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SEER-H for Hardware


Plan, Analyse, and Manage Hardware, Electronics and Systems Development Projects 



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SEER for Hardware, Electronics, & Systems (SEER HW) is a decision-support tool that reliably and accurately estimates the total cost of ownership for new product development projects.


Project Estimating Software - Supports planning efforts throughout the project development lifecycle from project inception to production, including systems level, product development, production, operations, support and disposal costs. 


Project Planning Software - Provides detailed insight into the risks, uncertainty and cost drivers associated with hardware development, acquisition and integration. Electronics.

SEER HW (formerly SEER-H) enables project engineers, planners, and managers to determine lifecycle costs and development timetables for hardware projects spanning:


  • Mechanical

  • Electronic

  • Structural

  • Hydraulic

Unlike CAD and EDA tools which focus on designing features and functions, SEER HW focuses on providing an early preview of the effort, cost, time-to-market, staffing, risk and reliability involved in bringing a product to market and maintaining it over time -- a powerful adjunct to traditional project management software applications. Estimates are inclusive of development, production, operations, and support, addressing what is being built (the component, sub-system, system or system of systems), how it must perform, and how and where it will be built. For system-level estimates, SEER HW explicitly addresses the added costs associated with integrating components and subsystems into a coherent, functioning system.





All SEER solutions are built on the same design principles, incorporating the following application elements:



An intuitive interface for defining and describing projects. Users can generate a new project from an existing project “template” or by adding and defining individual work elements. A series of pop-up windows and annotations guide users through the process of defining project scope, complexity, and technologies.


Simulation/Modeling Engine:

Sophisticated sector-specific mathematical models derived from extensive project histories, behavioural models, and metrics.


Knowledge Bases:

SEER Knowledge Bases serve as a virtual “in-house expert,” providing default project definitions, values, ranges, and calibrations based on comparable project histories. Enables users to develop first-look estimates when very little information is known, and to refine those estimates as details become available



A variety of charts, graphs, and reports for quickly summarizing and presenting project outcomes and alternatives as well as work-in-progress.


Open architecture and APIs ensure that SEER applications can be easily integrated with departmental productivity solutions and enterprise applications.





Two-stage Project Estimating Approach

The SEER HW solution employs a two-stage approach to project estimating, leveraging similar project histories (industry and/or company-provided) and proven formulaic cost relationships. In the first stage of modeling a project, SEER HW generates an analogy between the current project and a comprehensive database of technical, programmatic, and cost information that is continually reviewed for applicability to current estimating requirements and technology. In the second stage of hardware and electronics modeling, Cost-Estimating Relationships (CERs) are applied to the analogous cost estimate to address company-specific development and production factors.


Project Planning Software for Complex Projects

From a preliminary estimate SEER HW users can optimise their project planning, performing extensive trade-off analyses on various design and production options such as make-buy considerations, alternative materials or labour sources, varying production runs, or different support scenarios. SEER HW is also fully integrated with SEER for Software and SEER for Manufacturing enabling users to develop a “Total System Vision” of complex projects. The results of these analyses can be documented and shared using SEER’s rich reporting capabilities, as well as exported to Microsoft Project and numerous other 3rd-party applications.


Learn about the additional capabilities of SEER for Hardware, Electronics & Systems project management software and how these extended capabilities can further improve your hardware development lifecycle:


Extended Capabilities

The SEER for Hardware, Electronics & Systems (SEER HW) product line consists of the SEER HW Core (formerly SEER-H) and extended capabilities which can be licensed individually or bundled within a choice of delivery editions.





SEER Integration to MS Project automatically constructs a complete project plan from any SEER for Hardware project estimate. This integration may be used "out-of-the-box" or with customized activity plans and labour categories.


Integrated Circuits Pro simplifies the estimation of development and production costs for custom ICs, ASICs and FPGAs. While the SEER HW core includes functionality to estimate IC costs at the PCB and module level, dramatic increases in cost and complexity of custom components have made it necessary to estimate electronic components at a great level of specificity. SEER for ICs Pro enables electronics specialists to develop accurate and reliable estimates specifying FPGA input variables such as Active I/O Pins per Chip, Clock Speed or Frequency, Active Logic Cells, New Design %, Front and Back-end Complexity, and more. ASIC input variables include Process; Die Area; Feature Size (nanometers); Effective Gates per Die, Logic; Memory, and IP Logic Gates and Complexity; and more than 15 additional parameters.




Electro-optical Sensors Pro (EOS Pro) adds specific features to extend the capability of SEER HW to estimate the life-cycle costs of electro-optical sensors. EOS Pro estimates are derived from the technology options a user selects, as well as the values specified for key technical and performance parameters.