By Olivier L. de Weck, Daniel Roos, Christopher L. Magee, Charles M. Vest
Engineering, for a lot of the 20 th century, was once frequently approximately artifacts and innovations. Now, it truly is more and more approximately complicated platforms. because the plane taxis to the gate, you entry the net and cost e-mail together with your PDA, linking the conversation and transportation platforms. At domestic, you recharge your plug-in hybrid motor vehicle, linking transportation to the electrical energy grid. modern large-scale, hugely advanced sociotechnical platforms converge, engage, and rely on one another in methods engineers of outdated may slightly have imagined. As scale, scope, and complexity elevate, engineers reflect on technical and social matters jointly in a hugely built-in method as they layout versatile, adaptable, powerful structures that may be simply changed and reconfigured to meet altering specifications and new technological opportunities.Engineering platforms deals a complete exam of such platforms and the linked rising box of research. via scholarly dialogue, concrete examples, and background, the authors examine the engineer's altering position, new how you can version and learn those structures, the affects on engineering schooling, and the long run demanding situations of assembly human wishes in the course of the technologically enabled platforms of this day and the next day.
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3. First, where are humans—not as designers and operators of these systems, but as operands themselves? Can we consider humans simply to be “matter”? When it comes to explaining the function transporting, one might argue that it is not consequential whether we transport 100 tons of coal or 100 tons of humans, since the basic function is the same. However, we place significantly more value on human life, and transporting living organisms requires not only much higher levels of system safety (see chapter 4) but also requires consideration of life support, comfort, the time-value of money, and other considerations.
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10 “Today’s electrical engineer, working in an engineering system, needs to know about business and economics,” explained Felder. “How do market actors behave? What makes investors interested? How do they make their decisions? ” There are also consumer issues to consider. What was once a very sequential system, with giant utilities generating, transmitting, and ultimately distributing electricity to the end user, is changing to one with independent power producers and more direct involvement of consumers.
Engineering Systems: Meeting Human Needs in a Complex Technological World by Olivier L. de Weck, Daniel Roos, Christopher L. Magee, Charles M. Vest