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Guide to MBSE with SysML

Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) has emerged as a valuable approach to the management and engineering of complex systems. It is a shift away from the document-centric approach and allows models to be developed and used for a wide range of purposes, including Requirement specification, design, trade-offs, architecture, verification, validation, simulations and support, and more.

The models act as an 'insurance policy' against catastrophic engineering errors and help to reduce the high cost of failure at the specification, design, test, implementation and support phases.

When you use Enterprise Architect for MBSE you open the door to a completely new way of thinking and working. Enterprise Architect is a rigorous collaboration platform that allows ideas, problems, solutions and implementations to be shared by a wide range of stakeholders including:

  • Customers
  • Executives
  • Engineering Managers
  • Engineering Team leaders
  • Architects and Designers
  • Systems Engineers
  • Software Engineers
  • Testers
  • Suppliers
  • System Integrators
  • Support Staff
  • Users or their surrogates

The models are also available in real-time for view, contributions, reviews and discussions through a secured Browser interface, utilizing the power of collaboration to create robust and well formed architectures and designs.

In this guidebook we will explore many of the features of Enterprise Architect that can be harnessed to take an individual engineer, a team, an organization or an entire industry segment to the level of practice and performance that is required in an age dominated by innovation and unprecedented technical change. The guidebook will provide background for the Systems Modeling Language and show how the language constructs can be created in Enterprise Architect. It is intended to give a newcomer to both the language and the tool exposure to all that is possible in the field of Systems Engineering using this engineering and collaboration platform. In the words of the famous 17th Century physicist, Sir Isaac Newton:

              'If I have seen further than others it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.' 

Enterprise Architect provides a platform where this vision can take place, where through the Collaboration features and facilities such as simulations and automation an engineer can see opportunity, design solutions, and architect the future.

Enterprise Architect includes major features for systems engineers, technical architects and others wishing to couple their modeling and simulation work in Enterprise Architect with MATLAB, Octave, OpenModelica and more. 'Solver' classes and an extensive Math Library in the JavaScript engine provide a significantly expanded Simulation capability. For more information, see the Mathematical Simulations Help topic.