KSEE 2010 Archive

2010 Program

KSEE  2010 (Kongsberg Systems Engineering Event) is about “productification”. The event is a great opportunity to network with colleagues in and around Kongsberg. You get great presentations, good food, lots of networking, and nice entertainment. We, an active group of your colleagues and HiBu professors Gunnar Berge and Gerrit Muller, have worked hard to create an interesting program, with “productification” as theme:

Many companies struggle how to benefit from similarities between projects, systems or products. We see that project oriented companies try to benefit from similarities by creating products that perform often used functions. Companies delivering catalogue products try to benefit from similarities between products by standardizing components or platforms internally. In practice all these attempts are only partially successful; practice turns out to be more difficult than theory.

This years KSEE collects a diverse set of experiences of “productification” in different companies and domains to allow all companies to learn from experiences from others.

The KSEE organization team,

Gunnar Berge (HiBu), Frode Nilsson (FMC), Bjørn Victor Larsen (KDA), Ole Hoen (Volvo Aero), Kirsten Helle (FMC), Christopher Carlsen (FMC), and Gerrit Muller (HiBu)

Monday May 31
16:00  Registration, -and a bite to eat
17:15  Jan-Erik Korssjøen, Chairman NCE; Welcome.
17:30  Dinesh Verma, Dean at Stevens, key note speaker; Systems Engineering Research and Transformation
18:00  Harald Ånnestad;  Systems Engineering Challenges in KDA
18:30  Light refreshment
19:00  Pål Andersen, Director Product Development, KPS;  The PROTECTOR RWS product and its Productification.
19:30  Entertainment; Dame Etagen
20:00  Barbeque & Networking

Tuesday June 1
09:00  Kim Nergaard (ESA); Concurrent Design for Space System definition in ESA
09:45  Best student paper, Even Engebakken, VAN; Master Project in Systems Engineering
10:15  Coffee Break
10:45  Barbara Eiken, Improvement Coordinator, FMC; Requirement Management at FMC
11:20  Thor Hukkelås,Project Mgr.,Kongsberg Maritime; K-master, -Prototype to product, – the difficult transition.
12:00  Lunch
12:45 Gerrit Muller, Professor HiBu; The Balancing Act of Productification.
13:20 Active Closing happening
14:30 Summary and Closing

For sign up, please use the form below or use the button Sign Up. The fee is 1800 NOK.

2010 Chairperson: Jan-Erik Korssjøen

Jan Erik Korssjøen, Chairman NCE,  Industry Professor Systems Engineering  at HiBu.

He  has a continuous background as board member of several companies, banks and Research Institutions. He was CEO Kongsberg Gruppen 1999 – 2008, President Kongsberg Maritime 1995 – 1999. President Kongsberg Systems AS 1990 – 1995, and prior to that President  Dresser Rand AS, President North American Turbine Corp.

2010 Entertainment – DameEtagen

DameEtagen, is an an ensemble of twelve female singers. Theirs songs are based on vocal arrangements, three main voices, two spicy voices and one solo, accompanied by piano, hammond  and saxophone/flute.  The songs and the arrangements can be characterized like  som «resilient, tight, resonant and tough».  The music genre is jazz, blues, pop and soul.  The songs varies from rhythmic songs to soft ballads.

Welcome to a great experience!

Read more at their webpage www.dameetagen.no (in norwegian)

Frode Fekjær Nilsson

Steering Committee Member
FMC Technologies
Master in ICT, Information and Communication Technology
Email: frode@webteknikk.no
Tlf: 944 999 49

2010 Keynote: Systems Engineering Research and Transformation, Dinesh Verma

Speaker: Dinesh Verma, Stevens

Presentation: Dinesh Verma-KSEE Keynote

Systems Engineering Research

There is an increasing interest in systems engineering as an enabler for developing systems and solutions in response to the systemic challenges facing society.  Traditional science and technology organizations in the US (e.g., DARPA, National Science Foundation) are also developing coherent research agendas in this space with a particular focus on understanding and embracing complexity; understanding and modeling flexibility and adaptability in architectures and design; and developing effective capabilities more rapidly.  The recently established Systems Engineering Research Center, a consortium of 18 universities is yet another example of this emphasis.   This presentation will articulate the research context and strategy developed by Stevens in response to today’s systemic challenges.

About Dinesh Verma

Dinesh Verma recieved the Ph.D. and the M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech.  He is currently serving as Dean of the School of Systems and Enterprises and Professor in Systems Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, concurrently he serves as the Executive Director of the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), a US Department of Defense sponsored University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) focused on systems engineering research.

During his seven years at Stevens he has successfully proposed research and academic programs exceeding $50m in value.  Verma concurrently serves as Scientific Advisor to the Director of the Embedded Systems Institute in Eindhoven, Holland.  Prior to this role, he served as Technical Director at Lockheed Martin Undersea Systems, in Manassas, Virginia, in the area of adapted systems and supportability engineering processes, methods and tools for complex system development and integration.

