We can design vehicle level features and system level designs. Our breadth and depth of knowledge in powertrain physical architectures and functionality is industry leading – our Chief Engineers have 25 registered patents between them.
3sK can assist or lead the activity to analyse your input requirements and modularise your development activities into work packages. We will then work with you to develop a robust design. We believe taking an agile sprint-based approach is vital for success. All development activity is captured and made available for you to track real-time progress. We ensure total transparency in our approach.
At 3sK we underpin our work with robust methods and processes. We can provide fresh eyes analysis for your existing Failure Mode Avoidance and Robustness Analysis or lead the work from the start. In either case 3sK will provide honest and transparent analysis of your complex system or problems.
We specialise in providing our clients with solutions to meet the following standards and guidelines:
• ISO 26262 – Automotive Functional Safety
• ISO 15288 – System life cycle processes
• ASPICE – Automotive Software Process Improvement Capability Determination
Unlocking the potential of your people
Matching your organisation structure to your technical development streams can be difficult. At 3sK we can analyse your existing complex system and provide proposals for how best to organise your development teams. For new systems 3sK can help you to optimise the allocation of engineering effort onto your development plan. In either case understanding the Job Titles within your organisation and the Job Roles they are expected to fulfil is paramount to ensuring maximum efficiency.
Supplier Management & Audit
Clearing the lines of communication
As the supply chain for developing complex systems grows, so does the need for clear communication. Matching the needs of the information consumer to the outputs of the information producer is vitally important. 3sK can help you and your suppliers to establish clearer and better lines of communication through technical documentation, reports, requirements and project plans. We can also assist in determining the performance of your suppliers through audits, reviews and monitoring in line with IATF 16949.
System Lifecycle Engineering
Designing and developing a system with distributed control systems can be a complex task. There are a multitude of things to think about and manage, from the very highest level stakeholder requirements down to the software functionality. Having a methodical and structured approach throughout the development of the system is important.
3sK can lead or support all stages of the system development lifecycle to provide the technical, process, quality and organisational knowledge in support of your delivery objectives
Avenues To Help Your Business Excel
Let 3sK help you to get started on your journey to delivering complex systems.
Do you start agile or waterfall or somewhere in between? Defining and deploying the right processes compliant to standards is one of the very first steps in getting going.
Deciding on the toolset, deployment and tailoring are important to ensure you are well equipped to tackle the most challenging system designs.
Unsure how to develop your technical and leadership teams? Training within the context of your domain provides the foundations for continuing success.
Once you have the organisational and developmental frameworks in place, it’s time to tackle the system head on.
How do I describe the system I am developing?
Do I understand all the scenarios of use?
Are there any missing requirements?
Text based vs model based?
What happens if my system fails?
I need a supplier to develop the software, where do I start?
Taking a structured and methodical approach we bring these seemingly trivial questions to the front and help you to find the solution that best works for you and your organisation.
Identify the pain
3sK knows that managing and understanding the effectiveness of your technical capability can be difficult. Do you ever ask yourself the following questions?
How do I manage complexity?
How should I effectively measure Progress, Risk and Maturity of my complex system?
How do I robustly test my complex system?
How do I modify and re-use my complex system?
How do I make my complex system modular?
How do I react when my competition improves their complex system?
How do I ….
It is also important to remember that a complex system is all about perspective. You may be the OEM or Tier 1 and 2 suppliers engineering from the ground up, in all cases you are developing your own complex system.
3sK can help you to identify your engineering pains and work with you to establish the strategic direction for your technical development.
Take some relief
Administering the correct relief solutions can be difficult. We’ve seen all too frequently the consequences of taking corrective actions when:
It’s too late to recover
The problem hasn’t been clearly identified
The wrong relief solution is administered
At 3sK we always provide the most pragmatic and appropriate solution based on the client’s needs. Using our industry knowledge and experience we can tailor the approach to suit your exact requirements. This ranges from:
Training courses tailored to your organisation – we put the theory into context and use practical examples of live or past projects within your organisation.
Standards and process adherence – we analyse your existing methodology and processes to align them with industry standards. This includes executing work packages to ensure compliance with ISO 26262 and ASPICE.
Agility and Innovation – we use an agile systems engineering approach to develop complex systems. We can also develop bespoke frameworks for you ensuring that only value add frameworks and methods are integrated into your development activity. Removing complexity from your business processes is as important as understanding the complexity of the system you are developing.
Realise the gains
The road to recovery will be different for everyone. Along the way tweaks and modifications to the relief solutions may be required. At 3sK we will work with you throughout the recovery process to ensure continuing success.
Some of the most frequently asked questions are “How long will it take?” and “How do I know what success looks like?”. The answer to these question lies in objective measurements before, during and after deployment. Depending on the relief solutions you are taking, you should be seeing incremental gains in the following areas:
Increased shared understanding
Reduction in development time
Improved robustness in testing and overall quality
Tackling System Complexity
Through Knowledge, Experience, Agility and Innovation