Model Based Engineering

Digital tools, methodologies and system engineering principles are the foundation of Model Based Engineering, enabling better collaboration, design automation and increased design space exploration.

Utilising Model Based Engineering to design in a digital environment provides greater agility to reduce the productivity gap and allows for a collaborative approach.

Improving product development with Model Based Engineering

Combining Model Based Engineering with CFMS’ other digital engineering services including High Performance Computing (HPC), cloud technologies, Advanced Simulation and Artificial Intelligence (AI), our integrated digital engineering team can showcase the advantages that document-based systems engineering cannot provide. 

Digital twin technology has the potential to improve in-service performance, maintenance and repair, by providing efficiency through the end-to-end design process, and greater traceability diagnosing issues as they occur. Our work on the AIRLIFT additive manufacturing project demonstrates the positive output that this capability creates. Digital engineering can also be used to optimise the design process within the Space industry, reducing costs and time.

Model based engineering covers all stages of the product lifecycle from initial concepts, through design, manufacture and into operation and maintenance. CFMS have applied this set of techniques across a wide range of sectors and offer training for organisations who are looking to leverage these methodologies. This is typically delivered as a 1 or 2 day interactive, in-person workshop that can be adapted to meet the specific application needs of different organisations. It covers the whole spectrum of developing, deploying and using simulations to improve workflows and designs. Participants take away a detailed awareness of the wide range of challenges, opportunities and methodologies that modern simulation offers. 

Benefits of this training include: 

  • Increasing awareness of model based engineering approaches across a team or organisation 
  • Upskill workforce in modern simulation techniques and methodologies 
  • Identify barriers to cooperation and promote closer collaboration between different teams 
  • Help identify current bottlenecks/limitations and gain advance on how to overcome these

Optimised Manufacturing

Today, physical prototyping, extensive trials and continued human monitoring are still generally needed to determine the optimum process parameters. Through IoT devices, data can now be captured in a far more efficient manner but the utilisation of this rich information source is still in its infancy for many companies. Unfortunately, much of this technology is perceived to be beyond the reach of lower tiers of the supply chain due to the costs involved or available skills.

CFMS is working to address this imbalance by investigating low cost solutions to capture and analyse manufacturing data whilst dealing with the many associated practical and operational technology issues.

To avoid lengthy, wasteful and expensive physical trials, CFMS have been working within the APC supported Tucana project and ATI funded COSINC projects to improve the accuracy and accessibility to new means of simulation. Low cost, open source, multi-physics tools that have the potential to make a step change in performance and be made more readily available are being investigated to improve the level of digitalisation across critical industries for the UK.

Our technical skills and capabilities in Model Based Engineering include:

Model Based Engineering

Mathematical models enables us to build virtual representations of new products and processes, reducing the need for expensive physical prototypes.

Mathematical Modelling

All simulations are mathematical representations of their physical counterpart, so this is the foundation from which all of CFMS’ activities are undertaken.

Uncertainty Quantification

Any engineering design inherently possesses some uncertainty. We work with customers to understand the scale of this risk and how to mitigate it.

System Architecture Design & MBSE

Driven by customer requirements, conceptual models can be rapidly generated and evaluated to find the optimum solution.

Optimisation Methods and Applications

We invest heavily in research to improve design methods, enhance engineering productivity and embed learning across industrial sectors.


We utilise our expertise to offer training for organisations looking to better leverage these technologies. An interactive, in-person workshop can be designed to meet the specific application needs of different organisations.

Design Trade Studies

Using the power of our computational facilities, we can rapidly evaluate thousands of conceptual designs to establish those that meet customer needs.

Through Life Engineering

We help customers to enhance the performance and profitability across the life of a product from conception to end-of-life disposal.

Generative Design

We automate the process of finding the most appropriate design for a given task by computationally evaluating all of the potential solutions for a given problem.

Requirements Engineering

We work closely with our customers to formally establish a robust set of requirements, the foundation of any engineering activity.

Value Engineering

Our engineering analysis not only ensures solutions meeting functionality and sustainability requirements but they are affordable for the customer.

Software Engineering

We use our software expertise to improve the computational performance and cost effectiveness of all engineering activities undertaken.

More information on our technical skills and capabilities in MBE can be found in our case studies, or to discuss your engineering challenges, please contact us.

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