This paper is the product of thoughts for exploring the model-based realization of engineered systems. The question addressed is that given a relevant model, what new knowledge, understanding of emergent properties and insights can be gained by exercising the model? From the perspective that the activity of designing is a decision making process, it follows that better decisions will be made when a decision maker is better informed about the available choices and the ramification of these choices. In the context of an example of designing a small thermal plant, a description of an approach to exploring the solution space in the process of designing complex systems and uncovering emergent properties is presented.

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