Model-based System and Architecture Engineering with the Arcadia Method

Model-based System and Architecture Engineering with the Arcadia Method

1st Edition - November 22, 2017

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  • Author: Jean-Luc Voirin
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781785481697
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081017944

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Arcadia is a system engineering method based on the use of models, with a focus on the collaborative definition, evaluation and exploitation of its architecture. This book describes the fundamentals of the method and its contribution to engineering issues such as requirements management, product line, system supervision, and integration, verification and validation (IVV). It provides a reference for the modeling language defined by Arcadia. The author discusses the range of applications, from the assessment of different architectures and their suitability, to the collaboration between system engineering, specialties such as safety or security, subsystems engineering teams, software and hardware. This is illustrated by several examples of representative models which constitute a common thread.

Key Features

  • Offers a comprehensive examination of systems engineering, including the use of models to support it
  • Not only yet another book on modeling, but rather a journey in systems engineering, enlightening the use of models to support it.
  • Focuses on solitary modeling tasks while also covering prime collaborations between engineering stakeholders
  • Examines modeling techniques to capture and share architecture and to early verify it against need and non-functional constraints
  • Addresses subjects not usually covered by model-based system engineering (MBSE) methods, such as co-engineering with specialties, system/sub-system co-engineering, integration verification and validation
  • Features a powerful, dedicated tool (Capella)
  • Covers a range of topics, including an introduction to system engineering issues, an introduction to MBSE, a presentation of the method for beginners and a handy reference manual for advanced users


Schools and universities teaching system engineering, modeling; students, academics and researchers, tool editors and vendors, industry practitioners

Table of Contents

  • Part 1. Foundations of the Method: General Approach and Major Prospects
    1. Motivations, Background and Introduction to Arcadia
    2. Main Perspectives Structuring the Modeling Approach
    3. Adaptation to Project Context and Life Cycle
    4. General Approach to Functional Analysis
    5. Operational Analysis
    6. System Needs Analysis
    7. Definition of the Principle Architecture or Logical Architecture
    8. Definition of the Finalized Architecture or Physical Architecture
    9. Definition of Implementation, Development,Acquisition and Integration Contracts

    Part 2. Method in Action: Using Engineering Models
    10. Mixing Viewpoints: Analysis and Specialties
    11. Requirements Engineering and Modeling
    12. Integration, Verification and Validation Approach
    13. Articulation between Engineering Levels
    14. System Supervision, States and Modes
    15. Contribution to Product Line Engineering

    Part 3. Encyclopedia of the Language and Glossary of the Concepts of Arcadia
    16. Introduction to Arcadia Modeling Language
    17. Concepts of Functional and Operational Description
    18. Concepts of States and Modes
    19. Concepts of Structural Description
    20. Links between Functional and Structural Descriptions
    21. Data Exchange Concepts and Links with Functional and Structural Concepts
    22. Additional Concepts
    23. Building the Global Model

Product details

  • No. of pages: 388
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © ISTE Press - Elsevier 2017
  • Published: November 22, 2017
  • Imprint: ISTE Press - Elsevier
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781785481697
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081017944

About the Author

Jean-Luc Voirin

Jean-Luc Voirin is Systems Technical Director at Thales. A software and system architect, he has worked for 15 years on modeling methods and tools. He is the author of the Arcadia method for model-based system engineering, and is also a coach for deployment of the method.

Affiliations and Expertise

Thales Corporate Engineering, France

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  • CHRISTINE D. Thu Mar 02 2023

    A great summary of the Arcadia method

    With an example that enable to understand and implement the method, step by step. Many thanks to the author.

  • DickTerleth Tue Mar 24 2020

    Good introduction to the Arcadia method

    This book is a good introduction to the Arcadia method. I especially like the section on the evolution of the method. The book helps to start with Model Based Systems Engineering.

  • BernhardRytz Tue Jan 01 2019

    Comprehensive method for architectural design

    The method laid out in the book, seems to be pragmatic and comprehensive at the same time. For any one interested in MBSE, but maybe frustrated by too many concepts, to many notations, too little guidance in SysML, this is a refreshing alternative. To my taste the book could have gone a bit further in giving examples / rationales for design guidelines.

  • JohnGreen Tue Jul 10 2018

    Model-based System and Architecture Engineering with the Arcadia Method

    It is a valuable book because there are few books that deal with MBSE. It also helps that it is well written.