Systems Engineering is viewed within Cadmidium as a discipline that integrates the specialist areas, Subject Matter Experts and functional groups into an efficient, effective and resourceful team. This ensures a structured development procedure is followed from concept through the design and build and into operation and disposal. Cadmidium have taken the traditional V-MoDel and adapted it to fit the needs of our business and our customers. This formed the basis of our Design and Build procedure. We strongly believe a consensus at the start of any project with regards to what will constitute an effective output is essential for successfully delivery. Cadmidium have successfully delivered numerous defence projects through our Systems Engineering function and are continuously reviewing this area to identify opportunities for improvement and innovation and to ensure all standards are met.

All our procedures comply with Systems Engineering ISO15288 and System’s and Software Engineering ISO12207, whilst also adhering to our Quality Management System (ISO9001:2015 certified) and our Project Management processes as appropriate.

Systems Engineering Case Study - High Grade Messaging Acquisition (HGM ACQ)

The Cadmidium Systems Engineering Practice provided technical consultancy support to the MoD within the High-Grade Messaging Acquisition (HGM ACQ) project in both the Concept and Assessment Phases, following the Cadmidium adapted Systems Engineering V-MoDel.

Cadmidium engineers provided significant advice and guidance (following ISO15288 and ISO12207 compliant procedures) to MoD to enable a system of systems approach to be taken by the project and ensure compliance with JSP604. This included carrying out a full discovery of every aspect of the existing HGM capability (legacy) and identifying options for significant rationalisation away from stovepipe (limited use of open standards and COTS products) standalone legacy HGM systems.

Outcomes of the discovery activity using original concept phase information (subsequently matured in the assessment phase discovery work) were MoDelled using a wide range of MODAF views. These views were developed to show the ‘as-is’ architecture and used to develop the ‘to-be’ architectural views. The ‘to-be' (future visions) were developed to take into consideration the exploitation of the existing and future defence Enterprise Architecture.

Defence wide architectures were analysed to investigate potential intercept points whereby HGM could use existing services, infrastructure and capabilities thereby ensuring compliance with MoD System of Systems Engineering (SOSE) principles 2, 3 and 4. Furthermore by ensuring that web services were considered as an option for delivering messages to the desktop and defining server virtualisation it provided flexibility and adaptability. Coupled with existing HGM international interoperability standards, this approach complied with MoD SOSE principles 5 and 7. The XML open format standard was  identified as an interoperability option between UK MoD and Other Government departments, therefore principle 8 regarding open standards was complied with.