This site is dedicated to the discussion, development and distribution of professional material associated with the application of systems concepts to the solution of complex problems. Activities that include systems engineering, systems sciences, systems management and value engineering are considered relevant.

The primary initial functions of this site are; web publishing of professional technical papers, development of “discussion and publication themes” as well as the development of a broad based editorial board to review candidate technical papers that will be web published on a frequent basis.

The current site contains over 40 papers and presentations, with more to follow.  If you want to have a paper considered for posting and discussion, please contact Joseph J. Simpson at: jjs-sbw(at)eskimo(dot)com or jjs0sbw(at)gmail(dot)com.

BASIC STRUCTURAL MODELING PROJECT -- Open Source Project -- June 30th, 2014

Basic Structural Modeling Project is now complete.

Structural Modeling teleconference - July 5th, 12 Noon Pacific Standard Time

Teleconference agenda is available here: Agenda

The current project material is available on GitHub at this link: web_app.
To download the application and associated files, just click on the "Download ZIP" button in the lower right hand column.
The GitHub site is the preferred source of the project material. This site will also be maintained.

Final Version -- Problem Description Report

The BSMP Problem Description Report is available at: FINAL Problem Report
The report was a topic of discussion at the INCOSE/ISSS 2014 workshop.

The Problem Description Report organized the general problem sets into five areas. These five areas are:

  1. Mathematics,
  2. Conversion of mathematics to computer code,
  3. Generation of BSM computer programs,
  4. Transition of BSM computer code to ISM computer applications, and
  5. Use of ISM techniques in Interactive Management and other group problem solving processes.
Clearly, a broad set of knowledge, skills and abilities is needed to address the complete range of problems specified in the specific problem areas enumerated above. The mathematical problems and transforms needed in the math area are well known to mathematicians, but most of these issues are considered trivial in a pure mathematical sense. The development and application of structured organizational engagement processes is well within the ability of group and organizational development professionals. However, the mathematical details that comprise the heart of the ISM programs are not well known to most people using the ‘ISM-like’ software. The skills and knowledge necessary to create distributed-network- enabled software programs is available in a number of computing professionals. However, the ability to span all three areas – math, computer system production, and organizational development – is a very rare talent. The Basic Structural Modeling Project was designed to provide a structured basis upon which individuals with expertise in one or more of the needed areas could collaboratively work together and share their knowledge, skills, and abilities to produce a structured set of processes as well as the necessary computer systems needed to effectively implement ‘ISM-type’ projects.

Final Version -- Conceptual Solution Report

The final BSMP Conceptual Solution Report is available at: Solution Report
The final report has been reorganized to highlight the Sage math transforms developed to support the basic structural modeling methods. These math transforms were developed and tested using the Sage math program and then translated into Javascript to support the bsmp_wa_1 web application. The web application is available on GitHub at this link: web_app To download the application and associated files, just click on the "Download ZIP" button in the lower right hand column.

The draft BSMP Conceptual Solution Report Appendix A is available at: Solution Report Appendix

Final Version -- Project Description Document

PDF copy of the Project Description Document available for download: Project Description

Final Version -- Detailed Design Report

The new final BSMP Detailed Design Report is available at: Detailed Design

Structural Modeling -- Video Series Two

Next video series focused on structural modeling and a new Javascript web application. After you download the zip file that contains the content slide deck, unzip the file, open the directory and click on index.html. Be sure to unzip the file first. Not unzipping the file causes problems for most people.

  1. Structural Modeling 2.0 Overview video on YouTube: 2.0 Intro Video
  2. Structural Modeling 2.0 Overview slide deck available at: 2.0 Intro Slides
  3. Structural Modeling 2.0 Part One video on YouTube: 2.0 Part One Video
  4. Structural Modeling 2.0 Part One slide deck available at: 2.0 Part One Slides
  5. Structural Modeling 2.0 Part Two video on YouTube: 2.0 Part Two Video
  6. Structural Modeling 2.0 Part Two slide deck available at: 2.0 Part Two Slides
  7. Structural Modeling 2.0 Part Three video on YouTube: 2.0 Part Three Video
  8. Structural Modeling 2.0 Part Three slide deck available at: 2.0 Part Three Slides

Structural Modeling -- Video Series One

Video series one has been deprecated. Video series two is now the main series.

