A new software tool for complex mission- and safety-critical systems arrives this month in the form of Atego Vantage. This software combines Model-based Systems and Software Engineering (MBSE), Asset-based Modular Design (SoS/CBD/SOA), and variable Product Line Engineering (PLE).
If you can handle more acronyms, the firm suggests that the combination of these three approaches into Model-based Product Line Engineering (MB-PLE) can reduce development costs by 62% and bring 23% more projects in on time.
Atego Vantage includes the Atego Perspective best practice implementation methodology. This technology includes a Modeler, Asset Library, Process Director, and Check element.
"[This release] simplifies product line design, increases intra-family reuse, and improves both product quality and engineering productivity. [It] is the ideal solution for iterative and common product development, applying ground-breaking techniques for variant modeling and asset reuse," said Hedley Apperly, Atego's VP of product and marketing.
The core of Vantage and the Perspective process is MBSE, extended with Product Line Modeling and Asset Reuse. Product Line Modeling provides a common product family design with variation for only the specific pieces that differ.
The "common" areas are designed and built using MBSE, "Variation" is handled through Product Line Modeling and feature selection, while the "Pieces" are sources from libraries of subsystem, service, and component assets. This approach delivers a real-world implementation of the ISO 26550-2013 "Software and systems engineering — Reference model for product line engineering and management" and ISO 15288 "Systems and Software Engineering — System Lifecycle Processes" standards.