ISSN 2567-6458, 11.April 2019 – 18.February 2021
Author: Louwrence Erasmus
For many years I had a problem with the enterprise architecture of a business that performs engineering. For the past two decades I was looking for a framework that can clearly show the uniqueness of the architecture of the engineering organisation (AOTEO).
Systems engineers have talked about parts of the architecture for the engineering organisation through the years, by discussing the creating system (a.k.a. designing system ) and the created system (a.k.a. system under design ). These two systems are embedded into a context system  that provides the environment in which the created system must operate in. Thus in IDEF0 notation, the Creating System delivers the Created System:
The Creating System is managed through Engineering Management, that includes project management and technology management for the purposes of this discussion, see below:
All the above systems are governed by the Compliance System, see below:
The Engineering Enterprise has thus the following high level architecture:
The management documents associated with the Created System include, but are not limited to:
- Manufacturing Plan
- Delivery Plan
- Installation and Commissioning Plan
- Construction Plan
- Operational Plan
- Integrated Logistic Support Plan
The compliance for the created system is Quality Assurance.
The management documents typically are, but not limited to:
- Project Plan
- Systems Engineering Management Plan
- Systems Engineering Plan,
- Engineering Plan,
- Development Plan,
- Configuration Management Plan
- Safety Plan
- Test Plan
Verification and Validation are the compliance activities for the creating system.
The management documents are, but not limited to:
- Business Plan
- Resource Plan
- Financial Plan
Governance is the compliance checking for Engineering Management.
The typical management documents are:
- Quality Management Plan
- Test and Evaluation Management Plan
- Governance Plan
 Long, D and Scott, Z (2011) A Primer for Model-Based Systems Engineering, 2nd Edition, Vitech Corporation.