Here the engineered solutions devised through application within the real system are actualized. The engineered solution may be a concept, a computational tool, a sensor, a control policy or a CASoS itself. This activity involves:
- Working with decision makers (change the world)
- Working with other researchers (change the field)
- Working with people affected by the change (understand the impact).
This involvement requires a long term commitment: these are high-consequence systems that adapt to change. Any change makes us part of the system with concurrent obligation through a solution’s lifecycle. Monitoring of system response is required, which may trigger the redefinition, redesign and retesting of solutions if found not to work.
Actualization will require designing and testing to suggest future steps: adaptations of the system might require us to return to fundamental thinking to understand the adaptations and possibly redefine the CASoS and our aspirations as the system changes. The current structure and state of the CASoS Engineering Design Process are provided in Complex Adaptive Systems of Systems (CASoS) Engineering Framework Version 1.0.