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Practical Model-Based Systems Engineering

Practical Model-Based Systems Engineering

Copyright: 2019
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781630815790

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This comprehensive resource provides systems engineers and practitioners with the analytic, design and modeling tools of the Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) methodology of Integrated Systems Engineering (ISE) and Pipelines of Processes in Object Oriented Architectures (PPOOA) methodology. This methodology integrates model based systems and software engineering approaches for the development of complex products, including aerospace, robotics and energy domains applications.


Readers learn how to synthesize physical architectures using design heuristics and trade-off analysis. The book provides information about how to identify, classify and specify the system requirements of a new product or service. Using Systems Modeling Language (SysML) constructs, readers will be able to apply ISE & PPOOA methodology in the engineering activities of their own systems.

Introduction; Systems Engineering; Model-Based Systems Engineering; The ISE & PPOOA process; Functional Architecture; Heuristics to apply in the engineering of systems; Physical Architecture; Example of Application: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle- Electric Subsystem; Example of Application: Collaborative robot; Example of Application: Energy Efficiency for the Steam Generation Process of a Coal Power Plant; To Conclude; Appendix A: SysML Notation; Appendix B: Requirements Framework.
  • Jose L. Fernandez

    was an associate professor teaching project management, requirements engineering and systems engineering at the Technical University of Madrid. He is a researcher, developing engineering methodologies and tools as well as an independent consultant. He received his Ph.D. on computer science from the Technical University of Madrid and is a senior member of IEEE, and member of INCOSE and PMI.

  • Carlos Hernandez

    is a postdoctoral researcher at Delft University of Technology and an associated researcher at the Delft Robotics Institute. He received his Ph.D. on automation and robotics from the Technical University of Madrid.


Review by: Jennifer Cross - February 27, 2020

This text provides an excellent introduction to the complex topic of MBSE for novice systems engineers and other stakeholders. The extensive practical examples in Chapters 8-10 do a great job of illustrating and illuminating concepts that are often treated only abstractly. All chapters are well-researched with a number of references, which provide a good starting point for practitioners and researchers wanting to delve more into the supporting literature on a given subject. The questions that conclude most of the chapters are a good combination of reinforcement of and practice in applying key concepts; these will be valuable for both self-study and higher education courses.

Review by: Bernardo Delicado, INCOSE Expert Systems - February 27, 2020

As an expert in the field, I can only state the authors Jose L. Fernandez and Carlos Hernandez can get peace of mind knowing that this book very soon will become an obligatory and unique reference for all systems engineering community and practitioners worldwide. Professor Fernandez has been a recognized pioneer in promoting teaching and research in systems engineering both nationally and internationally. This book is a rich legacy of all Fernandez’s wisdom with a long career behind in systems engineering and requirements engineering methodologies. It is much more than purely theoretical providing real examples for the readers without any doubt an evident advantage over other numerous publications.

Review by: Ismael Díaz, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid - February 27, 2020

The book is a detailed and practical application of the methodology ise&ppooa in examples made by collaborators who are professionals in these matters, see fixed-wing drones, robotics and electric power generation. It can be used as textbook by MBSE course students. It emphasizes the development of functional architecture and the use of heuristics to develop the physical architecture or architecture of the solution, driven by requirements. The focus on the functional architecture guarantees the quality of the core properties of the resulting systems.

Review by: Leila Meshkat, California Institute of Technology - February 27, 2020

Fernandez and Hernandez have written an engaging and creative book that provides a solid understanding of the history, theory and applications of Model Based Systems Engineering and its relationship with other disciplines. Read this book, and learn about Model Based Systems Engineering from original systems thinkers.

Review by: John Stark, John Stark Associates - February 27, 2020

This book provides comprehensive coverage of the increasingly important topic of model-based systems engineering. It provides systems engineers and practitioners with the analytic, design and modelling tools of the widely-used ISE & PPOOA methodology. It also covers subjects such as trade-off analysis, model checking, and agile development. The book will be useful not only for practising systems and specialty engineers, but also for teachers and students of systems engineering in both basic and advanced courses.

Review by: Juan Antonio Martínez Rojas, Universidad de Alcalá - February 27, 2020

This book reflects the authors’ deep knowledge and practical experience in the field of Systems Engineering (SE). The first seven chapters describe in detail the first author’s ISE-PPOOA methodology. This approach is inspired by modern Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), but keeps also valuable tools from classical SE best practices. The main difference between this book and other MBSE manuals is its focus on the systems functional analysis as the core of the methodology. Although SysML is profusely used, one of the main advantages of the ISE-PPOOA approach is that it is language agnostic, so that any future change in the standards will not impact negatively or will change its structure. Chapter 6 about heuristics in MBSE is a particularly clear and valuable example of the style of this book. Chapters 8, 9 and 10 are examples of application of ISE-PPOOA to three interesting real cases. The main purpose is clarity, without being trivial or excessively complex. It can be said that this goal is admirably accomplished. However, this is not an introductory book about SE or MBSE. It is conceptually dense and some previous exposure to the subject is necessary in order to fully understand it and use it to its fullest potential. The last chapters provide some additional material and guide for future developments. In brief, an excellent book with a particularly clear, detailed and structured approach to MBSE which will be useful to both academics working in MBSE methodology and practical systems engineers.

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