Challenges of requirements engineering: A case study in nuclear energy domain

M. Raatikainen, T. Männistö, Teemu Tommila, Janne Valkonen

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Abstract

The successful practices of requirements engineering vary between application domains and are characterized by the nature of the application domain. One relatively peculiar application domain is the nuclear energy domain, which is characterized by the long life cycle of power plant operation and construction project, strict control of safety, and collaboration between several stakeholder groups including various branches of technology. We describe the state of the practice of requirements engineering in the nuclear energy domain in Finland on the basis of a descriptive case study focusing on the safety-related automation systems of the nuclear power plants. The results of the study indicate that explicit requirements engineering practices are becoming increasingly important due to the increasing complexity of the technology used, retirement of the older generation of experts, and construction of new power plants along with renewal of the existing nuclear power plants. The challenges of requirements engineering are especially within efficient communication and management of requirements. We highlight challenges that are emphasized by the characteristics of the nuclear energy domain but also discuss the more generic nature of these challenges. The identified challenges are in authority requirements, aging, communication, knowledge transfer, representation of requirements, and tool support. (12 refs.)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings
Subtitle of host publicationIEEE 19th International Requirements Engineering Conference, RE 2011
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ, USA
PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Pages253-258
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4577-0924-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-4577-0921-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
EventIEEE 19th International Requirements Engineering Conference, RE 2011 - Trento, Italy
Duration: 29 Aug 20112 Sep 2011

Conference

ConferenceIEEE 19th International Requirements Engineering Conference, RE 2011
Abbreviated titleRE 2011
CountryItaly
CityTrento
Period29/08/112/09/11

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    Raatikainen, M., Männistö, T., Tommila, T., & Valkonen, J. (2011). Challenges of requirements engineering: A case study in nuclear energy domain. In Proceedings: IEEE 19th International Requirements Engineering Conference, RE 2011 (pp. 253-258). IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1109/RE.2011.6051629