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Hands-On MBSE Training, Creating SysML Models Workshop

Although Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) is often associated with product and system modelling, it is also applicable to the modelling of IT and process architectures.

According to INCOSE:

“Model-Based Systems Engineering is the formalized application of digital modelling … to support system requirement, system architecture, design, analysis, verification and validation, process planning and service.”

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.

Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) is well-known for improving quality, reducing risk and addressing complexity by enabling a system model to be viewed from multiple perspectives, and to analyze the impact of changes.

Complexity is often the root cause of systems engineering challenges. By using MBSE’s visual representation of the system, relationships between different parts of the system are easier to see and manage.

A common misconception about MBSE is that it replaces traditional systems engineering. It does not. It’s more like MBSE formalizes part of systems engineering. MBSE combines traditional methods and best practices with rigorous modeling techniques.

Formal systems models offer these benefits because they introduce additional consistency and continuity, and because they are understandable to both humans and computers, and logically verifiable.

Like other engineering disciplines, the transition of systems engineering to a model-based discipline is broadly recognized as essential to meet the challenges associated with increasing system complexity and achieving the productivity and quality improvements.

The object of Model Based Systems Engineering 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.

Consequently, the benefits are immense such as cost is reduced and development time is reduced and quality is improved. It is also much easier to try alternate designs.

Additionally, in an MBSE approach requirements can be incorporated into the model, as can test plans and the like. The tools can be used to support reviews directly without producing piles of documents.

If you do want to build documents, you can to varying degrees generate the documents directly from the model. When the model changes, just regenerate the documents.

Although MBSE does not dictate any specific process, any MBSE process should cover four systems-engineering domains:

  1. Requirements/Capabilities
  2. Behavior
  3. Architecture/Structure
  4. Verification and Validation

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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