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Systems Engineering

Fundamentals and Applications

  • Offers a classic Systems Engineering approach to English-speaking audiences for the first time

  • Reimagines highly technical Systems Engineering principles so that they are applicable to a wide range of occupations

  • Provides specific case studies from a variety of disciplines to display the efficacy of Systems Engineering

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. SE-Principles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Reinhard Haberfellner, Olivier de Weck, Ernst Fricke, Siegfried Vössner
      Pages 3-26
    3. Reinhard Haberfellner, Olivier de Weck, Ernst Fricke, Siegfried Vössner
      Pages 27-98
  3. The Problem-Solving Process

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Reinhard Haberfellner, Olivier de Weck, Ernst Fricke, Siegfried Vössner
      Pages 101-135
    3. Reinhard Haberfellner, Olivier de Weck, Ernst Fricke, Siegfried Vössner
      Pages 137-154
  4. Systems Design as Systems Architecting and Concept Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Reinhard Haberfellner, Olivier de Weck, Ernst Fricke, Siegfried Vössner
      Pages 157-168
    3. Reinhard Haberfellner, Olivier de Weck, Ernst Fricke, Siegfried Vössner
      Pages 169-272
  5. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. Reinhard Haberfellner, Olivier de Weck, Ernst Fricke, Siegfried Vössner
      Pages 275-279
    3. Reinhard Haberfellner, Olivier de Weck, Ernst Fricke, Siegfried Vössner
      Pages 281-290
    4. Reinhard Haberfellner, Olivier de Weck, Ernst Fricke, Siegfried Vössner
      Pages 291-318
    5. Reinhard Haberfellner, Olivier de Weck, Ernst Fricke, Siegfried Vössner
      Pages 319-338
  6. SE for Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 339-339
    2. Reinhard Haberfellner, Olivier de Weck, Ernst Fricke, Siegfried Vössner
      Pages 341-343
    3. Reinhard Haberfellner, Olivier de Weck, Ernst Fricke, Siegfried Vössner
      Pages 345-346
    4. Reinhard Haberfellner, Olivier de Weck, Ernst Fricke, Siegfried Vössner
      Pages 347-358
    5. Reinhard Haberfellner, Olivier de Weck, Ernst Fricke, Siegfried Vössner
      Pages 359-364

About this book

Introduction

This translation brings a landmark systems engineering (SE) book to English-speaking audiences for the first time since its original publication in 1972. For decades the SE concept championed by this book has helped engineers solve a wide variety of issues by emphasizing a top-down approach. Moving from the general to the specific, this SE concept has situated itself as uniquely appealing to both highly trained experts and anybody managing a complex project. Until now, this SE concept has only been available to German speakers. By shedding the overtly technical approach adopted by many other SE methods, this book can be used as a problem-solving guide in a great variety of disciplines, engineering and otherwise.

By segmenting the book into separate parts that build upon each other, the SE concept’s accessibility is reinforced. The basic principles of SE, problem solving, and systems design are helpfully introduced in the first three parts. Once the fundamentals are presented, specific case studies are covered in the fourth part to display potential applications. Then part five offers further suggestions on how to effectively practice SE principles; for example, it not only points out frequent stumbling blocks, but also the specific points at which they may appear. In the final part, a wealth of different methods and tools, such as optimization techniques, are given to help maximize the potential use of this SE concept.

Engineers and engineering students from all disciplines will find this book extremely helpful in solving complex problems. Because of its practicable lessons in problem-solving, any professional facing a complex project will also find much to learn from this volume.

Keywords

Systems engineering project management Systems design model-based design systems architecture cybernetics Smart city Problem solving Complex systems Systems dynamics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of General Management and OrganizationGraz University of TechnologyGrazAustria
  2. 2.Engineering Systems DivisionMITCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.BMW AGMunichGermany
  4. 4.Engineering and Business InformaticsGraz University of TechnologyGrazAustria

About the authors

Reinhard Haberfellner is a professor emeritus at the department of General Management and Organization at Graz University of Technology since 1979. He is one of the founding members of the European school of Systems Engineering, which started at ETH Zürich in Switzerland. His research focus is on organizational methodical aspects of Systems Engineering. He is a member of GfSE and INFORMS.

Ernst Fricke is Vice President of Requirements, Concepts, Integration – Interior at BMW AG. He has held several positions at BMW incl. VP Subline MINI and Department Manager Structural Dynamics, NVH and Vibration Comfort. Earlier he has worked at the start-up CargoLifter GmbH and the Technical University of Munich. He is a Fellow of INCOSE and founding member of GfSE.

Siegfried Voessner is a professor at Graz University of Technology in Austria since 2003. His research focuses on Systems Engineering / Systems Architecture as well as foundations of Modelling and Simulation and their application to socio-technical systems in general. He is chairman of the Institute of Engineering and Business Informatics at the faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Economic Sciences and member of INCOSE, GfSE  and INFORMS.

Olivier de Weck is a professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems at MIT since 2001. His research focuses on how technology-enabled systems such as aircraft, spacecraft, consumer products, and critical infrastructures are designed, manufactured, and operated, and how they evolve over time. He is a Fellow of INCOSE and an Associate Fellow of AIAA. From 2013-2018 he served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Systems Engineering. 

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