MBSE Pushes Digital Engineering Forward

Enables faster, more effective complex systems delivery

Creating complex defense systems requires legions of engineers and stakeholders working together, and the Department of Defense knows that online, connected work environments synchronize its efforts to achieve better results.

DoD customers have tapped SAIC to set up digital, collaborative, model-based systems engineering environments. MBSE workforces use digital representations of systems and components--versus documents and spreadsheets--to communicate concepts and information unambiguously.

That aids engineers and stakeholders in their understanding and evaluations, transforming engineering from a design-build-test to a model-analyze-build approach. They make better decisions before any physical development—saving time, resources, and money.

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Model-based systems engineering is an effective method of synthesizing the components of a complex solution.

The military is just one user. MBSE can be employed to develop a network of satellites and their ground control stations, and it works for anything intricate: A multifaceted service organization can design how to function best as a whole.

Aligned for performance

With SAIC’s turnkey MBSE environments, customers:

  • Organize around a shared system model that distributes data in real time from the central, authoritative source—a “single point of truth.”
     
  • Visualize and evaluate their systems and component relationships with digital models offering functional, structural, and other specific views.
     
  • Remove stove pipes, preempt design conflicts, and have more product confidence.
     
  • Reduce the need for physical mock-ups and testing.
     
  • Achieve greater design harmony and system performance.

Customers need not worry about being locked into technologies, as we deploy non-proprietary, commercially available MBSE tools, which are accessible from their own IT systems or from us through web interfaces.

Their investment costs are alleviated, too. Opposite of 100 percent SAIC-provided environments, we also integrate customers’ existing setups, enhancing their processes and tools and training their workforces to maximize them.

On top of that, we bake in technical management features that let them track progress against program objectives and facilitate decision-making against risk, schedule, and budget.

“We implement MBSE that integrates all project disciplines, going beyond modeling and engineering,” said Brad Phillips, MBSE products and solutions lead. “It’s systems engineering on steroids.”

Inherent advantages

Our MBSE environments help bridge the gaps for today’s geographically distributed teams, letting them explore designs and make discoveries together. The integrated approach makes them more agile in responding to evolving demands.

Digital tools capture and preserve vital knowledge if the workforce transitions. That knowledge library shortens development cycle times of future similar and related systems in a repeatable manner.