Automated support of the modelling process: A view based on experiments with expert information engineers

  • G. M. Wijers
  • H. Heijes
Session 4A: The Software Process (Technical Papers)
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 436)


A trend can be discerned clearly indicating that current developments in methodologies concentrate on an ongoing structuring and integration of modelling techniques. Automated support is the prime mover of this trend. In this article it is argued that a lack of explicit knowledge about the process of model construction has resulted in problems with CASE-tools concerning adequate support in the form of verification and navigation. We present a view on modelling processes which has been applied in experiments with expert information engineers. The key concepts of this view are strategy and natural level of consistency. It is argued that adequate support can be realized for navigation and verification on the basis of (1) knowledge about tasks and decisions part of a strategy and (2) knowledge about the natural level of consistency of tasks. The experiments with expert information engineers have been performed as part of the realization of a knowledge acquisition approach for modelling knowledge. From each expert we have been able to extract detailed knowledge about the modelling process studied. The last part of this paper describes an architecture of modelling support systems, as well as a prototype that is capable of supporting the presented aspects of modelling processes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. M. Wijers
    • 1
    • 2
  • H. Heijes
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Technical Mathematics and Informatics Department of Information SystemsDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.SERCUtrechtThe Netherlands

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