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INCOSE Chicagoland Spring 2021 Tutorial -Brownfield Systems Engineering

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Brownfield Systems Engineering Presented by Dave Walden

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INCOSE Chicagoland Chapter’s Spring 2021 Tutorial

Brownfield Systems Engineering of Legacy Systems

Instructor: Mr. David D. Walden, ESEP – Sysnovation, LLC, USA. Editor-in-Chief of the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook, Fifth Edition

Friday & Saturday, 30 April – 1 May 2021, 08:00-13:00 Central Time each day


Most systems engineering standards, references, and textbooks, including the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook, consider systems development from a clean-sheet, new development perspective. Many development efforts are better considered from a legacy system perspective (i.e., improving upon or replacing and existing system of interest). We leverage the terms “greenfield” and “brownfield” from real estate to distinguish between these two types of developments.

This tutorial provides a top-level overview of how to move from Greenfield to Brownfield development projects. It focuses on adjustments to the fundamental principles of Systems Engineering necessary when dealing with the unique aspects of Brownfield development efforts. The goal is to move from the “as-is” legacy system to the “to-be” realized system.

Participants are introduced to key characteristics of Brownfield development efforts, including concepts and principles to help them effectively perform Systems Engineering in a legacy development environment, such as:

• How to effectively plan and manage a Brownfield development effort

• How to perform a site survey and as-is system reconstruction

• How Brownfield development affects your requirements, architecture, and design

• How to effectively integrate your systems in a Brownfield development environment

• Effective verification and validation in a Brownfield development environment

Practical information and tools will be provided. The tutorial includes several in-class exercises to solidify the concepts being presented. The tutorial follows the terminology and conventions of the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook, ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288, and the Guide to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK). Each student will receive a complete set of lecture notes and an annotated bibliography.

This course will be offered virtually over two half-days. We will be using the Zoom platform to host and facilitate the tutorial. Participants should download and install the Zoom app. The tutorial will be split across two days and have shorter teaching sessions with more frequent breaks to support the virtual delivery.

SCHEDULE (Central Time)

08:00-08:15: Check-in

08:15-09:15: Session 1

09:15-09:30: Break

09:30-10:30: Session 2

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45-11:45: Session 3

11:45-12:00: Break

12:00-13:00: Session 4


Our Instructor

David D. Walden, ESEP, is co-owner and principal consultant for Sysnovation, a Systems Engineering training and consulting firm he formed in 2006. Previously, Mr. Walden was with General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems for 13 years and McDonnell Aircraft Company for 10 years.

Mr. Walden is the Editor-in-Chief of the INCOSE SE Handbook. He is an INCOSE liaison to ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7 Working Groups 10 and 22. Mr. Walden was Program Manager of the INCOSE Certification Program from 2007-2013.

He has an M.S. in Management of Technology (MOT) from the University of Minnesota, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and in Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Valparaiso University in Indiana.

Mr. Walden was one of the first to earn the INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) credential in 2004 and was awarded the INCOSE Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP) credential in 2011. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a member of Tau Beta Pi.



This seminar is being offered at rates starting at $25. Discounts are available for early bird registrations (by April 15), INCOSE members, and students who are enrolled at least 3/4 time in an accredited program at a university. Non-members who join INCOSE during registration will receive the INCOSE member rate and a one-year membership in one convenient payment. Please see the Tickets section for specific pricing information.



Virtual via Zoom


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