SYSTEMS AND OBJECTS

Paper first presented at INCOSE 2003

Joseph J. Simpson and Mary J. Simpson

Abstract: This paper discusses basic systems concepts including structure, content, semantics, scale and context. These basic concepts are reviewed and discussed in the light of two different human activity modes: system discovery mode and system design mode. A system meta-model is outlined and discussed in terms of system behavior and context. A generic systems engineering model and process is reviewed and used as a basis to construct a system object model that facilitates the representation, description and detailed communication of system relationships and characteristics. The model is presented at the conclusion of this paper.



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