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A cartography for Models and Simulations

For performance of the entity of interest lifecycle processes, companies use different types of methods, processes and tools depending on their business and strategy. The development of models and simulations allows analyzing, estimating, and evaluating principles, properties, and attributes without necessity to have the entity of interest available in its real operating conditions. M&S are complementary activities to define and collectively provide data necessary for explicit decision making and performance of the lifecycle processes. To ease the performance of these lifecycle processes, it is important to get a cartography of kinds of models and simulations (M&S Cartography), with a mapping per lifecycle phase, with regards to usable standards, methodologies, activities, and tools.


The M&S cartography project, called MoSimCart in the ATLAS program, proposes a framework assessed through specific use cases. This framework defines M&S typologies per entity of interest lifecycle phase, with features to store, query and visualize information items collected, assessed, and established with experts of the exploited domains. The ATLAS lifecycle framework also proposes to identify phases sharing relevant standards with potential relations between kinds of models and simulations. The Figure 1 gives an example of considered characteristics as purpose, nature, languages, standards, and methods.

The MoSimCart project aims at providing very flexible and customizable visualization features in order to show the various perspectives from a model, a simulation or a lifecycle phase point of view. From one point of view, the framework can visualize the related other information items. This allows various analyses of mapping of models and simulations along the lifecycle of an entity of interest according to business cases. Figure 2 gives an example of what can be done with a graph representation. For a given model, links are given for expected lifecycle phases with associated simulation components. This model-centric viewpoint could move to a simulation-centric adapted viewpoint of a entity of interest lifecycle stage.

The deliverables of the project contribute to better formalize a solution description, improve solution trustworthiness, better sustain solution lifecycle, improve communication with stakeholders, better manage the solution and value added, and improve knowledge and reuse of models, simulations patterns.



Thales, Nexter, Airbus and Renault are participating in this project.

Call for participation and collaboration

ATLAS is pleased to welcome additional participants: to join this initiative contact Myriam Nouvel or Pascal Hubert.

This project is open for collaboration with other associations over the world, with the objective to turn this initiative to an international project.




Pascal Hubert, AFNeT Services

Myriam Nouvel, Thales

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