Lightweight visualization of SysML models in PDM systems

DS 87-3 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 3: Product, Services and Systems Design, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Nigischer, Christian; Gerhard, Detlef
Series: ICED
Institution: TU Wien, Austria
Section: Product, Services and Systems Design
Page(s): 061-070
ISBN: 978-1-904670-91-9
ISSN: 2220-4342


Increasing product complexity and diversity especially in case of mechatronic products leads to the need for extended method and tool support during product development. Specialized authoring tools allow the creation of descriptive product models utilizing modelling languages like the Systems Modelling Language (SysML). The high level of complexity also requires a lot of coordination and collaboration effort and the associated data exchange between a variety of stakeholders. Although specifications exist, exchange of SysML model data – in particular of graphical diagram information – is often not possible due to compatibility problems. Hence, a concept for visualizing SysML models in Product Data Management (PDM) systems without using an authoring tool is introduced. A layer model generated by using design phase information delivered by the Requirements, Functional, Logical, Physical (RFLP) product design approach is proposed. Furthermore, various functions of the visualization module are presented. The so-called “Lightweight Visualization” approach shall ease the exchangeability of SysML model data within distributed development networks.

Keywords: Early design phases, Systems Engineering (SE), Visualisation, Systems Modelling Language (SysML), Model data exchange


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