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A Tool Integration Platform for Multi-Disciplinary Development
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0889-5190
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.).
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4300-885X
2005 (English)In: EUROMICRO-SEAA 2005: 31st EUROMICRO Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications, Proceedings, Los Alamitos: IEEE COMPUTER SOC , 2005, 442-449 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In multi-disciplinary development, where various domain specific tools are used by developers to specify and analyse a system, efficient system development requires that the models produced by these tools are well integrated into a whole, reducing any risks of inconsistencies and conflicts in the design information specified In this paper we present an architecture for a model and tool integration platform that borrows its major components from well known and accepted standards from both computer and mechanical engineering. The architecture supports model integration, where models defined in different tools for different aspects of the same system are related such that they may share and exchange data. The integration platform also enables model management functionalities on a fine-grained level, suggesting a combination of the functionalities found in traditional data management systems such as product data management (PDM) and software configuration management (SCM).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Los Alamitos: IEEE COMPUTER SOC , 2005. 442-449 p.
National Category
Mechanical Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-5381DOI: 10.1109/EUROMICRO.2005.10ISI: 000232368700051Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-33747449542ISBN: 0-7695-2431-1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-5381DiVA: diva2:9734
Conference
31st EUROMICRO Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications Oporto, PORTUGAL, AUG 30-SEP 03, 2005
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QC 20110121Available from: 2006-02-23 Created: 2006-02-23 Last updated: 2011-01-21Bibliographically approved
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1. A Model Management and Integration Platform for Mechatronics Product Development
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Model Management and Integration Platform for Mechatronics Product Development
2006 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

Mechatronics development requires the close collaboration of various specialist teams and engineering disciplines. Developers from the different disciplines use domain-specific tools to specify and analyse the system of interest. This leads to different views of the system, each targeting a specific audience, using that audience’s familiar language, and concentrating on that audience’s concerns. Successful system development requires that the views of all developers produced by the different tools are well integrated into a whole, reducing any risks of inconsistencies and conflicts in the design information specified.

This thesis discusses techniques of managing and integrating the views from various disciplines, taking better advantage of multidisciplinary, model-based, development. A Model Data Management (MDM) platform that generically manages models from the various domain-specific tools used in development is presented. The platform is viewed as a unification of the management functionalities typically provided by the discipline-specific PDM and SCM systems. The unification is achieved by unifying the kind of objects it manages – models. View integration is considered as an integral functionality of this platform.

In demonstrating the platform’s feasibility, a generic version management functionality of models is implemented. In addition, model integration is investigated for the allocation of system functions onto the implementing hardware architecture. The proposed approach promotes the independent development of the views, allowing developers from each discipline to work concurrently, yet ensuring the completeness, correctness and analysis of any inter-view design decisions made.

The prototype MDM platform builds on existing technologies from each of the mechanical and software disciplines. The proposed MDM system is built based on a configurable PDM system, given its maturity and ability to manage model contents appropriately. At the same time, the version control functionality borrows ideas from the fine-grained version control algorithms in the software discipline.

The platform is argued to be feasible given the move towards model-based development in software engineering, bringing the discipline’s needs closer to those of the hardware discipline. This leads the way for an easier and more effective integrated management platform satisfying the needs of both disciplines using a common set of mechanisms.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2006. xii, 54 p.
Series
Trita-MMK, ISSN 1400-1179 ; 2006:03
National Category
Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-3859 (URN)91-7178-268-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2006-03-03, Sal F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stockholm, 10:00
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QC 20110124Available from: 2006-02-23 Created: 2006-02-23 Last updated: 2011-01-24Bibliographically approved

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