Title page for ETD etd-12162009-020026

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Long, David A.
URN etd-12162009-020026
Title RATM: Requirements analyzer and traceability manager
Degree Master of Science
Department Systems Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Fabrycky, Wolter J. Committee Chair
Blanchard, Benjamin S. Jr. Committee Member
Midkiff, Scott F. Committee Member
  • Systems engineering
Date of Defense 1992-04-05
Availability restricted

To fill the need for automated assistance during the system engineering process, a prototype computer-aided tool emphasizing requirements analysis and traceability management is designed and developed. An object-oriented approach is used which leads to the selection of Smalltalk as the implementation language. Peter Chen's Entity-Relationship- Attribute database structure is selected to maintain a complete and consistent system definition. "User-friendly" interfaces are implemented to allow efficient manipulation and representation of the system definition data. These interfaces include a system engineering editor, two engineering views (text and hierarchy), a requirement extractor, and a schema extender. The prototype is expandable and extendable to permit future upgrades to support additional views, reports, and dynamic verification of models. With system definition becoming increasingly important in designing error-free, cost-effective systems, this computer-aided system engineering tool provides an accessible source of automated assistance to support the engineer.

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