PUMA Labs Frequently Asked Questions

What Is PUMA Labs?

Parsons Universal Modeling & Analysis Lab (PUMA Labs) is unique to the modeling and simulation industry, capable of assisting decision makers through exclusive functionalities.

PUMA Labs is an architecture that uses Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) technology and Opern Source tools configured to client-specific needs. PUMA Labs supports Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), Model Based engineering (MBE), Distributed Engineering (DE), and collaborative decision support in a variety of industries. PUMA Labs can also be integrated with new innovative technologies, such as the Microsoft HoloLens to allow users to work in an augmented reality environment.

PUMA Labs, through this unique construction, is unlike any existing MBSE solution on the market; PUMA Labs is the most affordable, customizable, and the fastest solution to your organization’s analytic requirements

What Does PUMA Labs Do?

PUMA Labs helps the decision makers in your organization through a variety of functions including:

  • Multivariate Optimization
  • Trade Studies
  • Design of Experiments
  • Sensitivity Analysis
  • Analysis of Alternatives
  • Visualization of Simulation and Data
  • Managing, Archiving, and Sharing Data and Meta Data

Why Is PUMA Labs Great/Better Than What I’m Currently Using?

Current Systems Engineering architectures are heavily dependent on static diagrams and documents that require hundreds to thousands of individual updates when designs are changed. With PUMA Labs, the architecture is a model and all data flows through a dynamic system that automatically tracks changes.

Our MBSE analysis capability allows for automated trade study analysis and requirements verification/validation through modeling & simulation or test data. This architecture allows for enhanced Model Based Engineering by reducing the reliance on physical prototypes.

The PUMA Labs Distributed Engineering capability allows for remote connections to models and simulations at different facilities that can be maintained by remote subject matter experts, making PUMA Labs implementable in a Client/Server system.

Finally, purchasing the complete package of PUMA Labs allows for the decision maker to have access to traceable analysis, visualization, and management tools in a single environment.

How Does PUMA Labs Save My Organization Resources?

Because PUMA Labs is customizable in construction, the environment only contains the tools that your organization requires, thus saving you costs on components you don’t need. Equally as important, PUMA Labs’ unique construction is compliant with the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), saving the client time from purchase to implementation.

The movement to the PUMA Labs system reduces reliance on physical prototypes, paperwork and documentation associated with systems engineering activities by its nature as a custom optimizable project.

The use of MBSE, MBE, and DE have been shown to drastically reduce the cost of developing complex systems and systems of systems by early identification of design issues, managing requirements evolution, and architecture evolution.

What Is The Breakdown On PUMA Labs’ Functionalities Across MBSE, MBE, Distributed Engineering, And Decision Support?

Model Based Engineering (MBE)

  • PUMA Labs utilizes Modeling and Simulation (M&S) throughout the product lifecycle to reduce the use of physical prototypes
  • PUMA Labs provides the capability to perform Trade Studies between performance, cost, and risk
  • PUMA Labs aids in early detection of design issues, reducing cost and establishing a library of analysis models and engineering workflows
  • PUMA Labs automatically executes across different computers and operating systems

Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)

  • PUMA Labs formalizes the practice of development using models and simulations
  • PUMA Labs is broad in scope, containing multiple modeling domains across the lifecycle
  • PUMA Labs includes ease-of-communication between the system developers and the customer, providing better management of a complex development process

Distributed Engineering (DE)

  • PUMA Labs’ architecture allows for Modeling and Simulation as a Service, giving the user the ability to share models without exposing proprietary information or intellectual property
  • PUMA Labs includes automated workflows that are published to a network so that team members and partners can all share in access
  • PUMA Labs workflows can contain intellectual property (IP) that remains protected, only information is exchanged with the external users.
  • PUMA Labs processes and simulations can be virtualized for cloud computing

Decision Support

  • PUMA Labs provides the decision maker means to modify and assess any candidate changes across a range of the core attributes in the designed model / environment
  • This flexibility allows the decision maker to arrive at a suitable, acceptable and feasible final specification of the candidate change
  • In addition, the architecture will be traceable back to its requirements

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