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Research Projects

Together with selected research partners we are working on
our vision - to be innovation leader for living
enterprise architecture management.

Research Projects

Together with selected research partners we are working on our vision - to be innovation leader for living enterprise architecture management.

Augmented Reality System for Guidance (ARSGuide)

In the ARSGuide project we develop, together with the Spanish company SINERCO S.L., a solution, which allows engineers and technicians to access context-related product information from different information sources throughout the entire life-cycle of a product (e.g. in product development or industrial maintenance). The user accesses the information through an Augmented Reality user interface on a tablet or smartphone. Thereby, the user can look at already manufactured parts through the tablet or smartphone, combine them with digital models and quickly access the information that is relevant for the current assignment. 


Within the project Softplant develops an intelligent module, which semantically integrates a company’s product data and provides the user with exactly the information needed for the safe and efficient completion of the task at hand. Softplant’s Living Semantic Platform serves as the basis for this module.

Liebherr-Hydraulikbagger GmbH joined the project as an industrial application partner to apply and test the developed solution approaches and solutions in an early stage. As a real-world scenario a step-by-step error diagnosis of a machine has been defined. The localization of parts that need to be checked was supported using Augmented Reality. Moreover, relevant information from operating manuals, service documentations and spare part catalogs have been determined using context information and presented to the user. The gained findings from the cooperation was not only a valuable input for the further development of the ARSGuide solution but also provided Liebherr some exciting ideas for digitisation.

ARSGuide is a transnational collaborative MANUNET ERA-NET project. The project consortium comprises the SINERCO S.L. and the Softplant GmbH. The participation of Softplant in this research and development project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the Framework Concept “Research for Tomorrow’s Production” and managed by the Project Management Agency Karlsruhe (PTKA).



In the Riskmanagement project we develop, together with the Institute for Enterprise Systems at the University of Mannheim, a novel tool for risk management in complex IT infrastructures. The tool detects critical states, analyzes their risks and automatically initiates countermeasures in the running system.

The basis is a formal model that semantically integrates information about states, configurations and dependencies of system components in an IT infrastructure. The formal model is stored and continuously updated in our Living Semantic Platform. An analysis module detects critical states, computes possible consequences and evaluates the risks of individual system components. Depending on the importance of the components a control module initiates countermeasures that stabilize the IT infrastructure.

Thereby, the Riskmanagement tool offers a unique solution, which allows enterprises to quickly and safely adapt their IT infrastructures at runtime to changing requirements.

The Riskmanagement project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in the framework of the Central Innovation Program SME (Zentrales Innovationsprogramms Mittelstand – ZIM).

Research project - Risikomanagement by Softplant GmbH

Overview of project objectives

Semantic Enterprise Architecture Management (SEAM)

Forschungsprojekt - SEAM Semantic Enterprise Architecture Management by Softplant GmbH

Working packages overview

SEAM is a research project of the Softplant GmbH and the University of Augsburg. It is supported by the research and development programme (FuE) “Informations- und Kommunikationstechnik” of the Free State of Bavaria.

Within the SEAM project Semantic Web Technologies are applied to the field of Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) in order to formally describe architecture models, integrate existing data sources and thus allow for supporting the planning of changes of IT-landscapes in an automated manner.

In the context of SEAM, tools for EAM will be developed that are tailored to the specific needs of individual enterprises. They enable the use functional- and industry-specific terms to achieve a better user acceptance and the use of current data as a basis of plannings and decisions. Planning and preparation of change projects under consideration of all dependencies are supported by machines. Thus, complex projects like legacy system decommissioning can be mastered more easily.