The Sage Math System is available at: SAGE

The Basic Structural Modeling (BSM) Project (BSMP) is focused on clearly defining the elements of BSM as defined by John N. Warfield. The primary BSMP goal is the production of a set of well documented computer code that demonstrates the proper application of BSM techniques. Each BSM element will have a text description, outline of typical application, executable code and appropriate test material.

Please consider joining the project and contributing to the production and distribution of a unique system science and engineering tool set.

Archived versions of the BSMP documents are located at: Archive

INCOSE System Science Working Group -- Presentation -- January 26th, 2014

INCOSE System Science Working Group -- Presentation -- June 23rd, 2013

System Analysis and Identification: Objects, Relations and Clusters -- Working Paper

The use of Abstract Relation Types (ART) in the analysis of system structure and system component clustering is the primary focus of this paper. Two basic system definitions are presented along with two, object-clustering definitions which were obtained from a literature search. The ART analysis approach is applied to classical N-Squared Charts and Design Structure Matrices (DSM), with specific emphasis on clustering methods, types and meaning. The primary structuring relationship associated with N-Squared ART and DSM ART are evaluated and discussed. Multiple DSM ART solution approaches and techniques are detailed

Entropy Metrics for System Identification and Analysis -- Published Paper

Entropy Working Paper -- Reviewer Comments -- Reviewer Two and Three --

Entropy Working Paper -- Reviewer Comments -- Reviewer One --

First set of reviewer comments for the "Entropy Measures for System Identification and Analysis." The comment record and the referenced works are available at the links above. This was a excellent set of reviewer comments and the authors thank the reviewer for the effort.

The first part of the standard matrix example set is in draft form. Please send an email requesting a copy if you are interested in using or helping develop the standard example set. Draft Standard Example Set

Entropy Measures for System Identification and Analysis -- Working Paper

Whole system metrics and measures are valuable tools for use in systems science and engineering. Entropy measures are defined, developed and demonstrated in this paper. Based on classical systems engineering methods and practices, these entropy measures indicate the degree of order/disorder in any given system. A physical entropy based metric and an information base entropy metric are aligned with the two primary components of a system: objects and relationships. The physical entropy based metric is called a connection score, and the information based metric is called an object score. A well-defined process, using these metrics, is used to evaluate the reduction of entropy and complexity associated with any specific system. The metrics and processes developed in this work have a prose component, a graphic component, and a mathematical component. These three components are aligned with the systems science techniques developed by John N. Warfield.

University of Washington Tacoma -- Systems Engineering Education Workshop

Featured Legislative Concept -- Incentive for Distributed Energy Systems

Featured Presentation -- Seattle Semantic Meetup

Featured Publications -- Tracy Farwell

Innovative energy systems and renewable energy sources are the focus of our current featured publications:

    Green Power for Sustainable Transportation: Green Power

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory -- Systems Engineering and Integration:
Technology Transition to Target (T4)

More Interesting Web Links

The International Council On Systems Engineering: INCOSE

The International Society for the System Sciences: ISSS

SAVE International - “The Value Society”: SAVE

The Center for the Study of Complex Systems: CSCS

New England Complex Systems Institute: NECSI

Stuart C. Dodd Institute for Social Innovation: Stuart Dodd Institute

Ackoff Center for Advancement of System Approaches: ACASA

The Institute of Electrical  and Electronic Engineers; Systems, Man and Cybernetics: IEEE SMC

John Sowa's web site: SOWA

John Warfields web site: Warfield