ITcon Vol. 13, pg. 421-475,

A theory for the modelling of complex and dynamic systems

submitted:June 2007
revised:August 2008
published:September 2008
editor(s):Björk B-C
authors:Wim Gielingh, Dr.
Technical University of Delft
summary:This paper presents a generic theory for the modelling of complex systems such as buildings, plants, infrastructures, organizations, knowledge bases or projects. It can be used for the description of static and dynamic systems, objects and processes. It applies to systems on any level of complexity, including simple parts, for any phase of a system lifecycle. Because of its generic approach, the theory supports the integrated modelling of different kinds of systems. It covers a modular definition and representation of systems and connectivity networks, supports parametric technology, and enables zero-redundant product/process specifications.The presented theory emerged during the 1980-ies, influenced several standards for Product Data Technology, and has been implemented, used and improved for a wide variety of product-types, ranging from Buildings to Roads, Bridges, Plants, Electronic and Electro-technical Systems, Mechanical parts and Mechanical Products, Processes and Organizations. Four cases of application are discussed, and some background information is given about changes relative to earlier versions.
keywords:system theory, product modelling, process modelling, nD modelling, Product Data Technology
full text: (PDF file, 2.182 MB)
citation:Gielingh W (2008). A theory for the modelling of complex and dynamic systems, ITcon Vol. 13, pg. 421-475,