Traceability Studio

Traceability Studio

Tracing between work-product items with no typology limitation

Managing trace links between all sorts of information
User-tailored trace links discovering
Monitoring and Reporting trace links in a tailorable platform to suite user specific needs
Interoperability platform to connect every tool involved in the system engineering processes without restrictions


The Traceability Studio is the software tool that enables the definition and implementation of trace links between two sources of information of different types. The Traceability Studio users can trace links between key processes to be efficient and effective, such as V&V, requirements definition, architecture definition, design definition or risk management, among others, as defined in the ISO/IEEE 15288/12207 standard. Therefore, trace links between work products is a compulsory activity within the Systems Engineering processes, which can be monitored and controlled with the Traceability Studio.

Traceability Studio provides a framework for managing trace links between all types of information, covering pairs of (accessible) electronic work product items. Current Systems Engineering practice implies almost always managing ecosystems of several software tools. In this context, providing electronic traceability between heterogeneous and isolated work product items becomes a “connectivity” challenge, which is the main goal of Traceability Studio by helping its users overcome this challenge. The Traceability Studio tool is integrated into the System Interoperability Manager (SIM) as an add-on, letting the users to monitor and manage in one single tool all the different work products from each of the different sources of information, such us modelling tools, requirements management systems, or just documents.

Benefits of Traceability Studio

Agnostic perspective - Instead of offering traceability within a determined Systems Engineering tool, Traceability Studio is independent and agnostic, allowing a universal approach.

Suggested trace links - Traceability Studio provides a way to suggest trace links between several electronic sources of information in different information formats.

Customized reports - Traceability Studio does not force you to view your traceability information in any specific way. You can create your own traceability reports, and how you want to see them.



Managing Traceability with an Agnostic perspective

Traceability Studio connects to a vast number of Systems Engineering tools, as Requirements Management Systems, Modeling or Product Lifecycle Management tools, among others, when they support and publish an industry standard serialization schema. It is this interoperability framework to connect “every” source of information, the one that lets Traceability Studio to manage trace links between items within two different work product sources as defined by the user.

The Traceability Studio supports a tailorable trace link discovery function, so that the user can tailor the trace link discovery process using a customizable programming environment inside the tool. Hence Traceability Studio, as most of the KCSE suite of tools are highly tailorable, is scalable, supporting future connectors to yet undefined sources, or future functionality for managing trace link discovery, to increase the number of links typologies.

The reporting format for the Traceability Studio is also configurable, letting the user to create specific traceability report formats, thus it completely fits the user’s particular need.

The links handled by Traceability Studio are managed outside of the source applications and therefore do not affect the normal operation of the original tools in their standard environment.

Traceability must be unlimited: Needs access to all types of work-products

Traceability Studio provides an advanced interoperability module (shared among all the products in conformance with the KCSE Suite), allowing connections to most of the System Engineering tools ecosystems. This module creates the connections to the different sources of information either by configuring connection files or, by offering a common connection environment based on the new paradigm promoted by The Reuse Company: the OSLC Knowledge Manager (OSLC KM). Therefore, Traceability Studio and the whole KCSE Suite can connect to a tool environment supporting the OSLC KM interface, thereby providing reuse capabilities to the information contained in the different software tools.

Traceability Projects, Modules and Links

Traceability Studio monitors and manages the traceability based on traceability projects, models and trace links, which will define the framework for managing the traceability for each particular situation.

For instance, a user could define a traceability project to cover safety aspects. Then that traceability project is formed by traceability modules to define the traceability between two different sources of information, between the defined ones, as could be a requirements document and a physical model. Finally, that module contains the trace links between the assets of information within both documents.

Manage traceability dynamics: SUSPECT Traces

Traceability Studio supports the notion of suspect links, which identify changes that have occurred between linked work product items after they were connected. In that case, Traceability Studio labels the link as inconsistent, or suspect, allowing the engineer to resolve the link in two ways, recovering the link or breaking it. Once the user has taken the decision to apply for each case, there is the possibility to include corresponding comments in the operation.

Suggested Links – Discover missing links automatically

Have you ever worried whether you have all the links between your assets? Traceability Studio can automatically discover all candidate trace links between your assets of information based on the semantic approach that the KCSE tools apply. Therefore, Traceability Studio users are able to define specific trace links between work products, and if there is any missed trace link, Traceability Studio will automatically suggest them by running algorithms that discover those possible links that do not already exist in the traceability module, and the user will decide how to deal with the different suggestions.

Traceability Studio within the Systems Engineering Suite

SQA – System Quality Analyzer. The SMARTer way to manage the quality of your systems

SQA is the tool used to tailor the quality rules to be applied to a variety of different types of work products: requirements, models, tests, simulations…

RAT – Rich Authoring Tool. The SMARTer way to document your systems

RAT is the tool used to help authors, via a plug-in for their documentation tool of choice, to create work products using the right first time principle. Quality in real-time, connection to knowledge bases, textual patterns…

SIM – System Interoperability Manager. The SMARTer way to manage your system interoperability

SIM is the tool to connect different work products in different tools, to create trace links between trace items, generate models from requirements, generate requirements from models, translate requirements to different languages…

SKM – Systems Knowledge Manager. A SMARTer way to manage your knowledge

SKM is the tool to manage the knowledge bases that provide coherence to the different disciplines within the systems engineering domain.