Objective: This project was initiated to begin to develop the vision for digitally-connected Systems Engineering (SE) Model and Simulation (M&S) in the Research Development and Engineering Command (RDEC) context. The broad goals were to identify obstacles to the transformation, a roadmap forward, and to begin to develop the methods, procedures, and tools (MPT) that will help enable the transition from traditional Department of defense (DoD) SE methods to model-based and digitally-enabled SE. The project was conducted as a part of an ongoing TARDEC cyber-physical systems engineering emergent capability demonstration project.
Approach: The project was organized into four tasks:
Task 1 was to document the “as-is” SE/M&S elements and high-level data exchanges in an engineering workflow model
Task 2 was to define and describe a “to-be” vision of an SE M&S integration framework that will integrate with SE and product development, to enable rapid generation of system/product models for integrated analysis in a model exchange and co-simulation environment
Task 3 was to define a road map for near-term steps towards the digital thread that could enhance the “as-is” environment with current or emergent data exchange, model or simulation capabilities, and
Task 4 was to identify the remaining gaps to achieve the “to-be” vision, including gaps in the state-of-the-practice and efforts needed to bridge those gaps