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Digital Engineering / MBSE Overview

Digital Engineering is an integrated digital approach to creating one place for information and knowledge. With digital engineering, product teams learn more about systems sooner and can save time in development and testing, saving money.

As a Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Systems Engineering Transformation (SET) team member, AVIAN has played a significant role in transforming the Navy's document-centric SE approach to using digital systems models (DSMs) for development.

By implementing core digital engineering practices, policies, and processes and through academic training, AVIAN introduces the approaches, techniques, and tools necessary to establish a digital trinity.

AVIAN shapes the digital ecosystem by creating integrated development environments (IDEs), utilizing agile methods, and enforcing open-source architectures (OSAs).
Within the digital trinity construct, AVIAN is mapping Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE) principles to the creation of the Digital Thread (DT), where the resulting digital artifacts (models, analysis, technical data, etc.) are considered the Authoritative Source of Truth (ASoT) for decision-making throughout the systems' lifecycle.

Our Approach


Digital Engineering Center of Excellence (DECoE)

AVIAN experts in a wide range of engineering disciplines from around the company come together routinely to learn and advance the practice of digital engineering. We support growth and discuss advanced principles, we share lessons learned and promote an understanding of DE and Model-based Systems Engineering throughout. 


MBSE Assist Team

AVIAN Model-based Systems Engineers assess modeling needs and requirements, recommend a modeling strategy to best fit these needs, and then execute that plan. Our experience implementing MBSE for a highly complex Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition program allows AVIAN to have unique insight into the best and most practical approaches. The Assist Team reviews all documentation and models to identify areas that need attention, observations on modeling practices, and recommendations for corrective actions.



AVIAN utilizes an Open Systems LABoratory (OpenSLAB) to train engineering professionals in the art of modeling. We use open-source Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) tools, mission and systems modeling and analysis, Systems Engineering (SE) development templates and examples, and a full training suite. Our virtual lab solution can be stood-up in minutes on any cloud or on-premises platform and is instructed by AVIAN Senior Systems Engineers. 


MBSE SysML Training

AVIAN develops tailored courseware in Model-based Systems Engineering. Our courses cover introductory topics to outline the fundamentals/understanding of Systems Modeling Language (SysML). Our courses are intended to enable Systems Engineers with the knowledge to effectively use Cameo Systems Modeler and SysML to support their customers. Utilizing our MBSE lab and our Cameo licenses, we trained our engineers and those MBSE practitioners spread it throughout the NAVAIR workforce.  

Our Customers

Supporting teams that are living at the edge of critical advancements.

NAVAIR NAWCAD (AIRWorks) Office of Naval Research UX-24

Engineering to create a simplified future, for everyone.

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Assist Team

AVIAN has created a streamlined process to review a program or project's Digital Engineering efforts to determine its health and status. This process, called an Assist, allows AVIAN's SMEs to review the available systems engineering and modeling content to determine how well MBSE and SE practices are defined and followed.

Based on the approach in INCOSE's "Model-Based Capabilities Matrix," AVIAN has developed a detailed rubric that provides a concise status on how well MBSE has been deployed. AVIAN experts use this rubric to give a total score to leadership so that current states are known and plans can be developed to move to the desired level of Digital Engineering capability.

This Assist can occur at various levels of depth and is dependent on the program's needs and constraints.

Once the assessment is complete, AVIAN experts will support the mitigation of any observed issues by supporting road mapping efforts and performing the corrections directly.

An AVIAN Assist provides program leadership confidence that their approach will create viable models that enable the management of a system's lifecycle and best systems engineering practices.

AVIAN's creed "Modeling with a Purpose" ensures that a program's MBSE efforts will come to fruition and continue to pay dividends.

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Our Contract Vehicles

Access to AVIAN's services can be achieved through a range of easy-to-use contract vehicles. These include Multiple Agency Contracts (MACs), General Services Administration (GSAs), and agency-specific Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity Contracts (IDIQs).

Seaport Next Generation (NxG) One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) Pool 3 Small Business GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) U.S Department of Transportation Services for Technical Writing, Editorials, Presentations, and Communications (STEPC) Eglin Wide Agile Acquisition Contract (EWAAC) Webster Outlying Field Rapid Acquisition, Prototyping, Integration and Development Multiple Award Contract, Pools 2,3,5,6 (RAPID MAC)


Jeff Davila

Sr. Director, Systems Engineering/Model-Based Systems Engineering Capabilities

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