How do you make systems engineering work for you?
It is becoming increasingly important to improve the performance of infrastructure projects. We find it increasingly important to build better, safer and more sustainable. Systems engineering is therefore becoming increasingly important to keep a grip on the project result from beginning to end. Digitalization makes the application of systems engineering ever cheaper. Most people now consider working digitally normal. How can you make systems engineering work for you?
Collaboration is systems engineering
Systems engineering is often considered one of the disciplines, but it is not. It's about a collaboration of the other disciplines. And if you work together, you are already using it. The question is not whether you do it, but whether you make it work for you. Systems engineering will work for you if it is an integral part of the work. It's like quality or safety, you can't do it on the side. You do it together.
The basis is that a result is made up of parts. Systems engineering helps to control the division, execution and aggregation of work. It is always intertwined with the method of operation. How you divide the system and how each part performs determines the performance of the whole system. This starts with agreements between experts. Agreements about who does what, who needs and delivers what information, and what working method is used. The expert is central.
These agreements are the basis of the structure of each project, they determine the process quality. Agreements follow from requirements, regulations, one's own working methods or from standards. Standards are essential to facilitate collaboration between organizations. Agreements change and new agreements are added. For example, because of new requirements or because you are learning new things. One of our users aptly described it as; "In principle it is a growth document". To be able to adapt is to be able to improve.
KE-chain and systems engineering
The core of KE-chain is connecting different disciplines in an environment where they can exchange important information with each other. It is an integrated environment in which the systems engineer facilitates the collaboration of the experts. Everyone can see the latest information in the project anytime, anywhere.
Finding the information relevant to you quickly is becoming increasingly important with increasing digitalization. Our experience with highly digital working practices taught us that there is so much data that everyone loses their way, often including the systems engineer. In KE-chain each expert has his own list with direct links to his own information.
The common thread in all our implementations is data and process standards. These are always different and in the implementation often deviate to actually use them. This applies to projects in all industries we work with, such as; infrastructure, aerospace, energy and automotive. That's why in KE-chain you can build your own data model. With the API you can make all the links you want.
We started KE-chain because we believe that experts don't need a system that tells them how to work. But that our users want to decide that for themselves and also be able to organize and manage it themselves. So in KE-chain you can do the whole design visually, without code.