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Systems Engineering and Analysis (5th Edition) (Prentice Hall International Series in Industrial & Systems Engineering)

Systems Engineering and Analysis (5th Edition) (Prentice Hall International Series in Industrial & Systems Engineering)

Systems Engineering and Analysis (5th Edition) (Prentice Hall International Series in Industrial & Systems Engineering)
By Benjamin S. Blanchard, Wolter J. Fabrycky

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For senior-level undergraduate and first and second year graduate systems engineering and related courses. Systems Engineering and Analysis, 5/e, provides a total life-cycle approach to systems and their analysis.

This practical introduction to systems engineering and analysis provides the concepts, methodologies, models, and tools needed to understand and implement a total life-cycle approach to systems and their analysis. The authors focus first on the process of bringing systems into being—beginning with the identification of a need and extending that need through requirements determination, functional analysis and allocation, design synthesis, evaluation, and validation, operation and support, phase-out, and disposal. Next, the authors discuss the improvement of systems currently in being, showing that by employing the iterative process of analysis, evaluation, feedback, and modification, most systems in existence can be improved in their affordability, effectiveness, and stakeholder satisfaction.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #42773 in Books
  • Published on: 2010-02-06
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.20" h x 1.80" w x 7.10" l, 2.80 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 800 pages

Editorial Reviews



“This text is the most complete, most thorough, and the most systematic textbook on the subject of Systems Engineering.  The textbook is presenting materials in a proper and sequential manner and it is not jumping from topic to topic.”



“This is, without a doubt, the definitive text on systems engineering.  It provides a comprehensive coverage of the field, considering both the design and analysis of complex systems.”



“The clean coverage of individual topics makes it easier to address needs of students both in our regular graduate course and to supplement short courses.  The book serves as an excellent quick reference guide.”


From the Back Cover

Systems Engineering and Analysis
Fifth Edition
Benjamin S. Blanchard
Wolter J. Fabrycky

This book is about systems. It concentrates on the engineering of human-made systems and on systems analysis. In the first case, emphasis is ont he process of bringing systems into being, beginning with the identification of a need and extending through requirements determination, functional analysis and allocation, design synthesis and evaluation, validation, operation and support, and disposal. In the second case, focus is on the improvement of systems already in being. By employing the iterative process of analysis, evaluation, modification, and feedback most systems now in existence can be improved in their effectiveness, product quality, affordability, and stakeholder satisfaction.

Systems engineering may be defined and/or described as a technologically based interdisciplinary process for bringing systems, products, and structures (technical entities) into being. While the main focus is nominally on the entities themselves, systems engineering offers organizations a better strategy. Systems engineering is inherently oriented to considering "the end before the beginning" and concentrates on what the entities do before determining what the entities are.

Instead of offering systems or system elements and products per se, systems engineering focuses on designing, delivering, and sustaining functionality, a capability, or a solution. This strategic thinking is now being considered by forward-looking organizations in both the private and public sectors. It is applicable to most types of technical systems encompassing the domains of communication, defense, education, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, and others. The advancement and promulgation of this emerging strategy through education is the primary aim of this textbook.

About the Author
Benjamin S. Blanchard served in the U.S. Air Force for several years during the Korean conflict; spent 17+ years in industry as a design engineer, field service engineer, and engineering manager (Boeing, Sanders Associates, Bendix, and General Dynamics); taught reliability and maintainability courses as an Adjunct Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology (1967-1969); employed at Virginia Tech as Director of Engineering Extension and Assistant Dean of Engineering for Public Service (1970-1997); Chaired Graduate Program in Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech (1979-1997); served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter, UK, teaching logistics engineering courses (1989-1996); served as an Adjunct Professor, University of Virginia, teaching systems engineering (2001); taught courses in systems engineering and logistics engineering at Virginia Tech (1971-2004); served as Professor of Systems Engineering, Portland State University, and taught courses in systems and logistics engineering via the internet (1999-2004); and conducted training programs, seminars, and workshops in systems engineering, logistics, maintenance, and life-cycle costing in 34 different countries (1972-2002). In addition, he has authored and/or co-authored nine different books and a number of monographs, book chapters, and technical papers in systems engineering, logistics engineering, maintainability and maintenance, and life-cycle costing.

Wolter J. Fabrycky - Lawrence Professor Emeritus of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Registered Professional Engineer in both Arkansas and Virginia, and Chairman of Academic Applications International, Inc. Fabrycky taught at the University of Arkansas and then Oklahoma State University before becoming Founding Chairman of the Interdisciplinary Systems Engineering Graduate Program, Associate Dean of Engineering, and then Dean of Research, all at Virginia Tech. He is a Fellow in AAAS, ASEE, IIE, and INCOSE. An INCOSE Charter Member, Fabrycky was designated a SE Pioneer (with Ben Blanchard) in 2000. Fabrycky is Founder and President of Omega Alpha, the International Honor Society for Systems Engineering and President Elect of Alpha Pi Mu, the Industrial Engineering Honor Society. He serves or served on the National Boards of APM, ASEE, IIE, INCOSE, and OAA. Received the Distinguished Educator Award from IIE, the Grant and Wellington Awards from ASEE and IIE, and the Lohmann Medal from Oklahoma State. Fabrycky was named a member of the 1978 Engineering Education Delegation to the People's Republic of China, sponsored by the Committee on Scholarly Communication with the PRC. Co-author of six Prentice Hall textbooks and co-editor (with Joe Mize since 1972) of the Prentice Hall International Series in Industrial and Systems Engineering that includes more than 40 titles.

Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
1This was written by systems engineers? Really??
By Samuel Patterson
This book is laughably difficult to use in a course setting. The shortcomings in consideration for usability and extensibility to the classroom setting by the authors significantly undermine their credibility on the topic of systems engineering.

Strike 1 - The table of contents has no subtopics or any indications of what is in each chapter aside from a headline. For example "8 - Detail Design and Development". Say I want to review for a test, or find something quickly? Tough, read the whole chapter again.

Strike 2 - There are no indications of what chapter you're in on any given page. For example, I flip to randomly selected page 242, which has heading 7.4 for Profitability Evaluation. This is actually in chapter 8, which you can only determine by flipping backwards until you find the intro page, which still doesn't even have the chapter number!!!! You have to find it in small print on the bottom of the first page of the chapter. This book is insanely monotonous so its easy to lose your place or accidentally go too far if for instance your instructor notes "check chapter 11, Section 5.3".

Strike 3 - The index must have been an afterthought, as it hasn't included a single topic that I've wanted to review later. Want to brush up on how TPM's (Technical performance measures) are defined or used? Tough! Start flipping pages! I've tested numerous topics as I run across them in the text by flipping back to the index and laughing each time they are not there (e.g. SEMP (systems engineering management plan), PMP (program management plan), etc.).

Seriously do not but this book until they fix these glaringly obvious flaws. I've been trying to find a contact for the authors or the publisher to no avail. I fault my instructor for selecting this book, obviously he has not tried to use it.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
4Good for courses and intro
By Melissa
This book provides a good overview of the systems engineering discipline either as a academic subject or career-based.

-Breaks down common model, approaches, and analysis
-Uses "real-life" examples and applies processes and analysis previously mentioned
-Does "build on" previous material

-The examples are pretty closely linked, more variety would have been better for those outside certain industries
-Certain approaches are just glossed over
-Sometimes it's too "academic". Most SE is real-world and should be applicable to many fields/disciplines, whereas this book names it as a sole discipline

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
3Serves purpose
By Sanjeev Chennagiri
Can be used with other texts. There are typographical errors here and there.

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