Introduction to System Engineering with a Focus on MBSE Using the SysML Language

Course Duration: 2 Days - 8 Hours/day

Systems are becoming increasingly large and complex with many challenges in its design, development, and implementation. Two examples of such systems are electric vehicles (EVs) and automated vehicles (AVs). Systems engineering (SE) enables the design and successful implementation of large and complex systems such as EVs and AVs.. Perhaps the most stringent set of requirements include safety and cybersecuriy as they have been ranked high in terms of concernsin the acceptance and adoption of EVs and AVs. Thus successful design and development of safe and secure self-driving vehicles stand to benefit from applying systems engineering principles and techniques.

In this 2-day course you will be introduced to systems engineering with emphasis on model based SE (MBSE) using the SysML language. Your knowledge of systems engineering principles will be reinforced by carefully designed exercises, and breakout projects involving EV and AV systems. Daily exercises will provide hands-on experience with practical systems engineering aspects and an opportunity to discuss issues with other participants and the Instructor. The SysML language as implemented in the tool Modelio will be used for some of the exercises and workshops.

Learning Objectives

Participants successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Articulate the concepts of system life cycle, requirements, and the various design activities
  • Describe importance of verification and validation (V&V) activities
  • Define and illustrate what is meant by model based system engineering (MBSE)
  • Explain the main features of SysML as a SE language
  • Specify the structure, behavior, and requirements of a specific sub-system using SysML
  • Articulate the use of systems engineering in the Safety and Cybersecurity standards ISO 26262, ISO/SAE 21434, and ISO/PAS 21448.

Course Outline

Day One

  • Introduction to course
  • Systems life cycle
  • Introduction to Systems Engineering
  • The V model of Systems Engineering
  • Major Phases: Requirements, Conceptual Design, Preliminary and Detailed Design, Construction, Production, and Utilization phases
  • Breakout Exercise 1: List the functionalities of an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • The four pillars of SysML: Structure, Behavior, Requirements, and Parameters
  • Demo of SysML: Structure, behavior, requirements, and parametrics for an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) model using Modelio
  • Breakout Exercise 2: List a set of requirements and specify the structure and behavior of an ABS in a manual fashion (i.e., not using specialized tools).
  • Defining systems thinking
  • Breakout Exercise 3: Analysis and modification of the structure, behavior, and requirements for an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) model using SysML. The open source Modelio tool will be used as the SysML

Day Two

  • Architecture of complex systems
  • The V model and AIAG VDA FMEA/DVPR
  • Model based systems engineering (MBSE)
  • Breakout Exercise 4: List and summarize the functionalities of the AV perception system of a well-known commercial vehicle (Audi A8) featuring ADAS & Autonomous Driving technologies.
  • SysML as an example language for MBSE
  • Developing SysML models: Structure, Behavior, Requirements, and Parameters.
  • SE Management
  • Breakout Exercise 5: List a set of requirements and specify the structure, behavior, and parametrics of the Radar Sub-system component of the AV perception system of the previous exercise in a manual fashion (i.e., not using a specialized tool).
  • Roles of system architect, safety manager
  • Using SysML: Developing models for an obstacle detection and avoidance mechanism.
  • Breakout Exercise 6: Develop SysML models for the structure, behavior, requirements, and parametrics for the Radar Sub-system component of the previous exercise using Modelio.
  • Course Summary, Wrap-up, and Takeaways

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for managers, system engineers and new product development support personnel.

Course Materials

Each participant will receive a seminar manual including case studies.

Note: Omnex does not provide copies of standard(s) during training courses, but clients are encouraged to have their own copy.


Participants should have a working knowledge of basic automotive components and automotive electronics.

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