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System Engineering Management / Edition 1

System Engineering Management / Edition 1

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: 9780471506768
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 03/28/1991
Series: New Dimensions In Engineering Series , #1
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 9.57(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

BENJAMIN S. BLANCHARD is Professor Emeritus, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. He serves as consultant in such fields as systems engineering, reliability, maintainability, and lifecycle costing.

JOHN E. BLYLER is the founding advisor and affiliate professor of the Systems Engineering Graduate Program at Portland State University. He has considerable experience in hardware-software systems engineering and management, both in industry and government.

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Table of Contents

Foreword     xiii
Preface     xv
Introduction to System Engineering     1
Definition of a System     2
The Characteristics of a System     2
Categories of Systems     4
System of Systems (SOS)     6
The Current Environment: Some Challenges     8
The Need for System Engineering     14
The System Life Cycle     15
Definition of System Engineering     16
Requirements for System Engineering     24
System Architecture     24
System Science     25
System Analysis     26
Some Additional System Models     26
System Engineering in the Life Cycle (Some Applications)     30
Related Terms and Definitions     32
Concurrent/Simultaneous Engineering     34
Some Major Supporting Design Disciplines     34
Logistics and Supply Chain Management (SCM)     37
Integrated System Maintenance and Support     38
Data and Information Management     42
Configuration Management (CM)     43
Total Quality Management (TQM)     43
Total System Value and Life-Cycle Cost (LCC)     43
System EngineeringManagement     45
Summary     48
Questions and Problems     49
The System Engineering Process     51
Definition of the Problem (Current Deficiency)     53
System Requirements (Needs Analysis)     54
System Feasibility Analysis     55
System Operational Requirements     57
The Logistics and Maintenance Support Concept     60
Identification and Prioritization of Technical Performance Measures (TPMs)     68
Functional Analysis     71
Functional Flow Block Diagrams (FFBDs)     77
Operational Functions     78
Maintenance and Support Functions     79
Application of Functional Analysis     80
Interfaces with Other Systems in a SOS Configuration     87
Requirements Allocation     88
Functional Packaging and Partitioning     89
Allocation of System-Level Requirements to the Subsystem Level and Below     91
Traceability of Requirements (Top-Down/Bottom-Up)     93
Allocation of Requirements in a SOS Configuration     94
System Synthesis, Analysis, and Design Optimization     95
Design Integration     103
System Test and Evaluation     106
Categories of Test and Evaluation     108
Integrated Test Planning     111
Preparation for Test and Evaluation     112
Test Performance, Data Collection, Analysis, and Validation     113
System Modifications     115
Production and/or Construction     115
System Operational Use and Sustaining Support     116
System Retirement and Material Recycling/Disposal     118
Summary     120
Questions and Problems     120
System Design Requirements     123
Development of Design Requirements and Design-To Criteria     126
Development of Specifications     127
The Integration of System Design Activities     133
Selected Design Engineering Disciplines     137
Software Engineering     137
Reliability Engineering     141
Maintainability Engineering     155
Human-Factors Engineering     170
Safety Engineering     180
Security Engineering     182
Manufacturing and Production Engineering     184
Logistics and Supportability Engineering     187
Disposability Engineering     194
Quality Engineering     195
Environmental Engineering      199
Value/Cost Engineering (Life-Cycle Costing)     202
SOS Integration and Interoperability Requirements     205
Summary     208
Questions and Problems     212
Engineering Design Methods and Tools     217
Conventional Design Practices     218
Analytical Methods     221
Information Technology, the Internet, and Emerging Technologies     222
Current Design Technologies and Tools     224
The Use of Simulation in System Engineering     227
The Use of Rapid Prototyping     228
The Use of Mock-ups     229
Computer-Aided Design (CAD)     230
Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM)     237
Computer-Aided Support (CAS)     239
Summary     241
Questions and Problems     241
Design Review and Evaluation     243
Design Review and Evaluation Requirements     244
Informal Day-to-Day Review and Evaluation     246
Formal Design Reviews     251
Conceptual Design Review     255
System Design Reviews     256
Equipment/Software Design Reviews     257
Critical Design Review     257
The Design Change and System Modification Process     258
Summary     263
Questions and Problems     263
System Engineering Program Planning     265
System Engineering Program Requirements     268
The Need for Early System Planning     268
Determination of Program Requirements     269
System Engineering Management Plan (SEMP)     271
Statement of Work     273
Definition of System Engineering Functions and Tasks     275
System Engineering Organization     280
Development of a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)     284
Specification/Documentation Tree     291
Technical Performance Measures (TPM)     293
Development of Program Schedules     295
Preparation of Cost Projections     309
Program Technical Reviews and Audits     312
Program Reporting Requirements     314
Determination of Outsourcing Requirements     316
Identification of Potential Suppliers     319
Development of a Request for Proposal (RFP)     321
Review and Evaluation of Supplier Proposals     322
Selection of Suppliers and Contract Negotiation     328
Supplier Monitoring and Control     335
Integration of Design Specialty Plans     336
Interfaces with Other Program Activities     340
Management Methods/Tools     343
Risk Management Plan     344
Global Applications/Relationships     349
Summary     350
Questions and Problems     352
Organization for System Engineering     354
Developing the Organizational Structure     355
Customer, Producer, and Supplier Relationships     356
Customer Organization and Functions     358
Producer Organization and Functions (The Contractor)     360
Functional Organization Structure     361
Product-Line/Project Organization Structure     365
Matrix Organizational Structure     366
Integrated Product and Process Development (IPPD)     370
Integrated Product/Process Teams (IPTs)     371
System Engineering Organization     372
Supplier Organization and Functions     377
Human Resource Requirements     382
Creating the Proper Organizational Environment     382
Leadership Characteristics     385
The Needs of the Individual     386
Staffing the Organization     390
Personnel Development and Training      392
Summary     394
Questions and Problems     395
System Engineering Program Evaluation     397
Evaluation Requirements     399
Benchmarking     399
Evaluation of the System Engineering Organization     401
Program Reporting, Feedback, and Control     408
Summary     409
Questions and Problems     410
Functional Analysis (Case-Study Examples)     412
Life-Cycle Cost-Analysis Process     419
Selected Case Studies (Seven Examples)     441
Design Review Checklist     478
Supplier Evaluation Checklist     501
Selected Bibliography     509
Index     521

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