Integration of MBSE into existing development processes - Expectations and challenges

DS 87-3 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 3: Product, Services and Systems Design, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Kößler, Johannes; Paetzold, Kristin
Series: ICED
Institution: Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany
Section: Product, Services and Systems Design
Page(s): 051-060
ISBN: 978-1-904670-91-9
ISSN: 2220-4342


The development of technical products is faced with an increasing amount of data of different domains. The communication between them is becoming more difficult. Additionally the dependencies between this data is getting more and more unclear. MBSE is an approach trying to improve this situation with the use of system models. The use of this models instead of a document-based storage allows a better consistency of the data and supports the visualization and understanding of the complete system. But the application of MBSE and its integration into existing environments is a difficult task. The integration of domain specific data causes a high effort while the benefit is often unclear or arises later on. Based on selected data from the industry the application is often started within a wide field of the company and often focusing on SysML trying to find a method to adapt it to the needs. This paper suggests to clearly define goals that have to be achieved with the use of MBSE. The goals serve as measurable criteria to evaluate the success of MBSE. Additionally they define the content that has to be integrated into the system model of MBSE as well as the addressees and operators.

Keywords: Systems Engineering (SE), Design process, Organisation of product development, Evaluation


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