Model Based System Engineering Applications

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Model Based System Engineering Applications

3-Day Course

$1990 per person


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This three-day course includes the one-day Fundamentals Introduction and expands on the process of MBSE in a practical setting. Topics will be addressed in the context of practical system design from the top down, middle out and in reverse. Using practical examples students will examine the process of modeling, the techniques for capturing the elements, attributes and relationships critical to each of the four Systems Engineering domains: Requirements, Behavior, Physical Architecture and Validation and Verification. Each student will receive course notes.

  • The fundamentals of model construction
  • The basic building blocks of modeling- elements, relationships and attributes
  • The importance of an integrated model and how to construct and maintain it
  • The differences between MBSE and other types of modeling (e.g.- physics-based) and how they are related
  • How to visualize the elements, relationships and attributes in a comprehensive set of representations drawn from structured and SysML diagrams
  1. Elements Relationships and Attributes. How do we build a model? What is an element? What is a relationship? What is an attribute? How are these represented in a model?

  2. Requirements. What is the role of requirements in MBSE? What are the types of requirements and what are their uses in the design? Writing good requirements. How are requirements managed? What is traceability and why is it important? How is requirements traceability maintained and how is it demonstrated?

  3. Behavior. What is a logical architecture? What is behavior and what is its role in system design? How is it often ignored? How is behavior described? How is it related to requirements? How is it related to the physical architecture? What are threads?

  4. Physical Architecture. What is a physical architecture? What are components? How are they related to behaviors? How are they related to requirements? How are they modeled? How is behavior allocated to components?

  5. Verification and Validation. Solving the right problem versus solving the problem right. How do we validate? How do we verify? Simulation and traceability.

  6. The Importance of Integration. One model or several? The role of a single integrated model in system design. What about physics based models? A single repository, single model and its advantages. Freeing the engineer to do design work instead of clerical bookkeeping.

  7. Handling Changing Requirements. How to minimize the disruption of changing requirements. Tracing the effects of design changes. Maintaining a real time.

  8. Top-down, Middle-out and Reverse Engineering. Comparing the three approaches. The uses of middle-out/reverse engineering. Modeling existing systems. Eliciting the characteristics of existing systems accurately.

  9. Views. Visualizing the model. Selecting views fit for their purpose. The variety of views available and their uses. SysML and structured diagrams. Producing views from the model. Views as answers to structured queries of the database.

  10. Supplemental Topics. E.g.- using MBSE to satisfy the principles of agile development. There are a variety of topic modules which can be offered as the class desires and time permits.

Tuition for this two-day course is $1990 per person at one of our scheduled public courses. Onsite pricing is available. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or send an email to

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Zane ScottZane Scott received a BA in Economics from Virginia Tech and a JD from the University of Tennessee Law School. He did post graduate work in Business Administration and Educational Counseling. He brings a unique perspective to systems engineering from a professional background in litigation, crisis negotiation, labor management facilitation and mediation. He has practiced interventional mediation, and taught communications, conflict management and leadership skills in university and professional settings. He has worked as a senior consultant and process analyst assisting government and industry clients in implementing and introducing organizational change into their companies. Zane is a member of INCOSE where he sits on the Corporate Advisory Board. A member of the American Society of Training and Development and the International Association of Hostage Negotiators, he blogs frequently and is the co-author of A Primer for Model Based Engineering.

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