UAF®, formerly UPDM™, with MBSE European Summit. June 6, 2017, Brussels, Belgium



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Join us on Tuesday Morning, June 6th at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Brussels, Belgium for the UAF®, formerly UPDM™, with MBSE European Summit. This complimentary Summit explores how to leverage MBSE with Architecture modeling in an integrated and disciplined approach, enabling the modernization of complex systems (Systems of Systems, C4I systems and heavy industry systems), bringing together thought leaders from government, system integrators, the UAF development team, and practitioners to discuss the challenges, strategies, and current and emerging practices, and to inform the user community on the path forward. UAF with MBSE attendees will have the opportunity to exchange experiences and ideas. A companion program to the morning session will be presented in the afternoon on UAF and MBSE Tutorials. Please come back in the afternoon for a deeper dive.

The Unified Architecture Framework® (UAF) and Profile (UAFP)

The UAFP is a response to the "UML® Profile for DoDAF/MODAF" Request for Proposal c4i/13-09-11 (UPDM 3.0 RFP.)1 UAFP enables the extraction of specified and custom views from an integrated architecture description (AD) in support of a model-based systems engineering (MBSE) approach. The views describe a system from a set of stakeholders' concerns such as security or information. The UAFP specification supports the Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF) 2.02, the Ministry of Defence Architecture Framework (MODAF), Security Views from Canada's Department of National Defense Architecture Framework (DNDAF) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Architecture Framework (NAF) v 3.1. The core concepts in the UAF domain metamodel used to specify the UAFP are based upon the DoDAF 2.0.2 Domain Metamodel (DM2) and the MODAF ontological data exchange mechanism (MODEM, which is intended to provide the basis for the next version of NAF). The intent is to provide a standard representation for AD support for Defense Organizations. UAFP is also intended to support a standard representation for non-defense organizations' ADs as part of their Systems Engineering (SE) technical processes. The associated UAF metamodel (see c4i/2015-10-2) intent is to improve the ability to exchange architecture data between related tools that are UML/SysML® based and tools that are based on other standards. UAFP v 1.0 will support the capability to:

  • model architectures for a broad range of complex systems, which may include hardware, software, data,
    personnel, and facility elements;
  • model consistent architectures for system-of-systems (SoS) down to lower levels of design and implementation;
  • support the analysis, specification, design, and verification of complex systems;
  • support cybersecurity analysis, specification, and mitigation of security risks from a system/infrastructure perspective
    and to aggregate the impact analysis to the operational perspective and cybersecurity risks' impact on the mission; and
  • improve the ability to exchange architecture information among related tools that are SysML based and tools that
    are based on other standards.


0830 - 0900 Welcome & Introductions
0900 - 0930 An Introduction to the Unified Architecture Framework (UAF)
Graham Bleakley, Ph.D., Principal Consultant, Systems Engineering & Architecture Frameworks, IBM and OMG UAF Co-Chair
Aurelijus Morkevicius, Ph.D., Head of Solutions, No Magic, Inc., and OMG UAFCo-Chair
Matthew Hause, GTM Solutions Specialist, Fellow, PTC, and OMG UAF Co-Chair
0930 - 1000 MBSE Acquisition Reference Model (ARM) - Lowering the Barrier to MBSE Using UPDM/UAF
Laura Hart, The MITRE Corporation, Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC)
1000 - 1030 Introduction of MBSE at Airbus Helicopters
Dr. Jörg Wirtz, Head of R&D Methods and Tools, ETPM, Airbus Helicopters
  1. General model based engineering roadmap of Airbus Helicopters: from computer aided design to model based design and from computer aided system engineering to model based engineering: what are AH expectations, rational and roadmap?
  2. Overview on current MBSE activities at AH: From CONCOPS/ Functional Architecture to Physical Architecture and link to model based design
  3. Model based requirements management : applying PMM-methods at Airbus Helicopters
  4. ntroduction of PTC Integrity Modeler for Avionics physical architecture: an overview on the project
  5. Integrity Modeler and the UPDM: need for congruence with NAF and mapping approach -Lessons learned and out look
1030 - 1100 Morning Refreshments
1100 - 1130 How Much of the Interface Traceability is Needed in the Architecture?
Piotr Malecki, Senior Systems Engineer, Department of Weapon, Command & Control System Integration CSEP (Certified Systems Engineering Professional), ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems

The development of the system architecture is a complex and multi-faced activity. In the development of Complex Systems or when a System of Systems has to be harnessed, the architecture description takes central place to express the points of view of different stakeholders. Architecture Frameworks are helpful for this purpose.

The author gives a short overview of his understanding of architecture. Based on this picture, the need for interface traceability between the different architectural views and between increasing levels of detail inside of a particular architecture view is shown.
The real-life needs for interface traceability observed during the system design corresponding to increasing level of detail inside of one view or a set of views will be sketched. The patterns for fulfilling the interface traceability needs which are known to the author and associated challenges will be mentioned.

The experience and opinions of the audience will be hopefully reflected in a short discussion.

1130 - 1200 System of System Engineering and Continuous Architecture
Antoine Lonjon, Chief Innovation Officer, MEGA International

Systems of systems raise many challenges as they seek to provide additional capabilities through the interoperability of existing autonomous systems.

  • How adding capabilities without breaking the existing independent ones?
  • How shared management shall be organized?
  • How enough autonomy and independency shall be maintained?

Guidance of traditional engineering practices is not enough to handle these challenges. The emerging discipline of continuous architecture attempts to provide a first answer.


If you register for the OMG Technical Meeting Week, you do not have to pay additional fee(s) (if applicable) to attend any or all of the special events. If you register only for a specific special event, then the relevant special fees apply. This event is scheduled for the morning only and lunch is not included.


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