ATI's Grand Systems Synthesis course
This course was originally based on the lecturers book titled System Integration but has evolved into a broader view of the whole design process. The systems approach consists of 3 fundamental steps: define the problem, solve the problem through creative design and source selection, and prove that the design solves the problem. This course deals with the second step. Design is not a system engineering activity, rather a creative engineering activity but it should take place within an infrastructure crafted by management and system engineering personnel to encourage effective concurrent contributions by the whole team of specialists to the common vision of the evolving product design compliant with the previously defined requirements. The principal course focus is on the integration and optimization work that must accompany the design work. In addition, several of the engineering design and analysis domain fields are discussed and how people from those fields can contribute to the development process.
Integration is needed because we must decompose complex problems into smaller problems as part of the development process. The cross functional team approach is encouraged with the teams coordinated with the product system architecture. At every level of indenture in this team structure, including the system level, integration agents are needed to work across the team and product boundaries. To the extent that the program is able to align those boundaries, the management of the program will be simplified.
The course includes an intense associate interface development exercise involving a series of meetings of a mock interface control working group (ICWG) to develop an interface in the selected workshop project system. The course also requires the student teams to present a preliminary design review and individually report on an interview with a design engineer about how they think they perform the creative part of their work. The table below provides a detailed outline for the course.
Systems Engineering Grand Systems Development Training Program
Hour 01 — Introduction to System Synthesis
Hour 02 — Requirements Definition or Assessment
Hour 03 — Risk, Validation, and Representation Control
Hour 04 — Teams and Team Work
Hour 05 — New Design
Hour 06 — Trade Studies
Hour 07 — Design and Trade Study Workshop
Hour 08 — Design and Trade Study Workshop (Continued)
Hour 09 — Engineering Domain Integration
Hour 10 — Engineering Domain Integration (Continued)
Hour 11 — Specialty Engineering Integration
Hour 12 — Interface Integration
Hour 13 — ICWG Workshop
Hour 14 — ICWG Workshop Continued
Hour 15 — ICWG Workshop Closure-Out
Hour 16 — Manufacturing and Quality Integration
Hour 17 — Supplier Development
Hour 18 — Re-Engineering, COTS, and Customer Furnished
Hour 19 — Cross-Organizational Integration
Hour 20 — Design Review Administration, Preparation, and Closeout
Hour 21 — Design Review Closeout (Continued)
Hour 22 — Design Review Workshop
Hour 23 — Design Review Workshop (Continued)
Hour 24 — Design Review Workshop (Continued)
Tuition for this three-day course is $1400 per person at one of our scheduled public courses. Each participant receives a copy Mr. Mantle's 2004 AIAA book The Missile Defense Equation: Factors for Decision Making. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or send an email
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