Before joining Lockheed Martin, Verma worked as a Research Scientist at Virginia Tech and managed the University’s Systems Engineering Design Laboratory.  While at Virginia Tech and afterwards, Verma continues to serve numerous companies in a consulting capacity, to include Eastman Kodak, Lockheed Martin Corporation, L3 Communications, United Defense, Raytheon, IBM Corporation, Sun Microsystems, SAIC, VOLVO Car Corporation (Sweden), NOKIA (Finland), RAMSE (Finland), TU Delft (Holland), Johnson Controls, Ericsson-SAAB Avionics (Sweden), Varian Medical Systems (Finland), and Motorola.  He served as an Invited Lecturer from 1995 through 2000 at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom.  His professional and research activities emphasize systems engineering and design with a focus on conceptual design evaluation, preliminary design and system architecture, design decision-making, life cycle costing, and supportability engineering.  In addition to his publications, Verma has received two patents and has another pending in the areas of life-cycle costing and fuzzy logic techniques for evaluating design concepts.

Dr. Verma has authored over 100 technical papers, book reviews, technical monographs, and co-authored two textbooks: Maintainability: A Key to Effective Serviceability and Maintenance Management (Wiley, 1995), and Economic Decision Analysis (Prentice Hall, 1998).  He is a co-Editor of a textbook on Space Systems Engineering (McGraw Hill, 2009).  He is a Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), a senior member of SOLE, and was elected to Sigma Xi, the honorary research society of America.  He serves as on the Core Curriculum Committee of the Delft University’s Space Systems Engineering Program (Holland).  He was honored with an Honorary Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) in Technology and Design from Växjö University (Sweden) in January 2007.

Gunnar Berge

Steering Committee Member
Email: gunnar.kristian.berge@hibu.no
Tlf: 414 941 37

Industry Professor Systems Engineering

After receiving a BSc Hons. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Glasgow, Gunnar received his Master in Systems Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York. He had started to work towards a PhD in SE, when he left for ComComp Inc., Long Island, as Director of Research.

He worked at  Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk and Kongsberg Defence&Aerospace for three decades, as Development Manager, Project Manager, Product Manager and Vice President Space and Avionics,practising SE,  before retiring from Industry. He then  joined the BUC team to build up the Systems Engineering Masters Program, in cooperation with Stevens Institute of Technology.

2010: Systems Engineering Challenges in KDA, Harald Ånnestad

Speaker:  Harald Ånnestad, KDA

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace is Norway’s premier supplier of defence and aerospace-related systems. The portfolio includes advanced systems for command and control, weapons guidance and surveillance, communications, missiles and Space products. The advanced systems require world-class competence in a wide variety of subjects ranging from electronics, SW and mechanics to thermodynamics and aerodynamics. To get all the subject matter experts to work together, find the correct compromises and thereby produce world-class products which efficiently solves the customers requirements, requires the best available System Engineers. The requirements to the system engineers in Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace is high very and one of the most demanding positions in the company. Availability of skilled system engineers are the most limiting factor for expansion, both within Kongsberg’s existing product portfolio and for expansion into new areas.

The presentation will give some examples of systems made by Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, some System Engineering challenges solved to realize our projects. The most important skills and the requirements posed to our System Engineers will also be covered.
President, Kongsberg Defence Systems

Harald Ånnestad is President of Kongsberg Defence Systems, a Business Unit within KONGSBERG GRUPPEN ASA (KONGSBERG).

KONGSBERG is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE:KOG) and is a leading technology corporation specializing in defense, aerospace, maritime and offshore oil and gas technologies. The corporation operates world wide and has offices in more than 25 countries. KONGSBERG reported sales of 13.8 billion NOK in 2009 and has about 5400 employees world wide.

Kongsberg Defence Systems is Norway’s premier supplier of defence and aerospace-related systems. The portfolio comprises products and systems for command and control, weapons guidance and surveillance, communications solutions, missiles, Space products and services and advanced composites and engineering products for the aircraft and helicopter market.

Since joining KONGSBERG in 1986 working as a Project Engineer on Air Defence systems, Ånnestad has held various positions of increasing responsibility. In 1989 he was the lead Systems Engineer on the definition of the NASAMS system, and has later had several technical and managerial positions within Air Defence programs, before he was appointed Executive Vice President of Integradet Air Defence Systems Division.

Prior to this assignment, Ånnestad was Executive Vice President for the Missile Systems Division. In this role he was responsible for the Naval Strike Missile, Joint Strike Missile, Penguin, Space and Aero-structures programs.

Ånnestad graduated from the Norwegian University of Technology in Trondheim, Norway in 1984 and holds a Master of Science in Engineering Cybernetics.

