Starting and Scaling a Set-Based Design Method for a Maritime System of Systems: Designing a Modern Warship

DS 116: Proceedings of the DESIGN2022 17th International Design Conference

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Jonathan Edward Page (1), Christopher J Higgins (1), Warren Paul Seering (2)
Series: DESIGN
Institution: 1: United States Navy, United States of America; 2: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States of America
Section: Engineering Design Practice
Page(s): 2503-2512
DOI number:
ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


There has been a growing body of literature and use cases for set-based design since its introduction in the 80s. Few studies or use cases involve highly complex systems, though, except for the hallmark work regarding Toyota in the late 90s. Over the last three years, the US Navy used set-based methods to design a complex system of systems: a warship. Their experience provides insight into the scalability of the method and design management considerations relevant to the start of similar projects.

Keywords: collaborative design, conceptual design, design methods, design management, complex systems

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