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Model-based System and Architecture Engineering with the Arcadia Method - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781785481697, 9780081017944

Model-based System and Architecture Engineering with the Arcadia Method

1st Edition

Author: Jean-Luc Voirin
Hardcover ISBN: 9781785481697
eBook ISBN: 9780081017944
Imprint: ISTE Press - Elsevier
Published Date: 22nd November 2017
Page Count: 388
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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


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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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