Chapter 1. Modelling
Nature and Use
Engineering of products and processes is increasingly “model-centric”. Models in their multitudinous forms are ubiquitous, being heavily used for a range of decision making activities across all life cycle phases. This chapter gives an overview of what is a model, the principal activities in the formation of a model for a specific purpose and the wide range of problem types that characterise the application areas of those models. In particular, a strong systems and life cycle perspective is presented which emphasises the development and application of models within each of the life cycle phases.
The modelling goal is emphasised and discussed in terms of a triplet of: the model, amodel application ...