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Engineering Systems Integration

Theory, Metrics, and Methods

By Gary O. Langford

CRC Press – 2012 – 406 pages

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    May 9th 2012

Description

Dreamers may envision our future, but it is the pragmatists who build it. Solve the right problem in the right way, mankind moves forward. Solve the right problem in the wrong way or the wrong problem in the right way, however clever or ingenious the solution, neither credits mankind. Instead, this misfire demonstrates a failure to appreciate a crucial step in pragmatic problem solving: systems integration.

The first book to address the underlying premises of systems integration and how to exposit them in a practical and productive manner, Engineering Systems Integration: Theory, Metrics, and Methods looks at the fundamental nature of integration, exposes the subtle premises to achieve integration, and posits a substantial theoretical framework that is both simple and clear. Offering systems managers and systems engineers the framework from which to consider their decisions in light of systems integration metrics, the book isolates two basic questions, 1) Is there a way to express the interplay of human actions and the result of system interactions of a product with its environment?, and 2) Are there methods that combine to improve the integration of systems? The author applies the four axioms of General Systems Theory (holism, decomposition, isomorphism, and models) and explores the domains of history and interpretation to devise a theory of systems integration, develop practical guidance applying the three frameworks, and formulate the mathematical constructs needed for systems integration.

The practicalities of integrating parts when we build or analyze systems mandate an analysis and evaluation of existing integrative frameworks of causality and knowledge. Integration is not just a word that describes a best practice, an art, or a single discipline. The act of integrating is an approach, operative in all disciplines, in all we see, in all we do.

Reviews

"… provides a fundamental approach to a major engineering problem, the integration of large complex systems, which should result in genuinely innovative system design and considerable improvements in reliability and savings at all stages of the system lifecycle."

—Timothy Ferris, Defence and Systems Institute, University of South Australia

Contents

Importance of Integration

Introduction

Case Study Introduction

Hubble Space Telescope Systems Engineering Case Study

Principles

Principles of Integration

Endnote

References

Essences of Interaction

Without Boundaries: Oneness

Boundaries

Scope

Boundary Conditions

Boundary Extenders

Objects and Boundaries

Objects and Mechanism

Introduction to Interaction

Energy, Material Wealth, Matter, and Information

Property, Trait, and Attribute

Epistemology of Systems Engineering Integration

Metrics

General Nature of Objects

Services and Products

Objects

Constraint

Frameworks

Causality

Causality, Mechanisms, and Correlation

Model for Objective Causalities

Objective Causalities Framework

Cognitive Domain

Procedural Domain

Model and Representation Domain

Function

Quality

References

Foundations in Systems Integration

Introduction

Essence of Integration

Purpose of Systems Integration

Tasks of Systems Integration

Defining Terms

General Ontology and Mereology of Integration

Performance-Based Value

Subjective Value: Processes

Subjective and Objective Ontology

Business Models

Risk and Loss

Prototype-Based Ontology, Logic, and Mereology

Objects as Models

Integration Framework

Integration as Mechanism

Emergence

Dynamics of Integration

Consolidation of Thoughts on Integration

Strategy of Integration

Power

Axioms of Integration

Endnotes

References

Systems

Systemness

Emergence

Interface

Functional Analysis

Systems and Integration

System of Systems and Integration

Organizational Models

Conclusion

References

Integration in Systems Engineering Context

Introduction to Systems Engineering

Nature of Systems Engineering

Issues with Systems Engineering

Limits of Systems Engineering

Systems and Engineering

Charter of Systems Engineering

Lifecycle Considerations

Introduction to Defining the Problem

Defining the Problem

Problem Domain Analysis

Characterizing the Need

Stakeholders

Stakeholder Analysis

Complexity

Process Models

Testing

System Design

Architecting

Validation

References

Systems Integration Management

Granularity

Granularity and Integration

Abstraction

Project Management

Integration as a Recursive Process

Measures of Integration

Quality

Integration Strategy

Recursive Nature of Systems Integration

Integration Planning Concepts

Events

Integration Plan

Systems Integration Model

Patterns in Systems Engineering and Patterns in Systems Integration

References

Appendix 1: "To Manage" Decomposition

Appendix 2: Product Upgrades Based on Minimum

Expected Quality Loss

Glossary of Terms

Index

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Description: By Gary O. Langford. Dreamers may envision our future, but it is the pragmatists who build it. Solve the right problem in the right way, mankind moves forward. Solve the right problem in the wrong way or the wrong problem in the right way, however clever or ingenious the...
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