The primary purpose of systems engineering is to organize information and knowledge to assist those who manage, direct, and control the planning, development, production, and operation of the systems necessary to accomplish a given mission. However, this purpose can be compromised or defeated if information production and organization becomes an end unto itself. Systems engineering was developed to help resolve the engineering problems that are encountered when attempting to develop and implement large and complex engineering projects. It depends upon integrated program planning and development, disciplined and consistent allocation and control of design and development requirements and functions, and systems analysis.
The key thesis of this report is that proper application of systems analysis and systems engineering will improve the management of tank wastes at the Hanford Site significantly, thereby leading to reduced life cycle costs for remediation and more effective risk reduction. The committee recognizes that evidence for cost savings from application of systems engineering has not been demonstrated yet.
National Research Council. 1998. Systems Analysis and Systems Engineering in Environmental Remediation Programs at the Department of Energy Hanford Site. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/6224.
|The Systems Engineering Process||4-5|
|Discussion of Hanford Systems Engineering and Principal Findings||6-16|
|Appendix A: Statement of Task||21-24|
|Appendix B: 1994 Letter Report on Systems Engineering||25-42|
|Appendix C: Response from DOE to 1994 Letter Report||43-46|
|Appendix D: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members||47-50|
|Appendix E: Abbreviations||51-51|
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