Applied Systems Engineering
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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.
This course is designed for: Systems engineers, Technical team leaders, Program managers, Project managers, Logistic support leaders, Design engineers, or Others who participate in defining and developing complex systems.
Who Should Attend:
- 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
Test & Evaluation Overview: An overview of test and evaluation (T&E) principles and methods for simple products and complex systems, including T&E tasks from beginning to end of a project. Basic definitions and concepts, including test, evaluation, verification, validation, developmental testing (DT&E or “alpha”), and operational testing (OT&E or “beta”). Cost-effective T&E, and the cost of quality. Nine basic principles of testing.
Test and Evaluation In the Life Cycle: Roles of test and evaluation throughout product development and support. Special life cycles: commercial product development, US Department of Defense acquisitions under DoD- 5000, evolutionary development, iterative development, and agile development.
Developing Test Requirements: Requirements as the primary method to control product development. Types of requirements, including traditional, model-based and agile requirements. How to develop a requirements verification matrix (RVM); verification methods (Inspection, Analysis, Demonstration, Test). Test requirements differences for prototypes, first articles, production and support.
Designing a Test and Evaluation Program: Three stages: test strategy, test planning, test procedures. Creating a T&E strategy in context of the stakeholder needs. An effective outline of T&E strategy topics, such as US DoD “Test and Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP)” Converting the strategy to a T&E plan defining specific verification events in terms of requirements tested, time frame, equipment/skills needed, duration, and goals. Identification of test enabling products early enough to affect the development program. Modeling and simulation for test planning.
Designing Tests and Evaluations: The test procedure as a control for each verification event. Identifying the issues and goals in each verification event. Determining the requirements to include, and what not to include. “Black box” input/output analysis, choosing what to measure, and identification of observability issues. Logical sequencing of the test procedure based on product/system states, input controls, and observable measurements. Analyzing expected variation in test data, statistical design of tests, sampling principles, selecting useful statistical methods, design of experiments, common statistical errors.
Integration Testing: Manage the intricate aspects of system integration testing; level of integration planning; managing system integration; work-arounds. Development test concepts; five types of integration test planning; preferred order of events; component testing.
Test Conduct: How to perform testing; differences in testing for prototypes, first article qualification, recurring production acceptance, support; rules for test conduct. Test records; test readiness certification, test constraints, test article configuration; troubleshooting and anomaly handling; measures of success and indicators of difficulty; test tools. Test failure analysis.
Robotic Test Challenge: A hands-on class exercise in small groups. Part A analyzes a system concept and requirements, developing an RVM and specific test requirements,. Part B creates an effective test program and test procedures for the product system. Part C builds the robotic systems per assembly instructions. Part D implements the test program to evaluate the final robots.
Dr. 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.
William “Bill” Fournier is Principal Acquisition Systems Engineering with over 35 years experience. Mr. Fournier taught DoD Systems Engineering full time for over three years at DSMC/DAU as a Professor of Engineering Management. Mr. Fournier has taught Systems Engineering at least part time for more than the last 25 years. Mr. Fournier holds a MBA and BS Industrial Engineering / Operations Research and is DOORS trained. He is a certified CSEP, CSEP DoD Acquisition, LSS GB and XPMP. He is a contributor to DAU/DSMC, defense contractor internal Systems Engineering Courses and Process, and INCOSE publications. Currently, He Is working for DoD Mission Engineering / Systems Engineering office supporting Space and Missile Defense Programs. Bill has written and assessed ~20 SEP/SEMPs.
Mr. Glen Francisco (CSEP, PMP) received his Engineering Bachelor’s degree Aero/Astro Engineering from RPI (Troy NY) in ‘75, Engineering MS Aero/Astro Engineering from MIT (Cambridge MA) in ‘76 and MBA Information & Business Technology from FIT (Melbourne FL) in ‘86.
Mr. Francisco’s professional work career began in 1976 working for McDonnell Aircraft Company (Boeing) in St. Louis as a GN&C Engineer, in 1980 for Martin Marietta (Lockheed) in Orlando as a Systems Engineer and then in 1995 for TI DSEG in Dallas as a Systems Project Engineer. Mr. Francisco then worked for Raytheon SAS & NCS from 1999 – 2005, L-3 Communications from 2005 – 2008 in Dallas TX as a Systems Project Manager and then from 2008 – 2013 at DRS in Dallas as a Senior Project Engineering Director. Mr. Francisco worked for Knight Enterprises in Titusville FL from 2013 – 2018 as Director of Programs with Program Management Office and Senior Leadership responsibilities. Glen currently works for BAE Systems in Austin TX as Systems Engineering Chief responsible for managing an EO/IR team.
Mr. Francisco has supported military programs for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air-Force and Marine since 1976 as well as developed products for domestic & international commercial markets to include Instrumentation, Automotive, Aviation, Firefighting, Police, Law Enforcement and Security Surveillance since 2000.
Mr. Francisco is a licensed Private & Commercial Pilot with Instrument and Complex Ratings, soloing and receiving his private pilot’s license at the minimum FAA age.