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Three Dimensional Software Modelling

Gill, J.Y. and Kent, Stuart (1998) Three Dimensional Software Modelling. In: Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Software Engineering. IEEE, pp. 105-114. ISBN 0-8186-8368-6. (doi:10.1109/ICSE.1998.671107)


Traditionally, diagrams used in software systems modelling have been two dimensional (2D). This is probably because graphical notations, such as those used in object-oriented and structured systems modelling, draw upon the topological graph metaphor, which, at its basic form, receives little benefit from three dimensional (3D) rendering. This paper presents a series of 3D graphical notations demonstrating effective use of the third dimension in modelling. This is done by e.g., connecting several graphs together, or in using the Z co-ordinate to show special kinds of edges. Each notation combines several familiar 2D diagrams, which can be reproduced from 2D projections of the 3D model. 3D models are useful even in the absence of a powerful graphical workstation: even 2D stereoscopic projections can expose more information than a plain planar diagram.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1109/ICSE.1998.671107
Uncontrolled keywords: obect oriented modeling; software systems; power system modeling; solid modeling; workstations; computer aided software engineering; software tools; visualization; flowcharts; unified modeling language
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Computing > Systems Architecture Group
Depositing User: Mark Wheadon
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2009 16:34 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 14:07 UTC
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