BOXARR is hosting a seminar on "Combating the Challenges of Complexity in Aerospace and Defence", at the Royal Aeronautical Society, London. 14th June 2017. 18:30~20:00.
The burgeoning complexity and inter-dependency within and between systems is one of the greatest challenges facing the A&D sector. Driven by the persistent Internet of Things, increasing specialisation, and the vast volumes of accruing data; complex networks of inter-dependency are continually evolving between all aspects of organisations, products, systems, data-silos, disciplines, and operations.
This fundamental inter-connectedness means that it is no longer advisable, nor plausible to view anything in isolation. Failing to effectively manage complexity is resulting in A&D organisations and Defence Forces becoming increasingly susceptible to hidden and compounding risks; which can have significant, if not critical, impacts upon their operational performance, budgets, and safety.
A&D programmes are immensely complex. Aircraft projects for example can take over a decade from inception to successful first flight. Systems engineering, design and integration processes are increasingly demanding, with typically 250K+ critical load cases requiring analysis for civil aircraft certification. In turn, the vast inter-dependencies between operations, production, sustainment, cyber-security, and fiscal management all require the collaboration of multiple stakeholders, partners and allies. An effective methodology to successfully manage and deliver such complex, time/budget/safety-critical programmes is long overdue.