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20 Feburary, 2013: Flexibility in Design

by Communications Team on February 25, 2013  •   Print This Post Print This Post   •   

Dr. Richard de Neufville

Flexibility in design is an idea whose time has come. Experience indicates that the use of flexible design for the design of major infrastructure systems can lead to significant, double digit percent improvements in expected value. Computational and methodological advances now enable us to investigate the performance of designs under multiple scenarios, and to identify those that can perform best over the range of possible eventualities. We need to recognize uncertainty both in the definition of requirements and in the context of design. Indeed, technology, markets, regulations and other drivers of need, performance, and opportunity change significantly over the life of projects. We need to design engineering systems that perform well over these changing situations. We thus need flexibility in the design, so that we can we can adapt them to take advantage of new opportunities – and avoid downside pitfalls. The analysis for flexible design requires us to investigate the performance of systems not just under an assumed condition, but also for many, many different scenarios. Given the computational complexity, we need to employ a layered approach to the design analysis. This talk describes the approach combining screening models, simulation and subsequently optimization. The presentation will illustrate flexibility in design with a range of example applications to major systems, in particular power systems faced with major changes in fuel prices, the source of energy production, and in the demand for electric power

Location: Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University;
11101 Johns Hopkins Road.

Dinner Menu: Chicken breast with mushroom marsala sauce; Wild rice; Steamed Broccoli, served with garden salad, dressing, rolls and butter, dessert, including a small Fruit Plate, coffee, iced tea

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Presentation ONLY: FREE at 7pm

The purpose of the Chesapeake Chapter is to foster the definition, understanding, and practice of world class systems engineering in industry, academia, and government. In light of that goal, every month at our dinner meeting we have a drawing for the latest in Systems Engineering literature. So come on out for a chance to win.
February’s door prize is:
Door Prize for this month: Flexibility in Design Engineering
by Dr. Richard de Neufville

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