What is Systems Engineering?
Managing complexity, minimising risks and acting efficiently - that's our motto!
Our world is becoming more and more networked and complex; even products that appear simple now have to offer comprehensive functions. This is clearly illustrated by the example of a bollard: where previously it had to be swivelled by hand, today it is controllable and retractable by means of smart solutions.
Keywords such as 'digital transformation' and 'Industry 4.0' aptly summarise the increasing complexity. To cope with this new multifaceted nature in product development, invenio uses methodical Systems Engineering (SE).
Starting with the initial idea and task definition, through goal-oriented development, operation and the end-of-life phase, all development steps are precisely defined and documented.
Systems Engineering classifies all aspects of a system from the outset in its environment and considers them in their entirety. All process steps of the product life cycle are included.
Through interdisciplinary and structured work and close interaction with all responsible stakeholders, errors can be detected and avoided at an early stage.
What is Model-based Systems Engineering?
In the case of complex requirements, the following applies in particular: 'A picture says more than a thousand words'. Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE) supports Systems Engineering by applying formal modelling methods.
Systems Engineering captures all requirements and links them to the context and system components.
All functionalities and development steps are documented and thus always traceable.
MBSE also displays models graphically and connects model elements with each other using standardised systems (SysML/UML).
The graphical display supports communication, facilitates fault finding and promotes the discovery of further innovative solutions.
The models created provide a basis for testing, verification and simulation using digital twins at an early stage of the project.
Advantages of model-based development and its application:
- Mastering the complexity of the individual product modules and interfaces
- Early availability and reuse of development artefacts
- Reduction of non-conformity costs through early validation
- Automated document development from the model
- Traceability of requirements, system architectures and security classifications
Why is Systems Engineering important?
Projects and products are becoming more complex and project teams are more international and interdisciplinary, which requires much more coordination.
Changes are the order of the day, whether due to customer requirements or regular changes in local and global legal frameworks and regulations. Only a continuous development process allows an efficient approach to the technical solution as well as system-supported traceability of the requirements.
Systems Engineering covers all these aspects and thus offers an increase in efficiency and increased quality with significantly fewer error corrections.
When is the right time to use Systems Engineering?
In addition to many other uncertainties, projects involve three main risks from the outset that can lead to failure:
- Missing or incomplete requirements
- Incorrect and/or inconsistent requirements
- Continuously changing requirements
When developing product variants at the latest, complete documentation of all requirements and process steps is essential to ensure variant management and reusability of designs and products.
Can I simply introduce Systems Engineering myself?
In complex projects, many important components of development are quickly overlooked. Questions regarding functional safety, development tools, development processes etc. require comprehensive knowledge and experience. invenio Systems Engineering supports you with all project steps:
- Implementation: Our qualified employees draw on experience from various industries and know the common thread that you need to steer all project participants with their tasks and framework conditions.
- Tools: Our employees have extensive experience with common software solutions, such as IBM Rational Jazz Platform with DOORS and Siemens Polarion, as well as tools such as Magic Draw or Enterprise Architect. This enables them to quickly familiarise themselves with existing software structures or to advise you on the introduction of software comprehensively and independently of the tool provider.
- Technical consulting: In the areas of Requirements Engineering and Requirements Management we also support you in an advisory capacity with the creation of system architectures and the linkage to the requirements. Find out more about our range of technical advice.
- Project support: If necessary, we support you with the introduction of Systems Engineering using technically experienced personnel. Get more information on project support.
- Further training: We not only regularly train our employees, but also offer this service to external participants. Learn more about continuing education.
Trust in our competence and experience in Systems Engineering!