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Duration : 3 days
This introductory module establishes the need for MBSE, introduces the MBSE Mantra of People, Process & Tools, gives an overview of MBSE in One Slide and discusses the evolution of MBSE in your organisation.
An essential and obvious enabler for MBSE is, of course, modelling. In this course we consider the need for modelling, the requirements for modelling and we introduce the SysML as a language that can satisfy these requirements.
The structural and behavioural aspects of any model are discussed through two of the SysML diagrams which are covered in some detail. On overview of the remaining diagrams is given and this part of the course emphasises how to model, rather than attempting to teach all of the syntax of the language (as this is an MBSE course and not a SysML course). By focusing on the use of modelling and consistency, we will demonstrate how to build up a true, consistent collection of views that make up a model, rather than just a collection of pictures.
A key part of any systems engineering endeavour is for all of your teams to share a common language. This is a great idea in principle, but the practice is somewhat more difficult to attain. When considering common language, it is essential that we think about both the spoken language and the domain-specific language. In real life we cannot assume that adopting a common spoken language, such as English will result in efficient communication as we need also consider the domain specific language, perhaps based on: the discipline (for example: electrical, mechanical, software, etc.), the industry (for example: automotive, aerospace, IT, etc.) or, indeed, the organisation. In this course we introduce the Systems Modelling Language (SysML) as the spoken language and the use of an ontology (defined using SysML) to capture the domain-specific language.
This MBSE ontology captures all of the key concepts associated with MBSE, defines them and, very importantly, defines the relationships between the concepts.
This MBSE ontology, derived from over 40 different best-practice models including standards, guidelines and techniques, is built up during this part of the course.
During this module a number of the concepts introduced in the previous MBSE Concepts module are discussed in more detail. The number of topics covered and the depth of coverage can be tailored during the course. The topics available are:
The exact topics covered will be selected based on the needs of the target audience.
In order to put all of the pieces together and see how the modelling works, a team-based tutor-guided exercise is conducted where the participants get to use the modelling techniques on an example. For remote training, this will be tutor-led using virtual white boards. For face-to-face training, this will take the form of group-based exercises.
This section of the course addresses the question of how to implement MBSE into your business. This will cover how to sell MBSE to different stakeholders within the business, as people in different roles will see different benefits of MBSE. This is an essential part of making the business case for MBSE.
Once the business case has been made, it is then possible to look at the three crucial enablers for MBSE which will be described as the Trinity of implementing MBSE. This covers: the reason, that allows the anticipated benefits of MBSE to be captured for the identified stakeholder set; the capability, where the as-is and target MBSE capability for the organisation is captured using MBSE in a slide; the maturity of MBSE, which captures the as-is and target maturity of MBSE within the organisation and that uses the MBSE evolutionary scale. The three prongs of Trinity are then used to inform the MBSE strategy for the business.
This course is aimed at systems engineers and managers, software engineers and managers, quality personnel and anyone involved with business or enterprise modelling.
All course delegates receive a full set of notes, summary sheets and a copy of the book ‘SysML for Systems Engineering: A model-based approach; 3rd ed.’ by Jon Holt and Simon Perry.
The benefits of this course are as follows:
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Prof Jon Holt is an internationally-recognised expert in the field of Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE). He is an international award-winning author and public speaker and has authored 17 books on MBSE and its applications.
Since 2014 he has been a Director and consultant for Scarecrow Consultants, who are ‘outstanding in the field of MBSE’.
Jon is also a Professor of Systems Engineering at Cranfield University, where he is involved with the teaching of and research into MBSE. He is a Fellow of both the IET and the BCS and is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered IT Professional. He is currently the Technical Director of INCOSE UK where he is responsible for all technical activities and, in 2015, was identified as one of the 25 most-influential Systems Engineers in the last 25 years by INCOSE.
Jon is also actively involved in the promotion of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) where he uses magic, mind-reading and occasional escapology to promote Systems Engineering at Music Festivals, Science Festivals, the IET Pythagorean Cabaret, radio shows and other STEM events. He has also authored the children’s STEM book ‘Think Engineer’ which is published by INCOSE UK.
Simon Perry holds Bachelor of Science degrees from both the University of Leeds and the Open University. Since gaining his degree in Mathematics in 1986 he has spent over 30 years working in all aspects of software and systems engineering. Since 2014 he has been a Director and consultant for Scarecrow Consultants, who are ‘outstanding in the field of MBSE’.
Simon works in industry, government and academia and has applied his work across many disciplines in a wide range of industries including defence, the nuclear industry, timber engineering, finance, train manufacture and automotive. He is a Member of the IET and INCOSE UK and leads the Patterns work stream of INCOSE UK’s MBSE Working Group.
Simon often speaks at systems engineering conferences and is the author of 11 books on systems engineering and related topics. Such public-speaking events, writing of books and the delivery and facilitation of courses and workshops, have given Simon great experience in communicating technical concepts to non-domain experts and to non-technical audiences.