-2016- CSDM : B4B, a system of system development based on systems engineering processes

Authors : Yann CHAZAL, Philippe TOUSSAINT, Do-Hieu TRINH

Abstract :

arKItect SEA, a Systems Engineering (SE) modeler has been used by Renault and Bouygues Energies & Services to manage SE processes of a Batteries for Buildings (B4B) system. B4B is a concept reusing batteries of electric vehicles (second life), as a storage facility for energy management and renewables integration. The project started in 2012, was completely new from many viewpoints: new partnership with actors using different processes; innovative product and service offer connected and evolutive including safety concerns.
In order to overcome these challenges we have established a common SE model addressing the SE process: managing all SE data in a modeler, managing data consistency (requirements allocations, functional and system architecture), generating all specification documents toward developers and suppliers, enabling safety analysis faithfully with SE model.

See our poster KI POSTER CSDM2016 B4B

-2015- CSDM : Accelerating value creation in engineering through agile deployment of MBSE

Authors : Samuel Boutin (KI) Eric Nicole (KI)

Our company Knowledge Inside (KI) has participated on November 23-25 2015 in CSDM 2015 Conference (Complex Systems Design & Management) as a partner of CESAMES the company organizing CSDM .
Samuel Boutin, founder of KI, presented to the audience a customer example in the automotive industry, the Renault company which deployed our software arKItect to help architects to collaborate in their vehicles engineering systems approach with specialists in disciplines involved in architecture definition.
His presentation is available here

-2013- CSDM : Synchronize MBSE projects in a context of high diversity

Authors: Philippe TOUSSAINT (KI), Joe MATTA (KI)

Keywords: Data sharing, Synchronization, Change management, Diversity management


Current competitiveness and economic environment requires industrials to give priority to the optimization of developments. Different development projects are, whenever possible, grouped in a unique generic study that is later specialized into specific ones. For instance, instead of launching three projects to develop three vehicles of a new product range, automotive manufacturer launches one vehicle range development program that will be refined into three specific vehicles.

Yet it is important to consider upgradeability of each study, generic as well as specifics, and to keep all developments synchronized. Elements have to be identified with diversity criteria to control their affiliations to generic or specific studies. In such context, change management is a key issue. Teams working on specific projects shall be able not only to synchronize evolutions coming from the generic study but also to visualize and control modifications.

The main problems at hand are:

  • Synchronize data between studies
  • Manage diversity criteria
  • Manage versions

In this paper, we will investigate the possibility to manage shared data while creating or modifying them. The proposed process to control this exchange contains several topics:

  • Considering specific elements versus generic elements
  • Manage specificity as a diversity criteria
  • Share studies architecture elements using a common repository
  • Include versions management features
  • Visualize, control and propagate modifications

The result is to propose a way to efficiently share data between different studies while considering diversity criteria. This helps to optimize development costs by grouping studies, ensuring a good synchronization between teams and maintaining a good control of change management.

See our poster: KI Poster CSDM2013

-2012- RITF : nov 12-15th

Knowledge Inside present a paper with RENAULT.

From November 12 to 15th, runs the symposium RITF: Research and Innovation for the transport of the future.
Knowledge Inside present a publication “Model Based approach applied on complex systemrepresentation: R&AE Electrical Powertrain project”.

A key challenge in system design is the ability of synchronizing the work of several teams operating on different aspects of the system. The publication highlights the model based approach to complex systems design by using arKitect SEA in a practical case.

Read the abstract