models Workshop is s 3-day hands-on MBSE and SysML Combo training program. The 3-day hands-on MBSE/SysML course covers modeling of complex systems, System of Systems (SoS), aerospace, military and advanced deep space applications.

Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and  Model-Based Engineering (MSE) are approaches and tools to systems engineering that uses models rather than traditional documents:

  • an integral part of the technical baseline that includes the requirements, analysis,
  • design, implementation, and verification of a capability, system, and/or product
  • throughout the acquisition life cycle.”

Models are simplified versions of a concept, phenomenon, relationship, structure or system:

  • A graphical, mathematical or physical representation
  • An abstraction of reality by eliminating unnecessary components

The objectives of a model are;

  • to facilitate understanding and communications
  • to aid in decision making, examine ‘what if’ scenarios and evaluating risks
  • to explain, control, and predict events

TONEX Combo MBSE and SysML training course covers the OMG Certified Systems Modeling Professional (OCSMP) certification.

The OMG-Certified Systems Modeling Professional™ (OCSMP™) Certification program composed of four levels of certification, arranged in a single hierarchy, based on four multiple-choice examinations:  range of essential MBSE and SysML knowledge and skills, OCSMP Model Builder – Fundamental, Intermediate, and Advanced.


  • OCSMP Model User
  • OCSMP Model Builder – Fundamental
  • OCSMP Model Builder – Intermediate
  • OCSMP Model Builder – Advanced

MBSE  (Model Based Systems Engineering) are the aspects of MBE specifically associated with systems engineering composed on behavioral analysis, system architecture, requirement, traceability, performance analysis, verification and validation (V&V), simulation, test, and integration.

Model-based systems engineering (MBSE) is the formalized application of modeling to support system requirements, design, analysis, verification and validation activities beginning in the conceptual design phase and continuing throughout development and later life cycle phases.”   INCOSE SE Vision 2020 (INCOSE-TP-2004-004-02, Sep 2007)

Systems Modeling Language (SysML) is a general-purpose architecture modeling language for Systems Engineering applications.and of course an enabling technology for Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE).

SysML supports the specification, analysis, design, verification and validation of a broad range of systems and systems-of-systems (SoS) may include hardware, software, firmware, products, information, processes, personnel, and facilities.

Hands-On MBSE Training, Creating SysML Models Workshop is a hands-on training course with model creation exercises, case studies and workshops where participants implement SysML concepts using variety of tools.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this hands-on course, the participants will:

  • Learn what models are and the trend of SE transformation towards MBSE
  • Describe Model-based systems engineering (MBSE) benefits and use cases
  • Describe how MBSE and SysML language are related
  • Illustrate SysML terminology and notation
  • Deploy MBE, MBSE and SysML in a complex system or SoS capability, development,  engineering project or mission
  • Apply MBSE to complex systems and System of Systems (SoS)
  • Compare and contrast traditional systems engineering approaches vs. MBSE
  • Learn how to create models in a SysML including diagrams and constructs
  • Develop SysML activity models that are executable
  • Analyze and donstruct SysML models with calculations and execute parametric simulations
  • Verify system requirements (using testing, analysis, inspection and demonstration)
  • Learn how to auto-generate and model traceability matrices
  • Perform trade studies
  • Generate documents automatically from system models and the model repository
  • Learn how to use MBSE/SysML with DoD DoDAF, NATO NAF, UK MoDAF  and Unified Architecture Framework (UAF) frameworks
  • Describe Unified Profile for DoDAF and MODAF (UPDM) and relationships among UPDM, SysML, SOAML®, UML and Architecture Framework (UAF)
  • Learn about Model-Based System of Systems Engineering with UPDM and Architecture Framework (UAF)
  • Analyze lessons learned from across technology, medical, automotive, aerospace, deep space and defense
  • Learn about latest modeling collaborations between INCOSE, OMG, NAFEMS, ASME and others
  • Learn about modeling content Ontology, Tool Integration and Model Life Cycle Management, Patterns, system thinking with models, and System Science

Transformation Workshops discussing enterprise preparedness for digital engineering, enablers and roadblocks, human model interaction and risk based decision making models.

Method of Learning

The class consists of pedagogical elements that are interwoven to maximize the use of individual, group and class time. These elements include lectures, in-class activities, group assignments, and problem scenarios to role play and find solutions.

