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29 March, 2014: After Action Report – MBSE Symposium

by Patrick Williams on April 10, 2014  •   Print This Post Print This Post   •   

MBSE Symposium

After Action Report:
March 29th , 2014 was an exciting day for both INCOSE Chesapeake and APL, as the two organizations co-hosted their first symposium on model-based systems engineering (MBSE). Over 70 attendees flooded the auditorium in building 200 of APL’s South Campus, all convening to witness presentations from leaders of the MBSE movement. The symposium’s theme was “MBSE: Challenges and Opportunities,” and the event definitely did not disappoint.

Dr. Sam Seymour, Director of Systems Engineering at JHU/APL (and INCOSE Chesapeake SE of the year for 2013!), got things started with a Welcome Address. After that, Dr. Richard Soley, CEO and Chairman of the Object Management Group, delivered his keynote. Following Dr. Soley, Matthew Hause, Chief Architect at Atego and Co-Chair of the UPDM working group, spoke on the modeling of systems of systems. He noted that the management of design variations is a key byproduct of model-based approaches. Up next was Tamara Valinoto, a Systems Architect with Northrop Grumman, and Chairperson for their model-based community of practice. She emphasized the practical side of MBSE, and the results observed in deliverables. After a morning filled with enlightening discussion, the attendees headed to the cafeteria area, enjoying the chance to break down the symposium content with colleagues and friends over a hearty lunch.

The afternoon sessions included two more talks, and a round-table discussion featuring the presenters. First up was Tom Cappelle of Sodius, who spoke on the interoperability of models using emerging tools. He made some interesting remarks regarding the complexity entailed in translating information between tools – how the detail of the information required (meta-data, diagrams, etc.) combines with the level of transfer (one- versus two-way functionality, n-to-1 versus n-to-n translation) to create complexity, and therefore cost. Finishing off the presentation portion of the program was Dr. Dirk Zwemer, President of Intercax, LLC, who joined virtually to provide a demonstration of the company’s latest tool for System Lifecycle Management: SLIM.

The symposium concluded with a roundtable discussion featuring Mr. Hause, Ms. Valinoto, and Mr. Cappelle. The forum gave the audience a chance to voice their opinions and questions on MBSE to the panel, and the interchange was very intriguing. Thanks to all of those who attended, and a special thanks to Sean McGervey and Terri Wolfrom, whose support from APL was invaluable. We are hopeful the MBSE Symposium becomes an annual event – See you next year!


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