What is Systems Engineering?

11.03.2020What is Systems Engineering?

Systems Engineering is a cross-disciplinary engineering process used to manage and deliver complex systems; typically, by establishing a deep understanding of the system’s constituent parts and how they work together to fulfil an objective.

Systems Engineering integrates all of the relevant disciplines and specialty groups into a cohesive effort, forming an appropriately structured development process that proceeds from concept to production, operation, evolution and eventual disposal.

System engineers are do’ers

They strive to make sure the whole team understand what’s being developed; what the performance requirements are; how the system will be tested, deployed and commissioned; and where the team might encounter difficulties along the way.

How do you define an Engineered System?

An engineered system can be any system designed or adapted to interact with an anticipated operational environment to achieve one or more intended purposes, while complying with applicable constraints. In other words, an “engineered system” is a system – not necessarily a technological one – which has been or will be “systems engineered” for a purpose. 

How does Systems Engineering work in simple language?

Systems Engineering uses what’s known as a transdisciplinary and integrative approach to engineering that focuses on how to design and manage complex systems over their life cycles, using systems principles and concepts, and scientific, technological, and management methods.

Can you explain ‘a transdisciplinary and integrative approach’?

A transdisciplinary approach is one that crosses many disciplinary boundaries and integrates those disciplines to create a holistic approach. It means that Systems Engineers are usually highly skilled across lots of different professions, and are able to foresee and prevent issues that may arise later in the engineering development process.

In what kind of areas is Systems Engineering used?

Systems engineering techniques are used in complex projects: spacecraft design, computer chip design, robotics, software integration, and bridge building.

At AEON, all of our projects adopt a Systems Engineering approach that considers the whole problem, the whole system, and the whole lifecycle. This approach toward engineering projects means that any product developed by us has been designed and extensively tested to perform to specification.

So, what is systems engineering in a nutshell?

The systems engineering process is a kind of discovery process. It first discovers the real problems that need to be resolved, identifies the most probable or highest impact failures that can occur, then involves finding solutions to these problems.

Perhaps the biggest benefit from adopting Systems Engineering practices, is that it focusses heavily on the early identification and prevention of issues, defects and failures, saving organisations significant costs to repair or replace.

Interested in our Systems Engineering service?

It’s about building the right system and building the system right. Learn more about what we do at AEON and get in touch with the team today.

Written by Rob Gabrielczyk