Release Notes

Last updates and new versions of the Systems Engineering Suite

Final releases

Each release note will tell you what’s new in each version, and will also describe any backwards-incompatible changes made in that version.

Version 2018.4 Release 0 / August 3, 2020

3 August 2020

CONNECTORS

  • OSLC-KM:
    • Improved parsing from Capella files
  • EXCEL:
    • Inferring connection provider for Excel when copying/pasting Excel files with EQA configuration files to another machine with another Excel architecture (32-bits to 64-bit MS Excel installation or the other way around) for the same configuration options.
  • DOORS:
    • Improved “Module configuration loader for DOORS” feature:
      • Compatibility with DOORS 9.7
      • Fixed some bug while processing the csv configuration file in specific conditions
    • DNG:
      • New RAT widget available (see further below)

RQA 

  • Refreshed custom code, special sentences and completeness/consistency configuration windows with animated tabs in the style of the parameterized and non-parameterized correctness metric configuration window introduced in v18.3.
  • Requirements out-of-date warning improved to include the time spent in storing assessment attributes in the RMS. Additionally, split the warning into two stages:
    • Consistency and Completeness quality assessment out-of-date warning
    • Correctness out-of-date warning.
  • Change in default configuration for new correctness metrics: the “Count Repetitions” option is enabled by default.
  • Added select all/none buttons in specification selector window
  • Added pattern and pattern group parameters in special sentences and custom-code correctness metrics to select the part of text in the requirement statement to analyze.
  • Improved misspelling metric.
    • Improved performance while loading dictionaries.
    • Now the check can:
      • Separate numbers from unit measurement units.
      • Consider terminology coming out of libraries or external knowledge interfaces (KIs)
    • Improved dictionary loads
  • Minor improvements in UI experience.

RAT  

  • Improved and fixed bugs in the requirement edition window:
    • Suggestion management
    • Tooltips on top of the edited text
    • Improved UI messages to be more concise
    • Improved autocomplete options
    • Improved behavior while dealing with references/hyperlinks
    • Improved behavior for “Literal” slots in pattern while authoring with a pattern containing such type of slot.

 

  • “Save As…” option improved: when target project has only one specification now it is not necessary to select it.

RAT plugin for Rhapsody      

  • Improve behavior while dealing with references/hyperlinks in requirement authoring

RAT widget for DNG    

  • Real-time pattern-based authoring available.
  • On-the-fly quality assessment available.

Traceability        

  • New traceability module management available
  • New Impact Analysis available
  • New “Export traces” feature available
  • Evaluate consistency automatically on load module avoided
  • UI now available in Spanish
  • Increased performance
  • Fix content not updated on meta-data for work product in artifact with representation
  • Smart management “single document view” for suggestions and traced elements (avoid refreshing at minimum change)

SE Suite Server

  • New possibility to configure secure database connections with certificate and smart cards:
    • Speeding them up, by only checking the validity of the certificate the first time a connection is open inside a session
    • Or to keep checking it in every database query, slower option.

KM   

  • New possibility to configure secure database connections with certificate and smart cards:
    • Speeding them up, by only checking the validity of the certificate the first time a connection is open inside a session
    • Or to keep checking it in every database query, slower option.
  • Suggestion management improvement:
    • Double click on pending suggestion now launch approval process instead of edition window.
  • New indexer configuration options for the formalization stage when working at document level.
  • Solved bug while loading libraries
  • Solved bug while copying the contents to another database
  • Solved bug while creating a new library
  • Improved general performance
  • Added the features of the Migration tool to the KM Connection window.
    • Possibility of migration database structure and data in the connection window.

Database proxy

  • New possibility to configure secure database connections with certificate and smart cards:
    • Speeding them up, by only checking the validity of the certificate the first time a connection is open inside a session
    • Or to keep checking it in every database query, slower option.

Ontology   

  • New improved out-of-the-box ontology for English language
Version 2018.3 Release 0 / December 17, 2019

17 December 2019

RQA Build version 18.3.0.0

CONNECTORS

  • OSLC-KM:
    • Improved connection window
  • EXCEL:
    • Possibitlies to load additional attributes to be used for filtering while setting up any type of metrics.
  • DOORS Next Generation:
    • Improved connection for off-line assessment (RQA Batch)

RQA:

  • Improved overlapping consistencty metric
  • Improved spellchecker system to handle hexadecimal numbers properly such as 0x10ABDECF or 10ABDECFh
  • Improved spellchecker system to handle decimal numbers adjacent to measurement units properly such as 7.2e-2kW
  • Improved correcteness, consistency and completeness custom-code edition environment with possiblities to load custom assemblies.
  • Improved correctness aggregated results window.
  • New possiblities for all the requirement statement related correctness metrics to identify which part of the statement to assess by using pattern matching techniques.
  • New possibilites for completeness and consistency metric configuration to adapt to the ontology changes when evolving with new terms, relationships, etc.

