Model-based systems engineering

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Model-based systems engineering (MBSE), according to INCOSE, is the formalized application of modeling to support system requirements, design, analysis, verification and validation activities beginning in the conceptual design phase and continuing throughout development and later life cycle phases.[1][2]

It is a systems engineering methodology that focuses on creating and exploiting domain models as the primary means of information exchange, rather than on document-based information exchange.[1][3]

MBSE methodology is commonly used in industries such as aerospace, defense, rail, automotive, industrial, etc.[4][5][6][7]


In 1993, "Model-Based Systems Engineering" was coined as a term by Wymore, A. Wayne in his book with the same name.[8]

In January 2007, the MBSE approach began to be popularized when the INCOSE introduced its MBSE Initiative. Goals included increased productivity, by minimizing unnecessary manual transcription of concepts when coordinating the work of large teams. The MBSE approach is outlined in INCOSE's "MBSE 2020 Vision", with a methodology focusing on distributed but integrated model management.[1]

As of 2014, the focus has also started to cover aspects related to the model execution in computer simulation experiment, to further overcome the gap between the system model specification and the respective simulation software. As a consequence, the term modeling and simulation-based systems engineering (M&SBSE) has also been used along with MBSE.[9]

INCOSE is hosting an annual meeting on MBSE, has chapters and working groups.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d "start [MBSE Wiki]". Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  2. ^ "Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) (glossary) - SEBoK". Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  3. ^ Douglass, Bruce Powel (2016-01-01), Douglass, Bruce Powel (ed.), "Chapter 1 - What Is Model-Based Systems Engineering?", Agile Systems Engineering, Boston: Morgan Kaufmann, pp. 1–39, ISBN 978-0-12-802120-0, retrieved 2021-04-06
  4. ^ Nouacer, Réda; Djemal, Manel; Niar, Smail; Mouchard, Gilles; Rapin, Nicolas; Gallois, Jean-Pierre; Fiani, Philippe; Chastrette, François; Lapitre, Arnault; Adriano, Toni; Mac-Eachen, Bryan (2016-11-01). "EQUITAS: A tool-chain for functional safety and reliability improvement in automotive systems". Microprocessors and Microsystems. 47: 252–261. doi:10.1016/j.micpro.2016.07.020. ISSN 0141-9331.
  5. ^ CHEN, B.; ZHANG, S.; WANG, B. (December 2018). "A Case Study of MBSE Method Used in the EMU Train Design". 2018 International Conference on Intelligent Rail Transportation (ICIRT): 1–5. doi:10.1109/ICIRT.2018.8641645. ISBN 978-1-5386-7528-1. S2CID 61807576.
  6. ^ Weiss, E.; Chung, L.; Nguyen, L. (November 2019). "A MBSE Approach to Satellite Clock Time and Frequency Adjustment in Highly Elliptical Orbit". MILCOM 2019 - 2019 IEEE Military Communications Conference (MILCOM): 65–69. doi:10.1109/MILCOM47813.2019.9020875. ISBN 978-1-7281-4280-7. S2CID 212648120.
  7. ^ Hause, M.; Hummell, J.; Grelier, F. (June 2018). "MBSE Driven IoT for Smarter Cities". 2018 13th Annual Conference on System of Systems Engineering (SoSE): 365–371. doi:10.1109/SYSOSE.2018.8428705. ISBN 978-1-5386-4876-6. S2CID 51976927.
  8. ^ Wymore, A. Wayne (1993). Model-based systems engineering : an introduction to the mathematical theory of discrete systems and to the tricotyledon theory of system design. Boca Raton: CRC Press. ISBN 0-8493-8012-X. OCLC 26850986.
  9. ^ Gianni, Daniele; D'Ambrogio, Andrea; Tolk, Andreas, eds. (December 2014). Modeling and Simulation-Based Systems Engineering Handbook (1 ed.). USA: CRC Press. ISBN 9781466571457.
  10. ^ 14:00-17:00. "ISO/PAS 19450:2015". ISO. Retrieved 2021-04-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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