2010: The PROTECTOR RWS product and its Productification, Pål Andersen

Speaker:  Pål Andersen, KPS

Presentation: Pål Andersen-PROTECTOR at KSEE 2010

Topics to be covered:  The Company, The Product, The Challenges, The path forward

Kongsberg Protech Systems, A Business Area of Kongsberg Gruppen, 2009 revenue of 4 123 MNOK, and EBITA of 442 MNOK,  568 employees (31/12-2009), Revenue 7.3 MNOK/employee

Offices/factories in: Kongsberg (Norway), Johnstown, Pennsylvania (USA), Alexandria Virginia (USA), Mt Arlington, New Jersey (USA), London, Ontario (Canada), License production at Thales UK (Scotland)

Why a Remote Weapon Station? The ”Problem” and the ”Answer”


Pål Andersen is Director Product Development, Kongsberg Protech Systems

Pål holds a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Materials & Processes) from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (now NTNU). He graduated in 1990.

After performing his military services in the Norwegian Navy Material Command, he started his professional work in Norsk Forsvarsteknologi, NFT (predecessor of Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, KDA). His tasks in NFT/KDA were mainly design and management of activities related to the Navel Strike Missile, space components and defence related products. He also managed a 3 year internal improvement program (Integrated Product Realization) which focused on implementation of Concurrent Engineering, lean processes and installation of computer tools such as Product Data Management.

In 1998 he started working as Pre-sales in SAP,  a world leading SW company where his main tasks were to support Account managers with sales based on his experience with project management, engineering management etc. In addition to applications for Project Management, PDM and Sales, he was involved in internet applications like e-procurement, portals.

In 2002 he returned to Kongsberg Protech a subsidiary of Kongsberg Gruppen working with Remote Weapon Stations. Since then he has held various positions in the program and development department. Pål has been central in the development and sales of the world-leading product PROTECTOR Remote Weapon Station.

Ole Hoen

KSEE Steering Committee Member
Volvo Aero Norge, Manager Technology, R&D
Email: ole.hoen@volvo.com

2010: Concurrent Design for Space System definition in ESA, Kim Nergaard

Speaker: Kim Nergaard, ESA

Presentation: Kim Neergaard-Concurrent_Design_Presentation

Concurrent Design is used in the early phases of space system projects ranging from component design to full multi-spacecraft projects. Such systems are typically complex and require collaboration between experts in a large range of technical and programmatic disciplines, including celestial mechanics experts, subsystem engineers, operations engineers, and cost experts. ESA has carried out systems engineering tasks using concurrent design since the late 90’s, and this using method as a means of evaluating and preparing missions for future implementation as gained momentum ever since. Concurrent Design is now used for the majority of ESA missions, ranging from small in-orbit demonstration missions (IOD) to large interplanetary exploration missions.

The main centre for such activities is the ESA Concurrent Design Facility (CDF) in ESTEC, but there are facilities at other ESA establishments (such as ESOC) that interface with the main CDF, allowing experts from all over Europe to collaborate directly from their locations.

This presentation aims to describe how systems engineering using concurrent design is implemented in ESA

Kim Nergaard, ESA

Head of the Future Studies Section at ESA.

Manager of a team of Spacecraft Systems Engineers specialising in Mission Operations. Responsible

for definition of operations concepts for future satellite projects and identification and investigation of

new concepts and technologies for missions in the horizon.


European Space Strategy, Mission Operations Concepts and Technologies, Spacecraft Simulations,

Computer Science. Project and Team Management


Head of the Future Studies Section at European Space Agency

January 2001 – Present (9 years 5 months)

Software Engineer at European Space Agency

March 1993 – January 2001 (7 years 11 months)

Young Graduate Trainee at European Space Agency

January 1992 – March 1993 (1 year 3 months)

Young Graduate Trainee in the Simulations Section. Based on previous models (primarily the ERS

Simulator) I developed the Position and Environment Model (PEM) for spacecraft simulators.


Universitetet i Oslo

1985 – 1991

Kirsten Helle

KSEE Steering Committee Member
FMC Technologies
Email: kirsten.helle@fks.fmcti.com

2010 Best Student Paper: Model Assisted Communication, Even Engebakken

Speaker: Even Engebakken, Volvo Aero Norge

Presentation: Even Engebakken-KSEE Presentation

In a design process a system architect utilizes system modeling and analysis to validate assumptions, increase understanding, synchronize views, and support decisions. To obtain information the architect spends a lot of time communicating with stakeholders in both formal and informal settings.

To assist this activity models are sometimes created and used with the intention to focus and accelerate discussions. The master project paper attempts to identify factors that increase a model’s ability to assist communication by analyzing a collection of visualizations used at Volvo Aero Norge AS. The presentation will introduce some of the models used; their impact and what factors had the greatest impact on model success.

About Even Engebakken

Even Engebakken received his BSc in Mechatronics from Buskerud University College in 2006 and in 2010 he received his MSc in Systems Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. He is currently employed as a Systems Engineer in the R&D Department at Volvo Aero Norge AS and is involved in production line design projects and factory layout.