SE Suite Server:

  • Fixed bug while configuring the Scheduled Task for off-line assessment

RAT:

  • Improved writing experience in French language mainly ragarding the use of apostrophe

RAT Widget for DNG:

  • Evolution of the previous RQA widget in DNG, now covering also RAT capabilites.

KNOWLEDGE Manager (KM):

  • Improved feature of “why my pattern does not match the input text”
  • Improved management of libraries.
  • Improved generation and management of spellchecker dictionaries

Database connections:

  • Ensure possibility of secure connection using HTTPS and Certificates from the SE Suite client applications to the Ontology Database

Ontology Proxy:

  • New piece available for deployment when it’s restricted by company policies to connect from the client applications (RQA, RAT, KM, etc) directly to the database.
Version 2018.2 Release 0 / May 15, 2019

15 May 2019
RQA Build version 18.2.7073.22506

CONNECTORS:

  • OSLC-KM:
    • Improved integration with SysML
  • DOORS Next Generation:
    • Improved connection time
    • Implemented new filter by artifact type
    • Added possibility to configure the artifact type for new requirements created using RAT

ONTOLOGY INTEGRATION:

  • Japanese
    • Introduced new dictionaries to improve tokenization.
    • Revised completeness and consistency metric results.

RQA:

  • Renamed from VERIFICATION STUDIO
  • Improved overlapping consistencty metric
  • Improved spellchecker system to handle stem in the controlled vocabulary in the ontology for different languages

RAT:

  • Renamed from AUTHORING TOOLS
  • Improved assistance to write compound terms
  • Improved spellchecker system to handle stem in the controlled vocabulary in the ontology for different languages

KNOWLEDGE Manager (KM):

  • Improved management of pattern deletion
  • Solved bug while editing or adding terms (relationship tabs)

Db Migration Tool:

  • Improved user experience when migrating databases to the latest version
Version 2018.1 Release 3 / May 18, 2018

18 May 2018

VERIFICATION Studio Build version 18.1.6712.25983

CONNECTORS:

  • OSLC-KM:
    • Improved integration with Papyrus and its class diagrams
    • Improved XML files parsing
  • Reqtify:
    • Improved integration with Reqtify application: Reqtify is able to start VERIFICATION Studio directly skipping the connection window.
  • DOORS Next Generation:
    • Implemented new filter by artifact type

ONTOLOGY INTEGRATION:

  • Japanese
    • Introduced new dictionaries to improve tokenization.
    • Revised completeness and consistency metric results.

VERIFICATION STUDIO:

  • Improved performance of quality evolution graphics.
  • Introduced new technology in the specification short report
  • Improved integration with the Scalability platform for OSLC-KM connection

AUTHORING TOOLS:

  • Improved assistance to write compound terms

KNOWLEDGE Manager (KM):

  • Improved management of pattern deletion
  • Solved bug while editing or adding terms (relationship tabs)
Version 2018.1 Release 2 / April 17, 2018

17 April 2018
VERIFICATION Studio Build version 18.1.6681.36193

The Knowledge-Centric Systems Engineering (KCSE) Suite now it’s renamed as Systems Engineering Suite to give a better description of all the new features released in the v18.
Some of the products composing the suite has also been renamed:

  • Systems Quality Analyzer (SQA) now is VERIFICATION Studio
  • Rich Authoring Tool (RAT)now is AUTHORING Tools
    • The Rich Authoring Tool Grid is not longer available
    • The AUTHORING Tools is a set of plugins on top of Systems Engineering Tools such as DOORS, Rhapsody, etc.
  • System Interroperabilty Manager (SIM) has been splited into two halves:
    • TRACEABILITY Studio to focus in the traceability (formerly the plugin T+ inside SIM)
    • INTEROPERABILITY Studio to focus on the automatic transformations among different work products of, maybe, different Systems Engineering Tools
      • This Studio is only avalaible in this moment as a application for a tailoring process
  • System Knowledge Repository Server (SKR Server)now is Systems Engineering Suite Server (SES Server).
  • System Knowledge Repository Batch Process (SKR Batch Process)is now Systems Engineering Suite Batch Process (SES Batch Process).

General improvements:

  • User Interface improvements to simplify the interaction with the user
  • General revision via use-case scenarios
  • Token consumption revision and update. Three new possibilities of licensing:
    • Bundle: license limited in time and number of work product assessments
    • Year subscription: license limited only in time.
    • Perpertual: license not limited neither in time nor number of assessements.

VERIFICATION STUDIO:

  • Improved performance of correctness analysis.

