An Ontology Approach for Building MFM Libraries

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With the development of knowledge-based systems technology, it is possible to assist automation of Multilevel Flow Modelling (MFM) to promote reusability and shareability of knowledge-based components based on domain knowledge and concrete process-specific knowledge for life-cycle processes. In this paper, an ontology approach for building MFM libraries is proposed. The library ontologies are composed of three levels: top-level ontologies, domain ontologies and method ontologies. They are developed for the offshore oil and gas domain and are compared with the ISO 15926 ontology structure. In addition, a procedure for creating MFM library elements is presented and a method for connecting libraries elements are defined. In the case study, the example of a gas treatment process is modelled. It illustrates the usefulness of the MFM libraries. This approach avoids building
models from scratch and instead assembling reusable knowledge-based components. Consequently, it supports odelers to build higher quality models and reduce the modelling efforts at the same time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of STSS/ISOFIC/ISSNP 2021
Number of pages4
Publication date2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventSTSS/ISOFiC/ISSNP 2021 - Okayama Convention Center, Okayama, Japan
Duration: 15 Nov 202117 Nov 2021


ConferenceSTSS/ISOFiC/ISSNP 2021
LocationOkayama Convention Center
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  • Ontology
  • Funtional modelling
  • Multilevel flow modelling
  • Modelling automation
  • Knowledge-based Systems


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