Three Steps to Infinity: Systems Engineering - MBSE - Farming
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Period: 1960s, Location: Central Valley, California, USA. The tomato harvesting operation which was earlier entirely done by manual labour is now done using machine for particular varieties of tomatoes. The efficiency realisation is over the top - all the valley is talking about it. Over time the number of varieties of tomato grown in the valley come down from over 50 to about 5 - those varieties which the machine can harvest. Many other changes also follow.
Above example is representative of a class of similar interactions between human pursuit to grow nutrition and grow it efficiently. In ideal circumstances we would want selection of tomatoes to be an exercise and endeavour driven by quality of nutrition - nutrition emerging from nature of tomato variety, nature of its cultivation and growth practices.
In the exploratory pursuit to strike a balance, the workshop delves into concepts of Systems Engineering (Systems Thinking) as applicable to any complex engineering endevour such as designing and building an aircraft. Further peek into Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) as the next phase and new normal of Systems Engineering.
With all the tools of a Space organisation or an Aeronautics company, how would you now design a Tomato harvester?
- 2017 May 20 - 10:30
- 2 h
- hillhacks 2017
- Conference 18-21 May