Bringing the perspective and tools of engineering to work on CASoS analyses produces the problem definition needed to articulate the goals for influencing or designing the CASoS, the approaches required, and an evaluation of attainability. A general CASoS Engineering design process must be wide and deep to cover the many potential opportunities for unexpected, nonlinear, interconnected behavior and to find and make use of similarities across many disciplines.

Diagram of the iterative three component CASoS engineering approach: Defining, Designing & Testing Solutions, and Actualizing


As seen above, our design process is comprised of three phases applied primarily in succession but with some overlap, blending and iteration (both between and within) to deliver CASoS engineered solutions.

Link to Engineering Process Phase 1: Defining   Link to Engineering Process Phase 2: Design & Test   Link to Engineering Process Phase 3: Actualize

Iteration is fundamental to the CASoS Engineering process: lessons learned from attempting any downstream activity may encourage new thinking that influences upstream activities.

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 CASoS Engineering Environment supports all aspects of the CASoS engineering effort.