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1st Edition

Engineering and Operations of System of Systems

ISBN 9781138634732
Published November 15, 2018 by CRC Press
270 Pages - 48 Color & 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Modern engineering systems are complex and multi-faceted, and must be flexible, adaptable, and fully integrated with the supply chain and other stakeholders to deliver an effective level of performance. Therefore, this book aims to create an operational view and new understanding of modern system design, commissioning, operation, services and support. It includes system of systems modelling and analysis techniques essential to develop whole of system in view of essential requirements. This book will address professional engineers/operations managers required to design, develop, implement and operate a complex socio-technical system containing many engineering systems.

Key Features

• Develops a holistic view of system of systems from all possible fields of interest

• Introduces the idea of system configurability to understand system of systems in parallel with the typical, classical concepts of engineering systems design

• Offers effective coverage of both the engineering aspects and operational aspects of systems of systems

• Focuses on pragmatic viewpoints on how to analyze system of systems

• Provides practical tools and methods for the readers to develop competence to configure and operate system of systems

Table of Contents

Part 1 Systems Thinking

Chapter 1 Foundation of Systems Thinking

1.1 The role of engineering in systems

1.2 System challenges

1.3 A Case Study

1.4 Systems Engineering Lifecycle Model

1.5 Reflections

1.6 Additional Readings

Chapter 2 Defining System Architecture

2.1 Why we need architecture modelling?

2.2 Enterprise Reference Architecture

2.3 International Standards

2.4 A Case Study

2.5 Reflections

2.6 Additional readings

Chapter 3 System of Systems Framework and Environment

3.1 Characterising a System of Systems Framework and Environment

3.2 Stakeholders, Architecture Description and Rationale

3.3 Mission and Functionality

3.4 Drivers and Multiple Viewpoints

3.5 Operating Environment Considerations

3.6 Case Study Farm Automation

3.7 Reflections

3.8 References

3.9 Further Readings

Chapter 4 Modelling of Socio-technical Systems

4.1 Requirements of a socio-technical model

4.2 An industry case study

4.3 System capability assessment

4.4 Industry case study

4.5 Reflection

4.6 References

Part 2 Network Centric Operations and Matters of Context

Chapter 5 Infrastructure Network Applications

5.1 The Influence of Infrastructure

5.2 Infrastructure Development and Operation

5.3 Infrastructure Support Systems

5.4 The Pursuit of Absolute Reliability

5.5 The Use of Modelling and Simulation Tools

5.6 Case Study: GPS Infrastructure

5.7 Reflections

5.8 References

5.9 Additional Readings

Chapter 6 Network Centric Operations

6.1 A Diversity of Network-Centric Operations

6.2 A Focus on Decision Systems

6.3 The Pursuit of Adaptable Connectivity

6.4 Sustaining Multiple Modes of Operation

6.5 A Case Study – Fire Emergency Services

6.6 Reflections

6.7 References

6.8 Additional Readings

Chapter 7 Social Networks and Creative Collaboration

7.1 Social Networks and Social Capital

7.2 Why Collaborate?

7.3 The Contingent Nature of Collaboration

7.4 Can Collaboration be designed?

7.5 Generic Stakeholders and the Identification of Concerns

7.6 Viewpoints and Models

7.7 Case Study: A Cooperative Research Centres Program

7.8 Reflections

7.9 References

7.10 Additional Readings

Chapter 8 IT Infrastructure and the Internet of Things

8.1 Internet of Things

8.2 Business Systems on the Internet

8.3 Challenging issues in developing Internet-based IT infrastructure

8.4 Economic issues

8.5 Reflection

8.6 References

Chapter 9 Governance

9.1 What is governance?

9.2 Governance for enterprises

9.3 Occupational Health and Safety requirements

9.4 Systems and subsystems design authorities

9.5 System safety

9.6 Reflections

9.7 Additional Readings

Part 3 Organising in Business Network

Chapter 10 Virtual Enterprise Collaboration Concepts

10.1 What is virtual enterprise?

10.2 Policies for virtual enterprise

10.3 A ship service virtual enterprise

10.4 What is interacting networks?

10.5 Modelling the network of remote operations support system case

10.6 Global operation support services

10.7 Reflection

10.8 References

10.9 Additional Readings

Chapter 11 Markets and Service Ecosystems

11.1 Some Matters of Context

11.2 A Stakeholder Perspective

11.3 Viewpoints and Models

11.4 Case Study

11.5 Reflections

11.6 References

11.7 Additional Readings

Chapter 12 Business Models Making Operational Sense

12.1 Perceptions of Value

12.2 Design Thinking and Business Models

12.3 Business Model Ontologies

12.4 Business Models as Activity Systems

12.5 Business Model Innovation

12.6 Case Study

12.7 Reflections

12.8 References

12.9 Additional Readings

Chapter 13 Innovation in Ecosystems

13.1 The Centrality of Ideas and Champions

13.2 Regional Innovation Systems

13.3 Innovation as an Evolutionary Process

13.4 Matters of Time and Place

13.5 Case Study

13.6 Reflections

13.7 References

13.8 Additional Readings

Part 4 System Operation and Configuration Management

Chapter 14 Capability and Performance Assessment

14.1 Why assess capability and performance?

14.2 The nature of performance based contracting

14.3 Performance Contracting Case Studies

14.4 Recommendations

14.5 Performance modelling

14.6 A worked example

14.7 Reflections

14.8 Additional Readings

Chapter 15 Managing System Models

15.1 Introduction

15.2 Functional flow block diagrams

15.3 Data flow diagrams

15.4 Petri Net

15.5 Unified Modelling Language (UML)

15.6 Reflections

15.8 Additional Readings

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Professor John Mo obtained his PhD from Loughborough University, in Manufacturing Engineering. He is Professor of Manufacturing Engineering and formerly Head of Manufacturing Engineering Discipline in School of Engineering at RMIT University. Prior to joining RMIT, he was Senior Principal Research Scientist in CSIRO and led several teams including Manufacturing Systems and Infrastructure Network Systems in the Division of Manufacturing and Infrastructure Technology. His expertise includes system integration, data communication, sensing and signal diagnostics. In his 11 years in CSIRO, he led a team of 15 professional research staff worked on risks analysis algorithms, electricity market simulation, wireless communication, fault detection and production scheduling. He was the project leader for many large-scale government projects including productivity improvement in furnishing industry and consumer goods supply chain integration.


Professor Ron Beckett is an Engineers Australia Fellow, and holds a Doctor of Business Administration (UWS) based on research into ways of implementing organisational learning concepts in a high technology company. He has more than 25 years’ experience in R&D, operations and strategic management in international aerospace manufacturing, and more than 10 years management consulting experience. He works at the academia – industry interface and has written more than 100 papers related to innovation, collaboration and knowledge management. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Swinburne University of Technology Business School, and lectures in some Masters of Engineering subjects at RMIT.