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MES launches the Modeling Guidelines Interest Group: A specialist forum for modeling professionals in which to discuss guidelines and exchange ideas about developing safety-critical software.

Model Engineering Solutions (MES) has created a new forum for modeling experts: the Modeling Guidelines Interest Group (MGIGroup). The purpose of the group is to establish a forum in which to discuss the challenges of implementing modeling guidelines, particularly in safety-critical software applications. A first online meeting has already taken place with participants from AVL, Daimler, Ford, GM, Samsung, Siemens, Schaeffler and WABCO.

Confronting challenges in modeling

Modeling Guidelines Interest Group (MGIGroup)

Modeling software in accordance with current safety standards such as ISO 26262 (automotive) or DO 331 (aviation) requires state-of-the-art modeling techniques. When using the Simulink modeling language for generating software, guidelines such as MAAB, MISRA Simulink/Stateflow or tool-specific modeling requirements such as dSPACE TargetLink or MathWorks High Integrity Guidelines must be followed. Frequently modelers also have to take company-specific additions into account. For modelers, this can often mean having to respect up to 500 modeling guidelines at one time. However safety standards do not provide clear instructions on which guidelines to select and apply from the various guideline documents. Another difficulty is that documents are in part redundant or can even contain guidelines that contradict each other. Exchange of best practices, modeling patterns for safety-critical software, the need for new guidelines, possible updates to older guidelines and ways of eliminating sources of error in tools in the tool chain are just some of the topics that the MES MGIGroup will address.

Profit from valuable experience

MES has extensive experience in managing model-based development projects and has helped numerous companies move from code-based to model-based development. The use of modeling guidelines and industry best practices is always a key issue here.

Dr. Ingo Stürmer, CEO of MES, summarizes why the MGIGroup was created, “Our vision is to bring together all the bright sparks in model-based software development to discuss and drive forward the further development of guidelines. What are the latest challenges we face? How do we handle hot topics such as complexity and redundancy? How can quality be safeguarded, especially when we are dealing with safety-critical software? And to what extent can compliance checking be automated? We are very excited about all the positive feedback we’ve received since the group was set up. It shows that we have our finger on the pulse of what people need to know today.”

As initiator, MES moderates the group’s discussions and organizes regular online meetings.

A LinkedIn group has also been set up as an additional discussion platform. You are very welcome to join this group upon request:

Next online meeting

The group’s next online meeting will be held on Tuesday, 9 February 2016 at 15.00 CET.
Please register to join us at:
Both membership and participation are completely free of charge.

About MES: Läuft die Software, fährt das Auto

Model Engineering Solutions GmbH (MES) is the competence center for model-based software in the car. MES Model Examiner® (MXAM) is the first-choice solution for checking modeling guidelines. MES Test Manager® perfectly implements requirements-based unit testing in model-based development. MES Quality Commander® (MQC) evaluates the quality and product-readiness of your software and delivers key decision-making data throughout the product development lifecycle. MES provides individual consulting and services to companies seeking to introduce or enhance their model-based development processes, to introduce new technologies such as AUTOSAR, or to fulfill standards such as ISO 26262. MES clients include major OEMs and suppliers to the automotive industry worldwide. MES is a TargetLink® Strategic Partner of dSPACE GmbH and a MathWorks and ETAS Product Partner.

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