“Engineering and Architecting Multidisciplinary Systems” series of books

Motivations and sources: 

Alain Faisandier, the author of this series of books, has spent a lot of time in consultancy and teaching engineering, architecting and designing disciplines in international context during his forty years career. Time and time again he has been encouraged by many people to publish what he taught and discussed to benefit practitioners in companies, academia and government organizations.

This series of books is a set of practical guidelines intended primarily for professionals who want to understand and apply daily engineering of complex or multidisciplinary systems. Here they will find methods, processes, modelling and analysis techniques, reasoning elements, useful recommendations for application, as well as case studies or examples to start using this approach.

The content of this series of books comes from experiences of practitioners who were facing situations during their professional jobs (and even throughout their lives) for which no, or very few, known methods existed. The author of this book has not invented all the described concepts and principles; the majority of them existed from a long time ago, but here they are clarified and presented as a consistent set to be applied immediately and simply.

What you will find here are basic practices about What-to-do using a standard vocabulary; but the interest of the books resides more in the details of How-to-do.

The main sources come from training materials that the author has used over the last twenty years to teach Systems Engineering in industry, government and academia concerning more than five thousand people.

Titles and contents of volumes: 

Volume 1 – System notion and Engineering of Systems (published March 2015)

  • Concept of System; System vision; Principles for engineering a system; Means for engineering systems; Relationships to Project Management; Life cycle management

Volume 2 – Systems Opportunities and Requirements (published November 2012)

  • Mission Analysis; Business Opportunity Analysis; Operational Concepts; Stakeholder Requirements; System Requirements

Volume 3 – Systems Architecture and Design (published September 2012)

  • System Logical Architecture Definition; System Physical Architecture Definition; Modelling and patterns; System Design and System Element Design

Volume 4 – Evaluation and Proof of the System (expected end 2017)

  • System Analysis; System Verification; System Validation; System Integration

Volume 5 – Engineering of Safe, Secure and Resilient Systems (expected 2018)

  • Immunity, integrity, harmless aspects applied to systems; Extension of Systems Engineering to Dependability Engineering and integrated approach; FDIR approach and redundancy patterns; Assessment of dependable properties

Volume 6 – System of Interest Life Management (expected 2018)

  • Implementation Technologies; Integration, deployment, maintenance, disposal as enabling systems; System life cycle synthesis

Volume 7 – Systems Engineering Ontology (expected end 2018)

  • Detailed description of the generic engineering meta-data model used in other volumes