The second part of the blogpost series about the changes in SysML 1.4 presents the new concept to group elements. The use case is simple: Create a group of model elements: [caption id="attachment_820" align="aligncenter" width="300"] SysML 1.4 ElementGroup Use cases (click to enlarge)[/caption] Okay, on the second thought there are some more: Update a group and Delete a group. And I’m sure that you’ll find some more use cases on the third thought. It also depends on your personal definition of a use...

We are still waiting for the official release of the SysML version 1.4. The work on the update already finished several months ago. Due to some organization obstacles the official release is delayed. In April 2014 the OMG published a beta version of the SysML 1.4 and some tool vendors already published updates of their modeling tools with SysML 1.4. You can find the SysML 1.4 beta specification on the SysML specification website. So it is time to report about the...

My publisher just released the third edition of my book "Systems Engineering with SysML/UML". To be exact it is the German version of my book "Systems Engineering mit SysML/UML". Since the second edition 6 years have passed. In this time the language SysML, my MBSE methodology SYSMOD and MBSE in general have been further developed. The media book could hardly follow the high dynamics that currently happens in our engineering environment. Extremely spoken the book is outdated when it leaves the...

What a great week! Summer, Fun, Great Cities and Systems Engineering. The 2nd Nordic Systems Engineering Tour from Hamburg via Copenhagen and Stockholm to Helsinki has just finished. Four tour speakers who did the whole tour and several local speaker gave great performances and shared their knowledge and experience with nearly 200 participants. And vice versa during the discussions participants gave an insight to their knowledge and experience. I've learned a lot! The NoSE Tour is a non-commercial event organized by four...

The Program is online, the registration is open – we are looking forward to see you in Hamburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm or Helsinki. Register here! The 2nd Nordic Systems Engineering Tour 2014 starts May 20th in Hamburg and ends May 23rd in Helsinki. At each venue we provide a one-day conference with great speakers and time for networking. It is not a commercial event. It’s organized by four local chapters of INCOSE and our objective is to strengthen systems engineering and the...

There are hundreds of definitions about architecture available. Fortunately they have a lot of things in common. Personally I like the following definition: “An architecture is the set of fundamental decisions that cannot be reversed without greater effort and impact.” That definition focusses on the role of the system architect. It does not define the set of artifacts that are part of an architecture. It could be anything. This definition - as any other - is vague at the borderline. It does...

Last year we did the first Nordic Systems Engineering Tour. It was a fantastic success. We had great presentations, discussions and of course fun! Behind the scenes it was a collaboration between the German and the Swedish chapters of INCOSE and the Danish systems engineering community. See also my blog post about the tour: NoSE 2013 - A Report from the Tour. We do a new tour this year. The Nordic Systems Engineering Tour 2014 starts in Hamburg at May, 20th,...

Activities are commonly used to describe the behavior of use cases. In SysML these are separate model elements: the use case and the activity. The use case is a specification of behavior. Whereas the activity is the definition of the implementation of the behavior. Instead of an activity you can also use interactions (sequence diagrams), state machines or opaque behavior. However I favor the activity. Typically in a SysML model the activitiy is in the namespace of the use case. You...