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

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

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    Requirements engineering
    Nuclear energy
    Nuclear power plants
    Power plants
    Communication
    Life cycle
    Automation
    Aging of materials

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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). Piscataway, NJ, USA: IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers . https://doi.org/10.1109/RE.2011.6051629
    Raatikainen, M. ; Männistö, T. ; Tommila, Teemu ; Valkonen, Janne. / Challenges of requirements engineering : A case study in nuclear energy domain. Proceedings: IEEE 19th International Requirements Engineering Conference, RE 2011. Piscataway, NJ, USA : IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers , 2011. pp. 253-258
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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. IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers , Piscataway, NJ, USA, pp. 253-258, IEEE 19th International Requirements Engineering Conference, RE 2011, Trento, Italy, 29/08/11. https://doi.org/10.1109/RE.2011.6051629

    Challenges of requirements engineering : A case study in nuclear energy domain. / Raatikainen, M.; Männistö, T.; Tommila, Teemu; Valkonen, Janne.

    Proceedings: IEEE 19th International Requirements Engineering Conference, RE 2011. Piscataway, NJ, USA : IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers , 2011. p. 253-258.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference article in proceedingsScientific

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