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Tame complexity and integration issues with MBSE for aerospace

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Most aerospace and defense companies have a complexity problem, but they also have an integration issue.

As a company's digital footprint expands, software systems are piecemealed together from niche software acquired to perform a particular task. This method cuts off engineering from the rest of the development teams and reinforces work silos. And while the various software pieces may be efficient at serving their intended single purpose, they could be introducing more downstream problems than they are solving due to a lack of integration with other systems.

This executive brief breaks down the elements of a successful MBSE implementation, which allow engineering teams to be more collaborative, agile, manage complexity and deliver safe, reliable products within budget.

Harness MBSE to visualize interactivity of aerospace systems

The demand for speed and agility has made the traditional sequential development unsustainable in today's competitive environment. Instead, development teams must work in parallel on different projects, often taking on elements not usually addressed until much later in the development process.

Working with disconnected systems requires assumptions to be made on how each team's work interacts with the others. This tactic leads to devastating consequences to validation and certification. By orchestrating a technical program with model-based systems engineering, all systems' interactivity can be visualized and understood. This real-time, collaborative approach cuts development time significantly and ensures project goals are fulfilled. There is no need for guesswork.

Enable aerospace engineers to do what they do best: innovate

Design changes, especially those late in the development process, cause cost overruns and missed delivery targets. Those issues are avoided with a fully integrated toolset, and by also shifting concentration from system modeling to optimization of the full product lifecycle. Harnessing MBSE to connect design, engineering, supplier management, and manufacturing ensures innovation and design are the main focus of development activities.

Orchestrate your technical program to connect development teams

Linking and tracing requirements across mechanical, electrical, and software engineering disciplines is crucial to achieving efficiency and accuracy in the final product. Starting with a fully validated design at inception decreases the likelihood of unforeseen issues downstream and makes meeting and managing requirements possible. With the right mindset and an MBSE software ecosystem that orchestrates your technical program, you can avoid bringing on more employees and paying overtime to hit your projects' targets.