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A CIMdata Systems Engineering Knowledge Council Workshop


Tuesday, June 24, 2014
GE Aviation Brian H. Rowe Learning Center
One Neumann Way
Cincinnati, Ohio 45215

Monday, June 23, 2014
  • 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Welcome Reception & Networking at The Silver Springs Inn
    8322 E Kemper Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45249

    Please join us for drinks and networking the evening before the Workshop.
Morning Sessions - Tuesday, June 24, 2014
  • 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. | Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. | Welcome and Introduction
    John MacKrell, Vice President, Systems Engineering Knowledge Council Lead, CIMdata [Bio]
  • 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. | The Critical Role of MBSE in Getting from Idea to "Show Me it Works" - Fast! 
    Matthew Loew, Technical Director, Maverick Innovation Lab [Bio]
    Using a Model-Based and collaborative approach was key to realizing success on an aggressive systems engineering development project. This presentation will provide an overview of the approach taken to develop the hydraulics and control systems for an innovative automated drilling rig machine. Prior efforts had started without system-level models being developed, critical customer requirements were not captured well, and machine performance could not be simulated or visualized. While it was understood that a systems engineering approach was critical to ensuring that requirements could be met, a traditional, document-based approach to systems engineering was not going to be useful or accepted by the team. By using a Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) approach and having a multi-disciplinary team collaborating with a focus on addressing the system-level requirements, the team succeeded in maturing the systems under their design control.
  • 9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. | Networking Break
  • 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Panel Discussion: The Role of Requirements Management in Systems Engineering
    Moderated by John MacKrell, Vice President, Systems Engineering Knowledge Council Lead, CIMdata [Bio]
    – Dr. Todd McDevitt, Director, Corporate Product Planning & Strategy, ANSYS [Bio]
    – Diego Tamburini, Senior Industry Program Manager, Manufacturing, Autodesk [Bio]
    – Fadi Ben Achour, Senior Industry Program Manager, Manufacturing ESI Group [Bio]
    – Craig Brown, PLM Leader, Global Engineering Systems Development & PLM, General Motors [Bio]
    – Greg Gorman, Director, Rational Systems Product Management, IBM Rational [Bio]
    – Steve Partridge, Senior Solutions Expert, PTC [Bio]
    – David Vredenburgh, Co-Founder & CTO, SBE Vision [Bio]

    The panel will bring their considerable collective experiences in systems engineering to have lively discussion of best practices, strategies, and technologies for dealing with requirements management to support systems engineering today. Topics to be covered include: requirements decomposition and allocation, requirements management and tracking, current state of MBSE’s role in product engineering, and other issues related to MBSE and working with systems-level requirements. Questions will be taken from the attendees as time allows.
  • 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Networking Over Lunch
Afternoon Sessions – Tuesday, June 24, 2014
  • 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. | MBSE at the Age of Eight
    David Long, President, INCOSE [Bio]
    Though models and modeling techniques have always played a key role in systems engineering, in the eight years since OMG’s adoption of SysML, model-based has become the hot topic in the systems domain. Organizations are investing heavily in developing new representations, standards, methodologies, and technologies to transform the practice of systems engineering through model-driven paradigms. With energy and motion come both progress and confusion. Assessing the state of systems engineering, the needs of our customers, and technology and environmental trends, we need to be clear what model-based systems engineering is and what it is not. Most importantly, as we reflect upon the state of MBSE today, we must acknowledge both strengths and weaknesses, aspects to reinforce and aspects to address as we move forward if we are to ensure that model-based systems engineering successfully transforms systems engineering as opposed to becoming the next failed silver bullet.
  • 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Risk-Based System Development Method – A Model-Based Systems Engineering
    David Feng, Principal Systems Engineer, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (Johnson & Johnson) [Bio]
    MBSE has emerged as a leading method that promises to transform Systems Engineering. The methods appearing in literature today for systems development, however, do not typically capture the risk aspects of a system, much less the integrated risk profile of the system. Without such a profile, it is not clear how the system requirements are prioritized across multiple models; how the trade studies are conducted to deal with multifarious objectives; how the major architectural decisions are made under uncertainty. Perhaps more importantly, what models play the role that unifies disparate models, and disseminate a common set of information from requirements to V&V to post-production monitoring? This presentation will address these questions. More specifically, it will show how the Risk-Based Systems Development method utilizes risk models as a common denominator to unify a myriad of system models by a common set of risk attributes; how it uses the probabilistic risk assessment as a common language to characterize these attributes and its corresponding contributions to the overall system risk profile.
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Networking Break
  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. | Working Session: Driving Future Systems Engineering Research Surveys
    Facilitated by John MacKrell, Vice President, Systems Engineering Knowledge Council Lead, CIMdata [Bio]

    CIMdata has conducted an initial survey on systems engineering use at industrial companies. In this interactive working session we will review the survey results and then work together to generate questions that will represent the areas attendees would like to have covered in future surveys.
  • 4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Closing Comments
    John MacKrell, Vice President, Systems Engineering Knowledge Council Lead, CIMdata [Bio]

    Summary of main workshop takeaways and next steps.
  • 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Continuing the Systems Engineering Conversation & Welcome for the Simulation and Analysis Workshop at The Blue Goose Sports Bar, 11060 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241
    Please join us for beers, burgers, and networking.

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