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Modelling and Simulation in Engineering
Volume 2014, Article ID 974850, 10 pages
Research Article

UML Profile for Mining Process: Supporting Modeling and Simulation Based on Metamodels of Activity Diagram

1Mine Department, Chacabuco 569, National University of San Luis, 5700 San Luis, Argentina
2Informatic Department, Ejército de los Andes 950, National University of San Luis, 5700 San Luis, Argentina

Received 25 July 2013; Revised 14 November 2013; Accepted 28 November 2013; Published 4 February 2014

Academic Editor: Hongyi Li

Copyright © 2014 Andrea Giubergia et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


An UML profile describes lightweight extension mechanism to the UML by defining custom stereotypes, tagged values, and constraints. They are used to adapt UML metamodel to different platforms and domains. In this paper we present an UML profile for models supporting event driving simulation. In particular, we use the Arena simulation tool and we focus on the mining process domain. Profiles provide an easy way to obtain well-defined specifications, regulated by the Object Management Group (OMG). They can be used as a presimulation technique to obtain solid models for the mining industry. In this work we present a new profile to extend the UML metamodel; in particular we focus on the activity diagram. This extended model is applied to an industry problem involving loading and transportation of minerals in the field of mining process.