ASSESS 2016 is the first congress on Analysis, Simulation, and Systems Engineering Software Strategies.
What is ASSESS?
ASSESS is a broad reaching multi-industry initiative that began with the goal to expand the use and benefit of software tools for model-based analysis, simulation, and systems engineering.
ASSESS is centered on two intersecting domains: The first is the domain of design and engineering of products and the internet of things; The second is the domain of complex decisions, not just about products, but also strategies, politics, infrastructure, and other difficult areas that justify taking a long hard look at the consequences of setting a direction.
The demand for software tools for model-based analysis, simulation, and systems engineering (STASSE) is exploding; at the same time, we are struggling to keep up with our current demand for experts able to effectively use these tools. Today these sophisticated tools are extremely complex and limited to use by highly specialized experts. The actual growth of the usage and benefit of these technologies is directly related to available expertise resulting in an inability to meet the rapidly growing demand. The business drivers for increased competiveness are going to force a “revolution” to overcome the expertise based limitation to expansion.
This is our dilemma: unless we change our approach, how can we come meet the demand for expertise needed to support the coming explosion in demand when we can barely keep up with current demand?
What’s driving the explosion in demand for STASSE in product design and engineering?
- Competitiveness: For about 30 years, up though about 2008, the market for software tools for analysis, simulation and systems engineering experienced compound double-digit growth. Around 2008, market growth rate for STASSE dropped to single-digits, in part to the global economic meltdown. The economic meltdown forced firms to focus on competitiveness as a strategic business goal, which has driven increased visibility in the boardroom for STASSE as key enablers to increased competitiveness.
- Complexity: The increasing role of software as competitive advantage in traditionally hardware-only products is rapidly expanding need for “coevolution” in the design of hardware, software, electronics, and content. This is driving increased awareness at the boardroom level of the value of moving analysis and simulation to the conceptual stage of the design process.
- Advances in technologies and materials: New technologies, including the rapidly advancing area of additive and hybrid manufacturing, and the explosion of materials with unprecedented properties is also driving the need for analysis and simulation.
- The move to use STASSE early in the design and concept stage, in turn is driving demand for a STASSE that can be used by those who aren’t experts in analysis, simulation, or systems engineering.
What’s driving the explosion in demand for STASSE in complex decisions?
- Increasing awareness of the non-linearity of the challenges we face.
- Increasing understanding that, while we may not have the perfect answer, we can at least look at the consequences of our proposed actions and avoid the worst of the options.
- Increasing need to demonstrate how seemingly obvious solutions often make the problem worse, not better.
- Our tools are getting better and more capable of providing useful insight.
What are our key challenges?
That question was posed to 40 ambassadors from the analysis, simulation, and systems engineering software industry at a summit hosted by the Santa Fe Institute in January of 2015. The ambassadors put 104 issues up for discussion and ended up with 24 key challenges. After much discussion and eight issues stood out:
We need to address these challenges. And yes, we need more experts in STASSE. But ultimately, we need to find a way to put the usable STASSE safety and productively in the hands of those who won’t ever be experts.
What can we do?
The ASSESS Initiative was formed to guide and influence strategies for software tools for model-based analysis, simulation, and systems engineering. The goal of ASSESS is to enable the “revolution” leading to significantly increased usage and benefit from these software technologies across the full spectrum of industries, applications and users (in both the government and commercial sectors). ASSESS will therefore interact with and collaborate with the multiple focused initiatives, activities and organizations across the complete spectrum of Model Based modeling and simulation.
ASSESS 2016 Congress
The next step of the ASSESS Initiative is ASSESS 2016. This congress, set for January 2016 in the suburbs of Washington DC, starts where the Summit left off, bringing together the key participants to further review the current status, issues, goals and actionable items of the ASSESS Initiative, but with a deeper and broader pool of the leadership from the community of domain experts, industry analysts, software providers, researchers, and others in the community of model-based analysis, simulation and systems engineering. The role of the ASSESS 2016 congress is to guide and influence software development and strategies to the capture of value of, and to enable, expanding the use and practical scope of software for model-based analysis, simulation and systems engineering.
Those participating in ASSESS 2016 will help shape the industry and product strategies for the next decade.