Whereas an aircraft integrates many different systems into a single design, the system of systems which supports it is built by federating the systems of the different organizations, which were built and run independently of each other, Barker explains in Aircraft as a System of Systems: A Business Process Perspective, the latest title from SAE International’s Aerospace Product Group in Warrendale, Pa.
Aircraft as a System of Systems: A Business Process Perspective provides a thorough analysis of how building aircraft taps into a vast pool of knowledge, and its complexity is reflected in the numerous process links that exchange knowledge between different groups. Unlike conventional business processes, design processes do not follow one step after another – rather, a decision made at one point in the design is communicated to other areas of the design, which may in turn impose or inform new constraints that could force a revision to the first decision.
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