AUTHORING TOOLS:

  • Completeness and consistency on-the-fly improvements:
    • now displays the local quality and the global quality for consistency
    • better completeness results display for the editing work product
  • Improve reliability of the Excel and Word plugin
  • Improve Rhapsody plugin installation

KNOWLEDGE Manager (KM):

  • Improved management of the library management
  • Improved copy from database to database functionality
Version 2018.1 Release 1 / February 2, 2018

2 February 2018

SQA Build version 18.1.6607.27129

Brand new release of Knowledge-Centric Systems Engineering (KCSE) Suite

General improvements:

  • User Interface improvements to simplify the interaction with the user

System Quality Analyzer (SQA):

  • Quality certificate improvements in generating and loading the ontology contents.
  • Consistency properties metric results improved after detecting missing work products in the work product summary list
  • Better validation of the consistency overlapping work product metric configuration
  • Improved Excel connection window
  • Solved special sentence management bug when saving changes.

System Knowledge Repository Server (SKR Server):

  • Token report improvements

Rich Authoring Tool (RAT):

  • New spellchecker functionality to improve underlining misspelled words while typing
  • Completeness and consistency on-the-fly improvements:
    • now displays the local quality and the global quality for consistency
    • better completeness results display for the editing work product

Knowledge Manager (KM):

  • Improvements while importing term to the System Conceptual Model (SCM)
  • Improved management of the formalization of relationships
  • Improved management of the pattern assistant wizard when editing an existing pattern
  • Improvements in the Configuration Management comparison windows
  • Improved complete copy of the ontology when deleting the output completely.

Out-of-the-box ontologies:

  • Improvement of the English ontology: simplification of patterns and revision of clusters and terminology
Version 2018.1 Release 0 / December 27, 2017

27 December 2017

SQA Build version 18.1.6570.1203

Brand new version of the formerly known as Requirements Quality Suite, now called Knowledge-Centric Systems Engineering (KCSE) Suite

The KCSE Suite is composed of these applications:

  • System Quality Analyzer (SQA) (formerly known as Requirements Quality Analyzer or RQA)
  • Rich Authoring Tool (RAT) (formerly known as Requirements Authoring Tool)
  • Rich Authoring Tool (RAT) plugin for DOORS
  • Rich Authoring Tool (RAT) plugin for Integrity
  • Rich Authoring Tool (RAT) plugin for Excel (new!)
  • Rich Authoring Tool (RAT) plugin for Word (new!)
  • Rich Authoring Tool (RAT) plugin for Rhapsody (new!)
  • System Interoperability Manager (SIM) (new!). Including the following plugins
  • (System) Knowledge Manager (KM)
  • System Knowledge Repository Server (SKR Server) (formerly known as Requirements Quality Suite Server or RQS Server)
  • System Knowledge Repository Batch Process (SKR Batch Process) (formerly known as Requirements Quality Suite Synchronizer or RQS Synchronizer)

The KCSE Suite includes connectors to the following requirement sources:

  • IBM Rational DOORS 8.3 or higher
  • IBM Rational DOORS 9.x
  • IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation 6.0 (Jazz 6.0) or higher (new!)
  • PTC Integrity 10.5 or higher
  • Microsoft Excel 2007 or higher
  • Microsoft Word 2007 or higher (new!)
  • Reqtify 2015 or higher
  • Visure Requirements 4.x or higher
  • ReqIF (new!)

The KCSE Suite allows customizing the semantic interpretation of multiple sources of information such as models, as well as making filters using routines developed in a customized way in a C# environment.

Additionally, KCSE Suite allows creating semantic interpretations defined by users, to XML-based sources.

Moreover, KCSE Suite converts workproducts from multiple sources of information into textual content.

The KCSE Suite includes connectors to the following model sources: (new!)

  • SysML:
    • IBM Rational Rhapsody
    • Papyrus
    • Magic Draw
  • Simulation:
    • Matlab Simulink
    • FMU
  • Other:
    • ASCE
    • Excel
    • Json
    • OWL
    • Pure Variance
    • SQL (Oracle, SQL Server, Access, MySQL)
    • Textual Sources (pdf, csv, txt, doc, docx)
    • XML
    • Custom

The KCSE Suite supports these languages:

  • English
  • French
  • German (new!)
  • Japanese (new!)
  • Swedish (new!)
  • Italian (new!)
  • Spanish

The KCSE Suite includes these new features:

  • Quality control and evaluation dashboards
  • Multiple requirements and model connections managed in a single Quality Project
  • Supply chain support via Quality Certificates
  • Ontology exchange via Libraries
  • Ontology dynamic synchronization via Knowledge Interfaces
  • Ontology Configuration Management (including the System Knowledge-Base and Metrics for quality analysis) and Changes Federation across different ontologies.
  • Interoperability support:
    • From requirements to requirements (R+ plugin). E.g.:
      • Requirements translations from one language to another (English to French)
      • Stakeholder requirements to System requirements
      • etc.
    • From requirement to models (R+ plugin)
    • From models to requirements (R+ plugin)
    • Traceability support (T+ plugin)
  • Built-in custom-code metric editor