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Techniques for validation of measurement software - without specialised tools.

Barker, R M; Parkin, G I (2004) Techniques for validation of measurement software - without specialised tools. NPL Report. CMSC 43/04

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Abstract

When the techniques in the Best Practice Guide on Validation of Software in Measurement Systems are to be applied in practical validation, almost all of the techniques, even for low assurance, require the use of specialist tools. These tools are not available to measurement scientists developing and validating software for experimental measurement systems and the scientists do not have access to the necessary experience in applying the tools. There are some techniques that can be used in the validation of such measurement systems and some readily available general tools that can be used to support these techniques.
We report on the application of the Best Practice Guide on Validation of Software in Measurement Systems to various measurement software projects at low levels of assurance that have raised issues concerning the lack of tools. This covers the general application of the guide to measurement systems developed at NPL and the application of the guide to the specific areas of remote calibration systems and self-calibrating instruments. We describe the techniques and tools that were successfully applied in these validation case studies and make recommendations for techniques and tools for the general application of the guide at low assurance levels.

Item Type: Report/Guide (NPL Report)
NPL Report No.: CMSC 43/04
Subjects: Mathematics and Scientific Computing
Mathematics and Scientific Computing > Software Engineering
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2018 13:16
URI: http://eprintspublications.npl.co.uk/id/eprint/2950

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