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Inspect Components in Custom Architecture Views

View the hierarchy and connectivity of a component in a specialized view. Specialized views allow you to create simpler diagrams that show only a subset of the original model elements for a specific design activity or concern.

For more information about the model-based systems engineering workflow within System Composer™, see Compose and Analyze Systems Using Architecture Models.

Use the following System Composer architecture model in this tutorial.

Mobile Robot Architecture Model with Properties

This example shows a mobile robot architecture model with stereotypes applied to components and properties defined.

Create Spotlight Views from Components

Create views dynamically using spotlight views.

  1. Double-click the Sensors component, then select the DataProcessing component.

  2. Select the DataProcessing component and navigate to Modeling > Architecture Views > Spotlight. Alternatively, right-click the DataProcessing component and select Create Spotlight from Component.

    The spotlight view launches and shows all model elements to which the DataProcessing component connects. The spotlight diagram is laid out automatically and cannot be edited. However, it allows you to inspect just a single component and study its connectivity to other components.


    Spotlight views are transient. They are not saved with the model.

    Spotlight view of the data processing component.

  3. Shift the spotlight to another component. Select the Motion component. Click the ellipsis above the component to open the action menu. To create a spotlight from the component, click the create spotlight from component button.

    Selected spotlight from the motion component.

    To view the architecture model at the level of a particular component, select the component and click show in composition.

    Show motion component in composition.

  4. To return to the architecture model view, click the close spotlight view button.

You can make the hierarchy and connectivity of a component visible at all times during model development by opening the spotlight view in a separate window. To show the spotlight view in a dedicated window, in the component context menu, select Open in New Window, then create the spotlight view. Spotlight views are dynamic and transient: any change in the composition refreshes any open spotlight views, and spotlight views are not saved with the model.

Create Filtered Architecture View

Create filtered architecture views to demonstrate specific perspectives with a component diagram or a hierarchy diagram.

  1. Navigate to Modeling > Architecture Views to open the Architecture Views Gallery.

  2. Select the new view New > View button to create a new view.

  3. In View Properties on the right pane, in the Name box, enter a name for this view, for example, System Elements. If necessary, choose a Color and enter a Description.

    A new view named System Elements.

  4. In the bottom pane on View Configurations, from the Filter tab, click Add Component Filter to add new form-based criterion to a component filter.

  5. From the Select list, select Components. From the Where list, select Stereotype. In the text box, select simpleProfile.sysComponent from the list.

    The filter for the view.

  6. Click Apply apply button.

    An architecture view is created using the query in the Component Filter box. The view is filtered to select all components with the simpleProfile.sysComponent stereotype applied to them.

    A component diagram view.

  7. In the Diagram section of the toolstrip, click Component Hierarchy to display the components in tree form with parents above children.

    A component hierarchy view.

  8. In the Diagram section of the toolstrip, click Architecture Hierarchy to display unique architecture types and their relationships using composition connections.

    An architecture hierarchy view.

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