Jan 022015
Model Based Systems Engineering for Astronomical Projects

Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) is an emerging field of systems engineering for which the System Modeling Language (SysML) is a key enabler for descriptive, prescriptive and predictive models. This paper surveys some of the capabilities, expectations and peculiarities of tools-assisted MBSE experienced in real-life astronomical projects. The examples range in depth and scope across […]

Dec 282014
The Belgian Energy Market Model

In May 2013, Atrias published the first part of the new Belgian Utility Market Implementation Guide (UMIG) 6. The UMIG 6 describes the new market model and market processes which are designed to handle future evolutions such as installation of smart meters, increase in decentralized production, commercial differentiation in tariffs, etc. Together with the implementation of the […]

Oct 122014
Modeling & Simulation of CubeSat

CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft called nano satellites. The cube-shaped satellites are approximately: 10 cm long, have a volume of about 946 cm3, weigh about 1.4 kg. CubeSats are flown as auxiliary payloads on previously planned missions. MBSE for CubeSat: Generic CubeSat Reference Model and Simulation Challenge How do satellite states evolve throughout […]

Aug 062014
Adoption of SysML by a Railway Signaling Manufacturer

This industrial case study reports the experience of a railway signaling manufacturer in introducing the SysML notation within its development process by means of the TOPCASED tool. Though the tool was later replaced by MagicDraw, the experience is useful to understand the potential of the notation for requirements formalization and analysis, together with the advantages and […]

Jul 292014
Why Top Engineering Companies Use No Magic, Inc. Products as Their Primary MBSE Selection

No Magic constantly strives to ensure that our users get the best modeling, analysis, and simulation solutions in the market. No Magic, Inc. conducted this research with system engineering (MagicDraw for SysML or Cameo Systems Modeler) clients. Representatives from some of the largest systems engineering companies around the globe (NASA, Raykiel, Konecranes Plc, Bombardier Transportation, […]

Jul 222014
A Free Sample Chapter, "Chapter 3: Block Definition Diagrams," From SysML Distilled

SysML Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Systems Modeling Language The Systems Modeling Language (SysML) extends UML with powerful systems engineering capabilities for modeling a wider spectrum of systems and capturing all aspects of a system’s design. SysML Distilled is the first clear, concise guide for everyone who wants to start creating effective SysML models. Drawing on […]

Jul 042014
MBSE in Telescope Modeling: European Extremely Large Telescope - World’s biggest eye on the sky

The most ambitious project of the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) is the construction of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) which will be by far the world’s largest optical and near-infrared telescope, and will provide images 15 times sharper than those from the Hubble Space Telescope. Such a project poses continuous challenges to systems engineering […]

May 272014
The Value of SysML Modelling During System Operations: A Case Study

Research conducted by Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA JPL) and California Institute of Technology, demonstrates the use of SysML in modelling the Ground Data System (GDS) for the Dawn spacecraft. The case study briefly discusses the advantages of a SysML model over an MS Excel® spreadsheet and also mentions how a similar GDS model could be […]

May 132014
Why Modeling Book Authors Use MagicDraw As Their Primary Selection

Interview and Survey of the Most Reputable Book Authors. MagicDraw is a business process, architecture, software and systems modeling tool. It is one of the most popular UML and SysML tools in the market. It has been available since 1998 and has over 500,000 installations in 10,000 companies in 90 countries. More and more books, […]

Apr 102014
Collaboration between Simulated Model and External System: Controlling LEGO Mindstorms with Cameo Simulation Toolkit

This paper shows the use of opaque behaviors containing JavaScripts to enable the communications between the simulated model of the controller and the external device, which is LEGO Mindstorms configured as ShooterBot. The controller model has been designed with MagicDraw SysML plugin and will be executed by Cameo Simulation Toolkit. During model execution, the mock-up […]

Apr 042014
Model Based Management of Configurations of Complex Systems: Common Submarine Combat System

In order to manage growth, complexity, and demand for resources of mission critical systems, Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMCO) has transitioned to using Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) (see the side bar) in large scale. The transition was very successful; but it also required adopting best practices along the way. The newest MagicDraw version provides real–life […]

Mar 312014
TMF Frameworx & Nomos RuleX, Cameo E2E Builder/Server – Part 5

The TM Forum Integration Framework is a set of standards that supports the interoperability between applications defined in the Application Framework via TM Forum interfaces. The interfaces are defined in terms of the Information Framework’s entities/attributes, and the requirements for the interfaces from a business process perspective, which comes from the Business Process Framework. That is […]

Mar 162014
TMF Frameworx & MD Cameo Business Modeler – Part 4

The Frameworx Application Framework provides a common language for communities who specify, procure, design, and sell operation and business support systems, so that they can understand each other’s viewpoints. It provides logical groupings of applications, then defines each application’s offered functionality. The logical grouping of applications follows the lead set by the Information Framework and […]

Mar 162014
TMF Frameworx & MD Cameo Business Modeler – Part 3

The Frameworx Information Framework provides a reference model and common vocabulary for all the information required to implement Business Process Framework processes. It reduces complexity in service and system integration, development and design by providing an off-the-shelf information model that can be quickly adopted by all parties. There are two perspectives to the Information Framework; […]

Mar 132014
TMF Frameworx & MD Cameo Business Modeler – Part 2

The Business Process Framework is a hierarchical catalog and classification scheme of the key business processes required to run a service-focused business. At the conceptual level, the framework has three major level o process areas, reflecting major focuses within typical enterprises: Strategy, Infrastructure and Product Operations Enterprise Management The Strategy, Infrastructure & Product (SIP) process […]