Webinar Recordings

Drive Complex Engineering Analytical Workflows using Rhapsody and Phoenix Integration ModelCenter to Verify Requirements

Date: January 28, 2021
Dr. Scott Ragon of Phoenix Integration – Director, Technical Business Development
Ilya Tolchinsky of Phoenix Integration – Lead Application Engineer
Todd Dunnavant PhD of IBM – Executive IT Specialist


This session will describe and demonstrate ModelCenter MBSE, an analysis integration framework for IBM® Rational® Rhapsody®. ModelCenter MBSE allows engineers to integrate Rational® Rhapsody® models with any modeling and analysis tool to validate system architecture and behavior, verify requirements satisfaction, and perform trade studies to optimize the system architecture and design. The results are reduced costs, shortened development times, and higher quality products.

We will demonstrate how engineers can use ModelCenter to automate any engineering analysis tool (COTS tools such as Excel, MATLAB, CATIA, ANSYS, HyperMesh, and Teamcenter, as well as in-house FORTRAN and Python codes, etc.), and connect these tools together to create automated and repeatable engineering process workflows. The individual analysis tools can reside on different operating systems and in different geographical locations. When a workflow is executed, the integrated analysis tools are executed in the order specified by the workflow, and data is automatically linked from tool to tool as needed.

Finally, we will show how engineers can use ModelCenter MBSE to connect the automated workflows to Rational® Rhapsody® model elements for architecture and design validation, behavioral analysis, and optimization, by allowing system engineers to create, update and execute engineering analyses directly from Rational® Rhapsody® to assess system performance against requirements. We will conclude by presenting industry case studies illustrating the use and benefits of the Phoenix Integration integration and automation technology.

Listen to January 28 recording here.

Instantly Boost Your Project Team’s Bandwidth by Up to 33%…by Automating Routine Tasks Performed by Every Project

Date: January 21, 2021
Presenters: Bob Parro of River North Systems

A vast amount of anecdotal evidence acquired over decades from many companies in a wide swath of regulated industries points to an average of 25 to 33% of each project team member’s time is spent manually post-processing documents generated from design tools. What if that time could be eliminated or nearly eliminated? Project teams would see an immediate boost in productivity by that same amount. Find out how your team can realize such a productivity boost by smartly leveraging IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management (ELM) and/or IBM Engineering Requirements Management DOORS Classic platforms.

Dynamic Object Oriented Requirements System (DOORS) is a requirement management tool for software and systems developers.

Listen to January 21 recording here.

Tracking Your requirements and test assets from RFP to Project Delivery with IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management – Part 2

Date: December 17, 2020
Presenters: Jim Herron of Island Training

In this 60-minute webinar, which is a follow-on to Managing Your requirements and test assets, we’ll prioritize, assign, schedule, track, and report progress of all tasks and defects linked to requirement creation and validation efforts..

Listen to December 17th recording here.

For Part I of this presentation, click here.

Managing Your requirements and test assets with IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management – Part 1

Date: December 3, 2020
Presenters: Jim Herron of Island Training

Still managing requirements and test assets with Excel® and Word? In the first 30 minutes of this webinar, you’ll see Word and Excel requirements transformed into an intelligent network of linked assets in DOORS Next for improved RFP response,requirement decomposition, tracing, and reporting.

In the second 30 minutes of this webinar, you’ll see the linkage between test cases and requirements for ease of monitoring validation results with continuous visibility to requirement test coverage and results.

Listen to December 3rd recording here.

For Part II of this presentation, click here.

Connecting IBM Engineering Solutions with Simulink for an ISO 26262 Compliant Test Process

Date: November 12, 2020
Presenters: Nabile Khoury and Thabo Krick of BTC Embedded Systems AG

Standards like ISO 26262 for the development of safety critical systems in the automotive domain require to manage traceability between different types of artifacts in the development process. This traceability is in particular important when it comes to requirements and test cases, so that the following questions can be answered with confidence and accuracy at any project stage:

a. Did we create test cases for every requirement?
b. Which requirement(s) is/are covered by a particular test case?
c. Are there requirements which are not correctly implemented by the software?

