Automation of industrial and consumer products has reached the level on which systems provide for the capability to supervise decisions on physical actions and execution of these actions. Development of these industrial products proceed during their full lifecycle requiring lifecycle integration of innovation, manufacturing, and application as well as utilization the recently emerged methodology of continuous engineering. Engineering in the above level of industrial technology requires contextually integrated model system which serves all research, development, production, and operational activities during the integrated life cycle of product. Smart product requires smart model system which has the capability to recognize situation and apply it at decision on values of relevant product object parameters in virtual to control physical operation of product. This paper introduces recent contributions in modeling for smart engineering. It starts with a novel general model of integrated smart engineering system. Considering this model, smart engineering specific upgrade of formerly published concept of virtual engineering space (VES) is introduced. VES upgrade concentrates on research as key issue in giving smart characteristics for contexts in VES model system. Following this, contextual driving of object parameters is outlined for integrated smart engineering system. The remaining part of paper introduces concept and plan of virtual research laboratory (VRL) in close connection with modeling for integrated smart engineering system. Plans are outlined for next future implementation of the VRL concept and methodology at the Doctoral School of Applied Informatics and Applied Mathematics, Óbuda University. The laboratory system consists of research eligible configuration of the 3DEXPERIENCE engineering modeling platform. It is accessed in the professional cloud of Dassault Systémes.
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