Title
The complementary use of IDEF and UML modelling approaches
Abstract
The IDEF and Unified Modelling Language (UML) modelling approaches have become popular in industrial and academic circles. IDEF comprises a suite of graphical modelling techniques designed to formally specify and communicate important aspects of enterprise engineering projects, whereas UML is a modelling language that can be used to generate computer-executable models that encode key aspects of software engineering projects.This paper considers similarities and differences between IDEF and UML modelling approaches. It is observed that the combined development and reuse of IDEF and UML models has the potential to place information technology (IT) systems engineering projects into a wider context of enterprise engineering. An electronics industry case study is described to illustrate this observation. Particularly, this study illustrates how semantic information encoded by different types of IDEF diagramming technique can be re-represented and reused as models expressed in alternative notations. The study illustrates benefits gained from using IDEF as a business front end to UML. Further, it indicates how consistency can be maintained between multiperspective models expressed in terms of general purpose IDEF and UML modelling constructs.
Year
DOI
Venue
2003
10.1016/S0166-3615(02)00145-8
Computers in Industry
Keywords
DocType
Volume
Modelling methods,UML modelling approach,modelling approach,modelling language,enterprise engineering project,systems engineering project,graphical modelling technique,enterprise engineering,Systems integration,Enterprise modelling,UML modelling construct,UML model,complementary use,software engineering project
Journal
50
Issue
ISSN
Citations 
1
Computers in Industry
35
PageRank 
References 
Authors
2.73
3
4
Name
Order
Citations
PageRank
Cheol-Han Kim113412.46
R. H. Weston2413.72
A. Hodgson3352.73
Kyunghuy Lee4583.80