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A Model-based Approach to Systems Engineering

Learn about ‘Model-Based Systems Engineering’ (MBSE), an approach to systems engineering which uses models to deal with complexity and improve communication with stakeholders

You will be introduced to all major aspects of MBSE and will also receive advice on how to implement the approach in your organisation.

On this course you will learn to:

  • understand MBSE and its place amongst the approaches to systems engineering
  • improve your systems engineering using MBSE
  • communicate more effectively and minimise complexity through modelling
  • demonstrate the benefits of MBSE to stakeholders
  • implement MBSE in your organisation
  • develop confidence in MBSE, which will instil confidence in your teams and your clients

All course delegates receive a copy of the book ‘SysML for Systems Engineering: A Model-Based Approach’ by the course tutors, Professor Jon Holt and Simon Perry.

Alignment with UK-SPEC competence:

A1, B: Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to the analysis and solution of engineering problems.

Course tutors

All courses are delivered by Professor Jon Holt and Simon Perry. Both are internationally-recognised authors, tutors and public speakers on Model-Based Systems Engineering.

Between them, they have authored eleven books covering many aspects of systems modelling, including process modelling, competence, architectures and, of course, Model-Based Systems Engineering.


Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


17 Sep 2019 - 19 Sep 2019

Add to Calendar 09/17/2019 14:55 09/19/2019 14:55 A Model-based Approach to Systems Engineering An approach to systems engineering which uses models to deal with complexity and improve communication with stakeholders. Bristol, UK


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Terms and conditions of booking.

Save £100 on your ticket purchase if you book by July 17th 2019.



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Day 1: Modelling

Key to the MBSE approach is that the model is the single point of truth for the system.

All artefacts (specifications, test plans, requirements documents) are generated from the model. This breaks away from the traditional (and often error-prone) approach of circulating changes to the system in isolated documents.

We consider the need for modelling and the requirements for modelling. We then show you how to build a model consisting of a number of views, which will address particular stakeholders’ needs.

MBSE concepts

Teams involved in systems engineering need to communicate effectively, using a commonly spoken language and domain-specific language (specific to a discipline, sector or organisation).

We introduce the Systems Modelling Language (SysML) as a commonly spoken language and the use of an ontology to capture domain-specific language.

The ontology defines concepts in systems engineering, the different terms that teams might use to describe them and the relationships between the concepts.


Day 2: Frameworks

How do we model a system effectively and in a consistent way? We propose using frameworks (often called architectural frameworks), driven by your organisation’s ontology.

We discuss not just the importance of the framework, but also how to identify, define and implement frameworks which are bespoke to your organisation.

Team exercise


Day 3: Team exercise

Implementing MBSE

We cover how to make a business case for MBSE, selling it to different stakeholders within your organisation.

With the business case made, we discuss the people, process and tools you will need to successfully implement MBSE.


Member Price

Book by July 17th for the Early Bird rate. (£2200)



Non-Member Price

Book by July 17th for the Early Bird rate. (£2350)