Safety Case Development with SBVR-Based Controlled Language

  • Yaping Luo
  • Mark van den BrandEmail author
  • Alexandre Kiburse
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 580)


Safety case development is highly recommended by some safety standards to justify the safety of a system. The Goal Structuring Notation (GSN) is a popular approach to construct a safety case. However, the content of the safety case elements, such as safety claims, is in natural language. Therefore, a common understanding of the meaning of a safety claim may be difficult to reach. Consequently, the confidence of a safety claim can be misplaced. In this paper, we propose to use an SBVR-based controlled language to support safety case development. By using the controlled language, the ambiguities caused by natural language can be mitigated. Furthermore, an SBVR editor for building a vocabulary and a GSN editor with vocabulary support are developed. Finally, a case study has been carried out to show the benefits of using the controlled language for safety case construction.


Safety case SBVR Controlled language Conceptual model 



The research leading to these results has received funding from the FP7 programme under grant agreement n\(^\text {o}\) 289011 (OPENCOSS).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yaping Luo
    • 1
  • Mark van den Brand
    • 1
    Email author
  • Alexandre Kiburse
    • 2
  1. 1.Eindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Klee GroupLe Plessis-RobinsonFrance

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