MBSE Applied

MBSE Applied

Partner: SERC
April 16, 2021 - 14h30-17h30 CET
Venue: online

Abstracts, recordings

Dinesh Verma

Professor of Systems Engineering and Executive Director, Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC)


Brynn Watson: "Digital Transformation in Aerospace and Defense"

Vice President, Enterprise Innovation & Digital Transformation Excellence, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Lockheed Martin has been on a digital transformation journey for several years, embedding model-based systems engineering across its global operations. In this presentation, Brynn Watson, Vice President of Enterprise Innovation and Digital Transformation Excellence at Lockheed Martin, will discuss the unique requirements, challenges and opportunities associated with digital transformation in the aerospace and defense industry. Brynn will highlight lessons learned and future priorities for the company, spanning technology, process and culture initiatives.

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Jacco Wesselius: "MBSE for the High-Tech Equipment Industry" (MBSE-study of ESI and partners)

Project Leader, ESI (TNO)

MBSE is an emerging technology that is already widely adopted in a range industrial domains such as the defense, the aerospace and the space industry. In many respects, these industries are special and different from the industries that ESI and its partners operate in. In 2020, ESI and its industrial and academic partners started a study into MBSE for the high-tech equipment industry, focusing on aspects such as: the current modelling and systems engineering practices in the industry; the potential added value of introducing MBSE; MBSE practices in the industry and the capabilities of contemporary MBSE methodologies and tool sets. In his talk, Jacco will give a short overview of the findings from this study by introducing a framework to discuss industrial drivers for MBSE-adoption and the corresponding high-level needs for MBSE methodologies and tools.

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Paul Schreinemakers: "The application of MBSE for Rail infrastructure legacy systems"

Expert Systems Engineer, How2SE

The Dutch rail infrastructure is a legacy system with some components that were installed more than a 100 years ago. Directly after the 2nd world war many destroyed sections were rebuild and are still in function with the components and concepts used at that time. Over time, the rail system has gradually implemented automation of controlling it’s systems.

The ever growing density of rolling stock on the infrastructure, is one of the drivers to further implement digital control systems in the rail system. For purposes of interoperability these control systems are coordinated by collaboration in the European Union.

For modeling the system architecture of the new digital control system (EULYNX) in the legacy systems, Vitech Genesys was used to model the architecture and it’s patterns. This presentation will show how the modeling was applied.

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Ryan A. Noguchi: "MBSE in Government Acquisition" 

Director of the Space Architecture Department at the Aerospace Corporation
Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) is an emerging paradigm for improving the practice of systems engineering, in which integrated sets of digital system models serve as the focal point for knowledge management, technical communication, and data interchange. Adoption of MBSE by Government prime contractors has grown significantly, often motivated by the drive for improved efficiency from the commercial elements of their businesses. Interest in adopting MBSE on the Government side of that interface has also grown, motivated not only by desire for improved efficiency but also by the need for a better approach for managing the complexity of those Government mission enterprises. This presentation will describe how MBSE is being used in the context of a broader Digital Engineering paradigm in Government acquisition and mission enterprises.

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Michael Vinarcik: "Firmitas, Utilitas, and Venustas: Applying the Vitruvian Triad to System Modeling

Chief Systems Engineer and Adjunct Professor, SAIC and Detroit Mercy University

The digital engineering transformation currently underway is having a profound impact on systems engineering.  The increasing complexity of modern cyberphysical systems has outstripped the ability of Document-Intensive Systems Engineering (DISE) to keep pace; organizations are adopting Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) in an attempt to address DISE’s limitations.  However, competent modelers are relatively scarce and numerous languages, tools, and methods are available; selecting a suitable approach can be a daunting task.  This presentation will demonstrate how considering the Vitruvian Triad (Structural Adequacy, Functional Adequacy, and Aesthetics) can point the way to a successful digital transformation.  It will emphasize the importance of a well-crafted modeling approach, supported by a style guide, examples, and, most critically, automated validation rules.

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Vincent Capony: "MBSE deployment challenges & feedbacks for two different industrial sectors:
“Energy Management” and “Microelectronics”

Systems Engineering Consultant, Geni6

Whatever the industrial sector, we observe growing complexity in engineered systems. To address this complexity, a System Engineering approach is the keystone of success. Additionally, having a single authoritative source of truth for the engineering activities is another key enabler of the success.

Model Based System Engineering, is an interesting path that takes into account both of these key points.

This presentation, will share MBSE challenges, lessons learned and on-going exploration for two very different industrial sectors:

  • Energy management: feedback from the field regarding actual MBSE deployment on various projects

  • Microelectronics: how MBSE could improve the early stages of SoC and ASIC definition.

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Chris Watkins: "Growth of MBSE @ Gulfstream"

Sr. Project Manager, Advanced Flight Deck, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation

As seen in other industries, aircraft development programs have experienced a proliferation of Model Based Systems Engineering practices.  Mr. Watkins will summarize the growth of MBSE at Gulfstream, focusing specifically on MBSE workflows being applied to the development of electronic aircraft systems.  This summary will describe why MBSE was embraced, the systems engineering workflow, and introduce a new MBSE standard being developed at Gulfstream, called the Electronic System Architecture Modeling Method (eSAM).  The eSAM vision is to manage large models that span multiple systems & organizations, and are integrated together by system integrators at multiple levels.

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Jim Daly: "MBSE for complex system of systems"

System Architect, Rolls Royce

Over the last forty years. while basic gas turbine engine core architecture has changed little, there has been a significant increase in the number of ancillary engine systems. These systems are driven by the need to attain marginal performance benefits and are often enabled by electronic control.  An engine, itself is a sub-system of an aircraft, can be considered as a complex system of systems. Additional performance enhancing systems add to overall complexity, increase interactions and the incidence of emergent behaviour. What challenges does all this present to the System Architect and how can MBSE help?

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Wouter Leibbrandt

Director Science and Operations, ESI (TNO)


  • Tuesday April 13, 2021: Managing your legacy - link

  • Wednesday April 14, 2021: Hoe volg ik mijn klant?! (in Dutch) - link

  • Thursday April 15, 2021: Verification, validation, configuration - link

  • Friday April 16, 2021: MBSE applied

  • Monday April 19, 2021: Data sharing, AI, and digital twinning link

  • Tuesday April 20, 2021: Reference architecting link

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