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Introduction to MBSE and Systems Architecture

How to use Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) to architect a complex system?

The objective of this training is to provide you with valuable insights and a methodology to help you design better products while reducing delays and design costs.



Mastering the complexity of the systems you work on (products or projects) within your industrial organizations is increasingly difficult. The insufficient maturity of the integration processes and operations in silos are often at the origin of these problems, the difficulty of gathering the needs of your internal or external customers too.


We propose to introduce you to systemic modeling and collaborative dynamics in order to help you better control the costs, quality and performance of complex industrial systems that you design and/or manage.



At the end of the training, you will be able to:

  • Understand the key principles of systemic analysis to implement a system architecture approach within your organization
  • Understand how a Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) approach can help you as a system designer better identify and connect the needs of your stakeholders with design choices
  • Understand what is a need and a requirement
  • Understand the 3 system architecture views used to describe any complex system
  • Architecture your system environment and needs
  • Architecture the functions, components and requirements of your system
  • Understand how trade-off and impact analyses are used within an architecture process


Training calendar

The training is spread over 10 days, in 3 periods, with for each period a sequence of 4 e-Learning modules punctuated at the end of the sequence by a collaborative and interactive virtual classroom. At the end of the course, participants will have one week to pass the CESAM level 1 certification test and join a community of more than 5000 people.


Innovative format

Virtual clasrooms, using the online collaborative tool Klaxoon, are facilitated by our architects. The time of a 3-hour classroom, all participants find themselves online, sharing the same digital board. The Klaxoon tool allows a very interactive and collaborative animation where  participants are led to participate using virtual post-its on this online digital board. Participants construct collectively the architecture of a chosen product and they can ask their questions to the trainer or directly to the other trainees.


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Who is this training for?

You are engineers, project managers or managers, and you are involved in the design or management of complex systems (products or projects).

100% online

Follow the online collaborative sessions and consult the e-Learning modules whenever you want.

80% collaborative

10 out of 14 of the training hours takes place in a virtual classroom (a digital room) in interaction with our trainers and other participants.


The training lasts 14h over 10 days. That is 10h virtual classrooms + 12 e-Learning modules of 20min.

Level required

Minimum of 3 years of experience in the design and management of complex industrial systems.


The price of the training is 2000€ excl. taxes (this price does not include the certification).


This training is part of the CESAM Upgrade Course and allows you to pass the CESAM Associate Level 1 certification (the price of the certification is 200€ excl. taxes).


Training is provided both in French or English. The course materials are in English.

Autumn Session

Virtual classrooms

– 09/07 (8:30am-9:30am)

– 09/07, 09/09, 09/11 (2pm-5pm)

Optional: certification until 09/30

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Content of the training

We dedicate a large part of our modules to practice to facilitate learning. Thus, we propose a course that alternates 12 e-Learning modules and three 3-hour interactive and collaborative virtual classrooms, operated on the Klaxoon platform.


The theoretical content of this course consists of 3 sequences of 4 e-Learning modules (12 e-Learning modules of 20 minutes each). The e-Learning modules, carried out using the online collaborative tool Klaxoon, are organised according to the logic of the CESAM architecture framework (CESAMES Systems Architecture Method).

(2/3) Structure of an e-Learning sequence

Each e-Learning sequence is structured in 4 e-Learning modules and each e-Learning module is structured in 4 parts:

  1. “Introduction” which presents the vocabulary definitions and diagrams to be constructed (what is a use case, what is a functional mode, etc.).
  2. “Concept analysis” which presents the methodology that will be applied for a given analysis as well as the associated diagrams (such as the “lifecycle diagram” or the “functional interaction diagram”…).
  3. “Synthesis of the key points” is a summary page of the definitions. This summary can be downloaded as well as the associated diagram template, in Microsoft Office.
  4. “Quiz” with usually 4 questions to validate that you have understood the concepts

Screenshots of an e-Learning sequence


(3/3) Collaborative and interactive ‘live’ virtual classrooms

After each block of 4 e-Learning modules, a 3-hour ‘live’ virtual classroom is organised. This virtual classroom hosted by a senior architect is organized on the online platform Klaxoon. It allows participants to answer all their questions, to discuss the application of the concepts in the context of their professional experience and finally, to implement together the concepts discussed on an example. The facilitation of these sessions is very interactive – participants are led to contribute using post-its on an online digital board- and very collaborative -the architecture of a system is done collectively (the use case chosen for the exercises is a delivery drone).

Screenshots from collaborative sessions