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The focus of this MBSE Challenge Team is to create a SysML model of the emerging Smart Grid. This domain was chosen for several reasons, some of which include the fact that the Smart Grid is a large complex system, is of current national interest and importance, and offers significant opportunity to advance both internal knowledge of SysML system modeling as well as potentially contributing to the larger Smart Grid community.

High level goals for this team include creation of a system model, using this effort as a test bed for SysML concepts and constructs, evaluating simulation capabilities in concert with the SysML model, and evaluating model interchange between different modeling tools. Additionally the team intends to share lessons learned with the SysML community including tool vendors, standards bodies and various working groups as appropriate.

Measure of Success

The current stakeholders for this effort are primarily the team members, INCOSE and the modeling tool vendors. For INCOSE, that includes the MBSE leadership and working groups such as the TIIWG. Tool vendors include Sparx Systems and No Magic based on the team's usage of the Enterprise Architect and MagicDraw tools, respectively. Additional stakeholders will be identified as the project progresses, including those with expertise in the power systems domain.

Measures of success for challenge team members are primarily learning oriented, e.g, learning SysML, learning how to work on a system model with a geographically disbursed team, learning how to use the SysML modeling tools and learning about the Smart Grid domain. For INCOSE stakeholders, success will be measured by the extent to which the team is successful in helping to advance the practice and application of MBSE towards meeting the goals of the INCOSE MBSE Initiative. Measures of success for tool vendors include understanding where tool limitations may exist based on this particular modeling effort.

Topic Overview / Description

The topic of of this challenge team is the Smart Grid. According to the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, Title XIII, the Smart Grid can be defined as follows:

It is the policy of the United States to support the modernization of the Nation's electricity transmission and distribution system to maintain a reliable and secure electricity infrastructure that can meet future demand growth and to achieve each of the following, which together characterize a Smart Grid:
(1) Increased use of digital information and controls technology to improve reliability, security, and efficiency of the electric grid.
(2) Dynamic optimization of grid operations and resources, with full cyber-security.
(3) Deployment and integration of distributed resources and generation, including renewable resources.
(4) Development and incorporation of demand response, demand-side resources, and energy-efficiency resources.
(5) Deployment of `smart' technologies (real-time, automated, interactive technologies that optimize the physical operation of appliances and consumer devices) for metering, communications concerning grid operations and status, and distribution automation.
(6) Integration of `smart' appliances and consumer devices.
(7) Deployment and integration of advanced electricity storage and peak-shaving technologies, including plug-in electric and hybrid electric vehicles, and thermal-storage air conditioning.
(8) Provision to consumers of timely information and control options.
(9) Development of standards for communication and interoperability of appliances and equipment connected to the electric grid, including the infrastructure serving the grid.
(10) Identification and lowering of unreasonable or unnecessary barriers to adoption of smart grid technologies, practices, and services.


DateMilestoneStatusPoint of Contact
May 2011Model v1.0 availableIn WorkCore Team
June 20, 2011Summary available for INCOSE ISNot StartedCore Team

Team Members

The current core team consists of the following members. Many others have expressed interest and have assisted to date. Additional team members will be added to this list as the project progresses and more people get directly involved in the modeling effort.

NameOrganizationContact Information
Kris HowardINCOSE CFR, Siemens PLM
Lonnie VanZandtINCOSE CFR, Predictable Response

Wiki Articles

No project deliverables have been created to date but references to those will be posted here as they are developed.

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