Date of Award

Fall 2008

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Engineering Management & Systems Engineering


Engineering Management

Committee Director

Andreas Tolk

Committee Member

Rafael Landaeta

Committee Member

Robert H. Kewley

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.E555 L58 2008


A strategic process is desirable for project-based organizations in order for them to be efficient and effective when developing Modeling & Simulation (M&S) systems. This thesis proposes an overarching process that combines traditional M&S and Engineering Management methodologies in a new framework to support M&S organizations during the procurement process.

This thesis proposes both a Strategic Project Management Process (SPMP) and a systems engineering process for M&S federation development projects. The systems engineering process utilizes the artifacts of Model Driven Architecture (MDA) to support building M&S federations driven by operational requirements. Detailed research of this systems engineering process revealed a project specific SPMP that offers organizations a management tool for M&S federation acquisitions and supports a better understanding of the task(s). The SPMP is based on engineering management core processes of strategic management and knowledge management and is designed to support the operation of a M&S organization.

The thesis also contains an empirical study of a U.S. Army procurement project that federated two heterogeneous simulation models to solve a complex problem. The goal of this study was motivated by the need to support the project management with a consistent view of the sponsor's challenges in compliance with relevant processes.

The theme of this thesis is a process for project-based organizations to utilize as a best practice enabling them to increase their productivity and overall effectiveness when developing M&S federations during procurement.


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