The Delft Systems Approach

The Delft Systems Approach

Author: Hans P. M. Veeke

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781848001770

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 223

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The pace of development in knowledge and know-how in the Organisation Sciences, Logistics and Information Technology is rapid. However, the gap between those who practice these sciences and the practicing manager is becoming larger rather than smaller. The Delft Systems Approach describes a fundamental approach for analysing industrial systems, which emphasizes a concept that can be used by all disciplines involved. It sets out to close the gap between theory and practice.

Construction Safety Management, A Systems Approach

Construction Safety Management, A Systems Approach

Author: Jose D. Pérezgonzález

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781411631342

Category: Construction industry

Page: 281

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The few models on safety management that are available tend to explain a procedure to manage safety rather than a safety management system. The research carried out here, however, models safety management by transforming a common procedural model (i.e. the HSE's model, 1997) into a functional systems representation. The overall goal of the model is to offer clear graphic lines of influence of its different components on organisational safety. The model is innovative not in the components that it considers but in the representation of those components, which details relative distances between elements and, therefore, opens doors to model-driven hypotheses which account for those distances. Therefore, hypotheses are more accurate in their predictions. This model is firstly explored in the construction sector. Results from this exploratory research support the adequacy of the model to understanding safety management and encourage future research of a more confirmatory nature.

Rail Transport—Systems Approach

Rail Transport—Systems Approach

Author: Aleksander Sładkowski

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319515021

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 456

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This book shows how the systems approach is employed by scientists in various countries to solve specific problems concerning railway transport. In particular, the book describes the experiences of scientists from Romania, Germany, the Czech Republic, the UK, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland. For many of these countries there is a problem with the historical differences between the railways. In particular, there are railways with different rail gauges, with different signaling and communication systems, with different energy supplies and, finally, with different political systems, which are reflected in the different approaches to the management of railway economies. The book’s content is divided into two main parts, the first of which provides a systematic analysis of individual means of providing and maintaining rail transport. In turn, the second part addresses infrastructure and management development, with particular attention to security issues. Though primarily written for professionals involved in various problems concerning railway transport, the book will also benefit manufacturers, railway technical staff, managers, and students with transport specialties, as well as a wide range of readers interested in learning more about the current state of transport in different countries.

A Systems Approach for River and River Basin Restoration

A Systems Approach for River and River Basin Restoration

Author: Theodore Endreny

Publisher: MDPI

ISBN: 9783039436316

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 204

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Communities increasingly find that the water quality, water levels, or some other resource indicator in their river basins do not meet their expectations. This discrepancy between the desired and actual state of the resource leads to efforts in river basin restoration. River basins are complex systems, and too often, restoration efforts are ineffective due to a lack of understanding of the purpose of the system, defined by the system structure and function. The river basin structure includes stocks (e.g., water level or quality), inflows (e.g., precipitation or fertilization), outflows (e.g., evaporation or runoff), and positive and negative feedback loops with delays in responsiveness, all of which function to change or stabilize the state of the system (e.g., the stock of interest, such as water level or quality). External drivers on this structure, together with goals and rules, contribute to how a river basin functions. This book reviews several new research projects to identify and rank the twelve most effective leverage points to address discrepancies between the desired and actual state of the river basin system. This book demonstrates that river basin restoration is most likely to succeed when we change paradigms rather than try to change the system elements, as the paradigm will establish the system goals, structure, rules, delays, and parameters.

Systems Approach Applications for Developments in Information Technology

Systems Approach Applications for Developments in Information Technology

Author: Stowell, Frank

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 9781466615632

Category: Computers

Page: 391

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The intricate fields of information systems and information technology consist of innumerable interrelated facets from hardware to software and creators to end users. All systems inevitably encounter errors or problems, and as new solutions are found and created in today's complex world of technology, it is essential to look at systems as complete entities when searching for solutions and answers.Systems Approach Applications for Developments in Information Technology addresses the essential need to look at systems as a complete unit through using systems approach in the field of IT. This complete reference is designed for all information technology professionals to better understand their current jobs and future goals through the pivotal idea of systems approach as applied in software engineering, systems engineering, and complex systems.

