1st Edition

Case Studies in System of Systems, Enterprise Systems, and Complex Systems Engineering

    812 Pages 15 Color & 259 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    812 Pages 15 Color & 259 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Suitable as a reference for industry practitioners and as a textbook for classroom use, Case Studies in System of Systems, Enterprise Systems, and Complex Systems Engineering provides a clear understanding of the principles and practice of system of systems engineering (SoSE), enterprise systems engineering (ESE), and complex systems engineering (CSE).

    Multiple domain practitioners present and analyze case studies from a range of applications that demonstrate underlying principles and best practices of transdisciplinary systems engineering. A number of the case studies focus on addressing real human needs. Diverse approaches such as use of soft systems skills are illustrated, and other helpful techniques are also provided. The case studies describe, examine, analyze, and assess applications across a range of domains, including:

    • Engineering management and systems engineering education
    • Information technology business transformation and infrastructure engineering
    • Cooperative framework for and cost management in the construction industry
    • Supply chain modeling and decision analysis in distribution centers and logistics
    • International development assistance in a foreign culture of education
    • Value analysis in generating electrical energy through wind power
    • Systemic risk and reliability assessment in banking
    • Assessing emergencies and reducing errors in hospitals and health care systems
    • Information fusion and operational resilience in disaster response systems
    • Strategy and investment for capability developments in defense acquisition
    • Layered, flexible, and decentralized enterprise architectures in military systems
    • Enterprise transformation of the air traffic management and transport network

    Supplying you with a better understanding of SoSE, ESE, and CSE concepts and principles, the book highlights best practices and lessons learned as benchmarks that are applicable to other cases. If adopted correctly, the approaches outlined can facilitate significant progress in human affairs.

    The study of complex systems is still in its infancy, and it is likely to evolve for decades to come. While this book does not provide all the answers, it does establish a platform, through which analysis and knowledge application can take place and conclusions can be made in order to educate the next generation of systems engineers.

    Modern History of System of Systems, Enterprises, and Complex Systems; Alex Gorod, S. Jimmy Gandhi, Brian E. White, Vernon Ireland, and Brian J. Sauser
    Relevant Aspects of Complex Systems from Complexity Theory; Vernon Ireland, Brian E. White, S. Jimmy Gandhi, Brian J. Sauser, and Alex Gorod
    Application of Case Studies to Engineering Leadership/Management and Systems Engineering Education; Brian E. White, Brian J. Sauser, Alex Gorod, S. Jimmy Gandhi, and Vernon Ireland

    MediaCityUK: Corporate Framework for Complex Construction; Barbara Chomicka
    IBS Group, Eastern European IT Services: Capability-Based Development for Business Transformation; Mikhail Belov
    Global Distribution Centers: Multilevel Supply Chain Modeling to Govern Complexity; Gerrit Muller and Roelof Hamberg
    Humanitarian Relief Logistics: Multicriteria Decision Analysis and Simulation for Supply Chain Risk Management; Tina Comes, Frank Schätter, and Frank Schultmann

    Construction of an Afghanistan School: Enterprise System Engineering for International Development Assistance in a Foreign Culture; Rob Mitchell

    Utility-Scale Wind Plant System: Value Analysis of Interactions, Dependencies, and Synergies; Lawrence D. Willey

    United States Banking System: Systemic Risk and Reliability Assessment; Khaldoun Khashanah

    Health Care
    Whole-of-Nation Health Capabilities: A System of Systems Methodology for Assessing Serious and Unusual Emergencies; R.J. Hodge and S.C. Cook
    Hospitals and Health-Care Systems: Methods for Reducing Errors in Medical Systems; Bustamante Brathwaite, Eranga Gamage, Shawn Hall, Karunya Rajagopalan, Mariusz Tybinski, and Danny Kopec

