CERL-led student poster gets "Best" and trip to Italy

Published May 11, 2012

May 11, 2012

Public Affairs Office

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — ERDC Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL)-led student division poster, "A Framework for Complexity Management: Virtual Forward Operating Camps," was selected by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) for sponsorship to the 22nd INCOSE International Symposium in Rome, Italy.

The INCOSE board of systems engineering professionals and academicians selected the poster represented by the student team of Bhanuchander Poreddy, Amanda Gealy, Elizabeth Cudney and Suzanna Long. CERL technical advisers are Dr. Ahmet Soylemezoglu and Garth Anderson. The poster describes the methodology to model forward operating base (FOB) utilities, namely power, potable water, waste water, solid waste and protection. The team successfully demonstrated their research and how it applies to the systems engineering field.

Since the poster was selected as the "Best" poster of 2012, Poreddy, who will represent the team, will travel to and present the poster to symposium attendees in Italy, with all symposium and travel costs funded by INCOSE.

The poster presents a model based systems engineering framework that is necessary to capture, analyze and simulate the complexity that must be accounted for to understand and evaluate real-time operations of FOB's, considering both the effectiveness and efficiency of these facilities. The framework introduced in this poster focuses largely on the design of FOB electrical power distribution systems by integrating multiple open source engineering analysis tools based on the relationships established earlier.