Traditional hard systems tools like Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) can have difficulty creating a digital model that accounts for the social and cultural interactions within an organization. Further, the traditional MBSE approach assumes a blank slate, rather than integrating existing components, functions and organizations into a system model that provides value. This presentation describes how MBSE can be used to apply, and be adapted by, Systems Thinking concepts and methodologies to create a useful digital model for a research organization’s Aircraft Structural Integrity Investigation.
Through the use of a ‘Total Systems Intervention’ approach, built into a MBSE digital model, an appropriate system methodology was selected and used to create a digital model. The methodology informed the creation of a Digital Model that integrated existing and required components, functions and inter-organizational interactions. The process also helped discover social and technical gaps, identified areas of interest, and designed a cross domain data management architecture with embedded digital engineering tools that supported the Socio-Technical system of interest.
Justin Hunt is a Commander in the United States Coast Guard, on exchange to the Australian Defence Forces. He is currently working at the Defence Science and Technology Group, Melbourne, Australia. He received his B.S and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego and his M.S in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.