March 2012 – Building Your Concept of Operations (CONOPS)

Please join us for our monthly meeting on March 15th.  This month our speaker will be Steven Dam, Ph.D.  WebEx will be provided for this meeting.

Date: Thursday, March 15th, 2012
Networking and Dinner: 5:30PM – 5:50PM
Short Chapter Meeting: 5:50PM – 6:00PM
Featured Speaker & Topic: 6:00PM – 6:45PM
Speaker Q&A: 6:45PM – 7:00PM
Location: Richardson, Greenville, Hurst, Grand Prairie, Waco, Fort Worth, & WebEx

Lecture Topic: Building Your Concept of Operations (CONOPS)

One of the lost arts in Systems Engineering is the development and use of the Concept of Operations (CONOPS).  Dr. Steven Dam along with Dr. Dinesh Verma authored a chapter on this subject in a recent Joint DoD/NASA-sponsored book entitled “Applied Space Systems Engineering.” Dr. Dam will use this text and recent experience in developing CONOPS for the Department of Defense to discuss how to develop a CONOPS using architectures and scenarios. This tutorial will discuss how to:

  • Validate the mission scope and the system boundary;
  • Describe the operational environment, and primary constraints and drivers;
  • Develop key operational scenarios, and associated timelines;
  • Synthesize, analyze, and assess key implementation concepts;
  • Validate and baseline the operational architecture for the system of interest;
  • Document and iterate through Architecture and the DoD Architecture Framework. Come participate in this dynamic and interesting tutorial.

Speaker Biography:  Steven H. Dam, Ph.D.

Dr. Dam is the President and Founder of the Systems and Proposal Engineering Company (SPEC Innovations), based in Marshall, VA. He has been involved with structured analysis, software development, and system engineering for over 30 years. He participated in the development of C4ISR Architecture Framework and DoD Architecture Framework (DoDAF), the Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office (DARO) Vision Architecture, the Business Enterprise Architecture (BEA), and Net-Centric Enterprise Services (NCES) architecture. He currently is applying system-engineering techniques to various DoD projects. Dr. Dam has been a member of INCOSE since the early 1990s. He has presented papers at numerous Washington Metropolitan Area (WMA) meetings and national symposiums. He is also a past president of the San Diego INCOSE chapter and current President of the Washington Metropolitan Area (WMA) Chapter. Dr. Dam is the author of two systems engineering-based books: “DoD Architecture Framework: A Guide to Applying System Engineering to Develop Integrated, Executable Architectures;” and “Proposal Engineering: A Guide to Developing Winning, Cost-Effective Proposals.” He was a contributor to the DoD/NASA-sponsored textbook entitled “Applied Space Systems Engineering.” Dr. Dam is currently completing his third book entitled “Lifecycle Modeling Language (LML) – A Guide to Cost-Effectively Developing Enterprises and Systems Throughout the Lifecycle.” Dr. Dam has a BS degree in Physics from George Mason University and a PhD. in Physics from the University of South Carolina.

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