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Re: [ontolog-forum] Ontological Means for Systems Engineering

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From: "Tolk, Andreas" <atolk@xxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 07:59:03 -0500
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The ISO and INCOSE standards are valuable and necessary, but they do not address the issues raised. These standards talk about what systems engineering is, what input, output, and controls for functions and processes are, etc. This is needed to understand the system ideas.
However, the domain I am looking at is to describe what a special input parameter is. If I provide a function that computes the time a falling body needs to hit the ground after being released, I have to describe the parameter (simple things like unit of measure mistakes already cost millions of dollars), what the constraints are (do I assume the flat earth, do I assume constant gravitation, etc.), and many more things.
I love your responses, they are very helpful. I am thinking about a way to capture all these ideas in a comprehensive form. Anyone interested?
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Andreas Tolk, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Engineering Management & Systems Engineering
Old Dominion University

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