Engineering for Sustainability

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  • Lays out the principles that will help engineers design products and services to meet the needs of customers with minimal impact on the ecosystem
  • Focuses on how an entire enterprise can be self-sustainable
  • Includes numerous examples and case studies


Sustainability and sustainable development have become popular goals. They have also become wide-ranging terms that can be applied to any entity or enterprise on a local or a global scale for long time periods. As enterprises and systems become more complex and development a support costs increase, the question remains: how does one engineer an enterprise or a product for sustainability? Engineering for Sustainability provide common sense information for engineering, planning, and carrying out those tasks needed to sustain military products and services and, in turn, the entire enterprise.

This book tackles the problem from the top down, beginning with discussions on planning initiatives and implementing sustainable activities. It outlines a series of principles to help engineers design products and services to meet customer and societal needs with minimal impact on resources and the ecosystem. Using examples and case studies from the government, military, academia, and commercial enterprises, the authors provide a set of tools for long-term sustainability and explain how an entire enterprise can be engineered to sustain itself.

Achieving the high levels of sustainability needed in complex military and industrial systems is too often an elusive goal. Competing rules and regulations, conflicting goals and performance metrics, the desire to incorporate promising commercial off-the-shelf technologies, and the pressures of maintenance schedules contribute to this elusiveness. This book provides an analysis of and prescription for the strategies, principles, and technologies necessary to sustain the military and the systems it develops and uses. This can then be used to make any enterprise more efficient and cost effective in a changing environment.

Table of Contents

Sustainability Engineering
The Concept of Sustainability Engineering
Measures of Sustainable Engineering
The Need for Sustainable Engineering
Elements of the Sustainable Engineering Process
Phase Dependency
Structuring a Sustainable Engineering Program
Source Selection

Sustainable Engineering Process Tasking
Key roles in tasking
General Sustainable Engineering Tasks
Sustainable Engineering Planning and Implementation
Sustainable Engineering Input Information
Sustainable Engineering Process Requirements
Sustainable Engineering Output
Tailoring the Sustainable Engineering Tasking

Designing for Sustainability
Specific Considerations
Human Engineering (HE)
Sustainability Tools and Support Equipment
Sustainability Training
Testability and Diagnostics
Interfaces and Connections
Safety and Induced Failures
Standardization and Interchangeability

Sustainable Engineering Analysis
Analyses Objectives and Products
Commonly Used Sustainability Analyses
Quantitative Measures of Sustain ability
Predictions, Allocations, and Assessments
Sustainability Testing
Sustainability Data Collection and Analysis

Intended Use of the Sustainable Engineering Principles
Tailoring Guidance and Considerations
General Guidance to Implementing the Sustainable Engineering Process
Sustainable Engineering Task Description (SETD)
General Guidance for Conducting Technical Reviews

The Sustainable Engineering Process (SEP) Methodology
Requirements Analysis
Requirements Validation
Functional Analysis Process
Functional Verification Process
Synthesis Process
Design Verification
System Analysis and Control
Enterprise Integration and Concurrent Engineering

Life Cycle and Technical Models
Waterfall Lifecycle Model
Recursive Lifecycle Models
Spiral Lifecycle Model
Evolutionary Lifecycle Development
Rapid Prototyping
Vee Technical Model

Verification, Demonstration, and Evaluation

An Architecture for Sustainable Maturity
Components of the Sustainable Maturity Model
Use of SE-CMM Process Areas and Basic Activities Application to Integrated Product Teams
Process Categories
Related Standards
Process Tailoring Guidance
Performance Measurement

Sources of Information and Software
US Military Standards and Handbooks
Military Standards and Handbooks Related to Sustainability
Commercial and Other Non-US Standards on Sustainability
Air Force Laboratory Information Directorate Technical Reports
Reliability Analysis Center (RAC) Publications
Commercially Available Data Publications
Government-Sponsored Information Centers
Military Databases
Electronic Bulletin Boards
World Wide Web
Documents, Reports, and Publications
Education Sources

Author Bio(s)