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Fan Tutorial 3b - Verify System - Test Module

Before moving on with this part of the Tutorial please check, which type of Verification Flow is active in your Valispace instance! There are two ways of verifying Requirements in Valispace, through Verification and Validation (V&V) Activities and through Verification Methods (VMs). The V&V Activity flow will become the default one, whereas the VMs flow will be deprecated over the next months.

To check which one is active, please hover over the little test tube icon in your Module sidebar on the left:


If what you see looks like this image-20240513-144510.png, your admin has enabled the Verifications & Validations Module. Please continue with the Fan Tutorial 3a - Verify System - V&V Module.

If what you see looks like this image-20240513-144821.png, your admin has enabled the Test Module. Please continue with the Fan Tutorial 3b - Verify System - Test Module.

Both Modules provide similar features but with a different look.

This tutorial will discuss how to conduct V&V activities using Valispace. We created requirements and components for our Valifan project in our previous tutorials. This tutorial will explain how requirements are linked to components, the default verification methods available in the tool, their closeout references, and demonstrate the automatic verification methods in Valispace.

This part of the tutorial takes approximately 30 - 45 mins to complete. All the values and the requirements provided are arbitrary.

Before we begin, let's review the basics of verifications in Valispace. Requirements are connected to one or more components, systems, or subsystems. These components are verified using verification methods. A component's requirement can be verified with single or multiple methods. Valispace offers five default verification methods: Rules, Inspection, Analysis, Review, and Test.

We will explore how to add components and verification methods to requirements and verify them with each verification method. Rather than asking you to click on icons, we'll provide a clear understanding of the verification process in Valispace.

Adding Components to the Requirement

Let's add the Fan component as default to our specification Fan_Specs. To add the default component to the specification

  • Select the Fan_Specs(1) and the click on the Tab saying “Spec- info“ (2), which brings you to the Fan_specs details tab (see Figure Specification Info)


Accessing Specification Info - By clicking on “Spec. info“ you reach the information tab of the Specification.

  • In the Specification info tab, click on "Assign Components" and in the dropdown select “Fan“ to add it to your Specification as a default component (see Figure Default Specification Component).


Default Specification Component - Adding default Components to your Specification makes it easier to carry out the Verification.

We have assigned the component “Fan” to all the requirements in Fan_specs specification. In case you have already defined a verification method, the component gets populated automatically to the verification method.

Creating and Loading Views for Verification in Valispace

Valispace offers various pre-selected attributes, such as Identifier, Text, Parents, Children, Type, State, Verification Status, Verification Methods, Components, Closeout References, Tags, and Properties. However, this may lead to excessive horizontal scrolling on smaller screens. To streamline the Verification process, users can generate custom views with only the essential attributes. Let's create a new view and load it.

  • Hover over any one of the attribute name cells. A new icon shows as shown in the image below. Click on the icon to open the menu.


Accessing additional information for a column.

  • Once you click on the icon, you have a new dialog box, Select the last icon with three vertical windows.


Selecting Columns to be displayed in the Table.

  • In this box, unselect all the attributes and select only the following attributes: Text, Parents, Children, Verification status, Verification Methods, Components, Closeout references and Tags.

The user can also select/unselect the attributes through the “Columns” on the right side. However, this method was shown to demonstrate how this can be done so that you can explore the filter option and other settings as well. The second icon with the funnel symbol is the filtering option.

  • Upon finishing, right-click on the tables to open the tables menu. In the dialog box, select Save View.


Save View - By saving a View all selected columns, columns widths' and applied Filters will be saved in a dedicated View.

  • A new dialog box opens where you can input “Verification_View” in Save as new(1) select Private,(2) and then click Save(3).


Saving a View - Here you can select the name of your view as well as if it is private (just you can see it) or public (all your collaborators can see it) and you can select whether it is a favorite View.

  • Once the view is saved, the user can load them by right-clicking on the tables, selecting the option Load View and selecting the Verification_Views.

Adding a Verification Method to Requirements

Valispace has five default Verification methods: Rules, Inspection, Analysis, Review and Test. Inspection, Analysis and Review are the manual verification methods, while the Rules and Tests are automatically updated based on the triggers in the System Design Module and Test Module. We will create each Verification Method and show you how to attach the Closeout References.

Closeout references: The supporting information that proves the verification method.

Manual Verification Method

Let’s add a manual verification method to the requirement R-Fan-001, to do that,

  • Click on the three dots icon on the Actions columns of the requirement and select Add Verification Method .

  • A new dialog box opens, where you can select the Verification method. For the manual verification method, we will select Inspection and click Yes on the confirmation window.

  • Please check the Tutorial below for the flow.

Adding a verification method to a requirement

What happens when we add a Verification Method?

  • Once we assign a Verification method to a requirement, it gets added below. You can check this by clicking the > symbol near the Identifier name R-Fan-001. Clicking on the > symbol expands the Verification method row (see Figure Requirement Verification Method).


Requirement Verification Method - The Verification Method is displayed in a dropdown below the Requirement.

Note: the > icon near the inspection method is shown. When the > is selected, the component row expands where it shows the components attached to the Verification method. Since we have added “Fan” as default component, the component gets automatically populated to the Verification methods.

The red colour on the component shows that the Verification method of the component is not verified, while the green shows it is verified.

The user can add multiple components to the verification method by selecting the three dots on the Verification Method and selecting “Add Component“.


Verification on a Requirement - Requirement with Verification Method and Component attached to it.

Changing Verification Status

To update the verification status of a component, follow these simple steps. First, ensure that the component meets our standards through a thorough inspection. Once you have confirmed that it aligns with our requirement, double-click on the red box in the Verification Status column of the component and select "verified" from the drop-down menu (see Figure Changing Verification Status).


