Towards a digital twin: How the blockchain can foster E/E-traceability in consideration of model-based systems engineering

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: Heber, Dominik (1,2); Groll, Marco (1,2)
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Daimler AG, Germany; 2: University of Twente, The Netherlands
Section: Product, Services and Systems Design
Page(s): 321-330
ISBN: 978-1-904670-91-9
ISSN: 2220-4342


Complexity of electric/electronics (E/E) in automobiles increases tremendously due to more connectivity and real-time data processing. Hence, huge volatility of E/E artifacts is the consequence. In order to keep track of all changes made from early systems engineering to late after sales, a permeable traceability in data management systems has to be achieved. Therefore, this elaboration adapts the blockchain technology to achieve traceability of E/E development artifacts from early model-based systems engineering (MBSE) till after sales. By this, MBSE is linked to product data management and the automobile’s configuration is known at each instant of time. The Digital Twin, a digital, domain-specific representation of the physical vehicle in one front end tool, makes the complexity still feasible to handle and is empowered by the blockchain. Hence, traceability of E/E artifacts over an automobile’s lifecycle including MBSE is fostered in a manageable manner.

Keywords: Multi-, Cross- and Trans-disciplinary processes, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Product structuring, Product modelling / models


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