Model-Based System Engineering Industry Review Event

23rd Mar

Model-Based System Engineering Industry Review Event

The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) will be holding an event focused on the topic of Model-Based System Engineering (MBSE), taking place at CFMS on 23rd March 2017, 10.00 - 15.00hrs.

The MBSE Industry Review event will provide a forum for interested industry users  to seek further insight and understanding on the wider use of MBSE - learning from organisations that use it, specific MBSE elements in use, the benefits achieved and ROI. Interspersed by short, regular networking intervals to allow delegates to digest and discuss information, the event will consist of a series of presentations from ARM, Cobham Mission Systems, Rolls-Royce and CFMS that cover key stages in the MBSE process:

  • Requirements Engineering: When producing a product or system, the requirements are specified and detailed to provide understanding of how to make the product - Richard Beasley, Rolls-Royce

Presentation Summary: Richard Beasley (Rolls-Royce plc) will discuss Requirements and Modelling. Rolls-Royce will emphasise the importance of good requirements understanding, and how that understanding emerges and needs to be integrated with results of evaluation, design and verification activities.  From this Richard will summarise what is needed from modelling from a requirements perspective, in terms of capability and modelling practice.  The imperative is to present a requirements view, and to provide insights / questions arising from the power of the integration of perspectives that good modelling provides.

  • Systems & Functional Modelling: How you design a product or system, taking the requirements and breaking this into modules for design and then how it will be manufactured - Guy Johns, CFMS

Presentation Summary: Guy Johns will present the preliminary findings of the Future Engineering System (FES), an ATI project in collaboration with RR, Siemens, eQ, leeds uni, sheffield uni and sysemia, on the topic of  Deriving Requirements using Functional Modelling, System Architecture Modelling and a Knowledgebase Model. The talk will focus on the approach and methods used and their merits and pitfalls.

  • Product Modelling & Simulation: Once the design of the product or system is complete, how much time and investment is spent on simulation or virtual validation and verification - Henry Clarke, Cobham Mission Systems

Presentation Summary: Cobham have developed a systems modelling architecture that allows for a modular approach to performance modelling of its components, subsystems and systems.  The result is a highly flexible and tailorable approach, this has been essential because one size doesn’t fit every model.  This capability has been successful in delivering a healthy ROI by getting designs right first time and a faster turnaround of design solutions when we don’t.  During this presentation Henry will highlight some of the key lessons learnt, successes Cobham have and where it aspires to in the future. 

  • Testing, Verification & Validation: If physical testing is required, how are the results and outputs linked back to the initial requirements, product design and simulation. How is all the data across different areas correlated and reconciled? - Roderick E. Hopkins, ARM

Presentation Summary: ARM licences IP design to partners who design their own system on chip. Partner may integrate many instances of its IP, or link to 3rd party, all via Advanced Microcontroller Bus Architecture (AMBA) busses. ARM test-benches, tools and verification strategies must be flexible enough to cope with the uncertainty as to the shaper of the design under test. Roderick will present some of the verification approaches used including Constant Random Verification with automatic coverage collection, Protocol Checkers and Formal Proof Engines. Roderick may also touch on some examples of metric-driven quality improvement. He will describe this from the perspective of a Software Engineer working in a traditionally Hardware Engineering world, and touch on some of the models used to achieve the verification goals.

  • Knowledge Capture & Lessons Learnt from Previous Products (through lifecycle): How is information and activity such as revisions, design mistakes, invalid test strategies,etc.  across the entire process used to inform the development of future products - Mark Franklin, Rolls-Royce

Modern engineering systems are complex and expensive to design, manufacture and maintain. In recent years methodologies for managing and understanding the engineering complexity have emerged based around analogous software modelling techniques. Phrases such as ‘Model Based System Engineering’ (MBSE) and ‘Model Driven Design’ are often used to describe the process of modelling the engineering system artefacts, elements, behaviours and processes. Although MBSE is not a new term, there is considerable  interest in this area. The cost-benefit of system modelling and simulation is well understood for product lines in the automotive and aerospace industries. However, the degree of reuse and ability to capture lessons learned during the development process are not so well documented or understood.

This event is open to industry end user organisations only. To request a place at the MBSE Industry Review Event, complete the registration form below.



Registration & Coffee


Welcome & Introduction


Requirements Engineering - Richard Beasley, Rolls-Royce


Systems & Functional Modelling - Guy Johns, CFMS


Networking Interval


Product Modelling & Simulation - Henry Clarke, Cobham Mission Systems


Testing, Verification & Validation - Roderick E. Hopkins, ARM




Knowledge Capture & Lessons Learnt from Previous Products (through lifecycle) - Mark Franklin, Rolls-Royce


Open Discussion


Event Close



Bristol and Bath Science Park 

Dirac Crescent

Emersons Green


BS16 7FR

Start time

10:00 23/03/2017

End time

15:00 23/03/2017

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