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A concept for managing information in early stages of product engineering by integrating MBSE and workflow management systems

: Bretz, L.; Tschirner, C.; Dumitrescu, R.


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-:
2nd IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering, ISSE 2016. Proceedings Papers : Edinburgh, Scotland, October 3-5, 2016
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-5090-0793-6
ISBN: 978-1-5090-0794-3
International Symposium on Systems Engineering (ISSE) <2, 2016, Edinburgh>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IEM ()

Searching for and handling of information is one of the most time consuming activities within the development of technical products. It is often unclear which information is available and its quality is questionable especially due to document based information handling. Inconsistencies, redundancies and discipline specific documents are reasons for that. The problem increases in the early design stages as information is mostly available within presentations, which are not self-explanatory, or in employees' minds. Several tools aim to solve this problem but have their strength in later stages of the development or are just focusing single activities-mainly technical issues. On the other hand there is a trend to Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE): is a promising approach for the improvement of interdisciplinary collaboration in product development. It suggests a system model (instead of a database as for PDM) as single source of 'truth' for product and project specific information-according to its basic concept Systems Engineering. Up to now, enterprises struggle implementing a holistic MBSE. It is often unclear which information is needed in which models at what time by whom. This can cause 'modeling for its own sake'. MBSE may contribute to the improvement of information handling and information quality. To enable this, we propose a workflow-based concept to support information handling using MBSE already at the early phase of product engineering. The concept offers the potential to significantly ease access to information, reduce the time for searching of information and brings the breakthrough for MBSE as it connects engineering and process activities.