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Systems Engineer

A Systems Engineer can use Enterprise Architect to produce robust and productive models of complex cyber-mechanical systems. The models can be requirements, structural and behavioral models, including Use Cases, Package Diagrams, Block Definition Diagrams, Internal Block Diagrams, Activity Diagrams, Sequence Diagrams, State Machine Diagrams, and Parametric Diagrams. Enterprise Architect has a comprehensive set of tools to assist the engineer and other stakeholders.

Systems Engineer Tasks

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Define and Manage Requirements and their Relationships

The field of Requirement Engineering is one of the most critical disciplines in the solution development lifecycle, and it has a documented impact on the success of projects.

Enterprise Architect has an unparalleled range of tools for developing, managing, visualizing, and documenting requirements, including tools to import, integrate, and synchronize with external requirement management systems.

Requirement Definition and Management

Describe User Goals with Use Cases

Systems Engineers use Use Cases as a method for representing functional requirements from the users' perspective. They are goal-driven because the Use Case defines the goal that the user is trying to achieve while interacting with the system. Enterprise Architect fully supports the development of Use Case diagrams and fully supports the modeling and management of Use Case text; it has a unique and highly productive tool for working with Use Cases, called the Scenario Builder.

Describing User Goals with Use Cases

Use Blocks to Model Structure and Constraints

The Block is the fundamental unit of system structure. Systems Engineers use blocks to describe an entire system, a subsystem, a component, an item that flows through a system, a constraint, or entities that reside outside a system. Similar to our natural languages, a Block can represent something abstract, logical, or physical.

Enterprise Architect has a rich set of tools that help the systems engineer work with Blocks and visualize the structure and behavior of these all-important elements in a system's definition.

Coordinate Behavior with Activities

The Activity diagram is formally based on a branch of mathematics called Petri Nets, and it uses a system of tokens to indicate both the sequence of actions and also the items that flow through the system. The items that flow can be information items, physical items, or even control signals.

Enterprise Architect provides a rich toolbox to work with these behavioral elements and their relationships, including allocating system behavior in the form of Activities and Actions to Blocks and relating these elements to behavioral features owned by Blocks, such as operations.

Coordinating Behavior with Activities

Visualize Systems in Motion with Simulations

Simulation provides a way to see a system in motion and visualize how it behaves through its lifecycle.

As a leading Systems Engineering tool, Enterprise Architect allows a systems engineer to construct models using industry-compliant modeling techniques and languages to represent cyber-mechanical systems. These models act as devices for communication between collaborating engineers, consultants, and others but can also be used to generate visualizations and simulations using industry-standard modeling languages used by OpenModelica and MATLAB's Simulink.

Visualizing with Simulations

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