Water and Related Land Resource Systems

Water and Related Land Resource Systems

Author: Y. Haimes

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 9781483146362

Category: Computers

Page: 536

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Water and Related Land Resource Systems covers IFAC Symposium that aims to address resource problem, as well as methodologies and procedures for respective solutions. Consists of 60 chapters, the book is organized in sessions according to the technical program of the conference. The book first tackles multiobjective planning in water and land resources, which is followed by acquisition and analysis of surface water quality data. The next part covers hierarchical water resource planning and management models, while the succeeding part is about environmental and ecological aspects of water and land resources. The fifth session discusses the impact of energy development on water and land resources. Session VI covers modeling and systems identification problems in water resources, and Session VII covers acquisition and analysis of hydrologic data. The eighth session tackles ground water and its conjunctive use with surface water, while the next session talks about sedimentation and land management. The tenth session is about multiobjective planning in water and land resources. Predicting and forecasting models in water resources is the topic of Session XI, while Session XII discusses evaluation and calibration problem in water resource modeling. The closing chapter covers water and land issues in urban areas. Professionals whose work revolves around recourse management and researchers whose work is in line with natural resource will find great information in this book that will be relevant in their trade.

(R)Evolution

(R)Evolution

Author: Rob Dekkers

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0387261257

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 522

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"(R)Evolution: Organizations and the Dynamics of the Environment investigates the potential changes needed for industrial organizations to adapt to and remain competitive in their ever-evolving environment. Almost everyday, industrial companies' press releases announce downsizings, alliances, and restructuring of organizations as a reaction to changing conditions. The continuous stream of announcements makes us believe that organizations adapt themselves to the environment."--BOOK JACKET.

Water Resources and Land-Use Planning: A Systems Approach

Water Resources and Land-Use Planning: A Systems Approach

Author: P. Laconte

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789400976481

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 470

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This volume constitutes the proceedings of the NATO Advanced Study Institute on Water Resources and Land-Use Planning that was held in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, July 3-14, 1978. In the pre paration of the two-week NASI, we identified 12 major goals and objectives, knowing well, at the time, that the satisfaction of all priorities would be an impossible task. It is instructive that we share these early goals and objectives with our readers prior to evaluating the NASI's contribution. 1. Relate and analyze water resources (water quantity and quality, surface and groundwater) and related land resources in a multi objective framework. 2. Identify and relate the scientific, technological, institu tional, societal, legal and political aspects of water and related land resources to policy decisions. 3. Promote and foster the transfer of technological information and assistance in water related land resources within the var ious levels of government. 4. Analyze the above three objectives and goals in light of the experience gained by the institute participants via case studies. 5. Improve communication and understanding among the various dis ciplines involved in water and related land resources. 6. Discuss and analyze the applicability of advanced planning methodologies germane to water and related land resources. 7. Identify current and projected future water and related land resources problems and issues and suggest ways to alleviate their respective and interrelated impacts.

Computer Aided Systems Theory - EUROCAST '97

Computer Aided Systems Theory - EUROCAST '97

Author: International Workshop on Computer Aided Systems Theory 1997 Las Palm

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3540638113

Category: Computers

Page: 626

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This book constitutes a refereed post-workshop selection of papers presented at the 6th International Workshop on Computer-Aided Systems Theory, EUROCAST'97, held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, in February 1997. The 50 revised full papers presented were carefully selected for inclusion in the volume. The book is divided into sections on design environments and tools, theory and methods, engineering systems, intelligent systems, signal processing, and specific methods and applications.

Applied Systems Theory

Applied Systems Theory

Author: Rob Dekkers

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319108469

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 257

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Offering an up-to-date account of systems theories and its applications, this book provides a different way of resolving problems and addressing challenges in a swift and practical way, without losing overview and not having a grip on the details. From this perspective, it offers a different way of thinking in order to incorporate different perspectives and to consider multiple aspects of any given problem. Drawing examples from a wide range of disciplines, it also presents worked cases to illustrate the principles. The multidisciplinary perspective and the formal approach to modelling of systems and processes of ‘Applied Systems Theory’ makes it suitable for managers, engineers, students, researchers, academics and professionals from a wide range of disciplines; they can use this ‘toolbox’ for describing, analysing and designing biological, engineering and organisational systems as well as getting a better understanding of societal problems.

Decision Support Systems: Theory and Application

Decision Support Systems: Theory and Application

Author: Clyde W. Holsapple

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783642830884

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 520

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Researchers and practitioners interested in the current De- cision Support System (DSS) and the shape of future DSS are the intended audience of this book. There is a particular, recurring emphasis on the adaptation of artificial intelli- gence techniques for use in the DSS world. The chapters are organized in two major sections, the first dealing with the- oretical topics and the second with applications.