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1st Edition

Systems Design and Engineering
Facilitating Multidisciplinary Development Projects

ISBN 9781138464391
Published September 28, 2017 by CRC Press

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Book Description

As its name implies, the aim of Systems Design and Engineering: Facilitating Multidisciplinary Development Projects is to help systems engineers develop the skills and thought processes needed to successfully develop and implement engineered systems. Such expertise typically does not come through study but from action, hard work, and cooperation. To that end, the authors have chosen a "hands-on" approach for presenting material rather than concentrating on theory, as so often is the case in a classroom setting.

This attractive and accessible text is a mix of theory and practical approach, illustrated with examples that have enough richness and variability to hold your attention. Models are presented for controlling the design, change, and engineering processes. Various aspects of systems engineering and methods providing the big picture at system level are discussed. In some ways, you can think of the book as a compact "starter’s kit" for systems engineers.

Although the authors are recognized experts in academic settings, they attribute much of their success in systems engineering to their own hands-on experiences and want to show you how to achieve that same level of expertise. Simply reading this book or any other book will not suffice for the learning process to become a systems engineer - no book will do that. However, by following the principles laid out in this book, you can develop the necessary skills and expertise to help you start an interesting, challenging, and rewarding career as a systems engineer.

Table of Contents

Development of Modern Systems
Systems Engineering: Approach in This Book
Facilitating Multidisciplinary Projects
Designing Solar Race Car
Notes on How to Use This Book

Systems Engineering Process
Essence of Systems Engineering Process
Practical Implementation of Systems Engineering
Short History of Systems Engineering

Systems Thinking Tracks
Dynamic Thinking
Feedback Thinking
Specific-Generic Thinking
Operational Thinking
Scales Thinking
Scientific Thinking
Decomposition–Composition Thinking
Hierarchical Thinking
Organizational Thinking
Life-Cycle Thinking
Safety Thinking
Risk Thinking

System Design Tools
Nine-Windows Diagram
Context Diagram
Functional Modeling and Analysis
System Budgets
FunKey Architecting
A3 Architecture Overviews
Failure Mode and Effect Analysis
Risk Management
Documentation and Reviewing
Modeling and Simulation
Question Generator

Systems Engineer at Work
Communication in Systems Engineering
Systems Engineer and Project Manager

Appendix A: TRIZ
Appendix B: Types of Failure Modes and Effect Analysis
Appendix C: Document Template

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G. Maarten Bonnema is an associate professor in multidisciplinary systems design at the Department of Design, Production and Management of the Faculty of Engineering Technology at the University of Twente, and is a part-time associate professor at the Norwegian Institute of Systems Engineering (NISE) in Kongsberg, Norway.

Karel Th. Veenvliet, a retired associate professor, advises companies on how to apply value engineering and systems engineering methods and tools.

Jan F. Broenink is an associate professor of embedded control systems at the Robotics and Mechatronics group of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Twente.


"The book is a beautiful mix of theory and practical approach, illustrated with adequate examples to illustrate systems engineering (SE) and keep the reader attracted/interested throughout the reading experience. Various aspects of SE and methods providing the big picture at system level are discussed. In particular, professionals are invited to contact the authors to help in developing and maturing the SE field."

—Rikus Eising, Dean Emeritus, Faculty of Engineering Technology, University of Twente