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Applied Systems Engineering

4-Day Course

$2090 per person


Today’s complex systems present difficult challenges to develop. From military systems to aircraft to environmental and electronic control systems, development teams must face the challenges with an arsenal of proven methods. Individual systems are more complex, and systems operate in much closer relationship, requiring a system-of-systems approach to the overall design. The discipline and concepts of systems engineering provide ways to manage this complexity. By following systems engineering practices, teams organize their thought processes in such a way as to bring order out of chaos. Studies of complex programs have shown that the proper application of up-front thinking can reduce the cost impact of errors by as much as five hundredfold. Systems engineering is a simple flow of concepts, frequently neglected in the press of day-to-day work, that reduces risk step by step. In this workshop, you will learn the latest systems principles, processes, products, and methods. This is a practical course, in which students apply the methods to build real, interacting systems during the workshop. You can use the results now in your work. This workshop provides an in-depth look at the latest principles for systems engineering in context of standard development cycles, with realistic practice on how to apply them. The focus is on the underlying thought patterns, to help the participant understand why rather than just teach what to do. Read more about one company’s long experience here.

  • Systems engineers
  • Technical team leaders
  • Program managers
  • Project managers
  • Logistic support leaders
  • Design engineers
  • Others who participate in defining and developing complex systems.
  • A leader or a key member of a complex system development team
  • Concerned about the team’s technical success
  • Interested in how to fit your system into its system environment
  • Looking for practical methods to use in your team
  1. How do We Work With Complexity? Basic definitions and concepts. Problem-solving approaches; system thinking; how complexity shapes systems and system development. Reductionist vs. complexity approaches. Emergent behaviors, conceptual development, chunking concepts.

  2. Systems Engineering Model An underlying process model, based on ISO-15288 and the INCOSE Handbook, that ties together all the concepts and methods. Overview of the systems engineering model; process descriptions from Stakeholder Requirements Definition through Requirements Definition, System Architecting, System Integration, Verification, Validation, Operation, Maintenance, and Disposal.

  3. Operational Definition. How to focus on and agree on the need for a system. Defining the problem in stakeholder terms, from an operational view. Encompassing interoperability and larger-system aspects. Quantifying the need for later trade-offs.

  4. Requirements Definition. Requirements as the primary method of measurement and control for systems development. How to translate a need into effective requirements; types of requirements and their limitations; definition of requirements by analyzing the mission and environments, documenting good technical requirements; functional, object-oriented, and model-based SE (MBSE) methods for requirements analysis; informal requirements in Agile and Lean.

  5. System Architecting. Designing a system using the best MBSE methods known today. System architecting processes; alternate sources for solutions; how to allocate requirements to the system components; how to develop, analyze, and test alternatives; how to trade off results and make decisions. Architecting concepts and methods, the elements of an architecture; simulation and modeling methods; interfaces and interface control; patterns and their power in architecting; architectural frameworks such as DoDAF and UPDM. Creating product-level requirements on the system components.

  6. Product Design and Implementation.The role of SE during the design of product-level components; protecting the objective; summary of preliminary and detailed design stages; production planning and management; unit-level test methods; the system responsibility for unit-level acceptance.

  7. System Integration and Test.Building in quality during the development, and then checking it frequently. The relationship between systems engineering and systems testing. Purpose of system integration in contrast to test; planning for I&T; integration management. Verification and validation at multiple levels, and how they affect system quality.

  8. Project Technical Leadership.How to successfully manage the technical aspects of the system development; virtual, collaborative teams; design reviews; technical performance measurement (TPM); technical baselines and configuration management. Integrated Product Team (IPT) methodology; technical teamwork and leadership. Technical planning, monitoring, and control. Risk management, requirements management. Trends in SE management, how complexity and Systems of Systems (SoS) are affecting SE. Small case studies.

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Dr. Eric Honour, CSEPDr. Eric Honour, CSEP, international consultant and lecturer, has a 40-year career of complex systems development & operation. Former President of INCOSE, selected as Fellow and as Founder. He has led the development of 18 major systems, including the Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation systems and the Battle Group Passive Horizon Extension System. BSSE (Systems Engineering), US Naval Academy; MSEE, Naval Postgraduate School; and PhD, University of South Australia. Recent Instructor Publications On Systems Engineering:

Value of Systems Engineering – SECOE Research Project Report

Top Five Systems Engineering Issues InDefense Industry

Dr. Scott WorkingerDr. Scott Workinger has led innovative technology development efforts in complex, risk-laden environments for 30 years in the fields of manufacturing (automotive, glass, optical fiber), engineering and construction (nuclear, pulp & paper), and information technology (expert systems, operations analysis, CAD, collaboration technology). He currently teaches courses on program management and engineering and consults on strategic management and technology issues. Scott has a B.S in Engineering Physics from Lehigh University, an M.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environment Engineering from Stanford University.

Mr. Glen Francisco (CSEP, PMP) has over 17 years of experience developing new technologies for both private and government uses. He has a personable, engaging teaching style that keeps a class alive with information. He has been a Lead Systems Engineer, Project Engineer and Program Manager for military & commercial companies Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Texas Instruments, Raytheon, DRS Technologies, and more. His products have supported security surveillance, paramilitary (fire, police & EMS), automotive and industrial markets using passive thermal imaging technologies and other electro-optical imaging laser radar technologies. He hold multiple patents in missile guidance and plastic thermal management. He developed & introduced Thermal Imaging Cameras into the firefighting market in 2001, technology saving hundreds of lives and millions of dollars in property.

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