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Systems Engineering Life Cycles and Decomposition Processes
Teaching Systems Engineering is not an easy task, and textbooks are all over the map on how to do it. Concurrent, iterative, decomposition is likely the culprit. But there are other suspects as well. One very beneficial step an SE can take to help plan out a technical acquisition effort is to define its life cycle acquisition process (LCAP). We do this by dividing the project into phases separated by milestone events. Thus, this course will start here.
As a general construct, this course differentiates between how to apply the SE method, which includes Requirements Decomposition, Functional Analysis and Allocation, Design Synthesis and Systems Architecting, at each phase of the LCAP. While the same processes are being applied in each phase, which corresponds to increasing levels of architectural decomposition, they end up being significantly different tasks since you evolve from applying these processes to the system as a whole, then to a number of subsystems, and eventually to a large number of end-item configuration items, which we’ll refer to as components.
Since systems engineering is applied on complex, difficult projects, it is not for the faint of heart. There are many options to consider for how we efficiently evolve the development of the design solution, and the acquisition of the parts and materials we need to support fabrication and assembly, and the integration and test, required to deliver a complex system. Learn how to plan and manage these activities as the technical solution for complex systems evolve. We break up the system into architectural components, define interfaces between them, and then go about acquiring the components so they can be assembled into a system and tested.
But this architectural decomposition has to be conducted with strict process controls. This course therefore addresses the mission need, and how to define operational requirements required to support the mission. Learn how to convert operational requirements into functional requirements, identify groupings of functions that make good subsystems, and how to make top-level architectural decisions. We define the system to a level necessary to define performance requirements that could be realized by a feasible system design during concept exploration. Next, learn how the design has to be taken to the next level of specificity in order to define the system to a level of detail where operational performance, the development effort, and the life cycle costs of the system can be estimated.
Learn to visualize the type of equipment items that can carry out the functional capabilities being designed into the system, and illustrate the concurrent, iterative nature of systems engineering as we decompose the functional characteristics and architectural structure of the system in parallel.
Tuition for this two-day course is $1390 per person at one of our scheduled public courses. Attendees use a workbook of all the illustrations used in the course, as well as a copy of the instructor's textbook, Satellite Communications for the Non-Specialist. Onsite pricing is available. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.