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System Engineering Management / Edition 3

System Engineering Management / Edition 3

by Benjamin S. Blanchard


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In today's environment, there is an ever-increasing need to develop and produce systems that are robust, reliable, high quality, supportable, cost-effective, and responsive to the needs of the customer or user. Reflecting these worldwide trends, System Engineering Management, Fourth Edition introduces readers to the full range of system engineering concepts, tools, and techniques, emphasizing the application of principles and concepts of system engineering and the way these principles aid in the development, utilization, and support of systems.

Viewing systems engineering from both a technical and a management perspective, this fully revised and updated edition extends its coverage to include: The changing areas of system requirements, Increasing system complexities, Extended system life cycles versus shorter technology cycles, Higher costs and greater international competition, The interrelationship of project management, and systems engineering as they work, together at the project, team level.

Supported by numerous, real-life case studies, this new edition of the classic resource demonstrates-step by step-a comprehensive, top-down, life-cycle approach that system engineers can follow to reduce costs, streamline the design and development process, improve reliability, and win customers.

About the Author:
Benjamin S. Blanchard is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471291763
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 08/08/2003
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

BENJAMIN S. BLANCHARD is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Industrial and System Engineering at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg.

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Table of Contents



1. Introduction to Systems Engineering.

1.1 The Current Environment.

1.2 The Need for System Engineering.

1.3 Related Terms and Definitions.

1.4 Systems Engineering Management.

1.5 Summary.

2. The System Engineering Process.

2.1 Definition of the Problem (Current Deficiency).

2.2 Development of Consumer Need.

2.3 System Feasibility Analysis.

2.4 System Operational Requirements.

2.5 The Maintenance and Support Concepts.

2.6 Identification and Prioritization of Technical Performance Measures (TPMs).

2.7 Functional Analysis.

2.8 Requirements Definition and Allocation.

2.9 System Synthesis, Analysis, and Design Optimization.

2.10 Design Integration.

2.11 System Test and Evaluation.

2.12 Production and/or Construction.

2.13 Logistics (Transportation and Distribution).

2.14 System Operational Utilization and Sustaining Support.

2.15 System Retirement and Material Recycling/Disposal.

2.16 Summary.

3. System Design Requirements.

3.1 Development of Design Requirements and "Design-to" Criteria.

3.2 Development of Specifications.

3.3 The Integration of System Design Activities.

3.4 Selected Design Engineering Disciplines.

3.5 Summary.

4. Engineering Design Methods and Tools.

4.1 Conventional Design Practices.

4.2 Analytical Methods.

4.3 The Role of Electronic Commerce (EC), Information Technology (IT), and the Internet.

4.4 Current Design Technologies and Tools.

4.5 Computer-Aided Design (CAD).

4.6 Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM).

4.7Computer-Aided Support (CAS).

4.8 Summary.

5. Design Review and Evaluation.

5.1 Design Review and Evaluation Requirements.

5.2 Informal Day-to-Day Review and Evaluation.

5.3 Formal Design Reviews.

5.4 The Design Change and Modification Process.

5.5 Summary.

6. System Engineering Program Planning.

6.1 System Engineering Program Requirements.

6.2 System Engineering Management Plan (SEMP).

6.3 Determination of "Outsourcing" Requirements.

6.4 Integration of Design Specialty Plans.

6.5 Interfaces with Other Program Activities.

6.6 Management Methods/Tools.

6.7 Risk Management Plan.

6.8 Global Applications/Relationships.

6.9 Summary.

7. Organization for System Engineering.

7.1 Developing the Organizational Structure.

7.2 Customer, Producer, and Supplier Relationships.

7.3 Customer, Organization and Functions (The "Customer").

7.4 Producer Organization and Function (The "Contractor").

7.5 Supplier Organization and Functions.

7.6 Human Resource Requirements.

7.7 Summary.

8. System Engineering Program Evaluation.

8.1 Evaluation Requirements.

8.2 Benchmarking.

8.3 Evaluation of the System Engineering Organization.

8.4 Program Reporting, Feedback, and Control.

8.5 Summary.

Appendix A. Selected Bibliography.

Appendix B. Case Studies.

Appendix C. Life-Cycle Cost-Analysis Process.

Appendix D. Design Review Checklist.

Appendix E. Supplier Evaluation Checklist.

Appendix F. List of Abbreviations.


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