System Engineering Management

System Engineering Management

By Benjamin S. Blanchard

Hardcover: 539 pages

Published by John Wile & Sons Inc., Hoboken New Jersey

IISBN-13: 978-0-470-16735-9


Fourth Edition

Many of the engineers in the field of electric power systems protection, automation and control field have education and experience related to the design and application of specific schemes, but lack the knowledge required for the efficient design of complex systems that is required in the age of the Smart Grid. And this is where the book “System Engineering Management” can really help.
The author of the book - Benjamin Blanchard - is one of the best recognized specialists in the field of systems engineering and has been working for many years on this topic, continuously improving the book’s content in an effort to help engineers from different domains develop the required skill that will improve the engineering process.

Chapter 1 of the book is intended to provide the reader with some basic principles of system engineering, as well as commonly used terms and definitions.

This creates the foundation for the introduction of the system engineering process in Chapter 2. It starts with the identification of the system user’s needs and operational requirements, followed by maintenance and support concepts. The prioritization of technical performance measures, the definition of system architecture and its components in a top-down approach to design optimization are also described in this chapter, thus making it the key to understanding the material in the rest of the book.

After the basic concepts and the engineering process are understood, in Chapter 3 the reader can become familiar with several support disciplines, such as software engineering, reliability and maintainability, human factors and safety engineering. 

Chapter 4 then follows with the description of different engineering methods and tools that can be used to improve the efficiency of the engineering process. The application of information technology, electronic data interchange and computer-aided design are presented as methods and tools that allow a better definition of the system at an early stage of the engineering process.

Chapter 5 describes the methods of checks and balances in engineering that are required to ensure that corrective action can be taken to improve the system design when necessary in order to meet the system requirements specifications.

Chapter 6 introduces the System Engineering Management Plan and the work breakdown structure, together with the identification, selection and contacting of suppliers.

In Chapter 7 system engineering is presented in a project organizational structure together with the multiple interfaces between the user, the contractor and the suppliers. The need for formal evaluation of the degree to which the goals have been accomplished is also discussed.

Several methods for evaluation and feedback are then presented in Chapter 8.

Six appendixes at the end of the book provide materials that can help the reader implement the system engineering process as described in the text.
Considering the growing complexity of multilevel hierarchical and distributed PAC systems, this book can help the specialists in our field in improving the efficiency and quality of the engineering process.   


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