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Sparx Systems

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Sparx Systems specializes in high performance and scalable visual modeling tools for the planning, design and construction of software intensive systems. A Contributing Member of the Object Management Group (OMG), Sparx Systems is committed to realizing the potential of model-driven development based on open standards. The company’s flagship product, Enterprise Architect, has received numerous accolades since its commercial release in August, 2000. Enterprise Architect is the design tool of choice for over 740,000 registered users worldwide.
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 03:57

Developing Standards for SmartGrid

Developing Standards for SmartGrid


In December 1999 a committee of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) identified electrification as the first of 20 greatest engineering achievements of the 20th century.

With the passage of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 the Smartgrid became federal policy.

The first interoperability standards were announced in 2009 having been identified by attendees at a Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Interim Roadmap workshop in that year.

In late October 2012 Sparx Systems, a member of Utility Communication Architecture International User Group (UCAiug) attended the 2012 Summit in New Orleans.  This event saw a rare confluence of 5 different User Groups which was the basis of a busy and dynamic meeting. 


The UCAiug consists of utility user and supplier companies and is dedicated to promoting the integration and interoperability of electric/gas/water utility systems through the use of international standards-based technology. It is a User Group for IEC 61850, the Common Information Model – Generic Interface Definition (CIM/GID as per IEC 61970/61968), advanced metering and demand response via OpenDR.


Meeting attendees included CIM; OpenSG;  IEC 61850; Testing; and Green Button Users groups. This cohort of volunteers is remarkable, not only for their collective knowledge, industry experience and dedication to standards development but because their efforts underpin the ultimate success of SmartGrid.  Enterprise Architect is used by these groups use to develop standards that will support SmartGrid interoperability.


CIM is an international standard globally accepted for modeling the information exchanges required in electric utility industry.  The interoperability enabled by the CIM standards is a key factor for achieving the Smart Grid vision. There are many advantages to a common architecture and common standards. Common architectures lead to common or harmonised standards and within the overall architecture can fulfil similar functions. This focuses the standards development work on a smaller set of relevant standards and simplifies the choices for vendors as they develop Smart Grid solutions. It also gives Smart Grid product purchasers more choices.

 The official CIM UML model (approved by IEC WG 13 and 14) for use by CIMug members is available here:  http://cimug.ucaiug.org/Pages/sitelogin.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fCIM+Model+Releases%2fForms%2fAllItems.aspx



The OpenSG User Group (OSGug) was formed to create a forum for the development of requirements for SmartGrid systems.  The work focus has been defined by the pragmatic needs of the Utility and Vendor communities.  Through these forums leading experts share their insights, create technical content, and resolve key technical issues.  The OpenSG OpenADR 1.0 System Requirements Specification can be found here: http://osgug.ucaiug.org/sgstore/Shared%20Documents/OpenSG%20OpenADR%201.0%20SRS%20v1.0.pdf



IEC 61850 is a part of the International Electrotechnical Commission's (IEC) Technical Committee 57 (TC57) and is an international standard developed by the International Electro technical Commission (IEC) that provides a comprehensive framework for the implementation of power system automation within substations and across the power system. IEC 61850 is a mission critical part of achieving the Smart Grid vision. Two of ten working groups in TC57,  WG13 is responsible for IEC61970 which includes the CIM and WG14 is responsible for for IEC61968 which includes mapping of IEC61968 to MultiSpeak.  This is an initiative of NRECA (National National Rural Electric Cooperative Association), and is one of the leading standards addressing the demands of enterprise application interoperability, required to achieve smart grid objectives.


The MultiSpeak UML Model can be downloaded here http://www.multispeak.org/about/Specification/Pages/default.aspx

MultiSpeak 4.1 is now a mature standard with increasing growth in its scope and is in use at over 500 utilities in at least 11 countries. Version 4.1 which was issued June 2010 was chosen by NIST to be the CIM harmonization target.


