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ASEW13 is the inaugural Australian Systems Engineering Workshop facilitated by the Systems Engineering Society of Australia (the Australian chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)).

The annual ASEW event provides a broad forum within which interested SESA members congregate in symposia, working groups, or special interest groups to advance and promote systems engineering in Australia.

In 2013, the following events are planned:

  • Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE) Symposium, 11-12 November
  • Model-based Conceptual Design (MBCD) Working Group Meeting, 13 November


“…the future of systems engineering can be said to be model-based” according to the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) vision for 2020 and the third annual Model-Based Systems Engineering Symposium is the headline event of the 2013 Australian Systems Engineering Workshop.

The design activities that are undertaken during capability definition rely heavily on both innovation to create efficient and effective designs, and communication to ensure that the design is understood by key stakeholders and has the opportunity to be realised.

As Richard Harwell (et al)1 articulated, one purpose of communicating the concept design requirements is to “…reproduce in the mind of the reader the intellectual content, which was in the mind of the writer.” For conceptual designers, this relies on the innovation captured in the design being represented and communicated before the innovative idea can be understood and taken forward.

The goal of the symposium is to share and promote excellence in model-based practices that enhance the innovation, and its representation and communication, in conceptual design.



1 Harwell, R., et al, “What is a requirement?” Proceedings of the third annual international symposium of the NCOSE, 1993.