Abstract for:Principles of Model Based Engineering: An emerging manifesto

We report on a recent colloquium among systems engineers and system dynamics practitioners concerning how model-based engineering (MBE) can affect the efficiency and effectiveness of high-cost, high-reliability projects. During this effort, the authors identified a set of principles that, based on our collective experience, reflect both good practice and tend to improve the results of model use and reuse. While our conversation started from the perspective of developing digital models for the systems engineering (MBSE) domain, in hindsight we feel that our ideas, and the resulting statement, our “manifesto”, is equally applicable to model-based engineering in general. We also note a similarity in the objectives and structure between MBE and the SD community’s advocacy of archetypes and molecules. We hope to continue an ongoing conversation among the Systems Engineering and System Dynamics communities that leads to wider adoption and implementation success.