Dec 282014

In May 2013, Atrias published the first part of the new Belgian Utility Market Implementation Guide (UMIG) 6. The UMIG 6 describes the new market model and market processes which are designed to handle future evolutions such as installation of smart meters, increase in decentralized production, commercial differentiation in tariffs, etc. Together with the implementation of the new market processes, a new central data platform will be put in place. The target is to implement  all these changes in the market by mid-2016.

The interactive website built with MagicDraw was introduced comprised of all core elements relevant for understanding technical and business process of UMIG 6 –


Purpose and target group

The purpose of this website is to present a dynamic view of the UMIG 6 model. The chosen form of representation enables a more holistic and integrated perspective on all modeling content. Hereby, the primary target group is a technical profile within the supplier organizations. However, business profiles can also benefit from the information contained, e.g. in business process views.

Scope and prioritization

The website covers the UMIG 6 – bill, measure, operate, settle and structure domains, each composed of information, choreography and requirements views. Furthermore, ABIEs (Aggregated Business Information Entities), BDTs (Business Data Types), ebIX entities, harmonized roles and message codes are included. The website and its content are intended as an interactive aid and will be refreshed more frequently than the official UMIG 6 publication cycle; however, in case of doubt, the UMIG6 documents always have priority.

Model Structure

Within the containment tree users can navigate (expand the view by clicking “+”) between three main directories, which in return contain sub-directories:

  1. atrias:be
    1. ABIE (Aggregated Business Information Entities)
    2. BDT (Business Data Types)
  2. ebIX Entities
  3. ebix:org (Codes)
  4. Harmonized Role Model
  5. Belgian Energy Distribution Market
    1. BE-Bill
    2. BE-Measure
    3. BE-Role Model
    4. BE-Settle
    5. BE-Structure

Based on the ebIX® open standard model for the European Energy Market, each domain is composed of three interlinked segments: Requirements, Choreography and Information. Hereby, requirements are targeted at a business audience and includes business process use cases, business processes and business data views.

The choreography views are aimed at IT people responsible for the implementation of ebIX® recommendations and are used to define and document the global choreography between collaborating business partners in an inter‐organizational business process. Still targeting IT people, the information view contains class diagrams with standardized ABIE and OCLs (Object Constraint Language) elements.



Neither the commercial paper used in this blog, nor this blog post itself has any relationship with Atrias.

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