One option to connect the different tools could be the use of exchange formats like Excel or ReqIf. But especially as todays embedded software development projects become more agile, these exchange formats are inefficient and error prone, as they introduce many manual import/export which can’t guarentee the consistency of the data.

To solve this problem, IBM has introduced the OSLC standard as part of the IBM Engineering solutions, which allows different development and verification tools to communicate directly with “IBM Engineering Test Management” and “IBM Engineering Requirements Management DOORS Next”.

We will show you how to efficiently perform an ISO 26262 compliant software test within a Model-based development process ensuring full traceability between requirements, test cases and test results.

Listen to November 12 recording here.

Engineering Track #4 Shift left! Verify your requirements sooner using Model Execution and Model-Based Testing

Date: October 15, 2020. 2:30PM EDT
Presenter: Todd Dunnavant of IBM

Early verification of requirements “shifting left” is recognized as a key to delivering projects on time, on budget, with full functionality.  In this session, you’ll learn how you can shift left, proceed with greater confidence, and save time and money by leveraging IBM’s capabilities for animating system models and our unique capabilities for model-based testing.

Listen to October 15th recording here.

Engineering Track #3 Build better requirements! Inject AI into your requirements engineering workflows

Date: October 15, 2020. 2:00PM EDT
Presenter: Rob Truban of IBM

A poorly written requirement is the earliest form of a defect and can be the most expensive to deal with if not caught quickly. Remove the risk of low-quality requirements by leveraging AI and RQA. With RQA, you can automate the requirements review process, saving considerable time while significantly improving your requirements’ quality. In this session we will present requirements management with AI utilizing IBM’s Requirements Quality Assistant.

Listen to October 15th recording here.

Engineering Track #2 How the International Space Station insures reliablity and safety by unitilizing IBM DOORS Next Generation

Date: October 15, 2020. 1:30PM EDT
Presenter: Joveline Ollero and Sierra Matlock (NASA Contractors)

Methods for requirements management have evolved since the International Space Station (ISS) program began over 20 years ago. Requirements databases can provide improved traceability, visibility, and consistency of requirements data, however existing processes are structured around paper documents. The conversion to managing requirements through databases in existing document based projects can be difficult. Learn about how DOORS Next Generation is being leveraged within the long established ISS program as well as the developing Gateway program, and the unique challenges associated with both.

Listen to October 15th recording here.

Engineering Track #1 Insightful Engineering at Enterprise Scale

Date: October 15, 2020. 1:00PM EDT
Presenter: Phil Bardasian of IBM

Teams facing the challenge of designing, developing and engineering sophisticated products that cost less, in shorter periods of time and with fewer resources, must not only engineer new technologies but also integrate new solutions that drive faster time to market at lower cost from trusted vendors. IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management (ELM) is a comprehensive, end-to-end solution that integrates technologies such as the Watson AI-powered Requirements Quality Assistant (RQA) to improve the quality of increasingly complex requirements.

Listen to October 15th recording here.

Testing external code including Simulink code with IBM Engineering Systems Design Rhapsody and TestConductor Add On

Date: October 1, 2020
Presenter: Dr. Hartmut Wittke – Software Engineer for the BTC Embedded Systems AG

In this presentation we show how the behavior of a system under development can be tested even if legacy code is part of the model behavior. The legacy code can be manually developed or coming froma Simulink workflow including auto-code generation with EmbeddedCoder. External code can be “unit tested” in Rhapsody with TestConductor, very similar to the testing of UML or SysML units.But also end-to-end tests can be executed where external codeplays a role as part of a bigger system or software model.

Our Presenter Dr. Hartmut Wittke studied Computer Science at the University of Oldenburg, Germany. He finished 1997 his Diploma. From 1997 to 2005, he worked for OFFIS in Oldenburg and finished with his PhD Thesis on compositional specification verification of complex embedded systems. Since 2005 he develops UML based testing tools as software engineer for the BTC Embedded Systems AG

Listen to October 1st recording here

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