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    1. How to: Risk Assessment
      1. Working with Assets
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  10. STPA
    1. Intro to Models, Diagrams, Analyses
    2. STPA Projects
    3. Models and Diagrams
      1. How to: Create HCS Models
      2. How to: Create HCS Diagram
        1. Diagram Elements
    4. Performing the Analysis
      1. Setting up the Analysis
      2. System Level Hazards and Losses
      3. Step 1
    5. Reporting
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10.1.Intro to Models, Diagrams, Analyses

One very important feature that is important to note is the STPA Module differentiates between models, diagrams and analyses.

The starting point of any STPA project is the Hierarchical Control Structure (HCS), which represents an explicit model of the system under analysis. Usually the HCS is represented as a diagram. However, a single HCS diagram does not represent the complete information of the model:

  • Descriptions accompanying the modelling elements are not shown on the HCS diagram,
  • In certain cases, more than one diagram can be used to represent the system under analysis.

The STPA Module differentiates between the HCS Model and the HCS Diagram belonging to this model. The STPA Module also provides different ways of viewing the model information. The most common is certainly to view the HCS by viewing the respective diagrams. However, the STPA Module allows users to view the model also in the form of listings.

Besides the HCS model and HCS diagrams the STPA Module allows creating an analysis featuring STPA Steps 1 and 2. Every analysis references one or multiple HCS models.

In the above illustration the STPA project (called “my STPA Project”) contains two HCS models labelled “Model 1” and “Model 2” and one analysis labelled “Analysis 1”. The analysis references the “Model 1,” which features two diagrams, “Diagram 1a” and “Diagram 1b”. For the second model, featuring only one diagram, no analysis exists.

The differentiation between models, diagrams, and analyses is made to provide maximum flexibility to the analyst:

  • A project may contain multiple models and/or analyses
  • A model may be represented by multiple diagrams
  • An analysis may refer to one single model or multiple model
  • Multiple (separate) analyses may be performed for the same model

The STPA Project Overview panel in the STPA Module displays the structure of models, diagrams, and analyses as shown here:

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