Courses Material, Tools and Guides:

  • Course Student Guide
  • Exercises and Workshops Guide
  • Training Resources: Best Practices, Lessons Learned, Stories, Guides, Handbooks, Templates, Examples, Tools
  • Cheat Sheets
  • Organizational examples of common problems
  • Organizational examples of solutions

Course Schedule/Outline:

Model Concepts

  • What is a model?
  • Models vs. diagram
  • Benefits of Modeling
  • System Models
  • Documentation vs. Modeling
  • Improved system and software
  • Specification and Visualization
  • Architecture
  • Construction
  • Simulation and Test
  • Validation and Verification
  • Correctness & Completeness
  • Evaluation of trade space

MBSE (Model Based Systems Engineering)

  • Systems Engineering Principles
  • Behavioral analysis, system architecture, requirement, traceability, performance analysis, verification and validation (V&V), simulation, test, and integration.
  • What is MBSE
  • How does MBSE compare to traditional SE?
  • Overall benefits of MBSE
  • The adoption of MBSE in the industry
  • What is Systems Modeling Language (SysML)?
  • Basics of SysML
  • SysML and MBSE
  • Systems modeling and  systems models
  • MBSE methods to specify and design systems
  • Transition to MBSE

Creating Systems Modeling Language (SysML) Models

  • Concept of the ‘block’
  • Basic unit structure
  • Hardware, software, information, personnel, procedures, and facilities
  • Block definition diagrams
  • Internal block diagrams
  • Dystem structure
  • SysML Diagram Types
  • SysML Behavior Diagram
  • SysML Use Case Diagram
  • SysML Activity Diagram
  • SysML Sequence Diagram
  • SysML State Machine Diagram
  • The SysML Requirements Diagram
  • The SysML Parametric Diagram
  • Blocks and Block Definition Diagrams
  • Packages and Use Cases
  • Requirements and Sequence Diagrams
  • Analysis Parametric Diagrams
  • Activities and Activity Diagrams
  • Internal Block Diagrams
  • State Machines and Advanced Interactions
  • Interoperability
  • Deploying MBSE and Models

Overview of INCOSE’s Modeling and Simulation Interoperability Efforts

  • Space Systems Modeling
  • Telescope Modeling
  • Biomedical Device Modeling
  • GEOSS Modeling
  • MBSE Usability
  • MBSE Methodology and Metrics
  • MBSE Model Management
  • MBSE Modeling Standards and Frameworks
  • Ontology
  • System of Systems/Enterprise Modeling
  • Tool Integration and Interoperability
  • Tools Database
  • NAFEMS-INCOSE Systems Modeling & Simulation Working Group (SMSWG)

Group Exercises and Workshops

  • Concept of Operations (ConOps) Modeling
  • Using NASA’s Scope Models
  • Requirements Modeling
  • Requirements on Requirement Diagrams
  • System Functionality on Use Case Diagrams
  • System Structure Modeling
  • Model Organization on Package Diagrams
  • Package Diagram
  • System Structure on Block Diagrams
  • Block definition and description
  • Block Definition Diagram
  • System Constraints on Block Definition Diagrams and Parametric Diagrams
  • System Behavior Modeling
  • Flow-Based Behavior on Activity Diagrams
  • Creating DoDAF OV-5 and OV-6 for new Capabilities
  • Message-Based Behavior on Sequence Diagrams
  • Sequence Diagram
  • Event-Based Behavior on State Machine Diagrams
  • State Machine Diagram
  • Cross-Cutting Constructs
  • Allocations Across Multiple Diagram Types; Other Topics
  • Modeling a System, System of Systems (SoS) or a Capability

For information about the mutual recognition program agreement between OMG and INCOSE, please click here. For information about SysML, see the OMG SysML website at

OMG® is an international, open membership, not-for-profit computer industry standards consortium. OMG Task Forces develop modeling and integration standards for a wide range of technologies and an even wider range of industries. OMG’s Model Driven Architecture® (MDA®) supports the complete application lifecycle from design, through development and deployment, to maintenance and evolution.

Modeling standards including the Unified Modeling Language™ (UML®),  Business Process Modeling and Notation™ (BPMN™), and the Systems Modeling Language (OMG SysML™), enable powerful visual design for software structure and behavior, processes in software and business, and virtually every type of system. OMG’s middleware standards and profiles are based on the Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA®) and support a wide variety of industries.

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