Systems engineering process modeling and simulation

Arıkan, Merve
In this study, an approach is proposed to model and simulate the systems engineering process of design projects. One of the main aims is to model the systems engineering process, treating the process itself as a complex system. A conceptual model is developed as a result of a two-phase survey conducted with systems engineers. The conceptual model includes two levels of activity networks. Each first level systems engineering activity has its own network of second level activities. The model is then implemented in object oriented modeling language, namely SysML, using block definition diagrams and activity diagrams. Another aim is to generate a discrete event simulation model of the process for performance evaluation. For this purpose the SysML model is transformed to an Arena model using an Excel interface and VBA codes. Three deterministic and three stochastic cases are created to represent systems engineering process alternatives, which originate from the same conceptual model but possess different activity durations, resource availabilities and resource requirements. The scale of the project and the effect of uncertainty in activity durations are also considered. The proposed approach is applied to each of these six cases, developing the SysML models, transforming them to Arena models, and running the simulations. Project duration and resource utilization results are reported for these cases.


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Citation Formats
M. Arıkan, “Systems engineering process modeling and simulation,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2012.