When Artech House authors write their books, we ask them what they want their readers to get out of the project. In this series, we show you what our authors, in their own words, wish to impart upon readers. Jose Fernandez, author of Practical Model-Based Systems Engineering, describes what his book is about:
The book describes the Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) methodology named ISE&PPOOA (Integrated Systems Engineering and Pipelines of Processes in Object Oriented Architectures) with examples of its application in diverse complex domains such as aerospace, robotics and energy.
The main outcome of the systems engineering process supported by the ISE&PPOOA methodology is the creation of the functional and physical architectures of a system, identifying the subsystems and their interfaces. The system may have subsystems that are either software intensive or only hardware.
The main goal of the book is to provide systems engineers and practitioners with the analytic, design and modelling tools of the ISE&PPOOA methodology. This methodology integrates model based systems and software engineering approaches for the development of complex products, such as the examples presented in the book that illustrate the application of the methodology.
A second goal is to facilitate the benefits of the MBSE approach and SysML standard notation to communicate and create a quality design, avoiding the burden and complexity of the full-blown Model Based Systems Engineering. So, we use a subset of SysML constructs. For the software elements of the system we use an extension of UML notation that was developed as part of the PPOOA architectural framework. The diagrams of the system model are complemented with textual descriptions mainly in tabular form that help to understand them better.
Our final goal is to provide sufficient examples and exercises for the reader to be able to apply ISE&PPOOA in the systems engineering activities of her own systems, making use of SysML diagrams for that.
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