As part of the advancing digitalization of industry, products now increasingly have virtual versions of themselves that accompany them throughout their entire life cycle. This allows potential benefits such as predictive maintenance to be exploited during the utilization phase. Even during the development phase of a product, the engineering data can be checked continuously against simulation data based on expectations or experience from the real-time operating data of comparable products, as well as against the applicable standards and other regulations (e.g. ordinances).
Until now, the standards have not been machine-compatible, i.e. people must read them, understand them and enter them into development environments and (requirements) management systems. If the standards also have digital twins, the latest versions of these could be made directly available to the systems.
For this purpose, a format must be defined that reproduces all normative content, such as the requirements and recommendations, but also the significance of formulas and tables, precisely and unambiguously. Existing standards must be checked for their suitability for digital representation; new standards should now be created with machine comprehensibility taken into account. It is particularly important to support the intensification of interdisciplinary cooperation between IT experts, requirements managers and testing institutes.