The UCAIug Quality Assurance Program provides for formalized conformance testing of products supporting the IEC 61850 standard and verifies that supported functions of the IED are implemented correctly as defined in the IEC 61850 standard.

A common international testing framework provides the best opportunity for ensuring that Smart Grid products are tested in similar ways, which helps vendors create more universally conformant and interoperable products and gives product purchasers comfort that the tested products they purchase will actually work.  The Testing community is actively working to add the CIM standards and Green Button to its Quality Assurance Program.


The Green Button is based a standard developed by the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB).  NAESB OpenESPI 1.0 Standardizes the Energy Services Provider Interface (ESPI).  Green Button uses the OpenESPI 1.0 standard to implement the common-sense idea that electricity customers should be able to securely download their own easy-to-understand household energy usage information from their utility or electricity supplier website.

The OpenESPI 1.0 standard can be found here:



The NIST Framework for SmartGrid Interoperability Standards can be found here:



Sparx Systems will attend the Distributech Conference in San Diego from January 29-31 2013

Thursday, 18 October 2012 03:18

Enterprise Architect 10 Beta 1 Release

Sparx Systems is pleased to announce the Beta release of Enterprise Architect 10. This milestone release introduces new technologies and productivity enhancements including SysML 1.3, GML, RTF Fragments, Structure Compartments, Textual Overlays for the Relationship Matrix, Win32 User Interface Simulation, Profile Helpers and much, much more.  

This Beta release is only available to registered users.

Full release details are available from:


Wednesday, 10 October 2012 04:05

Tooling Challenge

HL7 Tooling Challenge


Sparx Systems attended the HL7 26th Plenary in Baltimore where the HL7 Tooling Challenge was announced.


HL7 is the global authority on standards for interoperability of health information technology with members in over 55 countries, and the body of work that HL7 has undertaken to develop the standards, for global healthcare reform, is as significant as the reform itself. 


As this reform progresses, workforce capacity building and education are the other key issues that must be addressed. A 2006 AHIMA Whitepaper estimated an annual requirement of 6000 well trained professionals and called for increased “collaboration with industry (vendors, facilities, organizations, government) to present new technologies via classroom and alternative presentation delivery modules.”  As of 2010 the numbers are in the range of 200-300 per year.


In collaboration with HL7, Sparx Systems is supporting the development of this projected resource requirement, through sponsorship of the HL7 Tooling Challenge and offering the Academic Licensing program.  The challenge is to create a UML profile that correctly describes MIF (Model Interchange Format) static models to the extent allowed by the UML language. The submitted profile is then to be used to adapt Enterprise Architect to express the proper HL7 stereotypes as a proof of concept.   Industry stakeholders from all communities in the global health domain are encouraged to accept this challenge, details of which can be found here: http://www.hl7.org/events/toolingchallenge.cfm?ref=announce


For universities, colleges and other teaching institutions delivering health informatics programs, Academic licences Enterprise Architect can be obtained here: http://www.sparxsystems.com.au/solutions/academic.html

Sparx Systems would like to wish UML a happy 15th Birthday.

UML has had a significant influence on software development and the development of object orientated systems.

The image below was taken in front of the Sparx Systems booth at the September OMG Technical Meeting, being held in Jacksonville, Florida.


For more information about the 15th Anniversary, please read the OMG Press Release.


Happy Birthday to the UML.

Tuesday, 04 September 2012 05:35

Enterprise Architect Seminar in China

Venue: Beijing, Shanghai
Date: October, 20th 2012

地点 :北京市海淀区北四环中路238号柏彦大厦 301会议室


Lecture: Tao Zu,Pitaya Software Center

Location: 238 North Fourth Ring Road, Haidian District, Beijing Boyan Building 301 Conference Room

Shanghai seminar is yet to be scheduled.
Participant:Enterprise Architect Users.
Content: Business Modeling, Requirement Modeling, Interface Modeling, Architect Modeling,Data Modeling, Code Engineering, Report Generation, etc. 

Language: The seminar will be presented in Chinese.

