3 Things You Should Know to Understand & Successfully Use MBSE

Written By: Julie Pike
  • 12/8/2017

As products become more complicated, embracing the practice of model-based systems engineering (MBSE) has become more important than ever. MBSE provides organizations significant opportunity for improved productivity and quality. 

Since MBSE is still a relevantly new approach, many engineers are still not realizing its benefits. For the newly initiated, here are three things all engineers should know to understand and successfully use MBSE in the real world:

  1. MBSE connects the different disciplines coherently – MBSE is essentially the glue that holds together all of the different engineering domains and other relevant stakeholders. Many organizations work on their own piece of the project in a silo. There’s no visibility into how each what each discipline is working on will interact with what everyone is working on. With MBSE, you can link together all information such as: customer requirements, concepts and general ideas, project plans, first implementations of the hardware, software, and mechanics, and the testing view of the project. This information can then be shared across the team so that all stakeholders have complete insight into the project. Using models just makes the dissemination of the information that much easier.   
  2. MBSE is not only for experts – MBSE isn’t for just the handful of system engineers at your organization. All engineering stakeholders need to think about the system. A system model serves as a “man in the middle” for all project artifacts. Models are able to serve this role fully because they are never JUST models. Models play a significant role as they are transformed, read, reviewed, released, annotated, changed, and reused. For example, cogeneration models can be used by customers to read and understand use cases. Models make it very easy for the customer to understand the functionality of a project and are a much easier way to review a project than sharing documents. 
  3. Modeling is always useful, often necessary, but never an end in itself – According to INCOSE 2020, the movement from document-based to model-based Systems Engineering is an industry trend. But just because the pressure is on to incorporate models into the design process doesn’t mean that models are a be-all/end all for your system design. And there’s definitely should not be considered a byproduct. 

There’s plenty more to know about deploying MBSE in the real world. Checking out the webcast replay of “Model-Based Systems Engineering in Real Life” to learn more.






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About the Author

Julie Pike

Julie Pike is the PLM Content Marketing Specialist at PTC. She has spent her career in marketing and communications primarily in the technology industry. Follow her on Twitter at @julie_pike.


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