A design view of capability

Wenjuan Wang, Alex Duffy, Ian Whitfield, Shaofeng Liu, Iain Boyle

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In order to optimise resource deployment in a rapid changing operational environment, capability has received increasing concerns in terms of maximising the utilisation of resources. As a result of such extant research, different domains were seen to endow different meanings to capability, indicating a lack of common understanding of the true nature of capability. This paper presents a design view of capability from design artefact knowledge perspective. Capability is defined as an intrinsic quality of an entity closely related to artefact behavioural and structural knowledge. Design artefact knowledge was categorised across expected, instantiated, and interpreted artefact knowledge spaces (ES, IsS, and ItS). Accordingly, it suggests that three types of capability exist in the three spaces, which can be used in employing resources. Moreover, Network Enabled Capability (NEC), the capability of a set of linked resources within a specific environment is discussed, with an example of how network resources are deployed in a Virtual Integration Platform (VIP).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008
EventRealising Network Enabled Capability 2008 - Oulton Hall Hotel, Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Oct 200814 Oct 2008


ConferenceRealising Network Enabled Capability 2008
Abbreviated titleRNEC'08
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
OtherNetwork Enabled Capability (NEC) is at the heart of defence transformation for the UK and many other nations. Its realisation demands the armed forces work in new ways, and that government and industry adopt new approaches to the design, acquisition, and management of the systems that support military capability. This conference will focus on the systems engineering and ‘systems of systems engineering’ that is crucial to NEC success.
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  • design engineering
  • engineering design
  • capability
  • network enabled capability

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