For More Details:

Event: ESRI User Conference
Location: San Diego, California, USA
Date: July 23-27, 2012

Visit Sparx Systems at booth: #2100

Presentation by Sparx Systems:

Title: Model Driven Development of ArcGIS Geodatabases with UML 2
Session: Geodatabase Design Strategies
Date: Thursday, July 26, 2012
Time: 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Room: 28 A

This presentation introduces a UML 2 profile and associated patterns and techniques for modeling ArcGIS 10.x schemas. By means of the profile, ArcGIS users can leverage modern UML tools to model, forward and reverse engineer geodatabase designs for ArcGIS.

More Information ...

Sparx Systems is pleased to announce that it has won the 2012 Victorian iAward in the Tools and Infrastructure Category.  This is the second consecutive year that Sparx Systems has won a Victorian iAward.  

Jointly hosted by the Australian Information Industry Association, the Australian Computer Society and the Pearcey Foundation, the iAwards program honours and provides international recognition to Australia’s world-class ICT innovations.

Tom O'Reilly


Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher, presenting the award to Mr Tom O'Reilly, COO of Sparx Systems on Wednesday the 4th of July in Melbourne.


iAward 2012


For more information, please read the following press releases:

Thursday, 26 April 2012 05:28

Visit Sparx Systems at Upcoming Events

Sparx Systems will sponsor and attend a number of events over the coming months. If you are attending any of the following events, please drop in and say hello.

  • HL7 meeting in Vancouver (Sponsor), 13th-18th May 2012.

  • CeBIT Sydney, 22nd to 24th May 2012. Booth L07.

  • Sponsor of the ISO/TC 211 meeting in Toulouse, 4th - 8th June 2012.

  • Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) meeting in Exeter, Monday 18th June - Friday 22nd June.

  • Sparx Systems to present the AWARD for Excellence in INSPIRE at The 2012 INSPIRE Conference, June 23rd - 27th , 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey.

  • Smart Grid Spatial Data Infrastructure (SGSDI) Meeting in San Diego, 21st - 22nd July 2012.

  • Esri International User Conference in San Diego, July 23rd to 27th 2012. Booth 2100.

With the release of Enterprise Architect 9.3, Build 931, Sparx Systems announced the official release of its UML profile for modeling, importing and exporting ArcGIS geodatabase schemas. MDG Technology for ArcGIS is designed to enchance the work of analysyts and architects who implement geospatial databases using Esri's ArcGIS platform.


The profile, with its associated tools for forward and reverse engineering ArcGIS schemas, also helps to bridge the gap between the important work of spatial architects and that of other architects in the enterprise. By providing a common-language model of the geodatabase design using UML, data models in use by the wider enterprise can be directly linked to concepts implemented by spatial experts.


MDG Technology for ArcGIS is immediately available to users of Enterprise Architect 9.3, Build 931 across all editions.

Read the full announcement: http://sparxsystems.com/press/articles/ArcGIS-Profile-Release.html

Further information and getting started: http://www.sparxsystems.com/arcgis



Esri and ArcGIS are trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks of Esri in the United States, the European Community, or certain other jurisdictions.

Model Driven Success

Sparx Systems is pleased to announce the official release of Enterprise Architect 9.3 (Build 930).

Enterprise Architect 9.3 provides unprecedented customization options, including the  User Interface Customization Wizard to quickly and easily manage your workspace, toolbar and technology needs.  Create custom layouts and share common views with other team members.

Enhance your modeling experience by displaying multiple diagrams and other views simultaneously. This means you can edit several diagrams, while referring to related source code, project requirements, or model search results in separate Floating Views. Complex code also becomes easier to understand and debug by generating sequence diagrams showing the interaction between multiple instances of a class. Create UML Object diagrams interactively to analyze and capture the execution state of objects and their run-time relationships.


Support for the latest ArchiMate 2 standard, an expand beta profile for ArcGIS geodatabase modeling are among many other enhancements included in Enterprise Architect 9.3!

For more information on this release, see:

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