Creating and deepening understanding of complex systems

Our focus

Ratio provides methods and tools for creating and deepening understanding of complex systems during the system design process. With innovative model-based-systems-engineering technology we bring structure to this often chaotic process, effectively increasing the efficiency of technical management and product realization processes.

requirement engineering

We create concise, highly structured, quantifiable design specifications with the Elephant Specification language to smoothen communication between stakeholders.

Go to system architecting

system architecting

We visualize and analyze system architectures with dependency structure matrix methods to structure and decompose the design problem, allowing for concurrent engineering.

Go to conceptual design

conceptual design

We explore problem and solution spaces by comparing and visualizing the architectural differences between design concepts and future system generations to support design decision making.

Go to product family design

product family design

We identify the similarities and commonalities between products in a diverse product portfolios to create product family architectures and platforms.

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The core of Ratio methods

It's all about finding, specifying, visualizing and analyzing dependencies

The number of dependencies between requirements, functions, components, and design parameters is growing exponentially in modern systems. At Ratio we offer services and tools to assist system engineers in getting a firm grip on this network of multi-disciplinary dependencies. Thereby, reducing costly and lengthy delays due to integration issues.
The methods and tools are all about finding, specifying, visualizing and analyzing dependencies using a model-bases system engineering approach. We, for example, offer a special language for writing system specifications from which system architecture models are automatically derived. As such, one starts building a model of the system from the momement one is creating a system specification. The resulting model serves as a structured anchor point for the rest of the design process.

  • Step 1: describe your systems with the Elephant Specification Language.

  • Step 2: automatically derive and visualize the system architecture.

  • Step 3: analyze the system architecture with clustering and sequencing algorithms.

  • Step 4: improve the system architecture and repeat steps one to four.

Meet the founders

Tiemen Schuijbroek

Tiemen completed his masters Mechanical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology in 2018. He is creative has a strong focus on visualization and workability and is responsible for the technical implementation of Ratio methods.

Tim Wilschut

Tim holds a M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering. He is ambitious, enthusiastic, curious, (slightly) stubborn and responsible for the conceptual development of Ratio methods and tools.


Want to learn more? We publish most of our methods. So check out the docs.

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