ProSTEP iViP sets up Smart Systems Engineering project


On January 4, the ProSTEP iViP Association announced that a decision in favor of a new project was taken in mid-December. The project is to start at the beginning of this year and will run for two years under the name of Smart Systems Engineering.

Seventy experts from industry and research met to give the project its initial impetus. In the course of a field study carried out last year under the scientific auspices of Fraunhofer IPK, Berlin, over 50 industry experts expressed their requirements regarding interdisciplinary system development in a series of interviews and workshops. Industry participants included representatives from ThyssenKrupp, Continental, MAN and Airbus. The IT providers taking part included Dassault Systèmes, IBM, PTC and Siemens PLM Software. The results clearly showed that urgent action needed to be taken and the study has now been presented in its entirety at an Association meeting.

Systems Engineering has up until now only been used in the electro-technical/electronics and software development fields. Tools and methods for Systems Engineering sub-tasks are to be found in the market, but across the board, the knowledge and understanding required to integrate them into existing flows and processes is simply not there. It has become clear that in today’s development arena, cross-discipline competence is missing – above all in the test and validation area – and that cross-discipline traceability of development steps is also not in place.

The need to act as described is at its greatest in cross-company cooperation. For this reason, the first phase of the project will concentrate on interaction scenarios between manufacturers and suppliers and is intended to deliver the basis for the development of more efficient methods.

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