Systems Engineering Designs on the Cloud Abstract

Published by on September 17, 2013 at 8:00 am.

To Be Presented at the NDIA 16th Annual Systems Engineering Conference

Objective: Modeling and Simulation

Recently Mr. Stephen Welby (DASD/SE) stated that scalability was critical for systems engineering tools of the future. Cloud computing provides a means to scale to very large problems. Now instead of partitioning problems into small pieces to be analyzed by different groups using different tools, it becomes possible to keep all the information about a large project in a single database. That information can then be accessed by personnel all over the world in a secure computing environment. This paper discusses the implementation of systems engineering tools in the Google App Engine cloud computing platform as a service (PaaS) environment. It includes a discussion of applying this capability to modeling and simulation, including both Discrete Event and Monte Carlo simulations. The focus of this paper is on the modeling portion of this capability and the implications for scalability on the cloud.

Meet the Authors


Daniel Hettema, Systems Engineer

Mr. Hettema is a Systems Engineer at SPEC Innovations. Mr. Hettema is currently working on the development team for Innoslate, a cloud based systems engineering tool, and is involved with the creation of the Lifecycle Modeling Language (LML). He is also performing systems analyses on the Defense Critical Infrastructure Protection (DCIP) Program. He has performed simulation and analysis for a variety of projects and has supported the Army’s ProvIDES project, an initiative to improve international disaster support capabilities.
While an undergraduate at George Mason University, Mr. Hettema lead a team performing cost simulation and analysis of capability stepping stones for the development of a space infrastructure. He served as President of the INCOSE GMU Student Organization where he increased student attendance at INCOSE WMA events as well as professional Systems Engineers at student events. Mr. Hettema also served on the Systems Engineering Washington DC Conference (SEDC) 2012 steering committee. He graduated from George Mason University with a B.S. in Systems Engineering.


Christopher Ritter, Director of Software Development

Mr. Ritter is currently the Director of Software Development for SPEC Innovations and project manager for the Innoslate tool. He also led the development of the ProvIDES International Disaster Relief software stack (, and software lead for Protection Innovations ( Mr. Ritter was the co-chair of the Systems Engineering Washington DC Conference (SEDC) 2012. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. degree in Computer Science.


Steven H. Dam, Ph.D., ESEP

Dr. Dam is the President and Founder of the Systems and Proposal Engineering Company (SPEC Innovations), based in Manassas, VA. He has been involved with structured analysis, software development, and system engineering for over 35 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 is currently the Programs Chair and a Past President of the Washington Metropolitan Area (WMA) chapter of INCOSE. 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 has a BS degree in Physics from George Mason University and a PhD. in Physics from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Dam is also an INCOSE certified Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP).