MBSE has been increasingly embraced by both industry and government to keep track of system complexity. It allows the engineer to represent the system in a comprehensive computer model allowing for better traceability, tracking, and information consistency. The vision and promise of MBSE is one where systems models and analyses are tightly integrated in an automated, collaborative, easily accessible and secure framework. However, the current state-of-the-art falls short of this promise due to a significant gap between MBSE tools and its integration with analysis tools. Phoenix Integration proposes to develop and prototype a framework that would help realize the vision and promise of MBSE. This prototype framework will be web-based, utilizing existing tools and frameworks already deployed and being used at NASA. At the center of the framework is the connection between OpenMBEE and ModelCenter® MBSE. OpenMBEE is an open source collaboration environment for engineering models. It is driven by models and capabilities that support a model-based approach. ModelCenter® MBSE on the other hand, is a next generation MBSE analysis integration tool currently being commercially developed at Phoenix Integration. This framework will be connected to a continuous integration server for automated execution in response to a model change. In addition to being able to interact with the systems model through a web environment, the user would be able to execute the associated analyses and workflows using information from the systems model. Automatic requirements verification can be performed through automated analysis execution whenever a change in the systems model is detected. The analysis that is run can also be represented back in the systems model for full traceability.
These capabilities will directly benefit ongoing and future NASA projects, such as the Europa Clipper and Lander missions, the Team X and related collaborative design teams, as well as all future science missions. NASA would be able to leverage this technology on any project that involves a significant level of technical and programmatic complexity. This includes most of NASA's commercial lunar lander initiative, various aircraft technology initiatives, as well as planetary exploration missions.
This technology will benefit all programs adopting MBSE, including those at the Department of Defense. Commercial organizations such as Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Boeing will also benefit as they implement MBSE activities. Other industries such as automotive, pharmaceutical and manufacturing could take advantage of the innovative technology developed here.