Trends, observations and drivers for change in systems engineering design

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: Isaksson, Ola; Arnarsson, Ívar; Bergsjö, Dag; Catic, Amer; Gustafsson, Göran; Kaya, Onur; Landahl, Jonas; Levandowski, Christoffer; Malmqvist, Johan; Müller, Jakob; Raja, Visakha; Raudberget, Dag S.; Stenholm, Daniel; Ström, Mikael
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden; 2: Volvo Trucks, Sweden; 3: Volvo Group Trucks Technology, Sweden; 4: GKN Aerospace Sweden, Sweden; 5: Swerea, Sweden
Section: Product, Services and Systems Design
Page(s): 201-210
ISBN: 978-1-904670-91-9
ISSN: 2220-4342


Manufactures, developing products, need to adapt and improve their practices taking advantage of technology advancements and simultaneously develop products and solutions to fit a new world. This paper discusses how societal and technological trends drive the need for change and evolution in what is called Systems Engineering Design (SED), indicating a systems view on engineering design. Through an analysis and selected examples it is argued that SED capabilities need to better address the width and complexity of design problem, takes advantages of increased computational power and sensing technologies to master future challenges. An important factor for successful deployment and change in industrial context, is the need for interactive and visual aids and easily accessible support methods. This can pave the way also for advanced SED support.

Keywords: Systems Engineering (SE), Design methodology, Early design phases


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