    Homeland Security
    Disaster Response System of System Case Study Outline; Eusebio Bernabeu, Jose Luís Tercero, and Maite Irigoyen
    Improvised Explosive Devices in Asymmetric Conflicts: Multisource Data; Fusion for Providing Situational Information; Jürgo-Sören Preden, Leo Motus, James Llinas, Raido Pahtma, Raul Savimaa, Merik Meriste, and Sergei Astapov
    Dutch Emergency Response Organization: Safety Region—Quantitative Approach to Operational Resilience; J.M.P. Van Trijp and M. Ulieru

    Complex Adaptive Operating System: Creating Methods for Complex Project Management; John Findlay and Abby Straus
    Australian National Security and the Australian Department of Defence: Framework to Enhance Strategic Planning and Capability Development in Defense Acquisition Organizations; R.J. Hodge and S.C. Cook
    United States Military Partner Capacity: System Dynamics to Quantify Strategic Investments; John V. Farr, James R. Enos, and Daniel J. McCarthy
    US Air Force Network Infrastructure System-of-Systems Engineering Approach for IT Infrastructure; Jeffrey Higginson, Tim Rudolph, and Jon Salwen
    US Navy Submarine Sonar Systems: Layered Lateral Enterprise–Technical System Architectures for Defense Acquisition; John Q. Dickmann
    United States Air Power Command and Control: Enterprise Architecture for Flexibility and Decentralized Control; Michael W. Kometer and John Q. Dickmann

    NextGen: Enterprise Transformation of the United States Air Transport Network; Hamid R. Darabi and Mo Mansouri
    Airbus A380 and Boeing 787: Contrast of Competing Architectures for Air Transportation; Michael J. Vinarcik
    US Air Traffic System: Autonomous Agent-Based Flight for Removing Central Control; Sergio Torres
    Heathrow Terminal 5: Cost Management for a Mega Construction Project; Claire Cizaire and Ricardo Valerdi
    US Airways Flight 1549: Root Cause Analysis for the Miracle on the Hudson; Karunya Rajagopalan and Danny Kopec


    Alex Gorod is the founder and managing member of SystemicNet, LLC in New York and a partner at ITNET Management, LLC. He is also a visiting fellow at the University of Adelaide and adjunct associate professor at Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College/City University of New York. Alex is a recipient of the Fabrycky-Blanchard Award for Excellence in Systems Engineering Research and Robert Crooks Stanley Doctoral Fellowship in Engineering Management. He holds a PhD in engineering management from Stevens Institute of Technology.

    Brian E. White received his PhD and MS in computer sciences from the University of Wisconsin and his SM and SB in electrical engineering from M.I.T. He served in the US Air Force, and for eight years was at M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory. For five years, Dr. White was a principal engineering manager at Signatron, Inc. In his 28 years at The MITRE Corporation, he held a variety of senior professional staff and project/resource management positions. He was director of MITRE's Systems Engineering Process Office, 2003-2009. Dr. White retired from MITRE in July 2010 and currently offers a consulting service, CAUSES (Complexity Are Us Systems Engineering Strategies-website: www.cau-ses.net).

    Professor Vernon Ireland , BE, BA, MEngSc, PhD, FieAust, CPEng, EngExec, is director of project management for the University of Adelaide, offering master's degrees in traditional and complex project management. Previously, he has been corporate development director of Fletcher Challenge Construction, responsible for people and business systems improvement, in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Pacific, and Asian businesses of the $2 billion parent company. In academia, he was the foundation dean of design, architecture, and building at the University of Technology, Sydney.

    Professor Ireland has been awarded the Engineer's Australia Medal (2008), the Rotary International G

    Since ancient times, when society has needed to communicate complex yet critical concepts, people have turned to the art of storytelling, and this book follows in that tradition. Storytelling through case studies has the potential to explicate the complex systems development process in ways that traditional analyses cannot. I hope you find in these engaging stories insights that will inform and inspire you as, together, we work to ensure our systems engineering community can continue to serve generations to come.
    —Jeff Wilcox, Vice President of Engineering, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Bethesda, Maryland