As an organisation that follows sustainable practices to design, implement and monitor systems in the physical, governance and IT arenas, SSA identifies the systems and sub-systems that need to be accommodated in a solution, as well as the mechanisms by which proposed solutions can be assessed.

Physical Systems

For physical systems, we concentrate on environmentally sustainable practices, particularly in urban/regional planning and architecture.

Brief Development:

After analysing the system, we can develop the client’s brief, identifying strategies required to accommodate predictable and possible change. We also can act as the client’s adviser through the design, documentation, construction and occupation stages.

Urban and Regional Planning :

In the traditional “planning” field, following application of the appropriate tools, we can design, implement and monitor systems that promote the desired aspects of neighbourhood character, while providing guidelines for the development of new infrastructure and fabric. We place particular emphasis on identifying and redressing issues that have arisen from a previous lack of sustainable strategic planning.

Building Architecture:

With a developed brief, we can design and supervise the construction of buildings that accommodate the client’s brief, utilising environmentally sustainable practices. But it is often appropriate for us to assist in finding a local architect and then work with them.

Governance Systems:
As an independent consultant, we design, implement and monitor systems that promote collaboration between the public, community, private and government sectors and help drive social innovation. By addressing disadvantages and improving opportunities, our approaches enable all stakeholders to receive larger returns for their investments.

IT Systems:
As traditional IT systems architects, we identify the client’s existing and projected needs, then design, implement and monitor systems that both fulfill these needs and have the flexibility to respond to unforeseen issues and opportunities. We often become involved with:

(i) Data modelling   A Data Flow Diagram shows what kinds of information will be put into and extracted from the system at various points, where the data will come from, where it will go and where it will be stored.
(ii) Deterministic modelling F = m x a, E = m x c² A deterministic model will always produce the same output from a given starting condition or initial state. e.g., a formula.
(iii) Entity relationship modelling   The design of entity relationships and creation of an entity-relationship (ER) diagram

We are prepared and willing to mentor your staff in these areas, if the interest exists, and we can teach them how to create customised queries on SQL data.

Systems Architecture
Systems Architecture includes systems analysis and systems design, and results in the design of systems to satisfy specified requirements.
Systems analysis is the study of sets of interacting entities and draws heavily on the tools of operations research. It is an explicit formal inquiry carried out to reach an informed decision or identify the effects of a course of action.

Unified Modeling Language (UML) has become a popular vernacular in object-oriented analysis and design. It is widely used for modelling systems and is increasingly being used for designing non-software systems as well.

Systems design is the process of defining modifications to systems or creating new systems to satisfy specified requirements. It involves defining the architecture, components, modules, infrastructure and interfaces necessary to satisfy the specified requirements.

Systems design is the effective application of systems theory. With systems analysis, it equates to systems architecture and/or systems engineering.

Towards the end of the twentieth century, systems design emerged as a discipline within the IT industry. Object-oriented analysis and design methods are becoming the most widely used approaches for computer systems design.

Sustainable Systems Architecture (SSA)

Sustainable Systems Architecture exists to provide these services to a wide range of clients in a practical and cost-effective manner. With combined professional experience of almost 50 years in the field, we have the ability to deliver timely and cost-effective models of existing and/or proposed systems. We can also help to evaluate proposed solutions objectively and dispassionately.

System models of the type described are useful both in and outside of the IT world. In the construction industry, they allow for the preliminary design of services and structures, thereby enabling costing and space requirements to be considered before a site is selected.

They also facilitate informed comparison of alternatives in terms of social, environmental, cultural and cost factors. Such informed comparison opens the possibility for community dialogue before irrevocable decisions are made.

Minimising the surprises in the development process makes it far more likely that a socially, environmentally, culturally and economically sound solution can be achieved.

Because the fees are related to the amount of work involved, any size of project can benefit from this kind of input in the early stages.

It can be as simple as a domestic kitchen. Or more sophisticated, such as a regional infrastructure. A bit more complex, like a factory. Or as complex as an enterprise IT solution.

SSA can be engaged by the stakeholders to create a brief for use by other consultants. Or, it can be engaged by the project manager to define the design criteria for the stakeholders.

In every case, SSA fabricates models based on information from the client, with an understanding of the needs of other members on the development team.


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