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Modeling Standards


Key goals of the Modeling Standards MBSE Activity include:

  • Maintain a taxonomy and roadmap of modeling standards of importance for MBSE.
  • Identify gaps in the roadmap which still need to be filled by new standards development projects.
  • Work with the INCOSE Standards Initiative to maintain liaisons and agreements with organizations that develop standards within the taxonomy and roadmap.
  • Serve as a voice of the Systems Engineering user communisty to provide requirements to new modeling standards and to evaluate them during their development process.
  • Encourage cross participation, communications, and collaboration across the MBSE community and standards development organizations and projects.

Measure of Success

The INCOSE MBSE Initiative serves as the voice of MBSE user community to standards development organizations that develop standards for modeling languages and frameworks, mappings and integration of content across these frameworks, and libraries of standard content for reuse across application domains.

Topic Overview / Description

Taxonomy of modeling standards. Following are some initial, but incomplete, classifications for modeling standards:

  • modeling languages, frameworks, and information models, such as SysML and AP233
  • mappings between languages, such as the AP233-SysML mapping and the SysML-Modelica Transformation
  • domain-specific libraries, models, and data, such as standard units, mechanical libraries, and diagrams

Roadmap of modeling standards of importance for MBSE:

  • modeling standards already being developed under formal liaison between INCOSE and other organizations, such as SysML (OMG) and AP233 (ISO TC184/SC4 STEP)
  • modeling standards being developed by other organizations for which INCOSE liaison does not currently exist
  • directory and timeline of modeling standards currently being developed or maintained, including versions and expected dates
  • gaps in coverage of modeling standards that need to be filled by new standards development activities

MBSE Standards Roadmap

At the March 2012 meeting of OMG, a discussion at the Systems Engineering SIG recommended that an initial MBSE standards roadmap should track those standards under some level of active consideration and coordination by existing MBSE-related activities at OMG and INCOSE. The following tables are the start of this roadmap, and gather together the standards identified in discussion and outreach activities to date, both within OMG and from the other challenge and activity teams of the INCOSE MBSE Initiative.

The following table lists those standards for which an active contact has been identified to maintain its own summary page and to maintain communication and coordination for potential application to MBSE needs.

OrganizationSummary Page for StandardCategory
OMG OMG SysML Modeling Language

The following table lists standards which have been identified as potential additions to the list of MBSE-related standards, pending an active contact and/or more detail about its application to MBSE needs.

If you would like to become the primary contact to maintain a summary page and any other relevant information for any of the following standards, please feel free to edit a page by adding a row to the table above and editing a page using this template. Such a page can provide outreach for the standard to the MBSE community.

OMG UML Modeling Language
OMG MOF Metamodeling Facility
OMG XMI Model Interchange
OMG OCL Constraint Language
OMG QVT Transformation Language
OMG Diagram Definition Language Definition Language
OMG FUML Modeling Language
OMG ALF Modeling Language
OMG UPDM Enterprise Architecture
OMG MARTE Real-Time Systems
OMG UTP Testing
OMG SysML-Modelica Transformation Language Mapping
OMG ReqIF Interchange Specification
OMG PLM Services Model Management
OMG SoaML Domain-Specific Language
OMG BPMN Domain-Specific Language
OMG BPDM Domain-Specific Model
OMG Date-Time Vocabulary Domain-Specific Model
OMG ODM Semantic Technology
ISO/IEC JTC1 Common Logic Semantic Technology
W3C RDF Semantic Technology
W3C OWL Semantic Technology
ISO TC184/SC4 AP233 Domain-Specific Model
ISO TC184/SC4 AP242 Domain-Specific Model
IEEE IEEE 1471 Architecture Modeling
? IDEF0 Modeling Language
? OPM Modeling Language
? OOSEM Methodology
SAE AADL Domain-Specific Language
Modelica Association Modelica Domain-Specific Language
Modelica Association Modelica Standard Library Domain-Specific Model
Modelica Association FMI Model Interoperability
AUTOSAR Partnership AUTOSAR Domain-Specific Language
? State Analysis Methodology
? SYSMOD Methodology
DOD HLA Simulation Interoperability
OSLC OSLC Model Interoperability
Eclipse Foundation Eclipse Modeling Projects

Schedule and Work Plan

Target DateMilestoneStatusPoint of Contact
2012-09-11Initial Standards Roadmap Started Roger Burkhart
2011-01-31Modeling Standards Taxonomy and Roadmap Started Roger Burkhart
TBDSysML-AP233 MappingInactive Phil Spiby

Following are past presentations at the INCOSE 2011 and 2012 MBSE Workshops:

2011-01-30 Modeling Standards Day 1 Presentation Roger Burkhart
2011-01-31 Modeling Standards Day 2 Breakout Presentation Roger Burkhart
2012-01-21 Modeling Standards Day 1 Presentation Roger Burkhart

In his INCOSE 2012 MBSE Workshop Presentation above, Roger Burkhart proposed that the Modeling Standards taxonomy and roadmap might fit within a larger taxonomy and roadmap of modeling solutions and practices, including types of models, modeling languages and frameworks, libraries and reference data, services and capabilities (such as model management, transformation, etc.), methodologies, best practices, guidelines, etc.

In the 2012 presentation above, this was called a Modeling Solutions Architecture, but it might also be called a Model-Based Engineering (MBE) Adoption Architecture, or other label to be defined. It would define a kind of Enteprise Architecture framework for any organization to establish a roadmap of available resources and solutions to phase in and phase out over time, in support of their MBSE and larger MBE initiatives. Existing modeling standards as well as active standards developments projects are just a thin slice of the commercially available as well as purely local solutions that any organization needs to plug into the slots of a generic architecture.

Team Members

NameOrganizationContact Information
Roger Burkhart John Deere [email protected]
Sandy Friedenthal [email protected]
Matthew Hause Atego [email protected]
Henson Graves [email protected]
Robert Karban [email protected]
Phil Spiby Eurostep [email protected]
Rick Steiner Raytheon [email protected]

Wiki Articles

Note: some of this material can now migrate into the MBSE Standards Roadmap pages.

Once filled in, this section will provide a catalog of modeling standards projects, organizations, and classifications, by which the Taxonomy and Roadmap of MBSE Modeling Standards can be maintained in an online form. Each project will be invited to maintain its own detailed reference information.

Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK)


The Modeling Standards group of the MBSE Initiative will continue the key coordination roles of the original Model Driven System Design Working Group (MDSD WG) with external standards development groups that focus on providing coverage for model-driven methods. MDSD was responsible for establishing liaisons and formal Memoranda of Understanding with both OMG and ISO TC184/SC4 for the development efforts that led to SysML and ISO STEP AP233. With the transition of the MBSE Initiative to part of the INCOSE Technology Operations organization, the previous work of MDSD is being moved to this MBSE Activity.



AP233 Status

The current status of AP233 is that it is being prepared for publication by ISO. A presentation covering this and some recent pilot projects was given at the MDSD WG meeting at the 2010 INCOSE IS and provided here.

An INCOSE webinar on “AP233 Systems Engineering Overview” was presented on August 18, 2010. An archive of the webinar is available from the INCOSE webinar event page.

mbse/standards.txt · Last modified: 2012/11/08 12:15 by rburkhart