Changing Verification Status - By double clicking on the red-box a dropdown is present to select the current status of Verification.

The component's row colour will change from red to green, indicating that it has been verified. To confirm that the update has been successfully implemented, check the numbers - they should read as 1/1.


Requirement Verified - When the Verification Status is changed to “Verified“ the colour changes and gives you a clear indication that the Component satisfies your Requirement.

For the Analysis Verification method, the procedure is similar, however, the “Closeout Reference” column is used to upload an external document or Report from the Analysis Module within Valispace and manually changing the verification status.

Automatic Verification Method

Rules - Verification method - Track your Valis against Requirements

Most technical developments are designed against strict requirements, e.g., mass, power consumption, budget, etc. Valispace maintains a complete overview of whether your design fulfils all of these requirements.

  • In the row of R-Fan-001, in the column Actions, click on the three dots icon and select the first option, Add Verification Method. On the pop-up “Add New Verification Method”, select “Rules” and click on “Yes”.

  • Click on the small arrow button near R-Fan-001 and again on the one next to Rules to open the Fan component in the next row. Double-click the area under the closeout reference column to get the pop-up to add your Boolean rules.

  • In the pop-up type the following rule $Fan.Mass <= 300g (1). Click on “Done” (2) - see Figure Rule Verification Method

ProTipp: Instead of the fixed 300g, search for the Vali that was created in the Text of the Requirement and compare it to the Mass of the Fan.


Rule Verification Method - By adding various Rules to your Requirements automatic Verification against your System Design is ensured.

Valispace automatically checks for verification of this rule. The green on the requirement 2/2 notification indicates that this requirement has been met and verified by a total of two verification methods. Please use our click-through tutorial below to follow along:

Here, we show how you can compare the requirement vali with the design vali. Since the vali is created by valify option, the name would be different to you. To simplify and reduce confusion we compare the design value with a numeric value $Fan.Mass <= 300g

  • You can also always check the status of all requirements and rules of the project by opening the Verification Status tab in the Requirements Module.


Verification Status Tab - Shows the overall Verification Status of your Requirements in the selected Specification.

PowerUserTip: The tracking of the requirements also takes defined margins into account. In case your worst-case value calculated with margins violates the requirements, the tool will let you know if you use the property function i.e. property($<search_for_vali>, worstcase_plus). You can refer to our documentation here.

Tests - Verification Method (Optional)

Optional for Tutorial

The test verification method works concurrently with the Tests Module in Valispace. Within the Tests module, the user can write the testing procedure and attach requirements and components to the testing procedure. During the testing phase of the component, the testing engineer can perform the test runs and verify if the test is approved or not. Based on the test run results, the verification status of the requirements gets updated automatically.

Create a new test procedure.

In this section, we will create a brief test procedure, perform a test, and observe the verification process. To accomplish this, we will:

  • Select the Tests module(1) and when the module screen shows, click on + Test Procedure (2)


Test Module - Access and Creating a Test Procedure.

  • A dialog box opens where the user can input the Name of the test procedure as Mass_measurement_of_ValiFan and click Create.

  • After creating the test procedure, On the right side, the user can define the details of the test procedure and write the steps. In the details section, Find the Units under test and add the component Fan to the test procedure.

Creating a new test procedure and adding “Units under test”

Now, let's create the test steps, expected results and the requirement

  • Click on the "+" located on the bottom right side to add test steps. This will open a new dialog box where you can add Preparing the Equipment to the Title section. In the Text box, input the following text.

  1. Place the precision balance on a stable and level surface.

  2. Turn on the precision balance and allow it to stabilize.

  3. Calibrate the precision balance based on the manufacturer's guidelines.


Adding a Test Step

Similarly, add the following step with the following details.



Determine the mass of the fan.

  1. Carefully place the fan on the center of the precision balance pan.

  2. Record the displayed mass reading as the mass of the fan in grams (g) or kilograms (kg).

  3. Ensure the fan remains stationary during the measurement to obtain an accurate reading.

Now, add the expected result to step 1 and step 2.

  • Double click on the cell of “Expected Result” on the row of step 1 and add the following text “The balance should show 0.0g

  • Do the same for the second step with the following info: “The mass should be less than 300g”.

The second step of this test procedure can verify the requirement R-Fan-001. So, let's add the requirement to the second step.

  • Hower to the cell of the “Requirements” column of step 2. Click on + Add requirement.

  • Upon clicking, a new dialog opens. In the drop-down type or choose R-Fan-001 and Save.

After saving the test step to the requirement, a new verification method will be created on the requirement. The test step will also be added as a closeout reference to the component. This means that if the testing engineer performs test runs and they are approved, the requirements will be automatically updated based on the test results. The video below demonstrates all these steps, but it is not part of the tutorial. If you are interested in trying it out, please follow the video.

Test run and automatic propagation of test run status to requirements

Verification Assignment Matrix

The requirements Module has a feature named "Verification Assignment Matrix". This feature allows the user to view a matrix that shows which Verification Methods are assigned to each requirement. Additionally, users can easily add or remove verification methods within this matrix. To do so, follow the steps provided.

  • Within the Requirement Module, select the section Verification Assignment Matrix (1)

  • On the cell that coincides with the “rules” Verification Matrix and the requirement R-Fan-002, click on the cell. This automatically creates the rules verification method on the requirement.

  • Similarly, you can click on the other cells and quickly add Verification Method.

Next Steps?

Congratulations, you now know your way around Valispace!


You can continue improving your Desktop Fan project. Here are some ideas:

  • Add Compliance to your requirements

  • Add a few parent/children relationships between requirements, check the Connections Graph, and notice the colour codes on the requirement.

  • Explore the Specification export script that is available for exporting the requirements to a Word document.

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